What is ACN

The American College of Norway (ACN) is celebrating 25 years of excellence in bringing Norwegians, Americans and other international students together to study in Moss, Norway. ACN is part of the American university system and offers curriculum in English. The schedule and academic calendar follow the American system as well. Because American students are comfortable with this form of education, other cultural differences are then exciting and not overwhelming.

Americans and dual Norwegian/American citizens make up about 10% of the student body. There are only 70 students admitted to the program each year so students get to know their classmates and enjoy the intimate environment. They attend ACN to study abroad and experience a different culture, and experience the daily excitement of living in Norway.

Norwegian students choose ACN to gain one year of an American university education before heading to the U.S. to complete their degrees. Our advisors help with course selection, housing, visa information and other practical matters necessary for their transition to the U.S. system.

To learn more about ACN, you can read several articles in English on our blog! You can also connect with us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and even Snapchat (myacnsnaps)!

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The ACN experience is designed to prepare students to succeed personally, socially and academically in a global environment.

American students study at ACN for one semester or an entire year; some begin their undergraduate education at ACN, however many have already started their college education in the U.S. ACN has worked hard to ensure that all of the course credits transfer back to the U.S. system, which is often not the case with study abroad programs. ACN also offers a special 4 week summer program each year which focuses on both relevant and current social and political issues. 

ACN offers a wide variety of courses which fit into the general education requirements at U.S. universities. Furthermore, ACN hosts faculty with experience and education from top institutions around the world. Courses change each semester depending upon the expertise of our visiting faculty. If you’d like to see the courses for the coming semesters, click on the link below.

Tuition is NOK 36 000 per semester for full-time students. Student housing in available and costs between NOK 28 000 – 31 000 per semester. Housing costs include rent, electricity and internet.  Contact ACN if you would like more information about courses or cost of attending.

Courses for the coming semesters


Autumn 2017

College Composition I – 3 credits
Instructor: Ashleah Wimberly

Introduction to Literature and Culture: Graphic Novels and Magical Realities – 3 credits
Instructor: Ashleah Wimberly

Ancient Greece – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tito Correa

Integrated Social Science Inquiry: Pilgrims and Puritans and the founding of America – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tito Correa

Advanced Humanities Seminar: Global Leadership – 2 credit
Instructor: Becky Norvang

Comparative Politics – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

The Geo-Politics of the North – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

Travel Seminar to Spitsbergen – The Arctic – 1 credit
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

Seminar in the Sciences – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Darin Kerr

Psychology of Learning – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Darin Kerr

Enhancing creativity through science, technology and art – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Darin Kerr

Spring 2018

College Composition II – 3 credits
Instructor: Yashari Nunez

Introduction to Film – 3 credits
Instructor: Yashari Nunez

Public Speaking, Section I – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tami Carmichael

Public Speaking, Section II – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tami Carmichael

Integrated Cultural Experience, Protest Art – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tami Carmichael

Ancient Rome – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tito Correa

World Religions – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tito Correa

Adv. Humanities Seminar: Social Entrepreneurship – 2 credit
Instructor: Becky Norvang

International Politics – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

Summer 2018

May 22nd – June 15th

HON 391: Colloquium in the Sciences: Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Carmichael, University of North Dakota 

Welcome to Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century!  This course is designed primarily for non-science majors with an interest in the relationship between humans and our environment.  We will spend time during this course building on your fundamental knowledge of science and nature and will explore controversial issues such as global climate change, genetically modified foods, water scarcity, energy demands, environmental pollutants, and other pertinent issues.

HUM 300: Oslo: The City as Text – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tami Carmichael, University of North Dakota

What makes a city a city? Why do cities look the way they do? What makes one city different from another? What can you learn about a people, a country, a culture, by studying one of its major cities? How do cities help us understand the truth and reality behind human behaviors? These are the questions we will examine as we explore Oslo, Norway, learn about its history, culture, construction, and the challenges facing it into the future.

Staff and faculty




Krista Lauritzen is the Executive Director of the American College of Norway, a position she has held since the college’s founding in 1991. She is from Two Harbors, Minnesota and has her higher education from Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN. While in college she participated in an exchange program at the University of Trondheim and is committed to helping students to study abroad!



Siv Lønningdal

Siv is the Office & Accounting Manager. She is from Os in the western part of Norway, but has lived in the area since 1974. She has been with ACN since 1993 and is likely the first person you will meet here. She handles the college’s finances and assists with information about such things as rent and student tuition payments.



Becky Norvang

Becky is the Associate Director of Recruitment and Advising and teaches several courses at ACN. Originally from Lennox, South Dakota, Becky has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Non-Profit Management with a minor in Norwegian language from Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and a master’s degree in Public Administration as well as a graduate certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of North Dakota. Becky had a life-changing opportunity to study one year at the University of Oslo and is now dedicated to helping students have the same amazing opportunity to study abroad.


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Nick Favero

Nick is the Marketing and Activities Coordinator. Originally from Wisconsin, college proved to be a pivotal time where he became fully engaged with various activities including studying abroad, which further led to working abroad in South Korea and attending the University of Oslo for his master’s degree. Nick is determined to help students get involved and take full advantage of all the opportunities college presents.




Colin is the Resident Assistant at the on-campus dorms. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He started his college education at ACN in 1999 and has taught accounting classes here.





Darin Kerr holds a PhD from Bowling Green State University in the Department of Theatre Arts. He is also Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Integrated Studies at the University of North Dakota. His fields of interest include contemporary performance, gender studies, and poststructuralist theory. His most recent publication, “‘A Whole Hundred Years of Questionable Behavior’: Wainwright/Garland/Jolson and Performance as Palimpsest,” appeared in Theatre Annual. A professional actor and director, he recently appeared in Doubt and A Bright New Boise with the Empire Theatre Company, as well as directing The Glory of Living for the University of North Dakota Department of Theatre Arts. He enjoys cult cinema, gaming, and discovering new music and artists on tumblr.



Ashleah is a M.A. candidate at the University of North Dakota with an interests in Pedagogy, Popular Culture, and Postcolonial Studies. Originally from south Mississippi, she received her B.A. in English Literature from Mississippi State University in 2015. Her favorite types of books include fantasy and science fiction and she loves to play both video and tabletop games. She also enjoys traveling and seeing new places and is incredibly excited to teach in another country this semester.



John Ross, a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, took his MSc and PhD at the London School of Economics. He specializes in international and European/comparative politics and offers courses in both fields. Another of his offerings is The Arctic in Global Perspective, and in conjunction with that he has been pleased to lead experiential study groups to the far-north archipelago of Svalbard in 2016 and 2017. Dr. Ross previously taught at universities in Sweden (Stockholm), Finland (Tampere, on a Fulbright professorship) and the US (Northeastern University in Boston). He has also been a researcher at Uppsala University in Sweden and a faculty associate at Harvard University. He has penned five books and numerous articles and writes widely for general as well as specialist audiences, focusing recently on EU policy-making, Nordic society and Olympic history. Away from work he loves hiking in the Norwegian countryside, camera in hand.



Dr. Adonica Schultz Aune has taught in China, Korea, Taiwan, Norway, in Native American schools, and in several American universities. She holds a Ph. D. in Teaching and Learning with a minor in English. Her second Ph. D. is in Mass Communication and Public Discourse with a cogate in Instructional Design and Technology. With her Master of Arts in Communication, she holds a minor in Educational Administration. Her Bachelor of Science major is English with minors in French and Mathematics. Besides her love of teaching and learning, special interests for Dr. Aune are traveling, golf, theater, writing, and film. She lives in The Village, Florida with her husband and has taught online courses for over a decade. Dr. Schultz Aune teaches Mass Communication and Interpersonal Communication at the American College of Norway.



Tito Correa is a lecturer at the American College, Kongsberg vgs. and at the University of Oslo. Tito has been teaching at the American College since 2008, lecturing religion and  political science courses. Tito received his bachelor ‘s degree in history and religion from Atlantic Union College in Massachusetts, U.S.A., and his MPhil degree is from the University of Oslo. Tito completed his PhD in history from the University of Cambridge in the UK in 2013. Tito grew up in Queens, New York, has two boys, Gabriel and Samuel, and is married to Lillian.

ACN’s world-class faculty bring their extensive knowledge and experience to the classroom. Meet them here:

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ACN is located in Moss, a charming, friendly coastal town located on the Oslo Fjord with all the benefits of a large city, but with a small-town feel. Moss is only a 40 minute train ride from Oslo, Norway’s capital. From the local train station, a short walk from campus, you can make easy connections to cities in Norway, Sweden, and beyond! Additionally, the Norwegian coastline, “skjærgård,” is all around you!

Since the Middle Ages Moss has been an industrial city. In 1720 it was given city status (that’s older than the U.S.!). The inhabitants were mainly farmers who were drawn to the city because of its great location in the middle of the Oslo Fjord (as well as in-between Oslo and Sweden). Today Moss has approximately 30,000 inhabitants. In the neighboring municipalities there are 25,000 people who use Moss for shopping and leisure activities.

Moss is considered one of Norway’s cultural cities. If you are interested in art it is strongly suggested that you visit Galleri F15 on Alby, which is one of the leading art galleries in Norway. Downtown there is also an art gallery called Moss Kunstgalleri. Since the 1970’s Moss has carried the nickname the “city of rock”. Naturally, this has affected the culture. On weekends there are often bands from all over Scandinavia. At the end of summer, Moss hosts Festivalen Sin, a large-scale music festival frequented by famous Norwegian artists. Every year, Moss also hosts a festival for contemporary art called NonStop. This goes on for over a month with theater, films, live bands and so on. Moss also has a new movie theater in Møllebyen, a very short walk from our school.

If you wish to go out to eat there are many possibilities. Greek, Mexican, Chinese, Norwegian and so on, the choice is yours. If you feel like a night out on the town, Moss has many pubs, bars and clubs to choose from. If you want to see a concert, musical acts often perform in Moss or nearby Oslo. The shopping possibilities consist of many different grocery, clothing, music hardware and drug stores. There are two major malls in Moss, they are called AMFI Senteret and Mosseporten. Besides the malls, there are many other specialty stores downtown.

The Moss region is also famous for its beaches. You can enjoy the sunshine and the water virtually undisturbed. In addition to the Oslo Fjord, Moss has a nearby lake called Vansjø, and on the east side there is a large forest area called Mossemarka.

One of the most exciting parts of the city is Jeløy, Moss’ famous island, with its lava formations, originating from a volcanic eruption. The local climate, geology and soils create conditions for agriculture, forestry and biological diversity. The island has some rare and protected species.

To read more about Moss and the Østfold region, click here!

Campus Life

Living on campus is a big part of the ACN experience. The newly renovated and modern student residence halls are located just minutes from the school. The dorms feature one or two bedrooms and shared common areas. All apartments have their own kitchen with a small dining area, entry way and a bathroom. Each bathroom has individual washing machines. Every campus kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer unit and an oven. The bedrooms are furnished with a bed, pillow and comforter, desk, chair and a closet. We also have a few newly renovated houses that are used for student housing.

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The Student Activities Center is located right next to the dorms and is equipped with a movie room, communal kitchen, board games, Ping-Pong table and comfy couches. Students have 24 hour access to this center and it has free Wi-Fi. 

During our welcome activities and throughout the year, students can enjoy paintball, BBQs, movie marathons, Homecoming Week, Spring Formal, Thanksgiving, Halloween, ice skating, bowling, and much more! Additionally, if you are looking to get involved on campus, students are offered the opportunity to join the Activities Committee where they have weekly meetings to plan, prepare and execute monthly events on campus with our Activities Coordinator. Students can also get involved in other committees and organizations both on campus and off campus. 

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