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.

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Summer/autumn courses open for application

23 January 2017 Apply now for our summer semester (and some autumn semester) courses! Application deadline is 15 February 2017.  

Jan Christensen’s Endowment 2017

20 January 2017 Jan Christensen's endowment has a number of scholarships available to Norwegian students and researchers at UNIS. The scholarships are reserved for Norwegian students at Master and PhD level who are admitted at UNIS, and Norwegian researchers employed full-time or 20% (in adjunct positions) at UNIS.

About bamboo, ghost shrimps and a changing Arctic

16 January 2017 Now in the midst of the dark period, it may be appropriate to ask what we really know about life in the north and whether we have enough knowledge to manage resources and waters in a good way. For example, what do we know about bamboo and ghost shrimps on Svalbard?

Research and education strategy for Svalbard underway

10 January 2017 The Ministry of Education and Research has commissioned the Research Council of Norway to provide input on an overall strategy for research and higher education on Svalbard. The process will be inclusive and broad-baseed and UNIS will assist in the work on the education strategy.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre: