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Itching to study abroad in the wilds of Scandinavia? Scenic vistas and complete wilderness are never far away, wherever you’re situated in Norway.
Ranked as one of the top three most literate countries in the world, Norway takes education seriously. It also values free time, Mother Nature, and outdoor activity year-round. If you’re into downhill or cross-country skiing, hiking or trekking through the wide open wilderness, this is the ultimate destination. Out in the countryside there are tree houses, reindeer, and forests that go on forever.
What can you do here? Wonder at the reindeer and Northern Lights in Arctic Norway. Travel back to the Viking days further south in Oslo’s living-history museums. Get cozy in front of a fire wearing a pair of hand-knit woolen socks to experience true koselig culture — a close cousin or the same things as hygge in Denmark, depending on who you consult.
With Norway as your home base, you’ll live with a local homestay and be fully immersed in the Nordic culture — shopping, helping prepare meals, and dining most evenings together. On weekends you can explore further afield and enjoy excursions with HSA peers in Sweden and Denmark.
Independence & Resilience
Come home better prepared to make transitions, take control of new situations, and appreciate challenging experiences for what they are: opportunities to learn and grow.
After immersing yourself in unfamiliar practices and customs, you’ll become better equipped to interact with people from other cultures — in school, on the job, or in your personal life.
Studying abroad gives you the kinds of life skills that can’t be learned in a classroom — and shows college admissions reps that you’re already one step ahead in terms of initiative, maturity, and independence.
said their experience made them more aware of global issues.93%
said their experience with CIEE helped shape their college applications.79%
said they regularly use the knowledge and skills they acquired while abroad with CIEE.96%
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Did you know? Winters in Norway are shorter and milder than in neighboring Scandinavian countries.
This is about as far north as you can get — on the European continent, that it. Known as the Land of the Midnight Sun, Norway enjoys 24 hours of sunlight in its northern tip for part of the summer. Because of the Gulf Stream ocean current, temperatures are warmer than you’d expect this far north, especially along the coast.
Norway has mountains, glaciers, deep blue fjords and an Olympic ski resort. Cross-country skiing is the national sport here. Downhill skiing and ski jumping are also big, and extreme sports like base-jumping are rising in popularity. Trekking, walking, cycling and hiking opportunities are plentiful. Hundreds of rustic cabins dot the countryside and are open for anyone to pop in for a break.
The majority of people live in Oslo. Main attractions in this pristine city include the Viking Ship Museum, with amazing relics from the 9th century, and the Munch Museum, celebrating the work of Nordic painter and Expressionist pioneer Edvard Munch.
Bergen, with its rows of classic colorful wooden houses, is the starting point for boat cruises. Lillehammer has the Art Museum and the Olympic Museum, a fun place to explore the country’s proud winter sports heritage. Throughout Norway there are open-air museums and festivals that bring Viking lore and history from the Middle Ages to life.
What’s on the menu? Norwegians are serious about fish (especially salmon and pickled herring), drink huge amounts of coffee, and love sweets (except licorice, which they prefer salty). Frozen pizza is popular in the home, and waffles are the most popular street food by far. Eat them in your hands, folded up with jam in the middle.
After a few weeks on site, all students will take part in an orientation weekend in the incredible city of Gothenburg. An important seaport, it is known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards lined with many cafes and shops. Gothenburg will provide a gorgeous backdrop to orientation where you will spend time covering cultural differences, participating in group activities, and meeting staff and other students. There will also be time for fun as you will tour the city and likely visit Liseberg – Sweden’s biggest amusement park!
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ActivitiesClick to Open
Hit the ski slopes in Norway, the theme parks in Denmark, or the northernmost reaches of Finland.
Your orientation in historic and beautiful Gothenburg will start with a tour of the city, a possible visit to Sweden’s largest theme park, and some downtime to explore the Dutch-inspired canal system.
Most schools in Scandinavia do not offer extracurricular activities. Instead, students enroll in sports, clubs, and activities through their local community. Don’t fret – your homestay, friends, and Local Coordinator will be happy to help you get involved!
Looking for adventure? You will likely have the chance to participate (at an additional cost) on chaperoned excursions throughout your program. Past examples of trips have included:
Lillehammer & Hafjell, Norway
Enjoy a trip to Lillehammer and Hafjell, Norway, for a four-night ski trip. Lillehammer is a classic winter destination in Norway and the ski resort of Hafjell is only a short bus ride away. Hafjell is a great location for both downhill and cross-country skiing and the Lillehammer area offers many other activities such as indoor climbing. Add an extra day to tour Norway’s capital city, Oslo, before flying back home.
Denmark - A weekend in Denmark spent at the world-famous Legoland Park and Denmark’s biggest indoor waterpark – Lalandia.
Rovaniemi, Finland - A trip to the hometown of Santa Claus! Rovaniemi is located in the Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Here you can visit Santa Claus Village, see reindeer, and enjoy the beautiful and snowy scenery of Finland’s northernmost region.
A trip to the hometown of Santa Claus! Rovaniemi is located in the Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. Here you can visit Santa Claus Village, see reindeer, and enjoy the beautiful and snowy scenery of Finland’s northernmost region.
Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. For Fall 2021, local health and safety guidelines may not allow for overnight excursions or day trips. Participants will be updated as the program start date comes closer.
What People are Saying
"Being in another country, completely out of my comfort zone, helped me recognize which of my opinions and values are at the core of my personality, and which are mainly influenced by my surroundings. I feel more comfortable overcoming obstacles or adjusting, because I can be flexible while still staying true to myself."Jacqueline R., CIEE High School Abroad alumna
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Dates & Fees
At the time of departure, students must:
- Be in their 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th year of schooling and between the ages of 15 and 18 at the time of the program start
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Demonstrate, through the application process, their flexibility, maturity, adaptability, and readiness to face the challenges of living in a new culture
- Although there is no language requirement for this program, students are encouraged to practice their Swedish, Norwegian, or Danish prior to departure
Priority deadline discount: Apply to a fall semester or academic year by 2/15 and get a $400 discount. Apply to a spring semester by 8/1 and get a $400 discount. Discounts are deducted from final balance.
Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.