Norwegian – Culture/Adventure

Norwegian Language, Norwegian adventure and Norwegian Culture

Do you want to learn Nor­we­gian lan­guage and expe­ri­ence Nor­we­gian cul­ture?
Elve­rum Folke­høg­skole is a uni­que board­ing school for stu­dents finis­hed with high school. It offers Nor­we­gian aca­de­mic and Nor­we­gian nona­ca­de­mic cour­ses to all its stu­dents. The school is a one year course with most of its stu­dents being between the ages of 18 and 24. The majority of stu­dents come from all parts of Nor­way, but others have come from the Uni­ted Sta­tes, Europe and countries from all over the world.


Create your own schedule

The school is not a tool to look for per­ma­nent stay or work in Nor­way. The Nor­we­gian course focu­ses on lear­ning the lan­guage and cul­ture. Stu­dents that take the Nor­we­gian course will have class seve­ral times a week along with other core sub­jects such as choir, group acti­vities, discus­sions on world events, and semi­nars with the entire school. Other than that it is up to the stu­dent to create their own sche­dule. You can choose among 30 electi­ves (valg­fag) -  inclu­ding ski­ing and snow­board­ing, kick-boxing, art, digi­tal pho­to­graphy, or soc­cer and much more.

You will be intro­du­ced to the Nor­we­gian writ­ten lan­guage and gram­mar, but we emp­ha­size the oral lan­guage. You will be able to try acti­vities such as dog-sledging, cano­ing, ski­ing, snow­board­ing, white-water raf­ting and explo­ring the Nor­we­gian untouched nature. You will learn about the most famous Nor­we­gian com­po­sers, wri­ters, pain­ters and heroes. Nor­we­gian society and industry is also part of the program.


Inte­rac­ting to learn the Nor­we­gian language

Stu­dents in the Nor­we­gian course will have plenty of prac­tice when lear­ning the lan­guage, being sub­mer­ged in a «mini» Nor­we­gian society. They will inte­ract around the clock with other Nor­we­gian stu­dents, during bre­ak­fast until sup­per. There are also many acti­vities wit­hin the school year plan­ned and held by the stu­dents. Some have been a «cele­brity wed­ding», vol­ley­ball tour­na­ment, and ladies night.

Non aca­de­mic Nor­we­gian courses

During the school year we have 3 theme weeks. The first is  a trip to the moun­tains where all stu­dents and teachers  get to know each other bet­ter. They hike to the top of Glit­ter­tind, Norway’s second hig­hest moun­tain, and also to a glacier. The second theme-week the whole school works with thea­ter and tra­ditio­nal Nor­we­gian fairy tales. Stu­dents will uti­lize their music, art, and acting skills to put on a pro­duc­tion for the com­mu­nity. If you’re not the per­for­ming arts type, then you can take part behind the sce­nes wor­king with fil­ming, lights or pho­to­graphy. The final theme-week is Elve­rum folk high schools Olym­pics. The stu­dents are divi­ded into groups and com­pete in events like ice bat­hing, poker, ski­ing and much more.

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There are also «stu­die­tu­rer» (field trips). Each class has trips that they take during the school year. For example the Africa course will take trips to Africa or the Thea­ter course will attend a musi­cal in London.

Tra­vel with the Nor­we­gian course

The Nor­we­gian course will tra­vel many times all over Nor­way and Scan­di­na­via. We will expe­ri­ence more parts of Nor­way than the average Nor­we­gian ever has, inclu­ding: the famous moun­tains and the fjords, western Nor­way with Preke­sto­len and an oil museum, southern Nor­way with cabin life by the water with wake-boarding and water ski­ing, northern Nor­way with it’s aur­ora Borea­lis (northern lights) and big sea fish­ing in Lofo­ten, just to men­tion a few of the high­lights. We also visit Sweden and Denmark.

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If that isn’t enough for you then there is plenty to do in Elve­rum even though it’s a small town. There is a bow­ling alley, movie theatre/culture cen­ter, two shop­ping cen­ters, café’s, gym hall, and more. Elve­rums bus sta­tion is also a con­nec­tion to other near cities. Try­sil, one of Norway’s lar­gest and finest ski resorts, is an hour away. Forty min­utes in the other direc­tion is Hamar, a lar­ger town than Elve­rum, and two hours away is Oslo, the capital.

The aca­de­mic year and holidays

Stu­dents will have 33 weeks of school total, begin­ning in mid-August till mid-May. Throug­hout the year there will be vaca­tion time as well, one during the fall and win­ter along with a Chris­t­mas and Eas­ter break. During this time the school will be clo­sed. There will also be some week­ends with half day Fri­days and no school on Satur­days. During these week­ends the stu­dents have the opport­u­nity to go home, but the school remains open for stu­dents who choose to stay (food is still pro­vi­ded). Around the school there is much that the stu­dents can take advan­tage of, for example, a soc­cer field, a sand vol­ley­ball court, a skate­board mini-ramp, a lake and in the win­ter there is a snow­board park and a lot of cross coun­try ski slopes.

Admis­sion information

Once accep­ted, stu­dents will have to obtain a VISA if neces­sary and a resi­dence per­mit from the Nor­we­gian Embassy. More infor­ma­tion and instruc­tions will be pro­vi­ded via mail. Unfor­tu­nately Elve­rum Folke­høg­skole does not offer scholarships.

The tuition inclu­des room, food, school mate­ri­als, field trips and books.


Click the link below to view pic­ture gal­le­ries from the Nor­we­gian class:

–Nor­we­gian på Sør­vest­lan­det
–Nor­we­gian at the top and bottom of Nor­way
–Nor­we­gian in Lofo­ten 2012
–Nor­we­gian, cul­ture and adven­ture in Scandinavia


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