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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First record of the hydrozoan Sympagohydra tuuli in Svalbard sea ice

9 July 2018 We don’t know much about the tiny algae and animals living inside sea ice. Microscopic sea ice animals are rarely identified to species level because many of these tiny critters are larvae of pelagic and benthic species and look completely different from the adults. We simply don’t recognise them.

UNIS Annual Report 2017

7 June 2018 In 2017, 794 students from 45 nations spent shorter or longer periods at UNIS. This included both course students and guest master’s students. 50% of the students came from programmes of study at Norwegian universities.  

Extended application for autumn semester courses

4 June 2018 It is still possible to study at UNIS this autumn! We have some available spots for qualified applicants. Send us an e-mail today to apply!

Deglaciation of the northern Svalbard margin

20 April 2018 Oscar Fransner has studied the role of different glacial / non-glacial sedimentary processes in shaping the glaciated continental margin of the northern Barents Sea. Fransner will defend his PhD thesis Friday 4 May at UNIS.

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The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

UNIS is the world’s northernmost higher education institution, located in Longyearbyen, at the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard (78º N). UNIS offers high quality courses at the undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate level in Arctic Biology, Arctic Geology, Arctic Geophysics and Arctic Technology.
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The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)Jul 19, 2018 @ 1:21pm
#ThrowbackThursday: ALLE ALLE!
Currently, the AB-322 course “Flux of Matter and Energy from Sea to Land” is running here at UNIS, so what is more appropriate than sharing an image from 2016, where the students in this course were on fieldwork in Bjørndalen. Here they have caught a little auk (Alle alle) and are fishing out the food it has stuffed inside a pouch just below the bill (beak), in order to analyze the content. The little auk's diet is important in order to understand how climate change is affecting these birds. The bird was released afterwards.

The little auk is the smallest of the European auks, and has a stocky build, with a short neck and short bill. Adult birds are 20 cm long and weigh between 130 and 180 g. Little auks feed in both inshore and offshore waters. Their main food during the breeding season consists of small crustaceans. You can read more about this bird at
Photo: Silje Marie Kristiansen.

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UNIS celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018. As part of the celebration, we will present a historic photo from our photo archive every Thursday, in order to share tidbits from our history and show how far UNIS has progressed.

Longyearbyen live – 360 degree panorama

Live web camera from the roof of Svalbard Science Centre:

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