What is ACN

The American College of Norway (ACN) is celebrating 25 years of excellence in bringing Norwegians, Americans and other international students together as part of their bachelor’s degree 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 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. 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)! And watch the following videos to get a better insight of what your time abroad in Norway and at ACN could look like!

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Academics & Tuition

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 40 000 per semester for full-time students. Student housing in available and costs between NOK 29 000 – 33 000 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 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

Autumn 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

Advanced Humanities Seminar: Global Leadership – 2 credits
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

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.

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.

Click here to view more pictures of the residence halls.

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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Moss, Norway

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!

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.


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.




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.


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 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).


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.


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.


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.


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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