A heaven for outdoor adventurers

Norway

Program Details:

  • 10, 5, or 3 month program starts in August
  • 5 or 3 month program starts in January
  • Must be between the ages of 15½ and 18
  • No language requirement
  • School year starts in August
  • Placed with volunteer host family
  • Application Deadlines: 10/1 for January,
    4/1 for August

 Program Costs:

  • Academic Year – $8,500
  • Semester – $8,000
  • 3 months – $7,500
  • Insurance – $80/month

$1000 deposit due with application
**Prices are subject to change**

Program includes:

  • Public high school acceptance
  • Volunteer host family placement
  • Visa support documents
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pick up
  • Local orientation upon arrival
  • Monitoring and supervision by local partner while in Norway
  • 24-hour emergency support

Program does not include:

  • International airfare
  • Domestic transportation to host family and within Norway
  • School textbooks and lunches
  • Extracurricular expenses for clubs, sports, etc.
  • Passport/visa/resident card fees
  • Personal spending money

General Information:

Norway is situated in Scandinavia and shares a border with Finland and Sweden. Norway is most well known for its fjords, northern lights and the midnight sun. The weather in Norway is much milder than one would expect. Because of the Gulf Stream and warm air currents caused by the coriolis effect, temperatures along the coast of Norway are 41-46°F higher than at comparable latitudes elsewhere such as Alaska, Greenland and Siberia.

Norwegians are very fond of nature and spend a lot of time outdoors – even in winter. The ski season usually lasts for six months and includes downhill, cross country, telemark snowboarding and snow kiting. There is even a summer ski season at high altitudes on glaciers. The summertime offers numerous festivals and opportunities to experience the midnight sun in areas above the Arctic Circle.

High School System:

Basic compulsory education ends at age sixteen. Upper secondary school is three years of additional schooling that is optional. Students must finish this additional schooling in order to go on to higher education.

The education environment in Norway values creativity and thinking outside of the box is encouraged. There is extensive use of technology in schools, and students call their instructors by their first names. International students attend public school where the language of instruction is Norwegian. Experience says that with motivation and a desire to learn, students are generally fluent in Norwegian after 4-5 months.

*While there is no language requirement for our program, students should make every attempt to become familiar with the local language before arrival and continue to study while in the country. Classes will be taught in Norwegian. English is widely understood and spoken in Scandinavia.

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