Arctic Studies Program

The Arctic Studies Program (ASP) offers a unique opportunity to specialize in Arctic issues. The approach of the ASP is truly multidisciplinary and it provides comprehensive knowledge of the physical, environmental, social and cultural aspects of the Arctic.


The ASP is organized and coordinated by the University of Lapland’s Arctic Centre and Faculty of Social Sciences. The programme is connected to the Arctic Centre’s Research Department and the courses in the programme are taught by senior scientists and other researchers at the Arctic Centre and the Faculty of Social Sciences.

The Arctic Centre’s researchers, who represent various nationalities and disciplines, use an interdisciplinary approach to study northern questions. The research sheds light in many ways on opportunities in and threats to Arctic areas. After completion of the programme the student is able to:

  • describe the geographic, environmental, political, social, juridical and economic features of the Arctic
  • apply and use the knowledge of the Arctic provided by natural, social and political sciences, economics and law
  • locate the Arctic and Arctic issues in the context of broader discussions on environmental, socio-economic, political, cultural and legal questions

The ASP is designed for Finnish and foreign degree students, exchange students, and special groups. The courses are taught in English.

The studies can be completed by either taking individual courses or taking part in the more extensive 30-60 ECTS credit modules. Please note that the Arctic Studies Program ASP does not award a degree!

Program details

Academic level(s)Other
CountryFinland
Language of instructionEnglish
InstitutionUniversity of Lapland
Fields of studyBasic/broad, general programmes
Tagsbcscircumpolar studies
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