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Take the opportunity to study in one of the world’s most mesmerising countries. Norway is known worldwide for its exceptional nature and it’s the perfect destination for you who love skiing and snowboarding.
High School Classic is the traditional high school exchange programme, chosen by most of our students. It is the perfect programme for those who long for a genuine high school experience abroad and who are willing to embrace all the surprises it can bring. Here’s how it works: based on your profile, we find you a suitable host family and school, and the best part is, it can be anywhere in Norway, from its modern and exciting cities to the unforgettable fjords! If you’re open to adventure and are willing to let yourself be surprised by your exchange experience, this is the programme for you.
Experience two new countries in one year! The new High School 2-in-1 programme gives you the unique opportunity to spend each semester of your high school exchange in a different country. You can learn an extra language, gain insight into yet another culture and make even more international friends.
Norway has incredibly beautiful mountains, fjords and glaciers, but also cities with a vibrant urban and cultural life. The Norwegians speak great English but take the opportunity to learn Norwegian – a language you will have great usage for in the rest of Scandinavia!
Population: 5.2 million
Area: 387 000 km2
Borders: Sweden, Finland and Russia
Language: Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk)
National holiday: May 17
In Norway, the contact between teachers and students is open and informal. You are expected to be active, and to learn as much as possible. No previous knowledge of the Norwegian language is required in order to participate in our exchange programme. However, we do recommend that you have a basic level of understanding. After all, the teaching will be in Norwegian.
High school in Norway consists of three school years called Videregående, which you normally attend between the age of 16 to 19, in preparation for continued higher education. The school is divided into two semesters: fall semester from August to December and spring semester from January to June. During the school year there are four school breaks. The school day normally begins at 8 am and ends around 3.30 pm.
Exchange students in Norwegian high schools are usually placed in year one or two. You will have compulsory subjects such as mathematics, Norwegian, English, history and social studies. In some cases, you might be able to choose other subjects, depending on what you are interested in and what the school can offer. In addition to theoretical subjects, most Norwegian schools also have physical education on the schedule.
Our Norwegian families are all spread out across the country. Your family might live in the south near the beautiful Norwegian archipelago, in the north with amazing scenery and northern lights, in the west with deep fjords and vast glaciers or in the east near the capital of Oslo. But wherever you are placed, you will meet a family excited to open up their home to receive an exchange student - you!
From an early age, Norwegian children learn to be independent and to participate in decision-making. In your host family, everyone will help out with the regular household chores, including you. It will be a great opportunity for you to grow as a person, and also have lots of fun with new family members.
Norwegian food can be very special, but you should at least try some if it’s served at home. You will get to taste the sweet brown cheese getmesosten, the classic stew får i kål and a thin bread called lefser. You will definitely get to eat a lot of fish; Norway is a nation of seafarers and fishermen. And if you’re lucky, you may even get to taste whale meat.
Norwegians in general like to think of themselves as sports lovers and specialists in outdoor activities. You will soon find out that they are totally right about this. In the summer you go "on tour" in the beautiful Norwegian landscape with hiking boots on your feet and your lunch in a backpack. In winter, it’s time to take out your skis.
There are lots of resorts for downhill skiing, but the most popular activity is cross-country skiing. You might have heard of cross-country icons such as Petter Northug and Marit Bjørgen. If not, you will become familiar with their faces during your time in Norway.
Of course, Norwegian free time is not only about sports. If that’s not your thing, you will still have plenty of things to do. You can join a club or organisation involving music, theatre or maybe crafts. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about Norwegian traditions.
For the weekend, gather your friends and go to a club, concert or the cinema. These are all great activities to practice your language skills. In addition, many Norwegian families have a summer cottage, in Norwegian called hytte, where they like to spend their leisure time.
Take the chance to see more of Scandinavia. We invite all our exchange students in the Nordic countries to join us for three exciting trips. In March/April, we will go skiing in Lillehammer and Hafjell in Norway. There is also an optional day in Norway’s capital Oslo during this trip. In May, you can follow us to visit Denmark’s biggest indoor waterpark Lalandia and also the famous theme park Legoland.
December is the ideal time to visit the official hometown of Santa Claus, Rovaniemi. Rovaniemi is located in the Finnish Lapland north of the Arctic Circle. A really cool experience. All trips are an additional cost. Your local contact person will give you more detailed information.
Your exchange starts with an amazing Welcome Camp in London! The Welcome Camp gives you the best possible start to your time abroad, full of sightseeing, seminars, new friendships and lots of fun.
Don’t forget to check out our Video Scholarship Challenge. Send us a video explaining why you would be a great exchange student and get the chance to receive a scholarship for your high school exchange. Find all information and instructions here