Arctic conditions mean living in impenetrable darkness four months of the year, yet some of the world’s most enlightening research is conducted at 78 degrees north. The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS) is located on the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard, halfway between Europe and the North Pole. Here, students truly experience
the meaning of cold, hard science. “Students who come here are not afraid of the cold,” Eva Therese Jenssen laughs.
She is the information manager at the world’s northernmost institution for higher education, the University Centre
in Svalbard (UNIS). Last year, over 600 students from 74 countries travelled to Longyearbyen as part of their studies.

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