The American College of Norway offers students a quality academic experience in an intimate setting. U.S. students take classes with Norwegian students, develop intercultural sensitivity, and expand worldviews that guide them for a lifetime.
- Moss, Norway
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
You can choose to study at ACN for fall semester, spring semester, or a full year and take advantage of many unique opportunities that we offer. The courses you take, all taught in English, vary each term depending on the visiting faculty from universities in the United States. You can earn up to 30 credits alongside Norwegian peers during a full academic year. Classes are designed to transfer easily back to your home university and count towards your bachelor's degree in the US.
The University of North Dakota is the school of record for the American College of Norway.
With our small setting, students make friends quickly and get to know their classmates. You will participate in Welcome Week and Orientation upon arrival and receive 1-on-1 advising and faculty support throughout the term. Various campus events are offered throughout the school year in which you will have the opportunity to become involved as part of the Activities Committee and the Peace Committee. On-Campus housing is available and conveniently located near the campus and downtown Moss.
Unique Partnership Between ACN and the Nobel Peace Prize Forum
Moreover, ACN students are highly active in the Nobel Peace Prize Forum each year, which provides an important platform focusing on the work of the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates. Throughout the year, discussion and coursework at ACN allows students the opportunity to explore global topics. This is especially prevalent during the spring semester as preparations are being made for the Forum, which is held at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, MN.
You can also take advantage of ACN's Summer Program in Peace Studies, which offers courses focused on the themes of peace and conflict resolution, the environment and sustainability, and human rights (see separate listing). Students actively investigate these topics through class discussion and various field trips. The session runs for 4 weeks beginning mid-May into June.
ACN's cooperative partners are the University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, North Dakota; West Chester University (WCU) in West Chester, Pennsylvania; Adelphi University in Garden City, New York; and Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, New Hampshire.
- Setting Description:
- The American College of Norway is a non-profit foundation established in 1992 located in Moss, Norway. ACN is housed in the beautiful and historic Convention Building (Konvensjonsgaarden) in downtown Moss, nestled on the Oslo Fjord. We are near the public library, cafes, shopping, nightlife, galleries, and the arts. Moss is a safe place to live, and Norway has been rated as "low" when it comes to crime and violence. Oslo is 40 minutes by train and connects students to the rest of Norway and Europe.
- $5,000/semester USD. Rent/semester: $4,000 (includes electricity and internet)
Additional Program Information
- Students must have a high school diploma and a Grade Point Average of 2.5 or higher.
Based on 3 Reviews
- Once in a lifetime opportunity!12/26/19
Studying abroad to Norway and attending ACN was the best decision I've ever made. ACN covers all bases, whether it's travel tips, homesickness tips, advice on studying, help with housing, places to eat at in almost any city, anything. The staff and faculty
at ACN were super accommodating to every student and the small class sizes were a treat, especially coming from a public state university with huge lecture halls. The staff especially, go above and beyond in every aspect to make sure that students are comfortable and enjoying their time in Moss. The on-campus housing was very nice, 2-bedroom apartments with a kitchen and a bathroom (that has a heated floor! Amazing during the winter months), and can supply almost anything you need, from dishes to bed sheets to drying racks. And as a bonus, the apartments are just up the street from the school, less than a 5 minute walk! ACN also only has classes Monday-Thursday, meaning you get a three-day weekend every weekend. This makes it really easy to travel and see Europe. While in Norway I was able to travel to the western part of Norway, France, England, and Wales. The staff also help you find the cheapest airline/train/bus tickets! I would highly recommend to anyone (whether you are a freshman or a senior in college) to study abroad to the American College of Norway. I had an amazing experience and am kinda bummed I only went for one semester.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Studying Abroad was the Best Decision I Made12/01/16
Studying at ACN has been more than I thought it would be. I thought I would study abroad and I would go back home the same person. I was completely wrong. Being at ACN has made me become more confident in myself and more spontaneous when before I was
shy and didn't do many things outside of my comfort zone. ACN gave me the opportunity to meet many new friends and the staff at the school were our close advisers for anything we needed. Being at ACN also made it possible for me to make trips to other parts of Norway like Svalbard or Stavanger. I was also able to travel to places like London and Paris for prices that were in my range! Before going to ACN I was scared traveling places because it was different and new. I was a person of habit but now I love the unknown parts of trips because it makes it more of an adventure! And ACN helped me become this new person!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A great opportunity12/01/16
To me, this school represents a great opportunity for both American students who wish to study abroad, and Norwegians looking to study in the US. Although I myself is one of the later, I have made a lot of American friends here, my room mate being
one of them, and I hear nothing but praise coming from them. In fact, most of the ones I've asked said they wished they could stay for a little longer, despite missing their families at home. With ACN being such a small school compared to most American universities, we naturally have a tight and welcoming student environment. Whether we're studying, partying, traveling or killing time, we've always had the option of doing it in solidarity. The small classes also seem to spark the teachers. Going from a school where they host lectures for hundreds of people at a time to classes where they have 20-40 people seem to bring them back to their teaching roots, allowing them to create a real student-teacher relationship. And although there will be new teachers every semester, I can honestly say that the teaching staff at ACN that I've encountered represents the best educators I have ever had the privilege of learning from. To summarize: If you're curious about studying abroad and think that Norway might be the place for you, come to ACN! In my experience it was the best choice I could have made, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend