Anthropology, Economics, Environmental Sciences, International Management, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
See Scandinavia in a new way by studying culture, society, and politics in Norway's capital, Oslo. Explore how globalization and immigration are reshaping Norwegian identity.
Note: This program is on hiatus Fall 2020.
Prosperous and egalitarian, Norway is known for its highly developed welfare state, immense oil and gas wealth, and global leadership on human rights. Underneath its idyllic surface, however, the Norwegian state is struggling to adapt to its changing population. The New Norway program focuses on the social, cultural, and political effects of mass immigration, and examines attempts to engage new Norwegians who have come to the country as work migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees.
Classroom time is shared with local researchers, community organizers, and government officials who are shaping policy and making change with regard to integration and inclusion. In the cosmopolitan city of Oslo, students explore issues of immigration, identity, and belonging. Coursework focuses on national and religious identity, gender equality, and political culture in the context of the increasingly diverse Norwegian welfare state. Students learn about these issues first-hand by interning six to ten hours per week at service organizations, NGOs, and political groups. Read more about the program here!
There are numerous field excursions in and around the vibrant city center, and students travel to another Scandinavian capital on a four-day field trip.
The Scandinavian Welfare States (4 credits)
Challenges of Globalization and Mass Migration in Scandinavia (4 credits)
Scandinavian Art, Film, and Literature (4 credits)
Norwegian Language OR Independent Study Project (4 credits)
Total: Students will take all four courses for a total of 16 semester credits
While the bulk of the program-- including class meetings at the University of Oslo, internship placements and numerous field excursions throughout the capital city -- takes place in Norway, an alternating field trip to Copenhagen, Denmark or Stockholm, Sweden illuminates the similarities and differences among the Scandinavian states, particularly in their responses to globalization and migration.
Urban & Regional Planning
Please consult HECUA website, here, for current pricing. Program fees include tuition, room, food stipend, public transportation pass, international travel, reading materials
This Program is open to
Undergraduate students enrolled in US colleges and universities who have completed their first year.
Typical Living Arrangements
Participants Travel to Norway
Scholarships are Available
HECUA provides Scholarships for Community Engagement, Scholarships for Social Justice (for first generation and/or low-income students) and Scholarships for Racial Justice (for students of color) for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.