Norwegian – Culture/Adventure
Study in Norway! Through this course you`ll experience Norway, Norwegian culture and language in an exiting and adventurous way. We`ll 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 nine months long adventure.
Elverum Folkehøgskole is an unique boarding school for students that have finished 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 and 24. The majority of our students comes from all parts of Norway, except for the Norwegian cultur/adventure class, where there are students from all around the world.
Create your own schedule.
The Norwegian course emphasize the oral language. Students in 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, 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, being submerged in a “mini-Norwegian” society. You will interact around the clock with Norwegian students. There are also many activities within the school year planned and held by the students. Such as volleyball tournament, «celebrity wedding», quiz and ladies night, to mention some.
The academic year and holidays.
Students will have 33 weeks of school in total, from mid-August to mid-May. Throughout the year there will be vacation at following times: break during fall approx. week 41, winterbreak approx. week 8, Christmas and Easter break. During vacations 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 one is a trip to the national park of Jotunheimen, where you will get to know all the students and teachers better. Among other things we hike to the top of Glittertind, the second highest mountain in Norway!
The second theme week the whole school work on a play based on 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, you might take part behind the scenes working with camera, lights, photography or scenography.
The final theme-week is Elverum folkhighschoolympics. The students are divided into countries (teams) and compete in our very own olympics, with events like ice bathing, poker, skiing, chess, strong (wo)man and many 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
- Copenhagen, Denmark
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.
In Elverum you`ll find a bowling alley, movie theatre/culture center, two shopping centers, café’s, several gyms 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.