Circumpolar Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition
  • English (take IELTS)
Do you want to learn more about the environment and sustainability in the High North? Are you interested in indigenous issues, social conditions and politics in the Arctic regions? Do you want an international Bachelor degree with a solid interdisciplinary foundation and the possibility for exchange to a university abroad? The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies can provide insight, skills and more in these areas. This programme offers a combination of online and traditional teaching modes.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


The Bachelor degree in Circumpolar Studies arose from cooperation between the University of Nordland and the University of the Arctic.

The programme is comprised of a core component worth 90 ECTS as well as electives. The core component is taught entirely online and the programme offers otherwise flexible progression for mobile students. Elective courses can be taken at University of Nordland, at another home institution or with one of our exchange partners. The specialisation in Northwest Russian Relations includes one semester in Arkhangelsk.

This programme aims to provide insight into and knowledge about the Circumpolar North with emphasis on:

  • natural resources
  • sustainable development
  • business
  • culture
  • politics and society, including indigenous peoples in The High North
The major in circumpolar studies, minimum 90 ECTS, can be combined with any other major or electives of 90 ECTS. We strongly advise students to use electives to develop a secondary major, which will provide better opportunities for admission to Master degree studies within the UArtcic network.

The major in circumpolar studies consists of 4 introductory courses (60 ECTS) and 3 specialized courses (30 ECTS). The following main courses are all available on-line:

  • An Introduction to the Humanities and to the Circumpolar World
  • Land and Environment of the Circumpolar World I and II
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World I and II
  • Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World I and II
The international BCS secretariat for the University of the Arctic (UAarctic) offers the same courses on-line, organized as seven 6 ECTS courses. These courses can be combined with our 15 ECTS BCS courses.
The specialised courses at UiN are:
  • Scandinavian Politics
  • Northern Scandinavian Societies
  • History, Politics and Northern resources
These are available to take on-line or on campus.

The specialized courses are offered in the autumn semester. Other UArctic member institutions offer courses in the spring semester. BCS students may, for this reason, proceed with the specialization component of their programme in a semester of their choosing.

Students who wish to take specialized courses at a networking institution of UArctic may apply for scholarships (North2North). The academic advisor for the programme at UiN must that the chosen courses will be accepted as part of the BCS programme.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    180 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • An Introduction to the Humanities and to the Circumpolar World
  • Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World I and II
  • Land and Environment of the Circumpolar World I and II
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World I and II
  • Scandinavian Politics
  • History, Politics and Northern Resources
  • Northern Scandinavian Societies

Academic Requirements

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification:

The Higher Education Entrance Qualification is comprised of requirements for the scope and content of secondary (high school) education, as well as language requirements for English and Norwegian.

Regarding the requirements for scope and content of secondary education, most applicants from Europe meet these through completion of a secondary school certificate, which would provide the grounds for university admission in the home country.

Applicants coming from outside Europe may need to demonstrate at least one year of university study in addition to a secondary school certificate. Please consult the GSU list issued by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education for country-specific requirements.

Tuition Fee


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