Frequently Asked Questions


No. During the first year of the program, you’ll need to attend two week-long field schools (one in Northern Norway and one in Northern Saskatchewan). Throughout the program, there will likely be occasional on-campus seminars for you to attend. The coursework is, in generally, all available online but a reliance on online courses may limit the variety of electives you have to choose from in your second year.


In order to be accepted into the GENI program, you need a bachelor’s degree in social science, law or education. Degrees in natural science and business are not, in general, sufficient. For more information, please see the Admission Requirements. If you feel your experience might make you eligible without one of these degrees, please feel free to contact us with the specifics of your case.


Applicants with Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSK) from a Norwegian High School are exempt from the University of Saskatchewan’s English-language proficiency requirements. An applicant with a three-year degree from an eligible English-language institution may also be exempt (see uSask requirements)


The Applied Research Project is an example of “service learning” that allows students to put their research, writing and policy development skills into practice, for the mutual benefit of scholarship and local institutions.

With the assistance of an academic supervisor and a host supervisor, students conduct research relevant to the needs of the host, usually a governmental, business, Indigenous, or other community-based organization. The topic is usually suggested by the host, but focused in consultation with the student and the academic supervisor.

For students, the benefits of the project extend beyond the obvious sharpening of their analytical and communication skills. The students are able to get hands-on experience with an organization and establish useful contacts for future work. It also serves as the basis for later thesis work.

The research generally takes place during the spring/summer of the first year of the program, normally in the country of your home institution (other arrangements can be made on a case-by-case basis.) Students are usually required to spend between two days to two weeks on site doing primary research, including interviews.

Further details on requirements for the APR are included in the course description available online.


The GENI Master’s thesis is an individually written research paper with an approximate page count of 40—45 pages or 12,000—14,000 words. Students develop a topic in conjunction with their supervisors, often building on the research completed in their internship.

The thesis is submitted as part of a thesis course (IND-3901) worth 35 ECTS. As part of the course, students drafting a thesis proposal and take part in regular seminars, presenting their own texts and giving feedback to their peers. Part-time students research and write their theses over 4 semesters, while full-time students complete it over 2 semesters.

Further details on requirements for the thesis are included in the course description available online.


No. Your research may extend beyond those two countries, but it should focus on Indigenous peoples in the circumpolar/geographic north, (eg. Northern Europe, Northern Asia, Northern Canada and Alaska).


Student fees and tuition differ between campuses.

USask tuition and fees and funding information can be found on their website. Scholarships to cover tuition costs are available to eligible applicants with uSask as their home institution.

At UiT, students are required to pay only minimal student fees and many costs (including the field schools) are covered by the program.

Please note that, as well as the minimal student fees, there may be travel costs associated with the fields school if you are not located in Saskatchewan or Norway. For our students based at UiT, we can only promise to provide funding for travel within Norway to the Norwegian field school, and only the equivalent of funding from Tromsø to Saskatoon for the Canadian field school. All additional travel costs are the responsibility of students.


Course delivery methods are the prerogative of course instructors. Some prefer to organize the courses so that students communicate entirely in writing (via educational websites), whereas others prefer a mix of pre-recorded lectures and live video-conferencing seminars.

As such, a relatively high-speed internet connection and quality microphones are important to facilitate video-conferencing.

Because of the time difference between students in Saskatchewan and Norway, there are limited options for scheduling seminars involving all students. Depending on where you live, video-conferencing seminars and other meetings usually take place either in the early morning (Saskatchewan/Central Standard Time) or in the late afternoon (Norway/Central European Time)


Part-time students following the standard course plan have found that they needed spend an average of 20 hours per week on their studies, including class time. Full-time students can expect twice that much work, at least. Even part-time students are encouraged not to attempt to complete the program while engaged in full-time employment.

Depending on where you live, video-conferencing seminars and other meetings usually take place either in the early morning (Saskatchewan/Central Standard Time) or in the late afternoon (Norway/Central European Time).

The program starts in early-mid August. There is a week-long field school in the first semester, and another in the second semester.



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