Semester Plan

Overall semester plan

The Arctic Semester is 18 weeks in the spring following a compulsory safety/introduction course starting in DTU's winter holiday. Dates for 2019: 28 January to 28 June.

You arrive in the middle of the winter, when the sun has returned, but the ground still covered with heavy snow and all lakes frozen over, so you can experience the different life of an Arctic city during the winter. Then you experience the spring with water from melting snow everywhere, and you stay until the short summer arrives, so you will be able to investigate the geological features of the mountains and do fieldwork.

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The semester consists of two parts: Extreme Environment Engineering with three courses: 11858, 11857 & 11859 and one of the two final courses 11853 or 11854 depending on your study line and interests.


Course 11858 The Arctic Infrastructure & Society introduces you to the Arctic way of living, and leads you further into the special challenges of the Arctic infrastructure.


Course 11857 Extreme Climate & the Physical Nature introduces you to the Arctic geography, nature, climate and geology, so you have the necessary preconditions for Arctic studies.


Course 11859 Environmental Engineering in the Arctic deals with securing clean water and getting rid of waste water and solid waste in a sustainable way under difficult circumstances.

Course 11853 Sustainable Building for Extreme Environments deals with designing buildings with good indoor climate for harsh climate with strong loads and hostile environment.

Course 11854 Infrastructure Constructions for the Arctic deals with the infrastructure necessary for building industrial plants in remote areas.


11853 & 11854 will be project oriented courses with much field work, where it will be possible for you to focus on topics relevant to your line of study.


For more detailed information about each course, please visit DTU's Course Base and insert the relevant course number from the list above.