Our goal is for you to be able to speak and understand Norwegian according to your own standards. You will learn about Norwegian culture, history, geography and society through exhibitions and by travelling and experiencing Norway first hand. This year will be a ten months long adventure.
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.
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.
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.
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.
During the school year we have three 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 kids in the the community. If you’re not the performing arts type, then you can take part behind the scenes working with filming, lights, photography og scenography. The final theme-week is Elverum folkhighschoolympics. The students are divided into countries and compete in events like ice bathing, poker, skiing and much more.
South West: Kristiansand, Mandal, Stavanger
Røros, Trondheim, Ålesund, Sogndal, Bergen
Northern Norway up to Finnmark
The Norwegian-class will travel all over Norway. 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 the oil museum, southern Norway with cabin life by the water, northern Norway with it’s Aurora Borealis (northern lights) and fishing in Lofoten, just to mention a few of the highlights. We also visit Copenhagen, 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, café’s, gym hall, and more. Elverums bus station is also a connection to other near cities. Trysil, one of Norway’s largest and best 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. Our main airport, Gardermoen, is only one hour away.
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.