What is the American College of Norway

American College of Norway is part of the U.S. university system and offers curriculum in English. Study abroad at ACN for a semester, the academic year and/or the summer program.

Since 1992, the American College of Norway (ACN) has provided a study abroad opportunity to Americans and other international students, bringing them together with Norwegian peers to take courses toward their U.S. bachelor’s degree. ACN is part of the American university system and offers curriculum in English taught by American faculty. The schedule and academic calendar follow the typical U.S. system as well. Because our study abroad students are comfortable with this form of education, other cultural differences are then exciting and not overwhelming.

“In the 25-year [now 26] long partnership, over 2,000 students and more than 80 American faculty have been favorably impacted. This is one of the most successful and enduring educational partnerships in all of Norway.” Kåre R. Aas, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Ambassador to the United States

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WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?

Americans and international students 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 the daily excitement of living in Norway. Click here for admission requirements for international students.

In ACN’s living/learning committee, students learn not only from their instructors, but also each other. This is part of the unique program which helps create the best fit for everyone.

Norwegian students choose to start their bachelor’s degree at ACN to gain one-year of an American university education before heading to the U.S. to complete their degrees. After successful completion of the program, Norwegian students transfer to one of ACN’s cooperative partners and other U.S. universities. 

Students at all academic levels are welcomed and encouraged to apply to study abroad at ACN. Each year freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors attend our program from universities all over the United States.

“The American College of Norway provides a great opportunity for students looking to study abroad. As a freshman, it has given me the chance to have an experience abroad while taking care of my general classes before I get deep into a major. The small classes and many activities present the chance to really get to know professors, staff and other students well.” Conrad Pederson, Study Abroad Student Spring 2018

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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Academics & Tuition

The best study abroad programs are the ones that give students an intimate insight into a country’s people and culture while also providing useful university credit that will help progress their education. If you want to study abroad in Norway, look no further because the American College of Norway (ACN) does just that!

WHAT CAN YOU STUDY AT ACN?

When students study abroad in Norway at ACN, students take U.S. university courses that easily transfer to any U.S. university. ACN’s school of record is the University of North Dakota (UND) and all courses are pre-approved and transcripted by UND – making it very easy for U.S. university students wanting to study abroad in Norway at ACN, to transfer their credits completed abroad back to their home university.

One of the exciting aspects ACN’s study abroad program is how vibrant it is! The course offering does not stay the same year after year and this is because the American College of Norway has the pleasure of welcoming new and enthusiastic faculty from top U.S. universities every semester.

ACN offers a wide variety of courses which fit into the general education requirements or electives at U.S. universities. The courses offered each semester will be based off of the expertise of the visiting faculty. Upcoming course listings are usually available well in advance of the start of new semesters.

TUITION

Tuition is NOK 40 000 per semester for full-time students (approx USD 4,700, exchange rate as of March 21, 2019). Tuition for the ACN Summer School differs. Click here to learn more about this summer’s courses and tuition prices. 

HOUSING COSTS

Living on campus lets you make the most of your university experience. It is a great way to be near your classes and fellow students and is the most
convenient housing option for ACN students.

Student housing in available and costs between NOK 29 000 – 33 000 per semester (approx USD 3,400 – 3,900, exchange rate as of March 21, 2019). Housing costs include rent, electricity and internet.  Contact ACN if you would like more information about courses or cost of attending.

ACN ON-CAMPUS APARTMENTS

The apartments are just short walk from the school. Each unit contains 2 bedrooms, shared bathroom, and a kitchen/living area. The building has room for 36 students. The apartments are furnished with: beds, closets, desk/chair, dining table/chairs, fridge/freezer, stove,  and washing machine. Students must bring their own bedding for a 90 cm bed and their own kitchen equipment. Electricity is included in the rent. Internet is installed in each apartment and the cost is also included in the rent.

A housing deposit of NOK. 3.000 (approx USD 350, exchange rate as of March 21, 2019) for international students staying one semester must be paid before you move in to confirm your room. Information about the housing deposit will be sent out with the housing assignments. The deposit is refundable upon successful check-out when the rental period is over.

BUDGETING

When planning to study abroad in Norway, it’s a good idea to do some advanced planning and have a good idea about where you will use your money. Norway is an expensive place to live if you try to live like you would in the U.S. (e.g. eating out). However, with good planning and suggestions you’ll receive from ACN staff after arrival, you should be able to stay within your budget. Here is a suggestion:

  • Housing: NOK 31.000 ($3,600)
  • Food: NOK 13.500 ($1,500)
  • Books and Supplies: NOK 1.500 ($175)
  • Other expenses (including personal purchases such as entertainment, clothing, gym membership etc): NOK 10.000 ($1,200)
  • Total for 5 months: NOK 56.000 (about $6,500)

Approximate USD prices in parenthesis, exchange rate as of March 21, 2019.

Because ACN is centrally located and walk-able, no public transportation costs within Moss are necessary.

Students must pay a housing deposit (NOK 3000 – approx. $350), which is refundable upon successful completion of check-out and return of keys. 

Travel estimates not included. Charter airlines to European destinations make weekends/breaks an affordable option. ACN staff are great resources for suggestions and tips. 

Courses for the coming semesters

Courses

Fall 2018

College Composition I – 3 credits
Instructor: Robin Smith

Introduction to Creative Writing – 3 credits
Instructor: Robin Smith

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

The Arctic in Global Perspective – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

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

International Politics – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

Multicultural Psychology – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Lauri Hyers

Science of Psychological Well-Being– 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Lauri Hyers

Women’s and Gender Studies – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Lauri Hyers

Spring 2019

College Composition II – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Adam Kitzes

Introduction to Film – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Adam Kitzes

Introduction to Sociology – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Daphne Pedersen

Juvenile Justice – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Daphne Pedersen

Social Change – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Daphne Pedersen

Travel Seminar to Dublin, Ireland – 1 credit
Instructor: Dr. Tami Carmichael

Ancient Rome – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tito Correa

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

Comparative Politics – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

History in Prisms– 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

Fall 2019

College Composition I – 3 credits

Literature & Culture – 3 credits

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

The Arctic in Global Perspective – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

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

International Politics – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. John Ross

Interpersonal Communication – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Elaine Jenks

Public Speaking – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Elaine Jenks

Summer 2019

May 20th – June 14th

HON 393: Colloquium in the Sciences: Environmental Challenges of the 21st Century – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Jeff Carmichael, University of North Dakota 

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 on building 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 the efforts being made to combat these problems and create sustainable living situations. During the course, we will compare the U.S. and Norway and will visit areas of Oslo to study some of its sustainability practices. A train pass and venue fees will be covered for all students.

HUM 300: Oslo: Vikings to Hipster – 3 credits
Instructor: Dr. Tami Carmichael, University of North Dakota

The city we now call Oslo has been an important and vibrant place since the time of the Vikings (800-1050 A.D.). From the  that ancient period on, Oslo has provided defense with its 700 year old fortress, engaged in commerce and the arts, and was the center of international struggle as countries like Denmark, Sweden, and Germany tried to control it. From its struggles for independence to the Nazi occupation of WWII, Oslo has played a key role in Norway’s development. Now a beautiful, global city with one of the largest art galleries in the world, Oslo prides itself on its sustainable practices, its modern outlook, and its vibrant, hipster neighborhoods.  In this class, we will study all aspects of Oslo’s development, making weekly trips to the city to gain first-hand knowledge of Vikings, Nazis, immigrants, and hipsters. Class discussion, presentations, and some brief writing assignments will be required. A train pass and museum fees will be covered for all students.

Student Life in Norway at ACN

If you're looking for a study abroad program that is welcoming, inclusive, not to mention exciting, the American College of Norway is the place to be! Read more about student life in Norway and ACN below!

On-Campus Activities

ACN knows the importance of cultural exchange through study abroad programs and works hard to provide an active and engaging community for all students. Student life in Norway and at ACN is exciting! And with our hands on approach., students are offered many opportunities to get involved on-campus.

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!

In addition, 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. In addition to helping create an active campus life, ACN students have participated in several service projects, helped at community events and have created events for the community. ACN will help you to get involved!

NO CLASSES ON FRIDAY

If you’re looking for a program that offers a wide variety of travel opportunities, ACN might just be the right study abroad program for you!

Travel is encouraged at ACN and with classes scheduled from Monday through Thursday, every weekend is a three-day weekend! Scheduling classes this way allows study abroad students to be engaged and present in their classes, while giving them enough time to explore Norway and the rest of Europe. Additionally, ACN has a week-long break during fall semester (fall break) and spring semester (winter break). During these breaks, students can plan longer trips.

Airfare in Europe on charter airlines is inexpensive and with airports located just north and west of Moss, the rest of Europe is at your fingertips. You can also connect to other cities in Norway and Europe from the local train station. ACN’s experienced and knowledgeable staff are a great resource for travel tips and recommendations. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!

With no classes scheduled on Friday, ACN staff frequently plan excursions in the area and day trips to Oslo. ACN has ventured to local art galleries and cafes to Oslo’s many museums and famous landmarks.

TRAVEL COURSES

ACN also offers travel course opportunities where students can gain university credit.  ACN has studied Arctic affairs in Svalbard, Norway’s northernmost territory, experienced London’s theatre and art scene, explored Ireland’s Viking history and beyond! To find out if ACN is offering a travel course during your semester abroad, see our course offerings for the year.

Click here to read about ACN’s Arctic expedition this past fall!

Click here to read about ACN’s London and the Arts travel course last spring!

HOUSING

Living on campus is a big part of student life in Norway and 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.

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Moss, Norway

The American College of Norway has been located in Moss, Norway since its inaugural year. Having a program like ACN in a town such as Moss helps create a sense of community for our students, faculty and staff. And with classes housed in one building and on-campus residence halls just up the street, students truly get to know one another. This environment helps create a tight-knit, living-learning community where everyone has a sense of belonging.

ACN is located in Moss, Norway, 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, Thai, 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, Norway and the Østfold region, click here!

Staff and faculty

Staff

KRISTA LAURITZEN

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!

krista@americancollege.no

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.

siv@americancollege.no

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.

becky@americancollege.no

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.

nick@americancollege.no

COLIN SOLAAS

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.

colin@americancollege.no

Faculty

DAPHNE PEDERSEN, PH.D.
ACN FACULTY SPRING 2019

Daphne Pedersen is a Professor of Sociology at the University of North Dakota.  With UND since 2004, Pedersen studies gender issues, the sociology of health, and how work shapes individual well-being.  Her research has focused on dual-career couples, working parents, college students, and STEM faculty.  She’s particularly interested in stress processes and how different aspects of people’s lives intersect to affect well-being.  An engaged researcher and teacher, Pedersen has published more than 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters.  She earned the UND Foundation’s Bertin C. Gamble Award for Individual Excellence in Teaching in 2007, and was the recent recipient of the 2018 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research or Creative Activity, and Service at UND.  Pedersen stays actively involved in pedagogical circles, and is the current President of Alpha Kappa Delta, the international honor society for sociology.  A Utah native, she loves running, hiking, backpacking, biking, skiing, and pretty much anything that takes her outdoors (and especially in the mountains).  She has run six marathons to date and many half marathons, and has plans to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail with one of her four children.  Other favorite pursuits include travel and visiting the public library.

PROFESSOR ADAM KITZES
ACN FACULTY SPRING 2019

Adam Kitzes began adult life in Chicago, with a not too promising career in the fast-paced world of investor relations research. In a tremendous turn of good fortune, he began his graduate studies of English and American literature, first at the University of Illinois-Chicago, then at the University of Madison, where he concentrated on Shakespeare and his contemporaries. After teaching at various institutions, he settled at the University of North Dakota, where he is a professor of English, former director of the Communication program, and current director of English graduate studies. Adam enjoys discussing literature, both in the classroom and out, with particular interests in the development of English literature, its distributions and its receptions among an international audience, and studies of English customs by early American writers. Adam enjoys cooking: Sunday mornings are for rolling home-made pasta, but there is never a bad time to make chocolate mousse. He also enjoys running – mostly marathons, but a knee or two might disagree. He still actively considers what it would be like to become a foreign service officer.

DR. LAURI HYERS
ACN FACULTY FALL 2018

Dr. Lauri Hyers is a Social Psychologist in the Psychology Department of West Chester University of Pennsylvania, USA (in the Philadelphia area). She is also an affiliate of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at WCU. Her teaching expertise and published scholarship focus on diversity and social justice, gender socialization, animal welfare, and utopian communities. She conducts primarily qualitative narrative research, about which she has recently published a book, Diary Methods: Understanding Qualitative Research (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her course offerings at American College of Norway include Social Psychology (2011), Positive Psychology (2011 & 2018), Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (2011 & 2018), and Multicultural Psychology (2018).

DR. JOHN F. L. ROSS
ACN FACULTY SINCE FALL 2014

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. TITO CORREA
ACN FACULTY SINCE SPRING 2012

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.

DR. JEFFREY CARMICHAEL
ACN FACULTY SUMMER 2019

I am interested in all aspects of plant biology that emphasize plant structure and function. Most recently, I have been studying the development of gametes in plants that appear to form embryos asexually. Sperm and eggs are formed, but they don’t seem to fuse during the fertilization process. Instead, unfertilized egg cells develop into embryos after pollination takes place. These types of studies are aimed at increasing our understanding of the development and role of gametes during the reproductive process in higher plants.

This is my fourth semester teaching at ACN and I am looking forward to reconnecting with American and Norwegian students this summer.

DR. TAMI CARMICHAEL
ACN FACULTY SUMMER 2019

Tami Carmichael is a Professor of English & Interdisciplinary Health Studies at the University of North Dakota (UND). In addition, she coordinates the university’s American College of Norway collaboration. Carmichael received her Master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Georgia where she specialized in English literature and language. Currently, in both her teaching and research, she focuses on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. She enjoys working with students and creating student-centered learning projects that draw on current global problems and issues so that students can gain a wider perspective on areas of real-world significance. Dr. Carmichael publishes and speaks extensively on interdisciplinary education, integrative general education, learning communities, the assessment of student learning, and international teaching collaboration. She believes that students should be given every opportunity to develop the skill sets that are essential in the real world: clear communication, critical and creative thinking, evidence-based reasoning, collaboration, and integrative thinking. In 2008, Carmichael was named a CASE/Carnegie United States Professor of the Year. In 2014 she was selected as a national STIRS (Scientific Thinking and Reasoning Scholar) Scholar by the Association of American Colleges & Universities (AAC&U), and in 2015 she was named as one of five U.S. AAC&U STIRS Fellows who work at the national level to create high-impact undergraduate curricula that emphasize communication and evidence based reasoning. Dr. Carmichael loves travel, theatre, art, skiing, hiking, wine tasting, and dogs!

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