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, 10 ECTS


An Interdisciplinary course in Polar Studies for both Undergraduate and early Masters students.

As an interdisciplinary introduction into environmental change in the Polar areas, this 10 ECTS / 3-week field course offers international students (from both undergraduate and graduate levels) a unique field-training experience in a high-arctic environment.

Based upon past, present and future research being done in the Arctic during the International Polar Year (IPY), students will receive a general overview of topics including geology, glaciology, permafrost, oceanography, meteorology, biology, Polar social science and management / decision making in the Polar areas. The field-school will provide hands-on activities, field-work, group work and lectures covering these main topics.

The course is conducted as a concluding part of The International Polar Year (IPY) 2007-2009, and as a collaborative initiative between IPY Norway, UNIS, UArctic and the Association of Early Career Polar Scientists (APECS).

For information regarding application procedures and prerequisites, interested students are asked to visit: http://arcticportal.org/apecs/svalbard2009

The application deadline is March 27, 2009

UNIS International Polar Field School in Svalbard Poster

Summer Program in Northern Canada for Undergraduates


The following extract is written by Karen Routledge, who wants to introduce a Summer program in northern Canada for undergaduate students.

For the past 12 years, the University of Manitoba has been running a six-week summer school in collaboration with the hamlet of Panniqtuuq (Pangnirtung), Nunavut, Canada.

The program offers four undergraduate courses for credit in Native Studies and Environmental Science. Most students come from other universities across Canada or abroad. Students learn about past and present Inuit culture, language, and interaction with the environment, while living in the small community of Panniqtuuq on Baffin Island in northern Canada.

In addition to more standard lectures, we also take a week-long hunting and fishing trip "on the land" with local families. Students participate in workshops with local elders and design their own community volunteer projects.

I've been both a student and an instructor on this program and I have learned so much in both capacities. From my experience, the program provides an excellent grounding in past and present issues affecting the Canadian North -- issues which are relevant to many other indigenous and northern cultures. Students learn about topics like the seal hunt controversy, arctic climate change, and the history of colonialism in the North in a deeply personal way.

There is a short video about the program. You can see the official website here.

This year's application form is not up yet, but students can apply using last year's form. Airfare to Pang is very expensive, but U of M has made a real effort to keep other costs extremely reasonable.

For more inforamtion please contact:

Karen Routledge

PhD Candidate, Department of History, Rutgers University

Sessional Instructor, Panniqtuuq Summer School

UArctic Atlas Website Officially Launched


The UArctic Atlas has officially gone online, as it was just launched at the SIU Higher Education Conference in Tromso, Norway. Users can now visit atlas.uarctic.org to see the first available maps, organized into five major theme areas including 'Environment, Climate and Ecosystems' and 'Socio-Economics and Politics'. More maps will be added in the near future, as well as interpretive information such as overview articles and case studies.

"We really see this as a platform for future development," said Scott Forrest, project director, in launching the Atlas in Tromso today. "By creating an online atlas, we can gradually add more content in cooperation with our data provider partners." Current map layers have been contributed by the National Sea Ice Data Centre, GRID-Arendal, the Arctic Council, the Alaska Geobotany Centre at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and the CARMA project. The UArctic Atlas has been developed by the University of the Arctic with the support of StatoilHydro.

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ACA Annual Conference 2009 - Innovation through internationalisation


Be innovative - join the ACA Annual Conference 2009, 13 to 15 May 2009 Warsaw, Poland

2009 is the European Year of Creativity and Innovation. What could be a better time for exploring the links between innovation and internationalisation? This is exactly what ACA will be doing - at its 2009 Annual Conference Innovation through internationalisation. Held in lovely springtime Warsaw, the event will probe into novel strategies across a wide range of areas, among them foreign languages; marketing, recruitment and mobility; international rankings; ethics and the intercultural dialogue; transnational education, and the Bologna Process. Featuring an impressive range of renowned speakers, the ACA Annual Conference 2009 provides once again top quality.

UArctic Graduate Studies program web-pages updated


The Graduate Studies web-pages for the UArctic Field School and Graduate Networks programs have recently been updated. Besides revising the general program and contact information on these pages, details of the program development goals for the period 2008-2013 have been added.

As for the web-pages of the Master's Studies program, they are currently under development, and should be published in early February 2009.

During the coming year, additional updates to these pages will be made more regularly, as new web-elements, useful links, and details on current program activities are added.

Please visit these UArctic program web-pages for further program information:


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