24 months
Tuition fee
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Studies in Polar Law at University of Akureyri address several legal issues applicable to the Arctic and the Antarctic.


The studies first and foremost concern the people living in these areas, what they want and what their rights are. 

The subjects therefore cover a broad spectrum, including international politics, security matters, constitutional systems, search and rescue work, natural resources, biodiversity and other aspects of political development.

Is Polar Law from University of Akureyri for you?

  • Are you interested in developments in the Arctic?
  • Are you interested in the rights of indigenous peoples and other inhabitants of the Arctic?
  • Do you find international politics exciting?
  • Do you want to know more about administrative practices in the Antarctic?
  • Do you have good English language skills?
  • Would you like to work in an international environment?
  • Do you want to learn how to argue your opinion?

Programme Structure

  • Studies in Polar Law revolve around the legal environment and administrative practices of the Arctic and Antarctic, equally in the fields of international law, national law and regional law.
  • The issues are numerous and relate, for example, to sovereignty issues and boundary disputes on land and sea, the rights of indigenous peoples in the North, self-government and good governance, and land and resource claims in Polar regions.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines






On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • As a general rule, students shall have completed a BA/BS degree or a comparable programme at accredited universities.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Akureyri

124000 - 213000 ISK /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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