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Programmes and courses

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

This site is updated regularly (updated: 08 May 2021)


Business Economics programme
Micro economics ( 5 ECTS )

This bachelor level course runs in week 36 - 42, and is taught in English.

The purpose of this course is to introduce micro economic theory, so the student can understand and apply the theory to make decisions about a company's development and daily operations.

Statistics ( 15 ECTS )

This bachelor level course runs in week 36 - 44, and is taught in English.

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

This course continues Spring semester 2022.

Strategy ( 5 ECTS )

This bachelor level course runs in week 37 - 43, and is taught in English.

The purpose of this course is to give the student an introduction to key concepts and thinking about corporate strategy and strategic processes, so the student can assess and implement strategic decisions and actions in an organization.

Cultural & Social History programme
Critical Perspectives on Cultural Heritage ( 20 ECTS )

This bachelor and master level course is taught in English.

This course examines heritage in conceptual, epistemological and intellectual terms.

We focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the field and how diverse theoretical sources and methodological approaches are used.

Different notions of cultural heritage are explored using models taken from, amongst others, critical museology, material and visual cultural theory, archaeology, memory-studies, postcolonial theory and cultural studies.

An emphasis is placed upon uses of the past vis-à-vis addressing emergent heritage issues.

These issues are subsequently grounded and problematised in a series of global case-study contexts, as seen from a Greenlandic perspective.

Law programme
Arctic Law ( 5 ECTS )

This bachelor level course runs in January 2022, and is taught in English.

It is recommended that students have knowledge of International Law prior to the start of the course.


Arctic law introduces students to the legal principles and rules that govern the Arctic and teaches students the legal and political tools available to solve contemporary issues in the region.

International law

  • Sovereignty and sovereign rights - including sovereignty claims by indigenous peoples
  • The rights of indigenous peoples
  • Human rights law
  • The law of the sea
  • Environmental law
  • Formation of international norms

Political science

  • International relations in the Arctic


  • Arctic economies and economic development theory



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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