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Outdoor studies (friluftsliv) one year programme

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Programme description

Outdoor life is an integral part of Norwegian culture. From a very early age, children are taught to respect and enjoy the outdoors. The Norwegian word “friluftsliv” can be translated directly as “free air life” and covers many aspects of outdoor life, including:


- taking in fresh air,

- engaging in outdoor activities, for movement and enjoyment, or in competition,

- learning to understand and respect the natural world,

- discovering the world around us by research or as informal exploration. 


The programme is interdisciplinary and relevant for work in all schools and enterprises which emphasize outdoor life. There is a focus on practical training in various natural environments, with an aim to contributing to personal development through interaction with fellow students , as well as through encounters with the natural world. The programme aims to provide candidates with the competencies to critically evaluate, act and make decisions in a variety of professional situations, “action competence”.


Learning outcomes and assessment methods are identical, regardless of whether one chooses to study in Bodø or Levanger, although activities are adapted to local conditions and opportunities.


The study programme consists of the following courses:


Autumn semester:

  • FRI1001 Friluftsliv and society, 10 credits
  • FRI1002 Friluftsliv theory 1, 20 credits


Spring semester:

  • FRI1003 Friluftsliv theory 2, 20 credits
  • FRI1004 Friluftsliv pedagogy, 10 credits


The programme emphasizes student-centered learning methods where the student has the opportunity to choose certain specializations.

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Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes


The student shall:

  • Have basic knowledge related to current friluftsliv activities
  • Have basic knowledge of safety perspectives for friluftsliv
  • Have basic knowledge of friluftsliv pedagogy and coaching in friluftsliv
  • Have insight into friluftsliv as a phenomenon, the history and traditions of friluftsliv, and the roles and importance of friluftsliv in Norwegian society
  • Have basic knowledge of management and supervision of friluftsliv



The student shall:

  • Have basic skills in current friluftsliv activities in different categories of nature and the different seasons
  • Be able to plan, implement and assess friluftsliv activities for relevant target groups,
  • Be able to reflect on the educational and societal perspectives in friluftsliv
  • Be able to ensure the safety of the actual friluftsliv activities and implement excursions according to the ability principle
  • Be able to function as a member of a group and contribute to the group's development


General competency

The student shall:

  • Have insight into the relationship between good personal proficiency, knowledge and reserves of energy, as well as the importance of this for safe friluftsliv
  • Have insight into how to use friluftsliv as an educational tool and what opportunities this provides in relation to learning and development
  • Have insight into the ethical dilemmas associated with traffic and the use of nature
  • Be able to see knowledge and skills in context, and use the combination of these in practical situations

Admission requirements

Admission requirements

Admission takes place on the basis of Higher Education Entrance Qualification.

A police certificate of good conduct is required.

For more information regarding admission requirements and how to apply, please visit this page

Career possibilities

Job prospects

You will gain a practical and theoretical basis for working in kindergarten, primary school, lower and upper secondary school, school camping and folk high school (a post-secondary boarding school without formal courses), in preventive health care and rehabilitation, in friluftsliv organisations, in travel and tourism and in the management of nature and friluftsliv.

Further education

Further Education

The program of study can be taken as an independent unit, be included as part of a customized bachelor's degree at Nord University or can become the basis for Master studies in Sport/Physical Education at Nord University.

Combined with subject didactics (PPU = 1-year programme in educational theory and practice), the study qualifies for work in friluftsliv within the Norwegian school system. The programme can also provide a basis for further studies in friluftsliv in other colleges/universities.

Study abroad

Read more about opportunities for foreign exchange programmes here: Exchange programmes



Semester fee and copy fee.

Equipment students must have at their disposal:

Hiking and camping gear are required for traveling and overnighting in the mountains. For winter travel, a spade and mountain skis with steel edges are required. Having a tent, primus and cooking equipment will be an advantage.

The programme's distinctiveness requires the use of various practical learning arenas. Therefore, students must also expect costs for transport to various sports facilities within Levanger municipality. The faculty's arrangements for reimbursement of transport costs apply.

Assessment methods

Prior learning and work experience

Admission based on prior learning and work experience according to current regulations.  Contact the Student Adviser for more information on admission based on prior learning and work experience.

Graduation requirements

Final examination 

Each course has a concluding assessment. The course descriptions provide detailed information.

Examinations are regulated by Regulations governing studies and examinations at Nord University.

Programme evaluation

Programme Evaluation

The study programme is evaluated annually by the students through course questionnaires and by the programme coordinator. Evaluations are included as a part of the university's quality assurance system.  

Qualifications requirements and regulations

Current regulations and central instructions

An approved police certificate of good conduct is required of everyone who commences the friluftsliv one-year programme, cf. "Regulations on admission to higher education, Chapter 6. Police certificate of good conduct for admission to higher education". The certificate cannot be older than 3 months when it is submitted. You may not engage in teaching practice/practical training until you have submitted an approved police certificate.

We refer you to Regulations governing studies and examinations at Nord University and related guidelines on the university's website.

ECTS Credits 60 Study level One-year programme Teaching language
The Faculty of Education and Arts
Course location Levanger