There are a variety of reasons that students begin their education at the American College of Norway. First, Lånekassen does not fund the first (Freshman) year of studies at the vast majority of American universities. Studying at ACN allows students to receive 30 credits (one year) toward your Bachelor’s degree, which will enable you to start as a third year (junior) at our cooperative partners university in the US. Second, ACN offers a gradual introduction into the American university system. The class structure and social networks of American universities are quite different than those at Norwegian colleges and universities. Students are eased in to new ways of doing things, and are better prepared for their studies at an American university.
ACN gives students the opportunity to improve their English reading, writing, comprehension and speaking skills. While students must be fluent to be admitted to ACN, most report that after a year here their English skills have vastly improved. This prepares students for greater success throughout their studies.
The staff is equipped to assist students with various non-academic aspects of preparing to study in the United States such as, applying to schools, finding housing, and applying for a visa. This assistance is invaluable, and with our help, your journey to the US can be much less stressful.
Last, ACN is fun! Students form a close-knit group of friends they otherwise would not have met.Throughout the year there are countless activities for students, both inside and outside of school. Students gain a network of friends and classmates, which will help later in life when job searching. Many students even choose to attend the same American universities so when they arrive in America they already have a social network. This makes the life-changing move from Norway to America much easier.