Practicalities

The EnCHiL Nordic Master Programme. Practicalities

Application Deadline

Next application deadline is January 31 for non-EU/EA students or April 15 if you are an EU/EEA student. The programme starts in the fall semester only.

 

Important dates in the procedure

  • If you are a student from a non-EU/EEA country:
    1 December – 31 January: send us your application using the AUI online application portal. You can expect a letter of admission or rejection from the admissions office by mid-April.
  • If you are a student from a EU/EEA country:
    1 December – 15 April: send us your application using the AUI online application portal. You can expect a letter of admission or rejection from the admissions office by mid-May.

 

Fees

In Iceland, all Icelandic and foreign university students at are required to pay annual registration fee of 85.000 ISK. In Finland all university students have to pay annual student union fee of 103 EUR. In both Finland and Sweden students from outside the EU/EEA area have to pay an annual tuition fee which can vary between 11.000 to 27.000 EUR depending on programme, university and country; but in Iceland no tuition fees are charged from international students.

Since all EnCHiL students will be jointly registered at UH:AUI or LU:AUI, the universities have reached the following agreement:

 EU/EEA students:

Annual fee consisting of ½ of the normal annual registration fee at AUI and the UH student union fee for those who have UH:AUI as joint registration (currently ≈ 300 EUR and ± 103 EUR)

Non-EU/EEA students:

An annual flat-rate tuition fee of 9.000 EUR, which includes all the registration and student union fees.

 

Contact information

For general questions about the EnCHiL Nordic Master.

Enquiries should be directed to enchil.admission@lbhi.is

In the programme – handbook for students

For general questions about the EnCHiL Nordic Master enquiries should be directed to enchil.admission@lbhi.is

Published EnCHiL theses

You can find published EnCHiL theses in the digital repository Skemman. Here are some examples of the excellent work done by our outstanding alumni:

MSc. Britta Steger

Title: Influence of muskox carcasses on soil nutrients and vegetation in a High Arctic ecosystem in northeast Greenland

Thesis submitted in November 2023.

Degree awarded by the Lund University and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

 

 

MSc. Steinunn Helgadóttir

Title: Quantifying glacier melt enhancement due to dust deposition during the 2022 melt season

Thesis submitted in October 2023.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Franklin Harris

Title: Legacy effects of temperature alterations on microbial resistance and resilience to drying and rewetting.

Thesis submitted in September 2023.

Degree awarded by the Lund University and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Lise Demeslay

Title: Fermentation of organic waste for bioplastic production. A potential sustainable alternative to fossil-fuel plastic.

Thesis submitted in September 2023.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Manuel Bettineschi

Title: Modeling the effect of the energy crisis on air quality in the Po Valley, Italy.

Thesis submitted in July 2023.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Anna Karoliina Särkelä

Title: Non-growing season CO2 fluxes of a boreal fen – key drivers and responses to anomalous winter conditions.

Thesis submitted in May 2023.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Ellie Fisher

Title: Characterisation of Microphysical and Optical Properties of Atmospheric Aerosols in a High Arctic environment: Villum Research Station, NE Greenland

Thesis submitted in May 2023.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Maximilian King

Title: Phenology Effects on Carbon and Water Dynamics in a Pristine Boreal Fen

Thesis submitted in May 2023.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Guðrún Guðjónsdóttir

Title: Vegetation cover change on Tindfjöll mountains, Iceland, assessed by aerial photographs, topography, and climate.

Thesis submitted in September 2022.

Degree awarded by the Lund University and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Alfredo Escanciano Gómez

Title: Influence of climate change on behavioural traits of Palaemon elegans, an invasive species in the Baltic Sea

Thesis submitted in August 2022.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Magdalena Folestad

Title: Environmental Changes in Eastern Lapland during the last 50 years

Thesis submitted in May 2022.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. María Rún Þrándardóttir

Title: Married to the Lab. Tying the Knot of Art and Science

Thesis submitted in November 2022.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

MSc. Eyrún Gyða Gunnlaugsdóttir

Title: Experimental warming of subarctic biocrust: Temporal responses of soil respiration and plant community

Thesis submitted in August 2022.

Degree awarded by the University of Helsinki and the Agricultural University of Iceland.

 

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EnCHiL alumni

We are very proud of our alumni! They are making valuable contributions to academia, industry and the public sector. Here is a summary of the most updated information that we have about them (published with their consent):

 

Eyrún Gyða Gunnlaugsdóttir — University of Helsinki

Eyrún Gyða Gunnlaugsdóttir

Works in the Micrometeorology research group at the University of Helsinki. Doing a PhD focused on the impacts of environmental variables and environmental change on greenhouse gas fluxes from peatlands at various latitudes. Works in the Micrometeorology research group at the University of Helsinki.

Email: eyrun.gunnlaugsdottir@helsinki.fi

https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5879-7193

 

No description available. 

Sahra Gibson

Currently pursuing a PhD at Uppsala University in the Plant Ecology and Evolution program, within the multidisciplinary PredPeat project. Her research focuses on establishing quantitate links between vegetation functional traits and water quality in rewetted peatlands across Sweden, contributing insights to peatland restoration and ecosystem management.

Email: sahra.gibson@ebc.uu.se

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Maximilian King

EnCHiL was a good opportunity to learn from and with professionals across the Nordics. A fun way to build a network and gain new perspectives. My studies have led to me to a doctoral research project in climate change ecology at University of Eastern Finland (Peat & Trees research group). I’m now studying the effects of Global Change on boreal peatlands. How does warming affect ecosystem ecology (e.g. plant community changes) and how do such variations drive the micrometeorology of gas-, water- and energy-exchange between biosphere and atmosphere? I shall let you know ; )
I met a bunch of lovely people along the EnCHiL journey, and they are now integral part of my professional life. Good times.

Email: maximilian.king@uef.fi

 

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Franklin Harris

I am currently doing my PhD at Lund University on improving the nitrogen use efficiency of Dutch agricultural systems. I aim to achieve this through identifying crop root traits and matching these to alterations in soil microbial nitrogen cycling in strip cropping systems.

Email: n7vonjustice@gmail.com

 

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Kimberly Montañez Medina

From the Arctic to the tropics, I am currently working as a PhD student at Lund University, deeply engaged in the project “Confronting the climate – water – biodiversity interactions: How rural communities can choose to become sustainable.” My research is focused on the dynamic interplay between climate, water resources, and biodiversity, particularly in rural and dispersed communities residing in tropical dry areas. With a keen interest in understanding the intricate connections between these elements, my work delves into the complexities of groundwater resources, which serve as vital common pool resources (CPR) and are increasingly at risk of overexploitation. This overexploitation poses a significant threat to the delivery of essential “ecosystem services” upon which communities rely.

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Ellie Fisher

After graduating from the EnCHiL programme with a thesis on the microphysical and optical properties of aerosols in the High Arctic, Ellie worked in applied meteorology and R&D at Vaisala, Helsinki, and is now an atmospheric data scientist at the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis in Oxford, working with archival and curation of earth observation datasets and long-term climate records.

Email:

ORCiD: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5204-7615
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ellie-fisher-b3a6b7139/

 

Steinunn Helgadóttir

Currently working as a science communicator for ON Power and Carbfix, educating general visitors, students, and professionals on geothermal energy and CCS methods. Also working as a leader for university students participating in the Green Program, an educational program focused on renewable energy innovation and sustainability in Iceland.

Email: steinunnhelgad12@gmail.com

Manuel Bettineschi

I am pursuing a PhD in the Atmospheric Interactions group at the University of Helsinki. My work focuses on chemical transport modeling, particularly on biogenic volatile organic compound emissions in the boreal forest and their effect on climate

Email: manuel.bettineschi@helsinki.fi

 

Q & A

 

Q: How many approximately follow the programme every year and how many students in every city (Helsinki, Lund or Iceland)?

A: In practice, due to housing issues at the Agricultural University of Iceland and infrastructure limitations in Greenland, we have been aiming for maximum of only 20 students per year, 7/7/6 starting in each country. During the first years of the program we deliberately started with smaller student groups (<12 students), but from 2023 we are aiming for 20 students.

 

Q: Is it possible to do a thesis at a non-partner university? Where have students typically do their thesis projects?

A: Most students have so far submitted their thesis projects at the Lund University or University of Helsinki, and some at the Agricultural University of Iceland (the degree-awarding institutions). Within EnCHiL students can also submit their thesis at Aarhus University in Denmark , Estonian University of Life Sciences and University of Oulu in Finland (associated EnCHiL universities).

Students can do (and have done) a research project in connection to other universities, but their theses course would then be registered at UH, LU or AUI, and the responsible researcher would become an external supervisor in the thesis course.

 

Q: What jobs have EnCHiL alumni pursue?

A: EnCHiL alumni are either doing their PhD at top universities or working in environmental-related positions.

 

Q: Does EnCHiL offer scholarships for (international) students?

A: We do not have a scholarship program, but all Enchil students receive funding (e.g. from Erasmus) for their compulsory mobility periods (first spring semester for University of Helsinki (UH) and Lund University (LU) students travelling to Iceland, or AUI students travelling to UH or LU in the second fall semester). Also, Enchil covers the expenses of students going to a course in Greenland. Finally, Enchil covers the student’s health insurances during these periods. So, in a way, all Enchil students have a sort of Scholarship.

 

Q: Can EnCHiL studies include an internship period?

A: Lund, Helsinki and AUI allow students to do up to 10 ECTS as internship courses.

 

Q: I would like to know more details about the sponsorship of travel and accommodation costs during my study period. Are all accommodation costs in the whole two years of study covered?

A: No, but, EnCHiL students can apply to an Erasmus grant through their home (start) university, to cover some expenses during their study abroad mobilities (1 – 2 terms) in which they are not at their home (start) universities. Erasmus grants are at the moment 540 EUR/month in Iceland, Sweden, Finland and Denmark, and 490 Euro/month in Estonia. A study period abroad can last a minimum of 2 months (or 1 academic term or trimester) and a maximum of 12 months.

Additionally, travel funds for mobilities from Iceland to EU countries are available for each study mobility (360 – 530 EUR).

 

Academic Strengths and Research Exellence

The EnCHiL consortium is formed by three main partners and four associated partners. The academic strengths and research excellence of the main partners (Agricultural University of Iceland, University of Helsinki and Lund University) provide a very strong technical and scientific foundation, as well as a unique Arctic experience that will deepen the students’ understanding and knowledge about high latitudes, as well……..

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