What are Folk High Schools?

folk_high_school_1.jpgFolk high school literally translates from the Norwegian work Folkehøgskule. Folk high schools are not like a high school in the states; rather they are a one year gap year similar to a boarding school mixed with a fun camp. There are over 70 folk high schools scattered all over Norway and each school offers a variety of non-traditional and non-academic subjects. Students live in dorm style buildings and live together in a small school campus. The idea of folk high schools is to create Learning for Life opportunities and experiences.

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How Do You Maintain Your Network Abroad?

connected.jpgWhether you are working, studying or interning abroad it is important to think about how your move will influence your network. While living abroad will have many opportunities to expand your social and professional network, it could also be detrimental to the contacts you have in your home country. Consider seriously how you want to remain in contact with individuals while you are travelling. 

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The Oslo International Summer School

What is OISS?

Oslo_UniversityOslo International Summer School (ISS) is a six week summer program located at the University of Oslo’s Blindern Campus in Oslo, Norway. The summer school program welcomes International students to create a community of learning, good will, and cultural understanding. Under-grad and Grad students can attend OISS to receive college credit, meet other young students from around the world, and experience a summer in the beautiful Norway. Approximately 550 students from around 90 different countries attend the summer school each year. Learn more by clicking here. Continue reading “The Oslo International Summer School”

More Tips for Your First Year of College

Tackling that first year in college is scary, exciting, and nerve-wracking but ultimately it is some of the best times of your life. You are starting a new chapter in your life–there is so much ahead and in store. Let’s add some more advice to your plate and remember to take everything in stride.

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Norwegian Language Camps

summercamp2.jpgNorwegian summer camps are a great way to introduce kids to their heritage along with others who share the same excitement and passion for a fun learning experience. Kids attend camp to learn Norwegian language, play Viking games, eat traditional foods, learn Norwegian history and culture and enjoy the summer days with friends while gaining confidence and independence.

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Conquering the First Year of College

college_freshman.jpgWhile making preparations for your freshman year of college there is typically plenty of advice given from family, friends, teachers and co-workers. Some of that advice may be greatly appreciated and some may not. There is a lot of pressure at this age. You are making decisions that will affect the rest of your life while growing up and learning to become independent. It should be a time to enjoy young adulthood, try new things and learn from life experiences. Here is some advice that you should not overlook when it comes to conquering the freshman year of college.

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Colleges and Universities in Norway

Studying abroad is one of the greatest educational opportunities. It broadens your horizons, offers insight into a different culture, and matures your independence preparing you for the rest of your life.

Finding a college to study at in Norway is an exciting process. You can decide to study abroad for a semester or a whole school year. We have links to schools that provide American students with a unique learning experience depending on your interests of study and location preferences. Continue reading “Colleges and Universities in Norway”

Canadian Schools with Norwegian Connections

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University of Alberta

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

The University of Alberta is the only university in Canada which offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Scandinavian, a Bachelor of Arts Combined Honors Degree in Scandinavian and a Bachelor of Commerce Degree/Major in European Studies-Scandinavian.

The Scandinavian Program at the University of Alberta offers courses covering the various levels of language instruction from beginning to advanced in Norwegian and Swedish. There are also courses in the cultures of these countries, including Denmark and Iceland, as well as different courses in the literatures of the Scandinavian countries. In addition, the Department offers linguistics courses dealing with the structure and history of the Scandinavian languages. These courses aim to provide students with a thorough knowledge of the language, the culture and literature of the Scandinavian countries in the context of a liberal arts education.



University of Alberta, Augstana Campus

Camrose, Alberta, Canada

The Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta has one of Canada’s few university programs in Scandinavian Studies with a focus on the Norwegian language. Founded by Norwegian immigrants in 1910, Augustana is an undergraduate liberal arts and sciences campus which offers a unique major in Modern Languages which combines two of four languages: Norwegian, French, German, Spanish. A minor in Scandinavian Studies is also available, and Augustana students may study at numerous institutions in Norway including Telemark University College in Bø, Telemark, the University of Oslo and the University of Bergen.

Courses in Scandinavian Studies are small, and students receive personal attention. Course offerings include Norwegian language (Beginners’, Intermediate and Advanced), Scandinavian Culture, and a wide-variety of Scandinavian literature courses such as Scandinavian Folk Literature, Personal Narratives of the North, Viking-Age Mythology and Scandinavian Crime Fiction.

Weekly Norwegian language lunches and a student-led Scandinavian club provide students with opportunities to experience the Norwegian language and Scandinavian culture in informal settings. The Modern Languages Programs gives senior language students opportunities to assist other students in their language learning by working in the language lab.

For more information, please visit the Augustana website www.augustana.ualberta.ca/ and/or contact Dr. Ingrid Urberg, Associate Professor of Scandinavian Studies, at  iurberg@ualberta.ca.



University of British Columbia

Minor in Scandinavian Studies-Swedish, Danish

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is one of North America’s largest public research and teaching institutions, and one of only two Canadian institutions consistently ranked among the world’s 22 best universities. Surrounded by the beauty of the Canadian West, it is a place that inspires bold, new ways of thinking that have helped make it a national leader in areas as diverse as community service learning, sustainability and research commercialization.  UBC offers more than 56,000 students a range of innovative programs and attracts $550 million per year in research funding from government, non-profit organizations and industry through over 8,000 projects and grants.