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. 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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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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