The course in Arctic Science is a distance course that will run in the spring of 2018 over a period of 6 weeks from 15 January to 26 February 2018 with a 4-day meeting in Kiruna from 7 to 10 February (Wednesday to Saturday) for non-Umeå students and later in the month (11-14 February) for Umeå exchange students. The course is given in English. During the intensive programme in Kiruna homework tasks are given out that are to be completed at home and submitted by e-mail by the end of the course. The course has already been successfully run 11 times and is very popular. This course is free of charge to all EU/EEA and Swiss citizens. See more details on how to apply below.
The schedules for the two groups in 2017 can be seen here and the schedules for 2018 will be somewhat similar: "Arctic Science 2017 for non-Umeå students " .
"Arctic Science 2017 for Umeå exchange students " .
The exotic town of Kiruna lies in the north of Sweden, above the Arctic Circle, which means that in December and January the nights are very long and the days very short! Temperatures down to −20 degrees Celsius are common in the winter in Kiruna. The town's northerly location makes it an ideal place to observe auroral phenomena. The village of Abisko, 100 km northwest of Kiruna, is home to the Climate Impact Research Centre, which is undertaking research on how climate and environmental changes are impacting the environment in the north. We invite students from Sweden and abroad to come to Kiruna to participate in our winter course and experience the Arctic winter first hand. This course is given in English by the Department of Physics of Umeå University. It is particularly suitable for exchange students in the department to give them the opportunity to visit the northern part of Sweden during their studies. It is also suitable for students of physics and engineering in Sweden and abroad as well as further training for school teachers. There is no fee for this course for most European students, however students must cover their own travel and living costs while attending.
Planned course contents:
All applications must be made on-line (except in the case of exchange students at Umeå University who should apply in the usual way). Once you have entered your on-line application you can upload documents or print out a cover sheet and send it together with your supporting documents to the address given. Any paper clips, staplers and bindings delay the handling of your application so please avoid using them. You will be able to check that your supporting documents have been registered on 'Your pages/Your application'.
Note that all the applications are processed by the international admissions office and that the physics department plays no role in the selection process. To be accepted by the admissions office it is imperative that you submit the correct documentation to support your application. You must prove that you fulfil the general and special eligibility requirements which for most people will mean sending witnessed copies of your school leaving certificates, NOT just proof of university studies. To witness documents submitted by post a person whose full name and contact information are given, should sign the copy writing that it is a true copy of the original. This person's contact details should also be given in case the admissions office needs to contact him/her. All copies submitted should be witnessed. Original letters written by university tutors are sometimes acceptable if the certificates are not available.The university has an additional web page for the course: Arctic Science homepage.
We have reserved rooms close to the city centre, which are available for successful applicants on a first come first served basis. We shall publish a form to apply for rooms soon.Exchange students at Umeå University will receive accommodation information for their trip to Kiruna directly from the Physics Department.
Arctic Science course participants 2016 at the Swedish Institute of Space Physics (Photo:Rick McGregor)
For more information about the course or help with the application procedure, write to: carol.norberg @ irf.se
Course coordinator: Dr. Carol Norberg, Reader in Space Physics, Swedish Institute of Space Physics, Box 812, SE-981 28 Kiruna, Sweden. Tel +46-70-2793999
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Page updated 30 August 2017