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Fact Sheet:
Advisor or Instructor: Christine Haerter Pinero Field of Study: Environmental Studies, Literature, Norwegian, Peace Studies, Philosophy, Physical Activity, Sociology
Department: OFFC Course Number: 277
Language of Instruction: English Program Host: Telemark University
Minimum GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Housing: Apartments, International Roommate
Program Description:


NOTE:  Applicants must also complete a secondary paper applicationby January 129, 2013 that can be picked up at the IOS Office (TOH 380)by January 129, 2013  and returned by mid February

Telemark University College, located in the heart of Norway in a region where both traditional culture (art, music and folklore) and modern industry thrive, has developed the Scandinavian Studies in Telemark program to help promote intellectual and cultural understanding among nations.
The Scandinavian Studies in Telemark program is open to students of all majors who have completed at least one year of college with a 3.0 GPA. No prior study of Norwegian is required. Students interested in studying cultural identity and the environment from the perspective of ecophilosophy and the history and development of outdoor free-activities (exercise) might find this program particularly interesting.

Through coursework and extracurricular activities, students will gain a deeper understanding of Telemark and of Norway and will be stimulated to develop critical thinking skills and to become responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world. Students engage in intercultural experiences through class sessions, guided field trips, campus activities, dorm life and community interaction. Students will have the opportunity to experience the broad range of art, music, literature, folklore and outdoor recreation that typify Telemark culture.

The academic component will present aspects of Norwegian culture as separate topics. Courses are taught by faculty of Telemark University College and will include lecture, discussion, field work, group work, research projects and oral and written presentations. Evaluation will be based on student participation, presentations and written final exams.  Students will take a minimum of four courses during the semester. The required core courses are “Telemark I: Regional Identity” (fall) and “Telemark IIspring). Both include a number of study trips in Telemark. The other three courses can be selected from additional courses taught in English, including Ecophilosophy, The Individual, Environs and Society (Friluftsliv), Emigration/Immigration: Midwestern Texts, Modern Norwegian Literature: Film and Fiction and An Introduction to Norwegian History for International Students. All courses are not offered every semester. The courses taught in English are at the upper-division undergraduate level. In addition to the courses taught in English, students may elect to take a course at various levels in Norwegian. Independent study is also an option.

Students will live with Norwegian and other international students in single rooms with shared baths and kitchens in the student dormitories on the campus of Telemark University College in the town of Bø in Telemark, about 180 km from Oslo (approximately one and a half hours by train). Students will cook their own food in shared kitchens.

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 Adviser:



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Academic Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017-2018 02/20/2017
03/16/2017 08/21/2017 12/16/2017
Year 2017-2018 02/20/2017
03/16/2017 08/21/2017 06/16/2018
Spring with Interim 2017-2018 02/27/2017
03/16/2017 01/15/2018 06/16/2018
Fall 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/22/2018 TBA TBA
Spring with Interim 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/22/2018 TBA TBA
Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018 03/22/2018 TBA TBA

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