Start of the programme During the summer you will receive a reading list and a course schedule for the first semester. Student orientation events are organised in the week prior to the start of classes. You will receive more information on these events later on. First semester: 28 August 2017 – 14 January 2018 (30 credits) The programme will start in the week beginning 28 August with an introductory meeting. You will then attend the Intensive Programme (IP) in Warsaw and continue with five core courses in Uppsala – Anthropology, International Law, Public Health, Management and Geopolitics. The IP and core courses are worth 5 credits each. The IP brings together students from all Network on Humanitarian Action (NOHA) universities as well as lecturers and experts in a variety of fields, and features a different theme each year. This year’s theme is Humanitarian Access. The IP will run from the morning of Monday, 4 September to the morning of Saturday, 9 September inclusive. You are expected to arrive in Warsaw on Sunday, 3 September and can leave on the afternoon of Saturday, 9 September or on the following day, as you prefer. The IP is an ideal way to meet your fellow NOHA students and ask questions about the university you will study at in the second semester. Accommodation and meals are included, but not travel costs. Please bring your own towels! Second semester: February 2018 – June 2018 (30 credits) You will spend the second semester at one of the 7 other NOHA Master’s teaching universities in Europe, which will then serve as your “host”. Each university has its own specialisation worth 30 credits – see 2. Specialisation period here: http://www.nohanet.org/masters. We try to place you at your preferred “host” university, but this cannot be guaranteed as spaces are limited. Choices will be confirmed as soon as possible. You will receive information from your host university towards the middle of the first semester. Note that the second-semester dates vary slightly according to the university chosen. Students can normally apply for a study exchange grant through the Erasmus+ programme. Those entitled to a Swedish student loan (CSN) can apply for funding for study abroad. The credits (ECTS) of the course units successfully taken at the host university are recognised by the programme in Uppsala and will be included in the overall transcript of records accompanying your diploma. Third semester: September 2018 – January 2019 (30 credits) When programme information was published in October 2016, the lay-out of the third semester of the 2017-2019 Master’s in International Humanitarian Action at Uppsala was as follows: Internship in Humanitarian Action (15 credits) plus one of the following three options: • Literature Course in Humanitarian Action I / II (2 x 7.5 credits) • NOHA Research Track (15 credits) • other relevant course(s) from a university (max 15 credits). However, at the beginning of 2017 NOHA published new plans for the third semester, which would consist of either 30 credits at another NOHA partner university (in most cases outside Europe) or a 30-credit work placement module: see http://www.nohanet.org/masters – 3. Contextualisation period. Whilst Uppsala will try to respect the semester lay-out described in October 2016 if students require, it also plans to offer the new modules announced by NOHA and would encourage students to choose the latter option so that their studies are consistent with those at other NOHA universities and eligible for mutual recognition. Fourth semester: February 2019 – June 2019 (30 credits) The fourth and final semester is devoted to writing the Master’s thesis (30 credits). It is not necessary to be in Uppsala during this time, but it is recommended. The thesis module ends with a seminar where students defend their thesis and oppose another. Swedish language courses You will have the possibility to apply for Swedish language courses. Information on how to apply will be provided nearer the time. Housing Uppsala University offers accommodation to fee-paying students. The housing is generally made available from mid-August. Please check the Housing Office accommodation pages for more information on location and rent. We will send you details on how to apply for a room at a later date. Living expenses About 2 000 kronor (SEK) in cash should cover regular expenses, not including rent, during the first few days after arrival. Students who arrive at Arlanda Airport can take a train to Uppsala every half hour, journey time: 18 minutes. There is also a bus (No 801) every half hour, journey time: 45 minutes. A feasible student budget per month should be around SEK 8 000. This sum does not include programme participation costs, visa, travel costs for the Intensive Programme and excursions or internship costs. You might also want to buy a second-hand bicycle and take advantage of Uppsala’s many cycle paths. Lastly, it would be wise to bring a laptop adjusted to the European electricity system, or buy one here.