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Circumpolar Studies

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Program Description

The Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies (BCS) is a signature program of the University of the Arctic (UArctic), a cooperative network of circumpolar universities, colleges, and other organizations committed to higher education and research in the North. UArctic’s Shared Voices commitment recognizes the vital role of indigenous peoples in the circumpolar world and in the success of UArctic. By drawing on the shared strengths and diverse experiences of northern people, UArctic members believe we can address the unique challenges of the circumpolar region and build an institution that is truly "In the North, For the North, By the North." The Circumpolar Studies Core offers students the opportunity to obtain a broad knowledge and understanding of the lands, peoples and critical issues of the circumpolar world either as a stand-alone program, as electives in a Northern Studies diploma, or alongside a Bachelor of Arts or Science completed at a UArctic-member institution. Thus, it is flexible and will enable students to study in a discipline of their choice while ensuring a focus on circumpolar issues and affairs. Courses are offered on-line, in class, and on exchange to another UArctic institution through the north2north Mobility Program. Yukon College is able to assist students with close to three years of course work towards a BCS at another UArctic member institution.

Link to University of the Arctic website: University of the Arctic

Admission Requirements

  • grade 12 graduation with English 12
  • Mature Student Status with acceptable scores on College Assessments, the GED® test or the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) test

If you do not meet the course requirements above, please meet with a program advisor to explore entry options.

Yukon First Nations Core Competency

Yukon College recognizes that a greater understanding and awareness of Yukon First Nations history, culture and journey towards self-determination will help to build positive relationships among all Yukon citizens. As a result, you will be required to achieve core competency in knowledge of Yukon First Nations. For details, please see


Bachelor of Circumpolar Studies courses are transferable to other University of the Arctic member institutions and on a course-by-course basis to other institutions in Canada, the United States, and in all of the other circumpolar nations. In addition, non-UArctic institutions have accepted these courses for transfer credit.


Tuition for credit programs is calculated per course credit. See Tuition and Fees.

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