Exploration Seminar "Arctic Environmental Issues"
The names still call us to adventure: The Arctic. North Pole. Northwest Passage. These places today are overlain with concern and alarm, as the world's currents of air and water carry the consequences of civilization's effluents to the creatures and peoples of the North. To gain a fuller understanding of world environmental issues, we will cross the Arctic Circle by air, landing at Bodø, Norway, for briefings on environmental issues by the very people working to resolve them. Then it's off by boat to the magnificent Lofoten Islands, once a major Viking settlement. Basking in warm ocean currents, Lofoten's temperatures average just above freezing during late February, a welcome relief from frigid Moorhead. Whether by the low Arctic sun by day or the stunning Northern Lights at night, we will soak in the beauty of Lofoten's spectacular landscapes as we witness efforts to preserve their pristine nature.
May Seminar "Green and Peace: The Nordic Way"
The students spend a month traveling across the Nordic countries. The seminar incorporates meetings with peacemaking and environment specialists in the Nordic capitals along with excursions to unique natural and cultural sites (some of them are included into Unesco World Heritage list, such as Thingvellir National Park in Iceland, Nærøyfjord in Norway, and Skogskykogården Cemetary in Sweden), an organic farm, and an ecological village in Denmark. The students also visit national parliaments and Nobel Peace Center in Oslo. Moreover, the seminar offers a unique opportunity to experience the 17th of May celebration in Norway.
Several other May Seminars include Scandinavian in their travel itineraries, for the current offerings please contact the Office of Global Education email@example.com or 218.299.3927
Other study abroad programs in Norway and Scandinavia
- University of Oslo International Summer School (6 weeks)
- Scandinavia and the Baltic (one semester; Lillehammer and Hamar, Norway)
- Diakonhjemmet University College (one semester; Oslo)
- University of Tromsø (one year/ one semester)
- Hedmark University College (one year/ one semester)
Scandinavia and the Baltic (One Semester)
Lillehammer and Hamar, Norway; Sweden, Denmark, Germany
Consider a spring semester in Norway! The program is based in the city of Lillehammer, Norway, just a few hours train ride from Oslo. You will study at Lillehammer University College and learn (in English) about contemporary and ethical issues of the region as well as comparative religious communities. Study of Norwegian language, history, and culture is also part of the curriculum, and the program allows you to complete your 300 level Religion requirement and receive Scan Studies or other course credits. You will have the chance to travel for several weeks to several exciting countries of the North Atlantic and Baltic Seas. You will also be given the opportunity to travel on your own during weekends and breaks. Please contact the Office of Global Education for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 218.299.3927.
University of Oslo International Summer School (Six weeks)
The International Summer School, located in the metropolitan city of Oslo, Norway, annually brings together more than 500 students from more than 90 countries. Living and studying together at the University of Oslo, students may choose undergraduate courses in Norwegian language or English courses in culture, literature, history, art history, politics, international relations and contemporary social issues. Graduate courses (also taught in English) are offered in media studies, peace research, international development studies, international community health, special needs education, energy planning and sustainable development. In addition to its emphasis on academic achievement and international good will, the University of Oslo International Summer School offers many cultural and social activities, Open to any major, the program requires the completion of the first year of college and a good academic standing. Please contact the Office of Global Education for more information: email@example.com or 218.299.3927.
University of Tromsø (One Semester/ One Year)
Spend a semester or the entire year in the northernmost university in the world. Tromsø, also called Paris of North, offers a unique blend of natural, academic and cultural environments. The university offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in English both in science, social studies and humanities. If you are particularly interested in marine studies, Arctic geography, climate, flora and fauna, indigenous peoples, Norwegian literature and language, the University of Tromsø is the right place for you. Please contact the Office of Global Education for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 218.299.3927.