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Academic matters

Academic calendar
Autumn semester: Beginning of August to the middle of December
Spring semester: Beginning of January to the middle of June

Credits and grades
The credits for each course are according to the European Credit Transfer System, ECTS. The average workload for one semester of full-time study is 30 ECTS and one year 60 ECTS.

The grading system conforms to the ECTS standard. It uses a descending scale from
A (top mark) to E for passes and F for fail.

Semester registration deadline is September 1 for the autumn semester and February 1 for the spring semester. Students who fail to submit the proper forms within the deadline will not be registered for the exams.

Information for Norwegian students
Students currently admitted to Norwegian universities, will remain registered at these universities. These students must pay their registration fee and register for the exam at their home university.

Information for international students
Students who have not been matriculated at a Norwegian university will be matriculated at the Arctic University of Norway if no other arrangements have been made. Students on exchange agreements will need to apply for admission at the receiving institution in Norway and also fill in the learning agreements. Contact the international office at the formally receiving Norwegian institution.

Academic Expenses
All students registered for courses at UNIS must pay a semester fee, except students on an exchange program (Erasmus, NORDPLUS or the Fellowship Programme for Studies in the High North).

The semester fee must be paid within the registration deadline. Currently the semester fee is NOK 500 (ca. EUR 65). Students who fail to register within the deadline will not be registered for the exams.

UNIS does not have a tuition fee, but in addition to the semester fee mentioned above, students must pay a daily rate of NOK 200 for overnight scientific cruises, fieldwork and excursions. More detailed information about course costs is included in the course descriptions.

Transcripts and certificates
UNIS is not a university, but a university centre, and as such we are not accredited to offer any programs or degrees, or to issue official transcripts of records. Upon request, a transcript can be issued by the Norwegian university where the student is registered.

Exam announcements and important messages
Announcements will be put on the notice boards next to the library on the ground floor or sent as e-mail. Messages to students on the notice board or e-mails will be regarded as personal messages to each student. Students are required to take note of these messages and are responsible for taking appropriate action.

UNIS courses as part of your university education
All courses at UNIS are approved by the Norwegian universities. Questions about incorporating UNIS courses into your degree should be directed to the faculty or the Student Affairs office at your home university. We recommend our foreign students to get the UNIS courses approved in advance by their home institution.

Scholarships and loans
UNIS gives no financial aid or scholarships to Norwegian or international students. UNIS does not have the capacity to help students with applying for financial assistance either within or outside of Norway. UNIS students are themselves responsible for financing their studies.

The cost of living on Svalbard is approximately the same as in the rest of Norway. The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Statens Lånekasse) stipulates the cost of living at about NOK 8 700 a month. Please see more information about expenses under the “Student life” section.



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