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Winter School in Kiruna

Your unique opportunity 200 km above the Arctic Circle

The UNIVERSEH Team at Luleå University of Technology cordially invites you to apply for its Arctic Winter School taking place from February 26th to March 1st 2024 on the Space Campus in Kiruna. The 10 selected students will have the chance to particiapte in a blended programme, that consists of interesting online project work and a week spent locally  in Kiruna.

The European University for Earth and Humanity (UNIVERSEH), is a European University Alliance funded by the European Commission. Starting from November 2020 UNIVERSEH is an Alliance of now 7 partner universities, spread all over Europe, that aim to  create new higher education interactive experiences for the university community, teachers and students, and for the benefit of society as a whole.

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The Arctic Winter School is a short-term mobility offer by UNIVERSEH.

It consists of preliminary online meetings, a week spend abroad at LTUs Space Campus in Kiruna, and approx. two weeks of continuous online project work.

The succesful participation will be rewarded with not only great experience, new friends all over Europe and expanded knowledge about Arctic atmosphere and culture but as well with a certificate and 3 ECTS.

Open to all undergrad and graduate students enrolled at Heinrich Heine University. All study levels are welcome (BA, MA, State Examination, PHD), regardless of the field of studies. No pre-knowledge expected.

Enrich your knowledge on space, snow and ice, the history and cultural heritage of the Arctic by participating in lectures on:

  • Environment and society in the changing Arctic.
  • Polar atmosphere and its significance for solar-terrestrial interactions, space weather.
  • Auroral physics and observations.
  • Optical phenomena in the Polar Regions.
  • Snow and ice in different perspectives.
  • Arctic climate systems and climate change.
  • Nano satellites, rockets and balloons for polar research

Your successful participation will earn you a certificate and 3 ECTS points.

Before your flight to Kiruna

Before you will start your journey to the most northern populated city in Sweden, it will be necessary to participate in certain Online Meetings to prepare for your trip. Between 5th and 23rd February there will be mandatory group activities in which you will meet with the other participants and are assigned common aissignment that has to be handed in before your stay in Kiruna. More details on the assignment will be shared later on.

During your stay in Kiruna

Take a closer look at the exact programme here.

After your stay in Kiruna

From 7th to 21st March there will be home work and meeting(s) with a teacher/mentor you'll have met in Kiruna. The work is divided in group and individual tasks and will be presented in a final conference on 21st March 5pm. You'll receive more detailed information after your selection for the mobility opportunity.


As all the lectures and seminars will be held in English, we recommend English level B2 for your participation. Please keep in mind that attentding the online meetings is mandatory.

The flights from Düsseldorf to Kiruna and back home are paid by UNIVERSEH. Accommodation in Kiruna is reserved and financed by UNIVERSEH or Erasmus+ grants.  Some of the meals are also paid for by the Alliance.

Complete the application form and attach a letter of motivation (max. 250 words) as well as a current certificate of study. Please send your complete application documents in one PDF file to .

Please keep in mind that only complete applications can be considered within the selection of participants.

Application deadline: December 3rd 2023, 11.59 pm

In case of questions please don't hesitate to contact us.

All applicants will be informed if they have been chosen for the mobility programme by December 7th 2023.

Online-courses for Arctic Winter School participants

Intensive Swedish A1.1 Language Course

Between 6th and 22nd February you'll have the chance to participate in an intensive Swedish language course to prepare for your stay in Kiruna. The course is optional, therefore the decision if you want to participate is up to you.

Further information about the course will be provided after your successfull application.