Bicentennial Grand Expedition Program: Norwegian Culture

GER-E 362

Days and Times
June 13 – 29, 2020
Course Description

The course will explore the unique natural environment of the small Nordic country of Norway—a thriving nation in the rough northwestern corner of Europe. You’ll travel through Norway by boat, train, and plane from the vast north above the Arctic Circle to the city of Oslo, visiting major cities and various hidden gems off the beaten path.

You’ll learn about Norway’s past through visits to The Viking Ship Museum, several maritime museums, and an open-air folk museum. The famous Scandanavian aesthetic will be on full display in visits to Oslo’s Opera House, the Munch Museum, and Vigeland Sculpture Park. The town of Tromsø will be the site of exploration of the indigenous Sami culture.

Exploration of Norway’s incredible flora and fauna will abound as you get a close-up view of the fjords on a boat through the Lofoten islands; hike through mountains and fields to visit Bø; see native fish and wildlife at the Arctic Aquarium; and discover the idyllic, coastal-alpine landscape by the old trading post of Kjerringøy. Through the program, you will gain an understanding of Norwegian culture and have a truly once in a lifetime experience.

This course is part of IU’s Bicentennial Grand Expeditions program.

Faculty Leader

Gergana May, Germanic Studies


GER-E 362, 3 cr. (COLL CASE A&H and COLL CASE GCC)


You may apply if you:

  • Have had at least one semester at IU
  • Are an undergraduate degree candidate making normal academic progress
  • Have a 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Are physically prepared to complete a moderately difficult hike in the mountains

Note: Priority is given to students pursuing a minor in Norwegian.

Estimated costs

$1,800 + 3 credits of IU summer tuition at your usual residency rate
Note: Airfare and personal expenses are not included in the fees.

Fees include special subsidy provided by the Office of the Bicentennial

Departmental scholarships are available.


Contact the College’s Office of International Affairs (OIA) with questions about this program.

Application due date

February 15. Applications received after that date will be reviewed as space allows.

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