The gift of learning

For a special gift this year, give the gift of experience and learning about Norway

By Christy Olsen Field

Norwegian American Weekly

Looking for a special, unique gift for Christmas this year? Instead of giving a material item, consider the gift of learning. With a strong reputation for providing excellence in both education and experience, the gift of an experience in Norway will surely be a Christmas present to remember.

Oslo International Summer School

Oslo, Norway

Since 1947, over 25,000 international students have studied at the Oslo International Summer School. This six-week program draws students from all over the world to the University of Oslo campus to engage in a number of exciting course offerings and field trips. The Oslo International Summer School admits students at the college level and above, as well as continuing education for adults.

For more information, visit, or call (507) 786-1098.

Concordia Language Villages

Moorhead, Minn.

For decades, youth have been growing up, spreading their wings and discovering the world at Concordia Language Villages. These summer language villages are a powerful combination of world language immersion, new cultural experiences and summer camp fun. The one-week exploration program is for ages 7-15, and will help the students ease into the immersion atmosphere. You don’t need to know any of the language when you arrive, and you’ll be surrounded by other kids your age who are also interested in making friends, having fun, and trying new things. You’ll enjoy the authentic meals, games, arts and crafts, sports, and songs, and you’ll be amazed by how much you’ve learned and how fast the week flies by.

For more information for this program and other offerings, visit or contact Tove Dahl or Pat Hesby at (800)222-4750.


Norse Federation Summer School

Norgesskolen is a three-week summer school in Norwegian language and culture for children of Norwegian parents or for children that wish to maintain contact with Norway, Norwegian culture and wish to learn about the Norwegian school system.

Norgesskolen focuses on improving language skills for students with previous knowledge of Norwegian as well as beginners, and nurturing their interest in Norwegian language and culture, helping the students understand and explore their own Norwegian heritage and develop a network of other children from around the world with common backgrounds, as well as teaching students to understand and learn about overcoming cultural barriers in a positive way, and giving students a glimpse into the Norwegian school system.

For more information, visit or contact

The Scandinavian School

San Francisco, Calif.

The idea of starting a Scandinavian preschool was born at the Norwegian Seamen’s Church playgroup in San Francisco, Calif. This group of about thirty Scandinavian mothers with young children meets every second Wednesday at the church to sing Norwegian and Swedish songs, play games, and speak Norwegian or Swedish. Living abroad and for some, being married to non-Scandinavian husbands, they wanted to expose their own children at an early age to Scandinavian culture and language, strengthen their interest in these countries, and give them a Scandinavian preschool experience.

The Norwegian teacher for the full-time program is Siv Anita Mork, who works at school everyday. The Norwegian Playgroup meets every Thursday morning, is suited for toddlers of all ages (newborns and young babies too!). After all, they grow so fast and it can be nice to have a Norwegian group to hang out with sometimes!

For more information, call (415) 665-3276 or visit

Scandinavian Language Institute

Seattle, Wash. and surrounding area

The Scandinavian Language Institute offers language instruction classes to the general public in various levels of Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, and Icelandic. Class levels include Beginning, Know-A-Little, Intermediate and Advanced. These are scheduled each quarter throughout the school year, and are offered as both daytime and evening classes. Other classes meet in various Puget Sound locations: Bothell, Edmonds, Everett, and Whidbey Island.

For more information, call (425) 771-5203 or visit

Language Door

Los Angeles, Calif.

Learn a language today, open the door to tomorrow! Language Door Los Angeles offers small interactive Norwegian classes! Our comfortable, casual environment helps to make learning Norwegian fun and convenient. We schedule our classes at times that work for busy adults. Enrich your life as you learn one language or learn many.

For the Beginning A to Intermediate C classes, we use “Colloquial Norwegian” by Routledge. Colloquial Norwegian contains 20 lessons, each introducing about 100 new words. Each lesson is built around a series of smaller units and includes: text, dialogues, grammatical explanations, examples of ‘Language in use,’ and exercises.

For more information, contact (310) 826-4140 or email

Note: Many, if not all, of these programs require an application, and do not guarantee admission. Please contact the school for more information.

Happy learning!

This article was originally published in the Nov. 20 issue of the Norwegian American Weekly. To subscribe and for more information, call us toll-free at (800) 305-0217 or email

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