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Circumpolar and Nordic Studies


In the Circumpolar and Nordic Studies programme you will learn about nature, the environment and sustainable development in the Circumpolar areas, as well as indigenous issues, social conditions and politics in the High North.

Programme description

Do you want to learn more about nature, the environment and sustainable development in the Circumpolar areas? Are you interested in indigenous issues, social conditions and politics in the High North? Do you want more knowledge about what is often called the Nordic model for political organisation, societal development and the welfare state? Do you want an international bachelor's degree with the opportunity to study at a foreign university? Do you perhaps not have the opportunity to live in Bodø or complete a study programme during day time? Then a bachelor's degree in Circumpolar and Nordic Studies may be the right choice for you.

The study programme is in English and the first 90 compulsory credits are completed as online studies. The specialisation semester (3rd semester) with a focus on the Nordic region and Norwegian conditions is also offered as ordinary teaching at Nord University for those who wish. In addition to the compulsory courses, we also offer 90 credits with English-language electives, both online and campus-based, for those who want to take the entire degree at Nord University. However, it is also possible to incorporate studies from other universities both in Norway and abroad as electives.

Career opportunities

The study provides a very suitable professional background for social work and various administrative tasks where knowledge and insight into social conditions in the Circumpolar areas is required. High North studies are also well suited for teaching purposes and as additional education for teachers.

Student exchange

The home page for UArctic gives a full update of possible Advanced Emphasis Courses. The specialised courses are delivered both at Nord University and at other UArctic member institutions located both in Norway and abroad. These courses must be approved by Nord in each spesific case before granted as a part of your bachelor's diploma. Students who wish to take specialised courses at UArctic partners may apply for a scholarship (North2North). It is recommended that students go on exchange from semester 4.

  • Northern Arctic Federal University (Russia):

Spring semester

Autumn semester

To qualify for exchange, students must have successfully completed a minimum of 60 ECTS with a weighted grade average of C.

Following further studies

The programme provides a basis for applying for admission to various social science master's degree programmes. We point out that separate requirements for language skills must be expected for various master's programmes. If you are thinking of further master's studies, it may make sense to examine any language requirements for the master's education you wish to pursue. There are often requirements for a minimum of 10 credits of Social Science methods for admission to master's studies.

Higher education entrance qualification. Documented proficiency in English language

More information about application and admission here