The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen at 78º N. We provide research-based education of the next generation of Arctic experts in biology, geology, geophysics and technology.

Latest news

Impurities of glacier ice

23 September 2016 The Greenland ice sheet is not entirely white. Parts of the ice sheet have darkened since 1996, leading to increased melting. PhD candidate Thomas Gölles has developed tools to study the interplay of particle accumulation, ice flow and ice melt. Gölles will defend his dissertation at UNIS on 29 September.

Lazarus ice

16 September 2016 Global climate change is causing Arctic sea ice to melt at an accelerating rate, increasing the ability of ships and other structures to travel though Arctic waters. But even as they melt, some sea ice structures actually get stronger.

Dean meeting at UNIS

23 August 2016 Deans and other leaders from the Norwegian mainland universities are participating in the annual dean meeting at UNIS from 22 until 24 August.

Spring courses open for application

17 August 2016 Apply now for UNIS spring semester courses! There are 44 courses on bachelor, master and PhD level that are open for application.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: