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

UNIS Annual Report 2015

23 May 2015 In 2015, a total of 690 students from 44 countries took courses at UNIS, which represents an increase of 91 more students compared to the previous year.  A total of guest 58 Master’s students worked on UNIS-related Master’s theses during the year.

Harald Ellingsen appointed new UNIS director

10 May 2016 The Board of the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) has appointed Harald Ellingsen as the new UNIS director. Ellingsen will join UNIS on 1 October 2016.

Autumn courses with extended application deadline

25 April 2016 Some courses in Arctic biology, Arctic geophysics, and Arctic technology have an extended application deadline until 8 May 2016 – Apply today!

Accidental shot at UNIS

19 April 2016 An accidental shot was fired in the logistics area inside UNIS Sunday evening at around 23:00 h. Nobody was injured. The accident happened while emptying a rifle of ammunition.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: