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1/2 year

NORSEC is an exchange programme offered to international teacher students or comparative education students. In the course of a semester, students get an introduction to various aspects of Norwegian society through a broad approach to learning: studying academic and literary texts, going on field trips and excursions, doing school practice and creative activities.

What do you learn?

The aim of the programme is to foster a broad approach to learning and raise the capacity of students to compare, discuss and reflect on education, society and culture.

Topics and questions are:

  • What may be described as basic Norwegian values, how did these values develop, and do they still stand strong in school and society in present-day Norway?
  • What are the traces and the impact of cultural heritage icons today – the Vikings, the fairytales and Henrik Ibsen’s protagonist Nora?
  • Why is Norway a wealthy country, what are the links between wealth and welfare, and how to address the paradox of environmentalism and petroleum production?

Course structure

The language of teaching is English, and good language skills are required.

The semester starts in medio August and finishes in the beginning of December.

Two school experience weeks in primary school are included in the programme. Before participating in school practice or school visits all students must sign a declaration of confidentiality, document a tuberculosis examination, and present a Certificate of good conduct issued by the police.

Three excursions are included in the programme; one lasting three days, one lasting two days, and one is a day trip. The excursions are subsidised, but students must be prepared to pay for food. Necessary equipment for the excursions includes:

  • sleeping bag
  • suitable shoes/boots for hiking in the mountains
  • warm clothes (sweater, socks, beanie, scarf, mittens)
  • rainwear 
  • swimwear
  • towels and other necessary equipment for travelling
  • water bottle and/or thermos flask for out-door lunches

Further information will be given when the semester starts.

TFL903 Course description

Admission requirements

NORSEC is an exchange programme for teacher education students and students who are enrolled in education/ comparative education programmes in their home institutions.

Before participating in school practice or school visits all students must sign a declaration of confidentiality, and present a valid certificate of good conduct issued by the police, or a confirmation from the home institution that the valid certificate is in their possession.


Application deadline

1 May


30 ECTS Credits