north2north exchanges

Empowering northerners and northern communities through education and shared knowledge

The north2north mobility program is offered through the University of the Arctic (UArctic) and provides exchange opportunities at participating institutions across the circumpolar north. Further information about north2north can be found in the program guidelines or on the UArctic website.

Northern Canada north2north funding:

The northern Canadian north2north funding is available for students and staff/faculty at participating north2north member institutions in Canada with a priority to support those who are living in or from Canada's arctic and northern regions (YT, NT, NU, Labrador), and/or studying/researching/teaching subjects relevant to Arctic, Indigenous or Northern Circumpolar subjects. Exchanges can take place between participating north2north institutions in USA, Iceland, Greenland, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Exchanges between or to the territories of Canada may be supported as well. 

Applications are currently closed, please check back in early January 2024. There are typically two application rounds annually, the main round is held in February each year, with an additional round in September (dependent on funding  availability)

Steps to apply:

  1. Contact your home institution's north2north coordinator so they are aware of your interest in going on an exchange through north2north.

  2. Apply for funding. Application links posted when open.

    Students: Ensure download and fill in this motivational questionnaire and have a transcript in English to upload to your application.

    Staff: You will be expected to upload a motivational letter outlining: Why you would like to participate in a staff exchange, your personal connection to the north, your expected outcomes and objectives, how will you, your students and/or division benefit from your participation,  and how you will share knowledge learned upon your return.

  3. If successful, work with your home institution north2north coordinator to set up an exchange.


    This program is intended but not limited to make exchange opportunities throughout the circumpolar north available to arctic and northern students and staff/faculty studying in or working in Canada’s north, as well for students in under-represented groups in study abroad programs.  

    Priorities for offering exchanges as follow:

    1. Indigenous students and/or staff/faculty in and from the north (YT, NT, NU, Labrador).
    2. Non-Indigenous students and/or staff/faculty in and from the north (YT, NT, NU, Labrador).
    3. All other Canadian students studying at a north2north member institution. Students who are enrolled in or interested in studying programs related to Arctic, Indigenous or Northern Circumpolar studies will be prioritized.
    4. Students from a north2north member institution in USA or Iceland wanting to attend a north2north institution in Canada, priority will be given to students planning to attend an institution in northern Canada.

    Requirements for Students 
    1. A student must be considered a domestic student in a Diploma, Degree and/or Graduate program and have or will have completed at least one year of post-secondary studies prior to their exchange.
    2. Students must be enrolled at a participating north2north member institution.
    3. Students must be considered in good academic standing by their home institution.
    4. Length of funding will be supported for up to one semester, inclusive of short term exchanges. 

    Requirements for Staff/Faculty

    1. Staff/faculty will be expected to receive approval from their home institution and to make all necessary arrangements with a host institution.
    2. Staff/faculty must be working at a UArctic member institution in Canada’s north or be affiliated through the work they are doing with an institution in Canada’s north (YT, NT, NU, Labrador).
    3. Length of funding will be supported for up to two weeks.
    Grant information

    Please note: The north2north mobility grants are intended to support travel and other related costs for participants but are not intended to cover all expenses incurred by participants. Participants will be expected to ensure they have adequate funds prior to participating in an exchange.  

    Outbound Students (from Canada)

    Funding can support short term exchanges up to one semester of study with maximum financing of $8,000 CAD, additional funds may be granted on a case-by-case basis due to special circumstances. 



    Budget (CDN) 


    Return Airfare, ground transportation, travel and medical insurance

    Up to $3,000 

    Student Visa's For semester exchanges, application fee for student visa's will be covered. Application fee

    Stipends for semester exchanges/longer term placements (1-6 months)

    Living expenses such as food and accommodation.

    $1,000/month or $250/week or for the duration of exchange 


    Stipends for *short term exchanges (1-3 weeks)

    Living expenses such as food and accommodation.

    $350 per week for the duration of your exchange

    Special Circumstances

    Childcare, remote travel, disability/accessibility needs 

    Participants can apply for additional funds to a maximum of $1,500

    * Short term exchanges may include but are not limited to practicum placements, for credit field courses/programs, capstone projects, research projects, internships and cultural exchanges.

    Incoming Students (to Canada)

    There will be a small number of grants available for incoming students to Canada from Iceland and USA for semester exchanges. Successful applicants will be granted $5,000 CAD.

    Staff/Faculty (from a Canadian n2n member institution)

    A north2north mobility exchange should contribute to strengthening of knowledge sharing and relationships between north2north institutions in a circumpolar context. Activities such as teaching and networking/knowledge sharing to build relationships will be prioritized over conferences and events. 

    The duration of the exchange is flexible with an ideal exchange length of 10 working days. Staff can apply for a north2north grant to help offset travel expenses. Successful applicants will be granted up to $5,000 CAD.



    Budget (CDN) 


    Return Airfare, ground transportation, food & accommodation

    Up to $5,000

    Special Circumstances 

    Remote travel, childcare, disability/accessibility needs 

    Participants can apply for additional funds to a maximum of $1,500

    Program map: north2north Institutions
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    Need help deciding where to go? Browse the north2north institution map and explore program areas of study to find a good fit for your exchange.

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    UArctic opportunities

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    Students will learn the basics of special education from global Indigenous perspectives. Taught in English and is free.

    Visit: Course Description to find out more.