Study in Scandinavia

HECUA program: The New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging (formerly SUST)

Location: University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Time: Fall semester only
Language: Courses in English. Norwegian language courses available.
Prerequisite: 1 year of college
Program Overview: 
Prosperous and egalitarian, Norway is known for its highly developed welfare state, oil and gas wealth, and global leadership on human rights. Like its European neighbors, however, the Norwegian state is struggling to adapt to a changing population. This program focuses on the myriad effects of mass immigration, and examines outreach to new Norwegians who have come to the country as work migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.

Students meet with local researchers, community organizers, and government officials shaping policy and effecting change with regard to integration and inclusion. Coursework focuses on national and religious identity, gender equality, and political culture in the context of the increasingly diverse Norwegian welfare state. Students observe these issues at play in their volunteer work at service organizations, NGOs, and political groups.

In the vibrant capital city of Oslo, students explore issues of immigration, identity, and belonging. There are numerous field excursions in and around the city center, and students travel to another Scandinavian capital on a multi-day comparative field visit.


  • The Scandinavian Welfare State
  • Challenges of Globalization and Mass Migration in Scandinavia
  • Scandinavian Art, Film, and Literature
  • Norwegian Language OR Independent Study Project

Cost: St. Olaf tuition plus program fee

Direct Enrollment Program in Norwegian Universities

Location: Options include Oslo, Trondheim, Bø, and Tromsø

Time: Fall semester, spring semester, or full year
Language: Courses in English and Norwegian. Norwegian language courses available.
Prerequisite: 1 year of college
Program Overview: Varies by university. Click the link above to learn more.

  • Norwegian Language
  • Various courses in many disciplines: Economics, Humanities, Engineering, Medical and Health Sciences, and Social Sciences, taught in Norwegian or English

Cost: St. Olaf tuition plus program fee

Scandinavian Studies at the University of Southeast Norway (Bø campus)

Location: University of Southeast Norway, Bø, Norway

Time: Fall, spring or full year.
Language: Courses in English. Norwegian language courses available.
Prerequisite: 1 year of college
Program Overview: 
Scandinavian Studies in Telemark seeks to provide for international students a semester or year of academic study and social opportunity to explore dimensions of the Norwegian way of life, specifically Telemark county. Fall and Spring semester offer a broad range of academic themes, in addition to promoting intercultural competence and environmental insights while utilizing the diversity of Telemark’s geography, culture, and business community.

This program offers international undergraduate students an extended period of immersion into the cultural setting of academic studies. The courses provide a broad range of social and cultural insights into Telemark and Norway: past and present. The students will be exposed to the requirements of critical thinking and independent work, which characterize the Norwegian academic context.

Courses include: 

  • Norway and Telemark: Regional Identity
  • Communication and Bilingualism
  • Peace Studies
  • Ecophilosophy
  • Norwegian Perspectives on Outdoor Education
  • Scandinavian Film and Fiction
  • Folklore and Traditional Culture
  • Norwegian Language (all levels)
  • Independent Study

Cost: St. Olaf tuition plus program fee

DIS-Copenhagen / DIS-Stockholm

Location: Copenhagen, Denmark or Stockholm, Sweden

Time: Summer, fall semester, spring semester, or full year.
Language: Courses in English. Danish and Swedish language courses available.
Prerequisite: At least 3 semesters of college; 3.0 GPA
Program Overview:
DIS is a non-profit study abroad foundation established in Denmark in 1959, with locations in Copenhagen and Stockholm. DIS provides semester, academic year, and summer programs taught in English, and offers high-impact learning experiences for upper-division undergraduate students from distinguished North American colleges and universities.

Pursue your academic and personal goals abroad. Build your semester by choosing a Core Course from 26 Academic Programs in Copenhagen and 8 in Stockholm, and select from over 280 upper-level courses between the two locations – all taught in English. Or, in the summer, you can mix and match between either DIS location over four sessions – staying for just one session or adding together two to three sessions.

Courses include:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Art and Visual Culture
  • Biomedicine
  • Communications
  • Computer Science
  • Environmental Science
  • European Politics
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Global Economics
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • International Relations
  • Justice and Human Rights
  • Literature
  • Medical Practice and Policy
  • Neuroscience
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Sociology
  • Sustainability
  • Urban Studies

Cost: St. Olaf tuition plus program fee

Oslo International Summer School

Location: University of Oslo
Oslo, Norway

Time: 6 weeks: late June to early August
Language: Courses in English and Norwegian. Norwegian language courses available.
Prerequisite: 1 year of college
Program Overview: 
The ISS is an academic center for learning in an international context, and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. It aims at developing and conveying knowledge and at promoting understanding between people from different cultures.  Choose from a wide range of courses, focusing on Norwegian language and various aspects of Norwegian culture and society. The courses adopt a comparative perspective, where the Norwegian case may serve as a basis for discussion. Courses are based on active student participation, and many of them include field visits.

Courses include: 

  • Norwegian Language
  • Norwegian Literature
  • Norwegian History
  • Art in Norway
  • Norwegian Architecture and Design
  • Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries
  • Scandinavian Film and TV
  • The Norwegian Welfare State
  • International Politics

Cost: ca. $3890 plus airfare and expenses

For inquiries about the Oslo International Summer School program, please contact Michelle Fredrickson ( or Torild Homstad ( directly by email or phone: 507-786-3269.

Snåsa Youth Exchange

Location: Snåsa, Norway

Time: 3 weeks (summer)
Program Overview:
Snåsa Youth Exchange is a three week stay in one of Norway’s most beautiful and diverse communities. This is a non-credit and unpaid program where you will experience and learn about Norwegian culture while participating in the local community. The Youth Exchange is intended for students who are especially interested in farming, nature resource management, forestry, national parks, biology, botany, Norwegian language and history, and the history, culture, and language of the South Sami. Your host family will provide first-hand knowledge about Snåsa, in addition to housing, food, and local transportation. There will be many excursions in the local area.

This three week program can be combined with the Oslo International Summer School.

To apply or for more information, write to the Snåsa St. Olaf College Committee Coordinator, Inga Engum Skavlan:

NORW 296: Oslo Internship & Reflection Seminar

Time: 1 month (January; St. Olaf Interim)
Language: English and Norwegian, with the options for minimal and intensive language study
Prerequisite: NORW 231 or higher
Program Overview:
NORW 296 is St. Olaf’s first international internship and reflection seminar. This program uniquely transitions from a typical study abroad experience to an (unpaid) internship at a humanitarian, religious, or non-profit organization in Oslo, Norway. Students will live in shared apartments of 4-6 people in Oslo, and will spend Mondays through Thursdays at their respective internships before meeting for class on Fridays.

Cost: Program fee: $2,480; estimated additional expenses: $2,370 (international airfare and meals)