Circumpolar Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
  • Tuition Fee
    Tuition fee
    Tuition fee
  • English
The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies atNord University can provide insight, skills and more in these areas. This programme offers a combination of online and traditional teaching modes.


The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies programme offered by Nord University provides a solid academic background for work in the public and private sectors where knowledge and understanding of the High North is an advantage.

Learning Outcomes

The programme provides knowledge of and insight into social, cultural, economic and political conditions in the Circumpolar North.


Upon completion, the student should:

  • have a broad knowledge of key concepts, themes and theories, issues, processes, tools and methods
  • have a critical understanding of how society both shapes, and is shaped by, people's experiences
  • be familiar with the different areas of research concerning the High North
  • identify and distinguish between different methods used to study societal and social processes.


Upon completion, the candidate should:

  • be able to collect data and apply social science theories and approaches to analysis of High North topics
  • be able to make use of relevant research methods
  • be able to address ethical challenges in their scientific practice.

General Competence

Upon completion, the student should:

  • be able to communicate course content both orally and in writing
  • be able to work independently on a given problem
  • be able to consider issues from different perspectives and make research-based choices and reflect ethically on such choices.

Further Education

The programme provides a foundation for application to various master degree programmes, including the Master of Social Science at University of Nordland.

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

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 and 3 specialized courses. 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 specialised courses at UiN are:

  • Scandinavian Politics,
  • Northern Scandinavian Societies,
  • History, Politics and Northern resources,

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

If you are anon-EU/EEA applicantyou must be able to document "financial capacity" in order to obtain a study permitand travel to Norway. This means that you must show that you have enough money to cover the cost of living in Norway for at least one year. This is a requirement of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Tuition Fee

  • International

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 0 EUR per year and a duration of 24 months.


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