Sámi University of Applied Sciences


The Sámi University of Applied Sciences was established 1989, with the purpose of strengthening Sámi competence and covering the need for professionals in the Sámi societies. The University has a pan-Sámi profile with students and staff from all around the Sámi region. Sámi University of Applied Sciences currently has approximately 300 students and about 100 employees. As the only University of Applied Sciences in the world, we use the North Sámi language in both research, studies and management. We are a small institution with an international environment. Our areas of competence include teaching & pedagogy, Sámi language, history, journalism, Sámi traditional handicraft (duodji) and reindeer herding. We also educate Sámi student ambassadors, offer indigenous studies, and conduct study tours to other indigenous areas. Sámi University of Applied Sciences is part of UArctic, a cooperation between Universities in in the Arctic areas, and accredited at the highest level in the network World Indigenous Higher Education Consortium.

Diehtosiida – Home of knowledge


Sámi University of Applied Sciences is located in Diehtosiida – Sámi science center. It brings together the Language and Training Division of the Sámi Parliament, the Sámi Archives, the International Center for Reindeer Husbandry,  the Norwegian National Center for Human Rights, as well as the Sámi University of Applied Sciences. Diehtosiida is an international knowledge center for Sámi and indigenous peoples, gathering Sámi science and Sámi language to a wider scientific environment. Diehtosiida is a modern information and communication center, where traditional knowledge and science meet.

Guovdageaidnu – In the Middle of Sápmi


Sámi University of Applied Sciences is situated in Kautokeino / Guovdageaidnu. The name of the village, Guovdageaidnu, means "in the middle of the road" and has from ancient times been an important meeting point for Sámi people. As the name suggests: in the center of Sápmi. Guovdageaidnu has a rich and diverse cultural life, which appears in the many festivals and events. Sámi language, duodji, traditional industries and nature is something that characterizes Guovdageaidnu.


Sámi life