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One year programme

Outdoor Studies (friluftsliv)


Programme description

Are you passionate about the outdoors? Come and experience Norway through glacier climbing, sea kayaking, river canoeing, winter trips with skies and sledges, cross country skiing – and much more.

You can choose to follow the whole one-year programme “Friluftsliv” – or to take half of the programme, either the autumn or the spring semester. If you take the whole year, a total of some 50 days are spent on trips with a guide. An additional 35 days consist of independent trips kayaking, hiking and canoeing – and sleeping outside under the open skies or in snow caves in both known and less known areas of Norway.

The programme is especially suitable for you who plan to build your competence in areas of learning, health and rehabilitation in nature, tourism and education.

Career opportunities

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.

Student exchange

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

Following further studies

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.

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