Wang Center for Global EducationStudent Opportunities

Study Abroad in Telemark, Norway

Fall Semester, Spring Semester or Full-Year Program

Telemark is known as “Norway in miniature” and is a region known for its rich cultural tradition and outdoor life. The town of Bø, with a population of 5,000, becomes an active student town during the academic year when students from different parts of Norway, and different parts of the world, come together to create a diverse campus community. Telemark University College provides the opportunity to study in the natural landscape, engage in an active campus community, and experience the rich natural heritage of Norway.

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Focus

Scandinavian Studies, Norwegian language, Environmental Studies, Biology, Business

Courses are taught by Telemark University College (TUC) faculty at Bø campus. Courses are taught in Norwegian and English. No previous language required; students may take Norwegian language at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. Students typically take 4-5 classes per semester, for a total of 15-17 credits.

Academic Program Options

Option One: Scandinavian Studies (Fall and/or Spring)

Focus: Norwegian Language and Literature; Anthropology; Business; Environmental Studies; Philosophy; and Sociology

Option Two: International Tourism and Sustainable Development (Fall and/or Spring)

Focus: Environmental Studies, Biology, Business, Norwegian Language

Option Three: Alpine Ecology & Environmental Management* (Fall and/or Spring)

Focus: Environmental Studies; Natural Sciences; and Norwegian Language

*Note: 2 years of college-level science required

Option Four: Business Administration (Fall and/or Spring)

Focus: Marketing and Management

Residence Hall

You will live in a student residence hall among Norwegians and other international students. You will have a double bedroom with your own bathroom and shower. You are provided with a monthly stipend for food, which gives you the freedom to prepare your own food.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall 2015 or Spring 2016 covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, 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.

Contact Us

Claudia Berguson
Associate Professor of Norwegian
Director, Telemark Program
berguscj@plu.edu
253-535-7512

Tanya Ulsted
Coordinator of Study Away & Gateway Programs
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 study required. Many courses are taught in English.

Application Deadlines

Completed application materials are due to the Wang Center by March 13, 2015 for Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Full-Year 2015-2016 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.

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 the 2015-2016 academic year will be available in January 2015

Reflections on the Program

Learn about PLU alum Nelson Franks’ experience studying in Telemark as a Business major.

Photo Gallery

Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the Telemark program.

Video

Watch these video highlights of the Telemark program to get an idea of what your semester (or year) might look like.

Program Highlights
  • Fall (mid-August to mid-December), Spring (early January to mid-June) or Full Year

  • Norwegian language study at all levels

  • Content coursework available in English & Norwegian

  • Four Academic Program options

  • No previous language required

View PLU Gateway Program Catalog