STUDY HIGH SCHOOL NORWAY
Midnight sun and mountains in Norway
The kingdom of Norway is one of the northernmost countries in the world, with lots of snow in winter and beautiful midnight sun in summer. Oil has made the nation prosperous and it was actually ranked the world’s number one country in the 2014 Prosperity Index for health and well-being. In other words, you will have a good time during an exchange year in Norway!
Who can go: 16–18 years on arrival
Departure month: August
Language requirements: No previous knowledge required
Choice of destination: No
Prep course: Welcome Camp in Göteborg (Sweden). Included in program fee (additional travel costs)
School year: August–June
School day: Usually 08.00–15.30
Trips in the country: Including Oslo, ski travel, weekend in Stockholm or Gothenburg. BFME European Tour, additional cost.
Explore the Norwegian nature
If you love the outdoors, Norway is the perfect choice. Here you can experience unique mountains, fjords, glaciers, northern lights and much more. Exceptional beauty is waiting for you, all year round.
The Norwegians have a long cultural tradition and cherish their roots. All your new friends will be happy to show you how to live like a true Norwegian.
Bring your skis!
Norwegians in general like to think of themselves as sports lovers and specialists in outdoor activities. You will soon find out that they are totally right about this. In the summer you go “on tour” in the beautiful Norwegian landscape with hiking boots on your feet and your lunch in a backpack. In winter, it’s time to take out your skis.
There are lots of resorts for downhill skiing, but the most popular activity is cross-country skiing. You might have heard of cross-country icons such as Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen. If not, you will become familiar with their faces during your time in Norway.
More than sports
Of course, Norwegian free time is not only about sports. If that’s not your thing, you will still have plenty of things to do. You can join a club or organization involving music, theatre or maybe crafts. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Norwegian traditions.
For the weekend, gather your friends and go to a club, concert or the cinema. These are all great activities to practice your language skills. In addition, many Norwegian families have a summer cottage, in Norwegian called hytte, where they like to spend their leisure time.
Our Norwegian families are all spread out across the country. Your family might live in the south near the beautiful Norwegian archipelago, in the north with amazing scenery and northern lights, in the west with deep fjords and vast glaciers or in the east near the capital of Oslo. But wherever you are placed, you will meet a family excited to open up their home to receive an exchange student – you!
The Norwegian school system
High school in Norway consists of three school years called Videregående, which you normally attend between the age of 16 to 19, in preparation for continued higher education. The school is divided into two semesters: fall semester from August to December and spring semester from January to June. During the school year there are four school breaks. The school day normally begins at 8 am and ends around 3.30 pm.