The course in Arctic Science is a distance course that will run in the spring of 2019 over a period of 7 weeks from 21 January to 8 March 2019 with a 4-day meeting in Kiruna from 6 to 9 February (Wednesday to Saturday) for non-Umeå students and later in the month (17-20 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 12 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 2018 can be seen here and the schedules for 2019 will be somewhat similar: "Arctic Science 2018 for non-Umeå 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:
- Auroral physics and observations
- Optical phenomena in polar regions
- Introduction to snow and ice-related phenomena, including avalanches and glaciers
- The climate's impact on the arctic environment
- Tour of the Swedish Institute of Space Physics
- Visit to the Ice Hotel
- Excursion to the Research Station in Abisko, 100 km from Kiruna
- Practical exercises
The course is given by the course coordinator together with other lecturers in Kiruna.
The formal course plan in Swedish can be found on the web pages of the Physics Department. The course is split into three parts: a theoretical part examined in the form of problem sheets which students complete during the course, a project part consisting of a study of a scientific publication and a practical part consisting of an exercise in which students are assigned the task to observe and categorise aurora borealis during the Kiruna visit.
For international applicants, including nationals of the non EU/EEA and Switzerland. The web site for the on-line application is found here: www.universityadmissions.se . The application code for EU/EEA and Switzerland UMU-53116 and for the rest of the world the application code is UMU-F5310. To be eligible to take the course you need to submit documentation to prove that you satisfy all the requirements:
- A completed Upper Secondary Education, e.g. Abitur, Baccalaureate, GCSE O and A levels and corresponding to the Swedish National Programme (gymnasium)
- Proof of proficiency in English
- A physics major at upper secondary school level or a similar qualification.
- All EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are required to submit proof of their citizenship to University Admissions in Sweden in order to prove that they are exempt from paying admission and tuition fees. The easiest way to do this is to submit together with your application either a copy of your valid passport, valid national ID card, or valid identity card where your citizenship is indicated