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1/2 year

The programme is tailor-made for exchange students looking for a full semester (30 ECTS) of activities in the Norwegian mountains, forests, sea and coastline.

The Outdoor Education Program at the University of Agder is activity-based and gives you both practical and theoretical skills in outdoor education. After completing the programme you should be able to use the mountains, the forest and coastline as arenas for learning, development and experience. The program also aims to give students an insight into the traditions of Norwegian Outdoor activities.

During the programme you will:

  • learn how to recreate and camp in mountainous areas, the forests, the sea and coastline and make appropriate choices concerning clothing and equipment related to the environment and the activities
  • learn how to teach, direct and guide in these areas and gain knowledge about security requirements, be able to administer first-aid, be able to act appropriately in the mountains in winter and be able to show common sense at sea
  • learn how to handle various equipment for fishing
  • gain knowledge of a selection of flora and fauna which characterise the area
  • learn how to evaluate the areas in a cultural-historical perspective
  • gain an understanding of how nature can be used as a resource for tourism and business development

Admission requirements

Please note that to take the Outdoor Education and Nature Guiding course, you must be physically fit and be able to swim. The courses are taught in English.

This course is aimed at students with a sport or outdoor education background. However, other students may apply and will be offered places depending on availability.

All students applying must hand in a letter of motivation (approx. 300 words) explaining their reasons for wishing to attend, and a short description of their previous experience and knowledge in outdoor education.


Application deadline

15 October


30 ECTS credits

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