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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Norway, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

     Any  Yes  No
  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

January 1, 2001 - December 31, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.


Norwegian. Previous language study is not required. YFU Norway can assist students in finding a local course, which can cost around $600.

Host Family Placement

Host families can be located all over the country in rural or suburban areas. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.


Students are typically placed in the 11th, 12th, or 13th (the last year of school) grade. Schools begin in mid-August and are closed for one week during autumn (usually October), two weeks at Christmas, one week for winter holiday (usually February), one week during Easter, and two months during the summer.

Mountains. Fjords. Islands. Glaciers. Forests. Nature plays a central role in Norwegian life. As a YFU student you can enjoy the best of outdoor activities in a society that places high value on globalism and personal growth.
Learn more about Norway.

Academic Year and Semester Programs

As a YFU student in Norway, you can choose from 15 fields of study in upper secondary school. You will attend a local high school and live with a host family, and part of your experience will be:


School: Norwegian schools expect a great deal of independence and responsibility from students. Courses offered in most areas of the country include Norwegian, mathematics, history, geography, philosophy, economics, religion, physical education, sciences, social studies, and languages. Spanish, French, and German language classes are usually offered and some schools may have Russian and Italian. Optional courses may include music, drama, dance, arts, sports, business and administration, and information technology.

Because many schools in Norway use internet-based learning (meaning communication is almost exclusively online and students typically use laptops in class), students are recommended to bring a laptop if they own one. Schools will usually help students borrow or rent a laptop for an additional cost if they do not own one.


Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Norway, all students will attend a 3 day orientation with other YFU students from around the world. Year students also attend a 3 day mid-year orientation, and all students attend a daylong re-entry orientation at the end of their program to reflect on their experiences. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.


Extracurricular: Norwegian schools generally don't offer after-school activities. However, there are plenty of music groups, clubs, and organizations to choose from in the community and most of your Norwegian friends will belong to some type of sports club. YFU exchange students are encouraged to get involved in their communities by joining any type of team, group, or club.


Year program students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a week-long program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities.  The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.


Tuition Includes

-Placement with a host family
-Enrollment in a local Norwegian high school
-Airport transfers
-Domestic and international travel
-All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
-Support from a YFU Norway Area Representative while on program
-Comprehensive Insurance


Additional Information:

Visa Information: Information about visas will be provided upon enrollment. Students will need to apply for a residence permit before coming to Norway. To learn more about the process, you can refer to the Norwegian Embassy website. 


Additional Costs: Students are responsible for covering fees including school-sponsored activities, textbooks, and school supplies. Students may need monthly passes for public transportation and are responsible for their transportation costs to school.  Program tuition does not include personal spending money. 




Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year


mid August

late June

Fall Semester


mid August

early January