After a whole day on the Ship «Midnattsol» that took us from Trondheim to Ålesund and a good nights sleep at Borgund FHS, we are ready for a sunny day with a lot of fun. We drive in to the city of Ålesund and walk up to Aksla, a small mountain top From here we […]
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, in or beginning college. 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 scheule
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. They have over 30 electives (valgfag) to choose from to fill their week including skiing and snowboarding, kickboxing, 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 programme.
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 ‘til 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 which all students and teachers take part in.
Nonacademic Norwegian courses
During the school year there are also theme weeks. There are three in total. The first is when the students and teachers take a trip to the mountains to 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 week the whole school works with theatre and traditional norwegian fairytales. 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 «temauke» is Elverum folkhighschoolympics, our very own olympic games. The students are divided into groups and compete in events like ice bathing, poker, skiing and much more.
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 Theatre 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 wakeboarding 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.
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, cafes, gym hall, and more. Elverum’s 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 ‘til 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.
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, but it is possible to apply for a scholarship here.
You must apply before Nov 1st for the next school year.
The tuition includes room, food, school materials, field trips and books.
Click the link below to view picture galleries from the Norwegian class: