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This is a Norwegian language course based on a beginners level and for those who already has some knowledge. This course is a combination of learning and practicing Norwegian to a high level.

At Agder folkehøgskole you have the opportunity to gain fluency in the Norwegian language, make lifelong friends and explore the Norwegian culture. 

This Norwegian course is suitable for beginners and for students with little previous knowledge of the language. A wide range of teaching methods is used, including suggestopedia, to ensure that the students will be competent language users by the end of the schoolyear.The first semester we focus on basic grammar and use of everyday language in both oral and written production. In the second semester the students build upon their vocabulary and grammatical skills to further expand their knowledge of the language. In early Spring you will have a week of language practise in a place appealing to your interests, and you will also be a volunteer for one week at the local film festival.

Norwegian Language & Culture has a environmental profile with a focus on sustainable, slow travelling. For our class the travel is the journey itself, connecting with classmates, yourself and strangers along the road is a good way to get to know the country, language and the people living here. The course includes several excursions to historical, cultural and natural sites each semester. 

Living in a boarding school like Agder folkehøgskole, where the majority of the students are Norwegians, you have an unparalleled opportunity to practice your newly aquired language skills and to immerse yourself into the Norwegian lifestyle. Velkommen :-)

 
 

Study tour: Agder cabin, hyttetur & skiing

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

  • Large cabin
  • Skiing resort nearby
  • Cross country skiing
  • Spring

Trip to our Agder cabin, through the Setesdal valley and up into the village named Hovden. It is approximately 3-4 hours to drive with our minibus and many cultural spots on the way to visit. The cabin consist of 16 beds at 5 bedrooms, 1 bathroom with shower and a toilet, an additional toilet, kitchen and a large livingroom. Large terrace outside and a great view to Hovden.10 minutes walk from our parking place. 

During this trip, there will a whole day where you rent skiis and will practise cross country skiing. For those who are more experienced, you can go downhill or snowboard at the skiing centre. One of the days you will also have the possibility to go to Hovden spa & aqualand for a chill day in warm water.

The Agder cabin is a loved place and often used more than just one time by the international class. There is great hiking areas around here and Hovden is a middle spot on the way from the south to the west part of Norway.

 

Amazing Race - Norway

Mandatory: Nei

Price: Included in course price

Duration: 4 days

You will be divided into groups of 2 - 3 persones and sent off with train or bus to a place in Norway. From this point you will have to find your way back to Agder without paying for it. Every day there will be new tasks for you and your team to solve. In addition to that you will need to organise free transport yourself, communicate with Norwegians on the road and base yourself and the team on a very low foodbudget. You learn to cooperate and hold out with each other. This trip is not compulsory, but often described as "the best journey throughout the year".

Northern Norway / Sweden backpacking

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

Duration: minimum 14 days

Meals included per day: 3

This is a two weeks classtrip based on the wishes of the class every year. We travel, as always, the most sustainable way (no flights included) and make stops wherever you find it interesting to stop. The route normally goes through Oslo, where we continue to either Røros or Lillehammer for a night or two. Further on to Trondheim with a visit to the Nidaros cathedral and then the train to Bodø. From here we take the coastal ship "Hurtigruten" over to the scenery island Lofoten. Here we will stay for a few days in Svolvær, hike up in the mountains with snowshoes, sleep in a cottage and hopefully see the Northern Lights. After a few days we drive over to the Vesterålen island, we`ll meet sami people and reindeers. For 2018/2019 we will visit the island Senja and do dogsledding there. On the way back to the south, we will join the legendary Swedish railway "Ofotbanen" from Narvik to Stockholm, enjoy the city with guiding in the old town and visit museums of interest. During this trip, we mostly cook ourselves, we sometimes visit other folkhighschools and we sleep over in cottages belonging to DNT - the Norwegian trekking organisation. This trip is a highlight, it brings people together. 

Oslo - capitol of Norway

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

Meals included per day: 3

  • Train to Oslo
  • Living central
  • The Parliament
  • Nobel Peace Prize Centre
  • The National Theatre
  • Freia Chocolate Factory
  • The Opera House
  • The Nutcracker ballet
  • National Art Museum
  • Much Museum
  • Iceskating
  • If you dare : swimming in the sea
  • A cabin trip

 We travel with the train to Oslo in the end of December and we live downtown around 5 days in the city. We will visit the Parliament, the Nobel Peace Prize Centre, the National Theatre, Norwegian Broadcasting - NRK, Freia Chocolate Factory, we do an art workshop at the National Art Museum and see the Nutcracker ballett at the Opera, amongst other things. Its hectical and fun, Oslo has a lot to give. 

Ryvingen lighthouse

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

Meals included per day: 4

  • Lighthouse
  • Island
  • RIB boat
  • WIFI detox
  • Phone detox
  • Painting
  • You make food
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Storytelling outdoor night
  • Music
  • Riddles
  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Sunrise

Art students + International students = True! The M&M ladies (Marianne & Marianne) take you down to the very south with the minibuses and then we do the fast RIB over to the Ryvingen Island. Here we stay. We breath the fresh sea air. We make food together. We grill. We paint, we relax, swim, fish and have fun. We bring the guitar with us and we simply enjoy life.

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

Skolen ligger i det vi kaller perlen i den sørlandske skjærgård. Ut av vinduet ser du rett mot uthavnen Ny –Hellesund der Nordal Grieg i sin tid skrev sangen «Til ungdommen». Hit går vår første fellestur.. Overnatting i telt, lavvo, hengekøye eller på liggeunderlag under åpen himmel. Bading, bål, lek og alvor. Vi nyter sensommerens dufter og skuer utover havet, der Danmark nesten blir synlig i horisonten, og blir kjent med hverandre på en uforglemmelig måte. Her skapes vennskap.

Skolens siste fellestur går til samme sted. Sommeren er i emning, og det er en ganske annen gjeng som er på tur. Sikre på hverandre, men melankolien har tatt over for forventningen. En følelse av at noe snart er over, sammen med vissheten om at noe nytt kommer. Dette nye, som nå skal skapes sammen med folk du har rundt deg, er ikke lenger like skremmende. Dette blir en tur fylt med gode minner og sterke følelser.

På disse to turene tar vi oss også med oss utstyr til å plukke plast for jordens skyld, før og etter sommerens gjester.

Mellom disse to turene er det mye tid og rom. Det er mye som skal skapes. Linjene drar på sine ulike turer og mye tid brukes felles på skolen. Men i ny og ne gjør vi noen fellesturer. Det kan være til Prekestolen, og det kan være til Lindesnes eller Lista. Dyreparken er også en naturlig destinasjon for skolen når vi først ligger på disse kanter.  

Learn Norwegian and study Norwegian at Agder Folkehøgskole!

The school is situated in Kristiansand, in beautiful surroundings 16 km west of the city center, the southern-most city in Norway.

Agder Folkehogskole offers a course in Norwegian language and culture for foreigners:

Introduction course in Norwegian language and culture. The course also contains subjects as Norwegian everyday life and manners, Norwegian culture and economic life. Learning takes place in a creative environment. Challenging excursions, electives and common activities. There is no tuition fee. The money you pay include lodging in double room, teaching material and study trips. The Norwegian language and culture course costs NOK 112900 (2020/2021). Additional payment for single room NOK 4500. An admission fee (NOK 2400) is included.

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