YFU Norway is registered as a youth and affiliated LNU (Council for Norwegian Children and Youth), and collaborates with other non-commercial youth. In addition to a secretariat with paid employees, hundreds of volunteers are helping with our work. Our purpose is to have mutual respect across differences in language, culture, ideology and religion. We believe that to understand others and be able to take the perspective of others is essential. Ultimately, we believe that such an approach to other people and to the world will be peacemaking.
In Norway, public education is free, regardless of nationality. The school year starts from mid August to late June the following year. The winter holiday from mid December to early January divides the Norwegian school year into two terms, with the second term starting in the beginning of January.
Upper secondary school (high school) is three years of optional schooling for students with ages between 16 and 19. Since the introduction of the education reform in 2006, a student can apply for either one of the following two programmes:
- general studies
- vocational studies
These main paths have many sub-paths. An upper secondary school usually offers general curriculum, while vocational studies usually follow a typical structure and after two years of school training (with workshops and short internship in industry), the student goes in apprenticeship for two years in an enterprise or a public institution.
To find out more information about studying in Norway, contact the YFU Norway team. Start your adventure now!
The Kingdom of Norway is a Scandinavian Peninsula in Europe. With a population of a little over 5 million, it is one of the most beautiful countries with diverse nature: forests, spectacular fjords and glaciers in the west and in the north, while the major cities in Norway are located along the coastline. The Norwegian language has two official written forms, Bokmål and Nynorsk, both of them being recognised as official languages. Around 95% of the population speak Norwegian as their first or native language, although many speak dialects that may differ significantly from the written languages. Norwegians enjoy a vibrant cultural life, and many Norwegians spend parts of their leisure time being involved in everything from organised sports activities to folk dancing.
Did you know ?
- Norway is not a full member of the European Union, but a member of the European Economic Area (EEA) since 1992.
- The Norwegians claim to have invented modern skiing as a sport.
- Hornindalsvatnet, in central Norway, is Europe's deepest lake, reaching a maximum depth of 514 m (1,686 ft).
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