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Bachelor in Circumpolar Studies

Bachelor (ISCED 2011 level 6)


Duration 6 semesters
Entry level Bachelor
Cost No tuition fees. Costs for semester registration and course literature apply.

At Nord University, we believe the Arctic is an important player in our global future. 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 provides in-depth knowledge about environment and sustainability in the High North. Candidates gain insight into indigenous issues, social conditions and Arctic politics.

Structural components
International component
Language training

Application procedure

Where to submit your application?

All applications for degree and one-year study programmes taught in English must be submitted via the online applications portal (søknadsweb).

Use the link to the applications portal provided on this page or the link on the study programme page. We do not accept applications via email.

Applications for intake in autumn open on the following dates:

Non-EU/EEA: October 1
EU/EEA: January 1

Application deadlines:

Non-EU/EEA: December 1​​ 

EU/EEA: April 1

Norwegian citizens/residents: April 15

NB: We do not review qualifications or applications prior to the applicable deadlines. Applications submitted after the applicable deadlines will not be considered.

Required documentation:

After you submit your application online, you must upload your documentation in the online application portal. Special requirements apply to some countries – Please check the country overview below. If you are required to submit an English test result, please check the requirements that apply. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.


Afghanistan, Congo DRC, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Yemen: Prior to applying to Nord university you must apply for recognition of foreign higher education. NOKUT`s general recognition of higher education.

1. Enclosure form (click to download)

2. Copies of your high school/secondary school diploma and transcripts

3. Copies of your final diploma and transcripts from higher education.

4. Proof of English requirements. 

5. Copy of passport. We require only the pages that contains your full name, date of birth and photo identification.

6. Documentation of name change (if applicable).


Any documentation not provided in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian must be accompanied by an official translation. Only translations carried out by a government-authorized or otherwise accredited translator will be considered. You must include a copy of the original document. The degree programme you are applying for may stipulate additional, field-specific requirements. Check the detailed admission requirements on the study programme page.


These deadlines apply: January 2 for non-EU/EEA and May 1 for EU/EEA


Special requirements that cannot be uploaded to the online application portal and have to be sent by post.


·       USA: transcripts from high school must be sent from the school directly, in a sealed envelope.

·       Canada, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Philippines, Ghana, Cameroon, Macau, Nigeria, Sudan, Taiwan and USA: Official academic transcript must be sent in a sealed envelope by post directly from the college/university.   Official Transcript Request Philippines[EA2] .

·       Pakistan: HEC verification of all documentation related to higher education must be sent by post.

·       China: documentation verified by CDGDC or CHSI must be sent by post.

·       Iran: copies of translations to English of your diploma / degree certificate and transcript of academic records must be carried out by Official  Translators of the Justice Administration in Iran must be sent by post.


 Proofe of English profiency:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be sent by post from test center.

Send to:

Admission adress: 

Nord University
PO box 1490
8049 Bodø

Visiting adress: 
​Nord universitet, Bodø

Universitetsalléen 11

8026 Bodø


Special documentation requirements that can be uploaded to your application:

  • Russia: education taken after 2011 must be verified by Rosobrnadzor and and can be uploaded to the application. (choose Russia from the menu here to read more)
  • Ukraine: documentation must be verified by the Ministry of Education and Science and can be uploaded to the application. (choose Ukraine from the menu here to read more)
  • Sierra Leone, Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana and Gambia: access card/scratch card from WAEC (West African Examination Council) or NECO (National Examinations Council) must accompany the documentation and can be uploaded to the application.


Learning outcomes

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

Upon completion, the candidate 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, interests and actions
  • be familiar with the different areas of research concerning the High North
  • be able to 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 candidate 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


Higher education entrance qualification. Documented proficiency in English language

ISCED Categories

Project management
Personal skills and communication
Ocean Literacy
Maritime economy
Policy and governance
Marine and maritime law
Conservation and environmental management