Norway is wild, beautiful and has a good variety of landscapes with snow-capped mountains, deeply carved Fjords, remote wilderness and Aurora Borealis.  In Norway, you may find that in the summer the sun never sets and in winter the sun barely rises.  Norway has a rich cultural and architectural history from its Viking ancestors and the Sami people. There is no language requirement to go on exchange to Norway, however it is recommended that applicants enrol in private language tutoring prior to exchange.

*Students must be 15.5 years old on arrival to Norway in order to qualify for the age requirement.


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You will attend public upper secondary school. Neither school fees nor school uniforms are required. You will be enrolled in the 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade at school, depending on your age.  If you are 16, you start at level 1, and choose either general studies or vocational subjects.   All classes except language classes will be in Norwegian.  Schools in Norway require that their students use a laptop, and the school will rent out or lend laptops to students. It is your own responsibility to obtain school materials and books for the subjects that you will study. Your school will guide you in this process.   Unlike many other countries, sport and other activities such as music groups and organizational groups, are not organised by the school. However, there are plenty of opportunities to join clubs in your local community.  Most Norwegian teenagers are part of a sport club and/or another organizational group, and spend a lot of their time outside school in these settings.


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Host families in Norway live all over the country; in cities, in small towns, in small communities, in rural settings, on islands, along the fjords or in the inland. Be prepared to walk, bicycle, take the bus, boat or train to school. After meals it is common courtesy in Norway to give thanks for the food with the phrase “takk for maten” (important!). Always say good night, “god natt” when going to bed, and also good morning, “god morgen”, in the morning. In Norwegian homes, guests are expected to take off their shoes when entering a house and wear slippers or socks inside.

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