The Korea Arctic Academy, hosted by the Korean Ministry of Oceans & Fisheries and co-organized by the Korea Maritime Institute (KMI), is an initiative to facilitate exchanges between students from both the Arctic region and Korea to develop and share a common Arctic vision. It aims to spread knowledge on sustainable Arctic development and ocean management and promote understanding of the Arctic indigenous peoples.

The program of the Korea Arctic Academy usually consists of lectures on Arctic issues, given by international or Korean experts, and field trips to Arctic-related organizations, research institutions, and industrial sites in Korea. The focus of lectures this year includes: Arctic Policy, International Arctic Governance, Korea Arctic Policy, Climate Change in the Arctic, Arctic Society and Indigenous Peoples, Innovations in the Arctic, and Arctic Sustainable Economy.

This year as the COVID-19 pandemic situation has stabilized compared to the previous year, courses will be provided as real-time online lectures and conferences to strengthen interactive communication between Korean and UArctic students. For students who will not be able to attend the real-time lectures due to the time difference, recorded lecture videos are provided.

And finally, 3 outstanding students from the course will be invited to (and provided grant funding for) the 2023 Arctic Partnership Week in Busan in December 2023. The Arctic Partnership Week has been organized annually since 2016. During its existence, the event has focused on Arctic policy, science, technology, shipping, energy, and resources.

The 9th Korea Arctic Academy will begin on July 7 and end on July 14. Applications are due by June 30. It is free to attend, and there is no tuition fee. To be eligible to apply:

  • The student should be registered in an Arctic State UArctic member institution
  • The student should have finished their second year of Bachelor’s study
  • The student is motivated to actively participate and to enhance understanding of the Arctic and Korea

To apply, please submit a CV (should include email address, study program, affiliation, address to receive Welcome kits and Certificate of Completion, phone number) and a motivation letter (approx. 600 words/1 page) in one file to  or by 30 June 2023.

View the attached files for more information on the schedule and overview of the academy.