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FAQ Distance courses Department of Earth Sciences

Here you find frequently asked questions about our distance courses. You find answers about everything from admission and exams to practical GIS questions.

We are aware that courses can be marked as distance, but have the location of study mentioned as Gothenburg (this is the institution).

NGN180 and NGN190 GIS courses. Both GIS courses are 100 % online distance, including NGN180s written exam.

NGN235 remote sensing course This course is also 100 % online distance. However, there is an option half day at the Geovetarcentrum in Gothenburg.

NG1610 Climate Change/People/Society course: This course is 100 % online distance.

You must meet the language requirements for the course and there are no exceptions. The language requirements are listed on the website (or

NGN180 and NGN190 GIS courses: Once you have been admitted and register for the course, there is a single website with information in both language and you use the language you prefer.

NGN235 remote sensing course: Once you have been admitted to the course, there is a single website with information in both language and you use the language you prefer.

NG1610 Climate Change/People/Society: is taught exclusively in Swedish.

Here you find links to the open canvas pages.

On the open pages, you can find course literature, course manager, course syllabus and other helpful information as well as a sense of course’s style, focus, and management. You can access the information on the open pages before you are registered for the course. Once you are registered, you will have access to more information.

The same course is listed multiple times for one of two reasons:

  • Language If the course is taught in both English and Swedish, it will be listed twice, apply to the course you are eligible too.
  • Study tact otherwise known as how long you have to complete the course. All of our distance courses are given at either 50% (10 weeks for 7.5 credits) or 25% (20 weeks for 7.5 credits). If we offer the course at the same time at two different tact, we have to publish them as two different listings.

50 % is half-time. For a half-time education, you should spend about 20 hours a week on studies. It therefore takes twice as long to read a course at 50 % pace as it takes to read the same course at full-time.

25% is One quarter time. For an education at one quarter pace, you should spend about 10 hours a week on studies. It therefore takes four times as long to read a course at 25 % pace as it takes to read the same course at full-time.

In principal yes, but in the frame of the course. The goal is to finish within the course time. But there you can work 100 % for one week and then take a break the next or work continuously, just try to keep the course dates.

All of these courses are eligible for CSN. Please contact CSN for further questions about CSN.

In principle, yes. However, you should ask your home department whether you could or not. Our own students are welcome to use these courses in their education; however, they usually have a similar course in their own program so they do not have need of these courses. So it is always wise to confirm with the department who whose degree you will earn.

You should ask your home department whether they would be willing to do that or not. Our students can do so, if the needs arrives, they should contact study counselling for more information.

  • You may ask for a re-registration to the course by email, circa two weeks before the next course start.
  • If you were registered for the class previously, please be aware that you cannot reapply via or
  • If you have some credits in the Ladok system, they will not disappear when you register, you simply continue from there to complete the course (example: 7.5 credit course and you have 2.5 credits in Ladok, then you need to complete only the missing 5 credits)
  • Consequence. Courses evolve, so if it there has been a change in the course work, you may be completing different work then was in your original work.
  • Consequence. We have just changed teaching platforms from GUL (fall 2019 and earlier) to CANVAS (spring 2020 and onward), work saved on GUL that was not formally graded will need to be repeated if you did not save the work on your own computer.
  • If after your registration and looking through course materials you feel uncertain about what needs to be completed, both the course manager and the study counselor are good resources.

If you are a new student, your call to registration, which arrives circa 2-3 weeks before a course begins will provide you with links to creating a student account. This is sent from our student office:

If you are a new, international student without a personal number and you cannot drop by in the Gothenburg Service Center, you will need to add an extra step.

  • Email:
  • Send them your full name, date of birth, and the course(s) you will register asking for assistance with creating a student account.
  • Send to a mailing address. We will list this in Ladok, this will then be the email used by the service center to mail you your information.
  • You only need to do this once for the University of Gothenburg.

A course registration indicates your intention to attend the course that you have been admitted to. Registration is necessary so that you can get access to the course in Canvas, register for exams and your results can be reported. It is also a prerequisite in order to obtain student aid, which is paid out by CSN.

If you were registered for the coursepreviously you cannot reapply via or You need to ask for a re-registration to the course by contact the student administration, circa two weeks before the course start.

We use open courses and thus free software for all platforms (Linux, Windows, MAC).

Yes! See the previous question.

GIS distance courses use only QGIS.

NGN180 GIS: yes online
NGN190 GIS II: no
NGN235 Remote Sensing: yes online
NG1610 Climate Change/People/Society course: no

If you need help with course material, you can start in Canvas, where there is online support information, forums, and zoom if needed from the course coordinator and their teaching assistants.

NGN180 summer and fall
NGN190 fall and spring
NGN235 spring
NG1610 fall, spring and summer

You need to apply by (or

The course slot with the most applicants is the summer (regardless of course), we have a reserve list and not everyone will get in. In the fall, students sometimes land on the reserve list, but usually get in. We have the fewest applicants generally in the spring.

If we have closed late admissions, you cannot apply to the course any longer for that particular course time slot.