Frequently Asked Questions
No. During the first year of the program, you will 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 general, all available online but a reliance on online courses may limit the variety of electives you have to choose from.
In order to be accepted into the GENI program, you need a bachelor’s degree in social science, law or education. Degrees in natural sciences, business, engineering or related fields are in general not sufficient. However, a combination of education and experience might make you eligible without one of these degrees, please feel free to contact us with the specifics of your case.
For more information, please see the Admission Requirements.
Applicants with Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSK) from a Norwegian High School are exempt from USask’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 (ARP) 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.
The ARP is a collaboration between a host, academic supervisor and the student. The host may be a business, an organization, a governmental body, a northern community or some other institution. The project is a consultation process, in which the student works on an issue that the host has identified as a priority.
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 ARP takes place in Spring/Summer of the first year for full-time students (second year for part-time students). The research generally takes place in the country of your home institution, though 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 ARP are included in the course description available online.
For part-time students, the project thesis starts in the third year, and continues through the fourth year. Full-time students start and submit their project thesis in their second year. Students develop a topic in conjunction with their supervisors, often building on the research completed in their applied research project. The resulting paper is expected to be between 12 000-15 000 words (40-45 pages).
The thesis is part of a thesis course (IND-3901), worth 35 ECTS. During this course, students draft a thesis proposal, take part in regular seminars, present their own texts and give 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 IND-3901 course description.
No. Your research may extend beyond those two countries, but it should focus on northern and/or Indigenous communities in the circumpolar/geographic North, (e.g. northern Europe, northern Asia, northern Canada and Alaska).
Student fees and tuition differ based on your home institution, which is based on your place of residence.
Students with USask as their home institution are also required to pay tuition. Funding information can be found on their website. Scholarships to cover tuition costs are available to eligible applicants.
The partner institutions have, so far, been able to secure funding to pay for some or all of the costs associated with the field school, and we hope to continue doing so. Nevertheless, students may be responsible for paying costs associated with the fields school. Please contact the program administrators from your nearest GENI parter institution for more information about potential field school costs.
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)
We expect that part-time students following the standard course plan to spend an average of 20 hours per week, while full-time students are expected to spend twice that much work. 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.