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Arctic landscape with mountains and glaciers

Future Students

Arctic landscape with mountains and glaciers


Circumpolar Studies* (online only)

Global interest in the circumpolar region is on the rise, and this program will catapult you into the most important topics surrounding its people and landscapes, its geographical and historical contexts, and issues of security in a changing political and environmental climate. This interdisciplinary program is the first fully-online diploma in Circumpolar Studies at a Canadian university. Connect with classmates from all over Canada and across oceans while you deepen your understanding of Northern perspectives. Together, you’ll explore the rich diversity of the region and discuss everything from Indigenous issues to sustainable development and physical geography. Developed by University of the Arctic specialists, together with experts from Trent’s School of Environment, the Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies, and more, this flexible learning opportunity will prepare you for a future focused on the Canadian North and beyond.

*Pending approval. Prospective students are advised that offers of admission to a new program may be made only after the University’s own quality assurance processes have been completed.

Degree Type

  • Diploma (online only)

The Trent Advantage

  • Learn with leading faculty members in an accessible format, wherever you are, as part of this innovative fully-online diploma in Circumpolar Studies – the first of its kind at a Canadian university
  • Online class discussions bring together perspectives from near and far in a small-group environment
  • Move into a related undergraduate program at Trent or supplement your existing degree, and open the door to a study-abroad semester with the University of the Arctic

Ontario Secondary School Requirements

General Admission Requirements:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • A minimum of six Grade 12 4U or 4M courses, including program specific prerequisites
  • A minimum 70% overall final average (unless otherwise specified)
  • ENG 4U with a minimum of 60%

Career Paths

  • Public Service
  • Cultural and Heritage Consultant
  • Immigration and Human Rights
  • Public Health
  • Geoscience Consultant
  • Diplomat
  • Journalist
  • United Nations Official International Civil Servant
  • Educator
  • Policy Professional