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Winter LC in Norway

The 2018 program will accept late applications and waitlist requests through Sept. 2017

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We hear a lot about the socialist societies of Scandinavia, with their free health care, free university education, free month-long paid vacations, and paid year off when you have a new baby.  This course provides students with the opportunity to experience the culture of Norway first-hand, and to learn more about their cradle-to-grave welfare system.  We will talk with Sami students at an Arctic university, travel to the Finnish border to see the Northern Lights (last time we passed through a reindeer herd), visit sculpture gardens and Viking ships and Munch's "The Scream" in Oslo, and shop for fresh fish on the harbor in the fjord city of Bergen.  In Oslo we will hear a lecture on the welfare state in the Uniited States Embassy.  

Evening classes during winter term will prepare you for what you are going to see in Norway.  We will help you to understand health care and education in Norway, but also watch film versions of Ibsen plays, talk about Scandinavian noir mystery novels, learn about Munch's art and how he came to paint "The Scream," and explore why Norwegian school kids knit and build fires and carve with sharp knives. 

The program will include coursework on campus during the 2015-16 Winter Term and a Spring Break trip to Norway to visit schools, hospitals, clinics, museums, ski jumps, fjord waterfalls and other sites related to a very different model of social wellbeing and isolated Arctic living.  A train and boat trip across the country will show you some of the most rugged mountains and deepest fjords, all in one day.  This is a 3-credit course, taught exclusively in the evenings, so that we don't interrupt your major studies in any way.  

Faculty Contacts:  Dr. David Crowe (English) and Dr. Katie Hanson (Education)

Eligibility: This program is open to any student in good academic standing (2.00 GPA or higher). 

Recommended For:  This program is open to all majors.  Students in the fields of English, Creative Writing, Public Health, Education, History or Scandinavian Studies may find this program of particular interest.  No knowledge or study of the Norwegian language is required.  All coursework is conducted in English.

Anticipated Program Cap:  22 students

Academics:  ​This program consists of ​ENCW​304​--Special Topics in Global Creative Non-fiction and a​n optional​ 1-credit Education course​, EDUC260--Comparative History of Education in Norway and America, focusing on differences betwe​e​n Norway's and the Unite​​d States' approaches to education, healthcare and other social programs. These courses are taught ​at night ​during the Winter Term with the program extended into Spring Break for travel.​  You may take the 3 credit class only and receive a PH and a G. If you also take the education class, you will earn the LC.  

Program Dates:  Spring Break 2018-- Dates TBD

Program Cost: $4,000

Cost includes: Ground & in-country air transportation, Room & Board, Excursions, Health insurance

Cost does not include: International airfare or discretionary spending

Financial Aid:  As this program does not include tuition charges, only travel expenses, financial aid for the Spring Term cannot be applied to the program costs.  These costs are in addition to the tuition and room/board charges for the term of the program. 

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 3 terms or 30 credits (sophomore status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

 This program is open only to full-time Augustana students. 

Funds from Augie Choice are available for this program to any student with Junior status (60 credits or more) at the time of the program departure.   Students must apply for Augie Choice at least 60 days prior to the program departure.