Wang Center for Global EducationStudent Opportunities

Study Abroad in Oslo, Norway

Fall Semester Program

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.

Why Norway?

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.

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Focus

Communication, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Global Studies

Students take courses at Bjørknes College with Norwegian students to earn up to 16 credits. All courses are taught in English by Bjørknes professors.

Courses

Students choose three of the following four courses at Bjørknes:

*Read more about the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Bjørknes.

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 Bjørknes 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.

Residence Hall

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.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall 2015 covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, and visa fees). Financial aid applies.

Out-of-pocket expenses

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.

Contact Us

Peter Grosvenor
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Oslo Program
pcg@plu.edu
253-535-7399

Tanya Ulsted
Study Away Coordinator & Gateway Programs Manager
ulstedtj@plu.edu
253-535-7628

Pre-requisites

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.

Application Deadline

Completed application materials are due to the Wang Center by March 13, 2015 for Fall 2015. 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.

Application Components

  • Typed and signed application form
  • Short essays
  • 2 recommendation forms (1 faculty, 1 professional)
  • Copy of passport ID page
  • Application fee
Note: Applications for Fall 2015 will be available in January 2015

Photo Gallery

Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the Oslo program.
Program Highlights
  • Fall Semester program (mid-August to mid-December)

  • Coursework taught in English

  • Attend Nobel Peace Prize CNN interview

  • Live in politically and peacefully active Capital City

View PLU Gateway Program Catalog