Norwegian – Culture/Adventure
Study in Norway! Through this course you experience Norway, Norwegian culture and language in an exiting and adventurous way. We travel through all of Norway and visit the most famous sights. You’ll experience the roaring oceans at Grønningen Lighthouse in the south, and the spectacular Northern lights in Lofoten.
About the course
Do you want to learn Norwegian language and experience Norwegian culture?
Our goal is for you to be able to speak and understand Norwegian according to your own standards through suggestopedi, a quick learning method. 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 an unique boarding school for students finished with high school. It offers Norwegian academic and nonacademic courses to all its students. The school is a one year course with most of its students being between the ages of 18 to 24. The majority of students come from all parts of Norway, but others have come from the United States, Europe and other countries all over the world.
Create your own schedule.
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, 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-sleding, 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.
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 off. 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).
Non academic Norwegian courses.
During the school year we have three theme weeks. The first is a trip to the mountains where you will get to know all the students and teachers better. We 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 fairytales. 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 or scenography. The final theme-week is Elverum folkhighschoolympics. The students are divided into countries and compete in our very own olympics, with events like ice bathing, poker, skiing and much more.
- White-water rafting
- Lofotfiske (deep water fishing in Northern Norway)
- Hurtigruta (cruise ship along the coast)
- The Northern lights
- Snowboarding/twin tip
- Build and sleep in a snow cave
- Hiking to Prekestolen (Pitpul mountain), Glittertind , Jotunheimen and on a Glacier
- Kirkenes Snow hotell
- Visit The Finnmark race (dog sleding race)
- Famous Norwegian composers, writers and painters like Edvard Grieg, Henrik Ibsen and Edvard Munch
- Exhibits at the National Gallery, Maihagen, The Much Museum and more
Norwegian history and society
- Norwegian History
- Norwegian heroes like Fritjof Nansen, Roald Amundsen, Thor Heyerdal, Helge Ingstad and more
- Norwegian government today
- The Sami parliament
- Norwegian industry
- Concert reading
- Choir reading
- Practical tasks
Stavanger, Lindesnes, Mandal and Kristiansand
Northern Norway: Kirkenes, Pasvik og Karasjok in Finnmark, hurtigruta (cruiseboat) to Lofoten
Røros, Trondheim, Ålesund, Sogndal and Bergen
Travelling in Norway and Scandinavia
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.
Everything you need close by
Elverum folkehøgskole was built in 1928, and has served as a flok high school ever since (except for a few years during WWII). The buildings are old and traditional, with tons of charm. Many of the buildings have been refurbished, but the original look has been preserved.
We have six dormitories, a lecture hall, a theatre stage and gymnastics hall, a photography studio, a gym, a library, dining room, a large living room with a fireplace, student kitchens, tv rooms, and special rooms for arts and crafts, including a Mac-room for video editing.
The school is located close to the town center, with all kinds of shops and two malls. 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 we have our own snowboard park and a lot of cross country ski slopes.
Who can apply?
The school is not a tool to look for permanent stay or work in Norway. The Norwegian – Culture/Adventure course is open to anyone over the age of 18 looking to experience the best of Norway in one year.
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.
You must know the English language to attend this class.
Apply for Norwegian – Culture/adventure
You may apply for the coming school year after October 1st. Please enclose certificates and other relevant documents from former education. Classes usually fill up quite fast, so apply early.
We start sending out acceptance letters on the 1st of february. For foreign students who needs to obtain a visa, we might start the process earlier. If you are offered a place at the school we count you as a student as soon as you have accepted the offer.