International Perspectives on Early Childhood: Journey through Norway
This study abroad program will travel to the vibrant Norwegian cities of Oslo and Bergen. Auburn students will explore the culture of childhood education through the experience of kindergarten and primary school classrooms. Program participants will spend several days visiting a variety of places Norwegian children spend their days. Some locations include: outdoor nature preschools, forest kindergartens, public school classrooms, and university settings. Auburn students will learn where and how Norwegian teachers and caregivers provide high quality experiences and environments for young children.
The first part of the program is spent in Oslo, Norway. While in the host families, students will be able to observe a large celebration of the Norwegian Constitution Day on Sunday, May 17, 2020. The students and faculty will travel via train from Oslo to Bergen last couple days of the program.
Participants will be required to hike in nature. Exposure to cool weather and rain is to be expected. Ability to travel 8+ hours on a train (Oslo to Bergen) is required. Participants should also be able to negotiate cobblestone streets, some bus and train transportation and stairs. As with all of Europe, extensive walking to sites is common.
Students of all majors (including, but not limited to) Education, HDFS and Psychology are encouraged to apply. Applicants must have at least a 2.25 GPA (undergraduates) or 3.0 GPA (graduates).
- 06 February 2020: Extended Application Deadline
- 02 March 2020: Auburn on-campus course begins
- 10 May 2020: Students depart to Oslo, Norway (on individually booked flights)
- 11 May 2020: Start Date in Norway
- 23 May 2020: End Date - students return to the US (via Bergen, Norway)
Participants will be enrolled in a course for the Spring 2020 semester and go abroad in May. The Auburn on-campus course begins in March to prepare students for the upcoming international program.
CTEC 4910 - Practicum - 3 credits (undergraduate)
CTEC 7910 - Practicum - 3 credits (graduate)
The estimated program fee is $2,780. Download a copy of the Estimated Student Budget.
Included: 3 credit hours, housing in Oslo and Bergen, meals (all meals during host family stay in Oslo), school visits for 5 days, train ride to Bergen, excursions to city sites and emergency travel/health insurance.
Not included: Airfare, airport transfers, meals in Bergen, passport cost (approximately $150), personal expenses.
- 15 Jan 2020: Application Deadline
- 27 Jan 2020: First payment appears on eBill
- 07 Feb 2020: First payment due
- 17 Feb 2020: Second payment appears on eBill
- 06 Mar 2020: Second payment due
Oslo, Norway: Students will stay with Norwegian families in Oslo. Students may be staying solo or in pairs while with host families. Laundry facilities are provided in the host families. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is provided by the host family. Typically three meals a day are provided to the students during the program. Housing has easy access to public transit.
Bergen, Norway: Students will be staying at a hotel while visiting Bergen for the last couple days. Meals in Bergen are not provided.
Oslo is the capital and most populous city of Norway. It was founded in the year 1040. As one of Europe’s fastest growing cities this decade, Oslo is buzzing with energy from new neighborhoods and cutting-edge food, to fashion and art scenes. Captivating landmarks like the Opera House, the Astrup Fearnley Museum and Barcode are changing the face of the city, and Oslo maintains its refreshing closeness to nature that few other capitals can match. Nestled between the Oslofjord and forested hills, Oslo was named European Green Capital 2019 for its dedication to conserving natural areas and reducing pollution. The compact city center is easy and safe to explore on foot or by bike, and the efficient public transport system makes the entire city accessible without a car.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway and is located southwestern coast. It's surrounded by mountains and fjords- a long, narrow, deep inlet of the sea between high cliffs.The city features colorful wooden houses on the old wharf. The city is an international center for aquaculture, shipping, the offshore petroleum industry. Bergen Port is Norway's busiest in terms of both freight and passengers, with over 300 cruise ship visits a year bringing nearly a half a million passengers to Bergen. The number of tourists has doubled in the past 10 years. In regards to education there are 64 elementary schools, 18 lower secondary schools and 20 upper secondary schools in Bergen, as well as 11 combined elementary and lower secondary schools.
There will be opportunities to explore the sights of the capital city along with the city of Bergen. Below is a estimated calendar of events for the program:
Sunday, 10 May: Flight to Oslo, Norway - overnight flight
Monday, 11 May: Arrive in Oslo, Norway - move into host family, city tour/orientation
Tuesday, May 12 - Friday, 15 May: Visit Schools in Oslo Norway
Sunday, 17 May: Constitution Day - National Holiday
Monday, 18 May: Final School Visit
Tuesday, 19 May: Travel via train to Bergen, Norway (8 hours trip)
Wednesday, Friday 20 - Friday, 22 May: Excursions in Bergen, Norway
Saturday, 23 May: Return flight from Bergen to USA
PASSPORT AND VISA REQUIREMENTS
If you do not have a PASSPORT: Please check http://travel.state.gov for the nearest local passport office and forms. Application for a United States passport should be made at least 120 days in advance of your departure date. Auburn Abroad recommends that you apply for a passport as soon as you know you are participating in the program. If you already have a passport: Please check the expiration date. Passports should be valid for at least 6 months following your scheduled time abroad.
- U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program
- Non-U.S. Citizens should verify visa requirements
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Please contact the program directors for more information.
Curriculum and Teaching Department
Curriculum and Teaching Department