Study Abroad in Oslo, Norway
Norway's capital is teeming with active and politically engaged citizens. Home to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, scenic beauty and outdoor life, Oslo is an ideal setting for deep exploration into the field of peace and conflict resolution. An urban campus, Bjørknes College has young, exciting scholars who are dedicated to the field and teaching.
Alongside Norwegian and International students, you will study Norway's approach to conflict mediation and peace building, relationships with developing nations, and the role of the media, religion, and government institutions in society.
First, the country's small size and population belie its large role in international affairs. Norway's involvement in peace mediation in Sudan, and its efforts to create dialogue between traditionally tension-laden groups such as Israelis and Palestinians, and groups in the Balkans are well known. Second, as a rapidly changing culture and society, Norway is actively engaged in defining and redefining its roles internationally and within its borders. This is a dynamic discussion that includes European integration and the EU, and multiculturalism in Norwegian communities and schools. Third, the experience in Norwegian culture challenges our perceptions of the "sameness" of Western societies in their cultural and political approaches. Encounters with the perspectives of a small Nordic country and its culture will be part of your experience. Finally, the college's size and central location offer an interactive and hands-on access to the study of Norwegian approaches to contemporary issues.
Communication, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Global Studies
Classes are taught at Bjorknes College. All courses are taught in English by Bjorknes professors or by the PLU professor who is the Living & learning instructor who visits Bjorknes during Fall semester. Students take courses with Norwegian students and earn 17 semester credit hours.
Ethics of War and Peace
The US in the Middle East and North Africa
International Political Thought
Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU's Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.
Fall Study Tours
Orientation to Bjorknes and Peace & Conflict Studies - Bjorknes faculty, staff and students prepare PLU students for coursework and living in Oslo during the Bjorknes orientation and course content workshop.
Bus Pass - a local bus pass is provided for transportation to the college and local events hosted by PRIO and other local NGOs.
Nobel Peace Prize CNN Interview - at the end of the semester the Nobel Laureate is announced in Oslo and PLU students attend the CNN interview.
You will live in student housing in the city where you will meet Norwegian and other international students. You will have a single bedroom with your own bathroom and shower, and a shared kitchen. You are provided with a monthly stipend for food, which gives you the freedom to cook using local ingredients and occasionally explore the local restaurants.
Mid-August to mid December
The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall 2013 covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, and visa fees). Financial aid applies.
Roundtrip air travel, personal excursions, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.
Global Scholar Award
All PLU Gateway & Featured Programs are Global Scholar Award eligible. This need-based award can cover out-of-pocket expenses up to $2,500 on PLU Gateway and Featured semester programs.
For non-PLU students, please check with your home institution or sponsoring study abroad organization on program cost.
PLU reserves the right to cancel a program at any time.
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Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.7 or higher G.P.A. (3.0 preferred). Must be a student in good standing. No previous Norwegian language required. All courses are taught in English.
Completed application materials are due to the Wang Center by March 15, 2013 for Fall 2013 or Full Year 2013-2014 programs. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due with the application. A $250 non-refundable program payment to confirm participation is required within 10 days of acceptance.