Students in Norway


This program takes place in Stavanger, Norway.  With approximately 120,000 residents, Stavanger is Norway's fourth largest city. Its location has made it ideal as a coastal market town, then an important fishing port and now an offshore oil producer

Dr. Jill Cochran, Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science, lived in Stavanger, Norway for two and a half years, making her familiar with the culture and language of Norway. Her knowledge, combined with her relationships with local residents, have been invaluable for making this a successful program.

Mr. Zane Cochran is the Visiting Instructor of Creative Technologies at Berry College. He is the founder of HackBerry Lab, an innovation space at Berry that focuses on prototyping and design. He has co-directed the last two Norway programs and has authored two books on the country's culture and landscape.

Academics & Activities
The Creative Technologies Directed Study in Norway (CRT498) focuses on exploring and creating interactive educational technology. Explorations in Diverse Cultures, Norway (EDU 222) will focus on studying new methods for engaging children with technology and will provide opportunities for students to interact with diverse cultures. Students will then use this experience to prototype a unique educational interactive experience. Students can earn up to six credits on this program.  The group meets six times during the second half of spring semester for EDU 221, for no credit.

More than 17 hours of sunlight each day facilitate adventures along the serene coastline and fjords of western Norway and on hikes to Preikestolen, which offer remarkable views of the area’s natural landscape, and Månafassen, a massive 300 foot waterfall. We experience the country’s largest celebration, May 17th, the Norwegian Constitution Day, where we take part in the nationwide festivities. Additionally, we explore the culture and history of Norway through visits to Norwegian and international schools, exploring the harbor city of Stavanger, and meeting and mingling with local friends. Some interactions and lessons are planned in advance while other require adaptive responses to unfamiliar circumstances in Explorations in Diverse Cultures.

This program is being planned for summer 2017 and will alternate summers with the Ecuador program.

Housing & Meals
The group stays in St. Svithun Hostel, a modern hostel central to attractions in and around Stavanger. All rooms have shower/WC and free wireless Internet access. All meals are included and are taken at the hostel and local restaurants.

In 2015, students paid $3250 per person. This includes airfare and all meals. Check back for 2017 costs.