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Do you want to do something with the injustice in the world? Do you want to find out more about racism and the causes of poverty and conflict? This is your class you`ll be doing this firsthand!

We travel to South Africa and Israel/Palestine to work with mediation, activism, and trying to influence political decision-making. The learning process includes exercises and role games, the making of life-changing acquaintances and going to inspiring lectures, participating in discussions and the entailing reflections. Group projects and excursions are salient aspects of the learning process. We attend debates and take part in demonstrations, go to theaters and try to benefit as much as we can of the rich cultural and social life of the city. 

Who is this class suitable for?
Global Understanding is for anyone who already plays an active role in trying to improve society. But also for anyone who wishes to take their first steps in such process, and do so with the right insight. You must be able to communicate in Norwegian (Lessons are mainly given in Norwegian)

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What is expected from you:

Palestine/Israel

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

Meals included per day: 3

During the trip to Palestine and Israel you will be able to experience firsthand what the life of Palestinians in the West Bank is like. But also, how it is to be Israelis in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and in settlements in the territories of West Bank. We have quarters in Bethlehem, and from there we will be able to visit the cities of Jerusalem, Ramallah, Hebron, and other destinations in West Bank.

South Africa

Mandatory: Yes

Price: Included in course price

Meals included per day: 3

From Johannesburg to Cape Town, we will also be exploring and uncovering the contrasts filling South Africa. We will find that it is the country with most inequalities between rich and poor, although apartheid has officially been abolished. In this trip, the unique possibility to meet and get to know people from different social backgrounds and in contrasting life situations offers itself. And this in the form of a tight two/ two and a half week long program in this sunny, but polarized, country.

In Soweto we go on a bicycle safari. There, we explore the areas that made South Africa rich on gold and maybe you will get the chance to stay some nights with a host family before we embark on a real safari.

In Cape Town we shall see Nelson Mandela’s prison cell and get to know local youth, that will be telling us about their lives, their challenges, and their possibilities. Moreover, you will be able to enjoy the sight of the city from exciting perspectives, from the heights of Table Mountain to other beautiful places in “the world’s best city”.

The Goal In addition to the Norwegian course you will get the opportunity to participate in various cultural activities, and study different subjects together with Norwegian students both inside and outside Rønningen.

This contributes to your integration, and makes it easy to get to know Norwegian fellow students and thus practise your Norwegian.


Content 300 hours of Norwegian Language
Introduction to Norwegian Culture, history and way of life
Intercultural Communication and Understanding

Rønningen is a boarding school in the Nordic Folk High School tradition. The school can accommodate up to 170 students in single or double rooms.

Students come from all over Norway and many other parts of the world. The school year is 33 weeks and runs from mid-August to mid-May. Excellent communicative english skills are required.

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