Arctic Semester

Extreme Engineering

 - The Arctic Semester in Greenland

Why go all the way to Greenland? Because it is exciting and rewarding – both from a strictly learning point of view and from a life experience point of view.

Many places in the world engineers work under extreme conditions. It could be extreme climate: very cold or hot, very humid or dry. It could be extreme physical environment: rough mountains or soft ground. It could be extreme logistics: Isolated settlement without infrastructure or remote areas with difficult access.

Common for those conditions is that you work under abnormal conditions; you cannot use standard methods and procedures. You have to adapt to the extreme condition or develop new methods and procedures.

The Arctic Semester is an opportunity for you to experience the unique environment and the challenges of extreme engineering north of the Arctic Circle:

  • How to design buildings able to withstand strong forces from heavy snow load and extreme gales, and how to design comfortable indoor climate in an energy efficient way in a harsh climate.
  • How to build roads on unstable permafrost and harbors in icy waters, and how to blast tunnels in old cracking rock for hydroelectric plants or mines.
  • How to treat waste water when water quickly freezes, and how to dispose solid waste when reuse and recycling are impractical and expensive.
  • How to manage the logistics in remote areas with a sparsely population and very limited access.

Greenland has it all. If you can do engineering in Greenland, you can do engineering everywhere.

Want to learn more about student life in Greenland?

See the experiences of two exchange students from The University of British Columbia who have finished the Arctic Semester

Read about Lorenzo who travelled all the way from Italy to Greenland to be part of the Arctic Semester.