With safe communities, and excellent education system and warm and welcoming host families, studying abroad in Norway is a unique opportunity to gain international, academic experience as a high school student.
Studying abroad in Norway will give you a chance to live in the land of fjords and the Northern Lights. As an exchange student, you will also have a chance to meet new, international friends and immerse yourself in the Norwegian culture.
Program at a Glance:
- Host family accommodation provides full language & cultural immersion
- No previous Norwegian language experience required — beginners welcome!
- You can choose between semester or academic year lengths
- Straightforward online application process
- Fall starts only (no spring start options)
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Please note we have limited spots for this program. It is best to apply as early as possible.
Application Deadline: March 15th
- Semester school dates: August – January
- Academic Year: August – June
Exact dates of arrival and departure depend on the host family and school you are placed in, as each school has a different start date. You will know your exact dates once you are placed in a school and host family!
Arrival and Departure
All students are required to book flights on their own. An airport transfer upon arrival is included in the cost of the program. You will be provided your exact arrival and departure dates after you’re placed in a host family and school, as well as the exact timeframes you should arrive/depart, so that you can start to search for possible flights. Prior approval of a proposed itinerary is required before you purchase any flights.
Packaged into the Price:
- Airport pickup upon arrival
- Host family accommodation and 3 meals per day
- Comprehensive medical/accident insurance
- Arrival Orientation with Norwegian Local Coordinator
- Certificate of Completion upon successful completion of the program for use on college applications.
- $1,500 Application Fee due by the program deadline to formally apply
- $5,000 Commitment Payment due 14 days after acceptance
- Remaining balance is due 16 weeks prior to your start date. If your program starts within 16 weeks of acceptance, the remaining program balance payment will be due at the same time as the commitment deposit.
So, what about credits?
The host school abroad will not provide high school credit. All credit must be granted through your home school in the U.S. or Canada. All U.S./Canadian schools have different policies.
In Norway, it is not guaranteed your host school will provide you an official transcript. If your school will not, some host schools will provide documentation, letters, and any other materials you require upon request. You must have good behavior, attendance, and performance in order for the school to fulfill this request.
Then, you should take this documentation back to your home school as proof of your participation in the program. Your home school is responsible for awarding you credit for this program or not.
Before You Go Abroad
You should meet with your US high school before you leave and share the general curriculum guidelines for Norway with your guidance counselor and/or teachers.
Because the curriculum will vary by school and it is not guaranteed you’ll take any specific classes, it is important that you arrange the required classes required for your graduation, such as U.S. History, before or after your time abroad.
You will be provided information about the general curriculum for your age level in Norway, but you will not know your course schedule until after you arrive in country and start attending school.
Once You’re Abroad
Please keep in mind that the grading system in other countries is different than the US. Most host schools will not grant grades or transcripts as it is too difficult to evaluate your work due to the language barrier. If your host school is able to award you grades, they won’t be an exact match to what you would get in the US.
Support and Services:
- Visa Assistance in applying for the visa ahead of arrival, including visa paperwork and extensive directions and support.
- Extensive pre-departure advice and support from your US-based program coordinators! They will be with you from your first inquiry, all the way through preparing to leave and your arrival in Norway.
- Support from in-country staff upon arrival to Norway.
- Online pre-departure cultural and logistical orientation before you leave.
- 24-hour in-country and emergency support for the duration of the program, including 24-hour emergency phone numbers to reach a program manager at any time.
Additional Expenses to Budget for:
- Airfare to/from Norway
- Welcome Camp in major European city (optional – $800)
- Weekend excursions (optional trips offered within Europe)
- All school supplies, notebooks, pens, calculator etc.
- Local transportation
- Pocket money
- Lunch at school
- Personal hygiene articles (deodorant, tampons, perfume, shampoo)
- Specialty food items
- If there is something you want or enjoy that your host family does not typically buy. Students with intolerances have to buy (for example): gluten-free items, lactose intolerance milk, vegan options etc. if this is not part of their host family’s diet.
- Some schools require a deposit to use a school laptop which will be given to the student for the entire year. Normal deposit is $100 USD and will be refunded when returned to the school without any damages.
In researching a study abroad program, you have already shown you are a leader and open-minded in your academic pursuits. These are just a few of the traits that our exchange students possess. You’re motivated to immerse yourself in another culture and flexible enough to live outside your comfort zone. You should also:
- Be between 15.5 and 17 years of age at the time of travel
- Be from the United States or Canada
- Possess a high school cumulative GPA of at least 2.75/4.0
- Be in great mental* and physical health
- Have a genuine interest in becoming a part of your host family and community
- Be willing to study and learn the Norwegian language
- Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before departure
*What does it mean to be in good mental health?
Moving to a new culture and staying in unfamiliar surroundings without your normal support structure can be very stressful, even to a well-adjusted student. Sending a student with pre-existing conditions on a long-term exchange program could exacerbate whatever challenges the student was previously facing. In order to ensure the safety of our participants, we must be rigorous in our pre-screening of all high school abroad applicants.
Therefore, we may not be able to accept students who have struggled with any kind of mental illness, specifically within the last 2 years and/or are reliant on medication to address their existing mental health condition. Each student will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and ultimately it is the in-country partner who holds the right to accept or decline a student based on their individual policy.
These include, but are not limited to:
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Eating disorders
- Chronic debilitating migraines
- Bipolar Disorder
All students who currently experience one or more of these conditions will be required to submit an addendum to the terms and conditions as well as a letter of support from their current mental health specialist. If the student’s mental health issue has been managed (post-medication) for over 2 years, we will still require a note from his/her relevant practitioner (psychologist, therapist, psychiatrist, etc.) as part of the application process. We encourage you to discuss your specific situation with us directly, before securing these documents.
Please note that students who have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD will not be guaranteed any academic accommodations plans by the host school abroad.