Language, Culture, Handcrafts and Nature
Keep your language. Love its sounds, its modulation, its rhythm. But try to march together with men of different languages, remote from your own, who wish like you for a more just and human world.”
― Hélder Câmara, Spiral Of Violence
This is a class for international students, who have an interest in Norway and Scandinavian culture. Perhaps you have Norwegian roots, and want to explore your ancestor’s culture and language. Maybe you just like to travel and have dreamt of spending a year abroad. Together with students from all over the world, this class offers you the chance to experience and learn about the land of the midnight sun, the trolls and the fjords.
The topics in our World Class will relate to Norway; the country`s history, culture, religion, sports and language. Imagine the possibilities for political and religious dialogue, and cultural exchange in an international class environment.
Stavern Folkehøyskole is located just 90 minutes from our capital, Oslo, on the beautiful Skagerak coastline, in the picturesque town of Stavern. Our school offers full board accommodation, with four meals a day. You can choose to stay in a standard single or double room, or can upgrade to a room with on-suite facilities for an additional fee.
The school and its location offer unique possibilities for outdoor activities. On campus there are sand volleyball and football coarts. For indoor sports we have a large sports hall and gym, and facilities for kickboxing. We also have a music studio, theatre and several rooms for creative activities like photography, pottery, sewing and traditional Norwegian handcrafts.
When I applied to this school I had in mind to learn Norwegian and to get to know about Norway’s culture. After the first few month though, I realized that this school year is about so much more! Not only do we have a class where we focus on learning and improving our language skills and learn about the country’s culture, history and nature but we are also together with many students of different nationalities, so we get to know way more cultures than only the Norwegian. Yet one of the most amazing things is that we also travel around Norway with our class to see as much as possible of this beautiful country and that we live together with Norwegians which enables us to learn about the Norwegian culture at first-hand.
One of the greatest things of being in the Worldclass, is to have interesting conversations with people from different countries and cultures. Never boring! Besides that we focus on the Norwegian language and culture, which is interesting and a lot of fun. Sometimes class even means watching a Norwegian series or go out in nature. Our studietrip through Norway was amazing and we learned a lot about this beautiful country! But of course, you also have to work, if you really want to master the language. To break the routine of learning, we can make anything we want in the handcrafts class: a knife, a clock, a necklace or even your own book! The teachers make sure you’ll have a great year. Et år man aldri glemmer!
This class offers study trips around Norway, where you will experience some of the country’s most spectacular fjord and mountain scenery. There will also be time to visit theatres, museums and exhibitions in Oslo and other Norwegian cities, as well as a trip to Stockholm.
History and Politics.
Learn about the development of our social democracy, which for years has brought Norway a top three position on UN`s lists for both welfare and political stability. We will take a good look at how Norway developed from a poor, primitive country on the world`s outskirt, to the country it is today, with the highest welfare rate in the world. How did our independence contribute? The World War? What has oil got to do with it?
We teach basic Norwegian language, which will enable you to communicate with your Norwegian fellow students in their own language. If you work hard, you might be able to read Ibsen in the original language. If you work really hard, you might be able to take official Norwegian University test, which is required to study at a Norwegian university.
Sport and outdoor activities
Experience Norwegian outdoor sports like cross-country skiing, snowboarding, hiking, and kayaking in some of the most spectacular landscapes you can imagine. We are proud to show you our Norwegian mountains, fjords and waterfalls.
In the World Class you will also practice some traditional Norwegian handcrafts, such as knife making, sewing, jewellery making and pottery.
Culture and Literature
For a small country of about 5 million inhabitants, Norway has fostered quite a few famous personalities within the areas of literature, music and arts. Learn about some famous Norwegians like our authors Henrik Ibsen and Knut Hamsun, our painter Edvard Munch, and composer Edvard Grieg. How did these people benefit from their Norwegian culture and background?
An important part of Norwegian heritage is our urge to go see the world. More than a thousand years ago, the Vikings did exactly that (in addition to a couple of other less pleasant things). In modern day, there have been other, more civilized, Norwegian explorers like the philanthropist Fritjof Nansen and the Environmental spokesman, Thor Heyerdal (who actually came from our town).
Can we receive the modern day travellers in a good manner when they come to us from other parts of the world? We hope to prove to you that we can!