Welcome to a new semester at UNIS

We are excited to welcome each of you as you begin your studies on January 8th.

To ensure a smooth start, we would like to provide you with some essential details. We encourage you to actively participate in the academic environment, engage in scholarly discussions, and make the most of UNIS’s resources.

We are looking forward to meeting you and wish everyone a successful and fulfilling start to the semester at UNIS!

Access Cards and Welcome Letters

You can collect your ID/access card and welcome letter from reception anytime during the day containing your UNIS username and password. Please make sure to bring your ID card with you to collect them.

The ID card you receive from the reception will be a key for accessing the UNIS entrance.

Safety Course

The course lasts for six days, beginning Monday 08.01.24 at 09:00 and ending Saturday 13.01.24 at 17:00. 

Arve Johnsen, UNIS, is responsible for content and accomplishment of the course. 

An updated timetable for the safety course will be published on Canvas. Stay informed through the platform to be well-prepared.

Want to know more:AS-101 Arctic Survival and Safety


We invite all students to a joint lunch at 11:45. Free of charge.

This is an excellent opportunity to get to know your fellow students and become a part of the UNIS community.

Svalbardbutikken closed on Sunday, 7 January

We recommend you bring food in your luggage for those arriving on Sunday. The shop will be open on Monday 8 January at 10 am.

Program 8 January

09:00-09:20Welcome to UNIS – Introduction to the scientific departmentsJøran Moen
Managing Director
09:20-09:25Student Advisers at UNISAne H. Bjørsvik
Head of Academic Affairs
09:25-09:30The Norwegian Arctic Student Welfare Organisation (Samskipnaden)Malin Persson
Campus Manager
09:30-09:40Information about the student democracy and student activitiesStudent CouncilMøysalen
09:45-10:30Break-out sessions (Info, rooms are listed in the reception)Students and course responsible
10:45-11:45An introduction to Safety, Health and Environment issues on Svalbard Fred S. Hansen
Director of HSE & quality
11:45-12:30Lunch breakHelenstua
12:30-14:00Risk theory and accident scene management Martin IndreitenMøysalen
14:00-14:50Brief from the Governor on SvalbardMøysalen
15:00-15.45Clothing in the ArcticMøysalen
Courses Education Press releases Student life students