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New Norway: Globalization, National Identity, and the Politics of Belonging, Oslo, Norway
Fine Arts, Globalization, Independent Study, Norwegian, Scandanavian Studies
Language of Instruction:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Advisor or Instructor:
Christine Haerter Pinero
See Scandinavia in a new way–as vibrant, diverse and complex.
Explore how globalization and immigration are reshaping Norwegian identity.
Prosperous and egalitarian, Norway is known for its highly developed welfare tate, 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 multicultural 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.
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.
While the bulk of the program-- including class meetings at the University of Oslo, internship placements and numerous field excursions throughout the Capitol 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.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
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 in accredited US colleges and universities.
Typical Living Arrangements
Participants Travel to Norway
Scholarships are Available
HECUA provides up to three $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, two $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and four $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice 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.
Application Process Involves
Online Application plus Application Assessment
Letters of Reference
Pre-Approved GE Credits
This is a list of pre-approved GE credits. If you want other courses to be considered for GE credit, contact your St. Olaf Program Advisor, Christine Haerter Pinero.