International Summer School breaks record

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Norway’s International Summer School, held every year since 1947 at the University of Oslo’s campus at Blindern, has been enjoying record attendance this summer. Two other college-level summer schools for foreigners are proving popular as well.

Newspaper Aftenposten reported that fully 556 students from 95 different countries have been studying the Norwegian language, culture and other subjects at the University of Oslo (UiO) since late June. Many come from the US, inspired by Norwegian ethnic roots and a desire to learn about their ancestral homeland. Others have moved to Norway with Norwegian spouses, and use the summer school as an introduction to Norwegian life and society.

Still others have no personal ties to Norway, but wanted to learn more about, for example, Norwegian artist Edvard Munch. Among them is Corey Kram from New Jersey in the US, age 22, who told Aftenposten he’d worked two years to save enough money for a summer in Oslo. The UiO program costs NOK 20,800 (USD 3,700)  for tuition, room and board, and NOK 6,700 for tuition only.

Two local colleges, Høgskolen i Oslo and business school Handeslhøyskolen BI, also offer summer programs for international students. Høgskolen i Oslo had 95 foreign students from 35 countries this year, while BI has had 91 students from 33 countries studying “Intercultural Management – a Scandinavian Perspective.”

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