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You can view the Spring semester 2021 courses taught in English below.


Business Economics
Statistics (in English) ( 15 ECTS )

This bachelor level course is taught in English.

The purpose of the course is to train the students' competences for statistical analyses of quantitative data.

This course continues from Fall semester 2020

Macroeconomics (in English) ( 10 ECTS )

This bachelor level course is taught in English.

The purpose of the course is to introduce theories regarding key macroeconomic variables.

The student must be able to navigate wihtin the field - and contribute to making qualified decisions about a company's development and operation.

Cultural & Social History
World history II (in English) ( 10 ECTS )

This bachelor level course is taught in English.

In this course, students are given an overview of the development of Western civilization from antiquity to the present day.

At selected points, students are given a more in-depth understanding of the different views on what has been decisive for the historical development through the inclusion of specific sources or literature.

The course includes the history of the indigenous peoples within the nation states seen in a broader international perspective.

Social Science
Advanced political science (in English) ( 15 ECTS )

This master level course is taught in English.

The growing interest and focus on the Arctic region from several perspectives has been in focus in the recent years. The Arctic region is now experiencing some of the most rapid environmental, social, economic and geopolitical changes, resulting from combined long-range pollution, climate change and globalization. Simultaneously, what happens in the Arctic region has significant implications on the global economy and world politics. Given these changes, it is crucial that the Arctic peoples and nations, the Arctic countries and the world at large gain a greater understanding of processes taking place in the region.

This course will be focused on the security and foreign policy matters in the Arctic and beyond. Security and foreign policy will here be used in a broad sense, including military, human, societal and maritime security. Both ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ security will be introduced and exemplified with case studies and through theoretical lenses. Some crucial topics will include the concept of security and foreign policy at large, military, human, societal and maritime security, demilitarization and neutralization, small states and shelter theory, paradiplomacy, and geopolitics.

Elective course: Economic Development in the Arctic (in English) ( 5 ECTS )

This bachelor level course is taught in English.

The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the main issues of economic development in the arctic region with particular emphasis on Greenland.

Through a brief review of theory, evidence, and country-case studies, the course aims to answer key questions such as:

  • What are the main drivers of socio-economic development in the Arctic?
  • What are the historical and current issues affecting economic growth in Greenland?
  • What is the impact of climate change in the arctic economies?
  • Is economic growth good for the environment in the Arctic?
  • Are urbanization and migration important for growth in the arctic?
  • How different is 'human development' across the arctic region and what has been the role of policy?

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If you apply for admission as a guest student, and would like to follow courses in English (please note: we only offer few courses in English) - your international coordinator should confirm your academic English proficiency by issuing an official letter stating that you are competent in the language.

A TOEFL or IELTS with satisfactory results are also accepted.

If you apply for admission as a guest student, and would like to follow courses in Danish and Greenlandic - then you should be a Nordic citizen, or be able to prove that you are able to use the language at an academic level.

There are no tuiton fees for guest students at Ilisimatusarfik.

Guests students are, of course, responsible for all personal expenses and travel costs.

If you are a Nordic or European student, you may also be eligible to apply for support from:

  • Erasmus+
  • Nordplus
  • UArctic (North2North)

Check with your international coordinator at your home university if you are eligible.

You can also check if Ilisimatusarfik has a cooperation agreement with your home university.

Ilisimatusarfik has two semesters:

  • Fall Semester: starts primo September - ends ultimo January
  • Spring semester: starts primo February - ends ultimo June

Each semester lasts about 14 weeks - followed by exams.

Courses at Ilisimatusarfik vary with between five to thirty students.

Ilisimatusarfik offers courses in Danish and Greenlandic in all our programmes (please note: we only offer few courses in English).

At the end of each semester, exams are taken in every course - with a weighting of 100%.

The primary examination period is January and June - even though there may also be exams before or after this period.

Ilisimatusarfik uses European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

A full semester at Ilisimatusarfik equals 30 ECTS.

In Greenland, we use the Greenland Grading System (GGS) - and it looks like this:

Greenland Grading System English

Download Greenland Grading System (GGS) as a pdf-version.

Questions? Just contact:

Per Arnfjord
Special consultant

Post box 1061 | 3900 Nuuk
Phone direct: +299 38 56 24

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