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

International Permafrost Association (IPA) secretariat opened at UNIS

1 December 2016 The International Permafrost Association (IPA) and The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) are pleased to announce that the IPA Secretariat will be officially located and hosted at UNIS from 1 December 2016 until 2020.

New UNIS weather station – now in the sea!

21 November 2016 UNIS has recently deployed a new underwater measurement station in Isfjorden. Now everyone can monitor the temperature, currents, tides and biological activity via the internet.

Extended application deadline – Bachelor and Master/PhD courses

11 November 2016 Want to study in Svalbard next spring? We have extended application deadline for some courses in Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology. Apply now – first come, first serve!  

Evacuation lifted

10 November 2016 Yesterday evening the Governor of Svalbard lifted the evacuation for parts of Longyearbyen, including Nybyen, where most UNIS students live. This afternoon 86 happy UNIS students embarked on the bus taking them home to Nybyen.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: