Bachelor On Campus

Circumpolar Studies

Nord University

36 months
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With our abundance of natural resources and the right innovative approaches, the Arctic regions can contribute to solving global challenges related to food, climate and energy. The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies at Nord University provides in-depth knowledge about environment and sustainability in the High North.


The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies at Nord University, 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 advanced 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 advanced courses at Nord University are:

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

These are available to take on-line or on campus.

The remaining 90 ECTS of elective courses can be taken at Nord University or at another educational institution. Courses taken at other institutions needs to be recognized, or pre-recognized, by Nord University. Note that Nord University don't offer all the remaining 90 ECTS of electives online or as distance learning.

International candidates who wish to complete the full degree at Nord should plan to move to Norway in the second year, in order to take courses delivered on-site. The faculty can adjust the programme structure to enable international students to take year 3 entirely online.

Job Opportunities

The programme provides a solid academic background for work in the public and private sectors where knowledge and understanding of the High North is an advantage. The programme is also well suited to teaching professionals who wish to broaden their academic foundation.

The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies provides a broad and relevant background for jobs and employment in both the private and public sector where interdisciplinary knowledge on circumpolar issues is required.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:

  • Contemporary Issues of the Circumpolar World
  • Peoples and Cultures of the Circumpolar World
  • History, Politics and Northern Resources
  • Norwegian Politics and Policy
  • Security Politics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

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180 ECTS


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Copies of your high school/secondary school diploma and transcripts.(a) 
  • Copies of your final diploma and transcripts from higher education.(b)
  • Proof of English requirements.(c)  
  • Copy of passport. We require only the pages that contains your full name, date of birth and photo identification.
  • Documentation of name change (if applicable).

Tuition Fee

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  • International

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  • EU/EEA

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    Based on the tuition of 0 EUR per year during 36 months.

Living costs for Bodø

9420 - 15000 NOK /month
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The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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