If you are looking for a cultural experience for 2-3 months, or an Academic Semester or Year, our Classic program will match you with a welcoming host family and place you in a nearby school. We find the host family and choose the school, and you can enjoy what they have to offer while immersing yourself in local culture.
Perfect for students who:
* Who can be more flexible in where and what they study
* Want to have a cultural experience
* Interested in joining sports, clubs, and activities
* Grow as a person and improve language skills
Classic Program Information
Age and eligibility
For August arrivals: 15 years and 8 months – 17 years
For January arrivals: 16 -17 years
Students cannot turn 18 while on the program
Allergies and dietary requirements must be indicated clearly on the application and if students need a specific food that is not served by the host family, the student must purchase additional items for themselves. Unfortunately, Vegans can not be accommodated on this program.
An online language course is recommended prior to departure
Programs are available for an Academic Semester or Academic Year.
The Norwegian day usually runs from 8:00 am until around 3:00 pm, with short breaks during the day, and a longer lunch at noon. Classes are taught in Norwegian and common subjects include Norwegian, English, History, Mathematics, Social Science, PE and Music. Students must bring their own laptop for use at home.
All Outbound students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Your Program Manager can advise if any additional vaccinations are required. Please be sure to note all vaccinations you have received in your application.
Your Program Coordinator will provide further information about student visas in Norway.
Students traveling on Australian & New Zealand passports, with programs up to 90 days, generally travel as “tourists” and do not need to apply for a visa prior departure. However, for programs extending beyond the 90-day period (including Semester & Academic Year programs), students are usually required to apply for the necessary visa.
Program Coordinators will provide the essential visa documents so students can lodge their visa application. Please note that Program Coordinators are not Registered Migration Agents and cannot represent the applicant. Program Coordinators will provide “guidance” where possible, however the responsibility of lodging the visa falls upon the student/parents. Visa application requirements differ per destination and, on top of the visa documents provided by your Program Coordinator, students will need to provide additional documents such as birth certificate, bank statements, police check certificate, passport photos, letter of parental consent, etc.
Visa application fees (set by the foreign Authority) fluctuate depending on the destination and may vary from $180 to $700. These costs exclude expenses such as translations, official stamps (Notary Public stamp, Apostille stamp), national police certificate, passports photos, express post envelopes, etc. In some cases, students must attend an in-person consulate / visa agency appointment, which may incur additional personal expenses for travel such as purchasing flights (Interstate flight or international flight if no representation in your home country), petrol costs, tolls, accommodation, etc.
The budget allocated for flights to Europe is AU$2,500 of the program price listed below. We may need to charge a flight surcharge if we cannot obtain a flight within this budget. For more information, please see our Flight Surcharge Policy on our Money Matters page.
Classic Program Prices for Norway
|Length||Arrive||Depart||Program fee |
|Academic Semester||Aug 15, |
|Jan 7, |
|$15,950||Mar 31, 2024|
|Aug 15, |
|Jun 23, |
|$16,950||Mar 31, 2024|
|Academic Semester||Jan 10, |
|Jun 23, |
|$15,950||Sept 1, 2024|
|Jan 10, |
|Mid Nov, |
|$17,450||Sept 1, 2024|
Each destination has a budget for flights included in the fee. If flight costs are above this budgeted amount, a Flight Surcharge may apply. Please see our Money Matters page for program inclusions, the flight surcharge policy and other important pricing information.
Program start dates are indicative arrivals in the destination & students attending the Soft Landing Camp (if available) will depart earlier. Program start dates serve as approximate arrival dates at the destination and subject to change. We will notify you of your confirmed program dates ahead of time to prevent any confusion or inconvenience.
Scholarship & Early Bird Discount Application Deadlines
March 31, 2024: classic programs departing between October 2024 – March 2025
October 31, 2024: classic programs departing between April 2025 – September 2025
Find out more about Scholarships and Early Bird Discounts.
LIVE Online sessions
If you would like to find out more information on our programs, please register for one of our free LIVE Online sessions to:
- Meet our staff
- Hear comprehensive information on all aspects of exchange
- Ask questions
- See questions asked by other students and parents
Information evenings run for about an hour.
They are friendly, free and are the best way for us to address your specific questions in person.
Soft Landing Camp in Oslo
Included in the program cost for January & August Arrivals
Your Nordic high school adventure starts with a brief stay in Oslo, along with the students heading to Norway. Some students will be met by their host family after the Soft Landing Camp, others will transfer either by flight or train. Your host family will also receive an orientation prior to your arrival. The arrival date is per the indicative dates in the prices above, with two nights at the Soft Landing Camp.
- Oslo Airport Meet & Greet & train transfer to the accommodation
- Lunch, then a presentation of staff, students and the agenda
- Dinner & walk through Oslo Waterfront
Return to the hotel & social gathering at the hotel
- Breakfast at hotel
- Go to Aker Brygge Port: Boat trip to Oslo Islands; Hovedøya, Gressholmen, Langøyene Info meeting & packed lunch at Oslo Islands
- Boat back to Aker Brygge
- Dinner in Oslo – street food
- Breakfast at hotel
- Walk through Vigelandsparken & lunch picnic
- Check out
- Some students will go by train to Oslo Airport, others will be met by their host family in Oslo
“Little did I expect when I got on that first plane to my exchange that my life would change in ways I can’t even explain, the people I met and my perspective on so many things has changed. But most importantly I’ve grown as a person and I am so thankful for my exchange and the once in a life time experience.”“
“Pictured is my host family, my mother and I right before we all ran a half marathon. I believe that it describes the exchange experience which is a marathon of caring and learning to love another place and other amazing people. There were also beautiful moments where I received support from the most unexpected people & this tremendous sense of euphoria & pride at the completion of both my exchange & my marathon.
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