Circumpolar Northern Field School

Yukon University will be leading a Circumpolar Northern Field School opportunity through the UArctic north2north mobility program in collaboration with Aurora College, Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University’s Labrador Campus.

YukonU is pleased to invite students from the above mentioned northern Canadian institutions to apply for an opportunity to spend just over a week in February 2024 on an escorted university field course to northern Finland and Finnmark in Norway. The group of students from across the Canadian north will be learning about the social, economic and environmental conditions in northern Europe.

This field school is available for three credits (credit will be given for NOST 229); this would involve several pre-trip readings, several seminars and some small written assignments. Students will visit several communities in Finland and Norway including, Sámi (Indigenous) communities and Sámi institutions. Throughout the course, students will also be exposed to Indigenous ways of knowing from a uniquely Sámi perspective. 

This exciting opportunity is funded by Global Affairs Canada through the UArctic north2north funding in Canada. Participating students will be asked to contribute *$1,000 (plus tuition for anyone taking the course for credit) to defray a small part of the costs of the trip. All other trip costs (airfare, ground transportation, accommodation, food and entry fees) will be covered through the funding.

*Support to cover the $1,000 may be available to those with financial barriers.

The Sámi Parliament in Kárášjohka
The Sámi Parliament in Kárášjohka 


  • Yukon University students in the Bachelor of Arts in Indigenous Governance and Business Administration degree and diploma programs are encouraged to apply to participate in this opportunity.  This opportunity is open to all YukonU students.
  • Students from Aurora College, Nunavut Arctic College and Memorial University Labrador Campus are also encouraged to apply. For students not from Yukon University, transfer credits can likely be arranged with your institution. 
  • Students will have completed at least one year of post-secondary studies prior to their exchange and must be considered in good academic standing from their home institution. 
  • Students from Canada’s north, those who self-identify as Indigenous, and those with limited experience traveling internationally are prioritized for this funding.  

Application information

Applications are currently closed. 

Sample itinerary
February 16 - 25, 2024 (tentative)

Day 1

Travel to Helsinki, Finland
Day 2 Travel to Rovaniemi, Finland - visit Arctic Circle
Day 3 Visit Arctic Centre, University of Lapland
Day 4 Drive to Inari, Finland. Visit Sámi Education Institute.
Day 5 Drive to Karasjok, Norway. Visit Sámi Parliament.
Day 6 Drive to Kautokeino, Norway. Visit Sámi University of Applied Science.
Day 7 Visit International Centre for Reindeer Herding.
Day 8 Drive to Rovaniemi and depart for Helsinki.
Day 9

Fly back to Canada.

** Additional days may need to be added for flights from Canada to Finland.

N2N student
Jamie Joe-Hudson, YukonU IGD student on north2north exchange at University of Lapland.

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Driving route sample