Learning for Life

What Should I do Next?

This is the dilemma that faced Anna of Madison, WI when she graduated high school. Just like many recent graduates she didn’t know what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.

10-9learninglifepg.jpgHaving visited Norway once before and having been involved in Sons of Norway, she decided to try something different from many of her college-bound friends. She enrolled at a Norwegian folk school, or folkehøgskule. “Folk schools are about learning for life,” says Anna. “A lot of kids graduate from high school and it’s a cliché to go straight to college. But there is so much out there. To be out of my comfort zone was hard but it was the best year of my life.”

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What are Norwegian Folk High Schools?

folk_high_schoolYou’re graduating from high school and have plans to work or attend college, but aren’t sure what you want to do. Have you considered taking a gap year and have a break from the cycle of study-paper-exam for a while? A Norwegian folkehøgskole or folk high school is a great way to do this and set yourself on a path of personal development and learning for learning’s sake. The goal is to reflect on who you are and what you want to be. Other traits that may be built in the process are confidence, creativity, maturity, cooperation, attitude, and self-knowledge.

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Folk High School Spotlight: Anna Grinde

grinde_2.jpgName: Anna Grinde

Age: 19

Hometown: Madison, WI

Folkehøgskule: Seljord in Telemark

Linje (Course): Friluftsliv (Outdoor Life)

What made you decide to go to a Folkehøgskule in Norway?

My sister had gone to Fredtun Folk high school 4 years before and I visited her while she was there. I was able to visit her there and I was so impressed with the atmosphere of the school and her positive reaction to the year. I wasn’t sure what where I wanted to go to college yet so I decided to move to Norway.

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Folk High School Spotlight: Sigrid Arneson

bio1Name: Sigrid Arneson

Age: 19

Hometown: Stoughton, WI

Folkehøgskule: Hallingdal in Gol

Linje (Course): Idrett

What made you decide to go to a Folkehøgskule in Norway?

Not fully knowing what I wanted to study in college and where to go, I thought this was perfect transition year to do something that was different and fun.

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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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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”

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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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”