Semester Exchange Packages for International Students

The Department of English at Nord University offers a range of semester packages and individual courses to visiting international students:

For more information about these offerings, please contact the relevant International Coordinator:
 

Advanced English Language and Literature (Autumn Package)

This semester package (Campus Bodø) is for exchange students who are looking for a real challenge when it comes to English. Our advanced English classes are designed to provide an in-depth examination of some of the greatest and most challenging ideas in English literature and language, taught by skilled teaching and research faculty. Students will read and discuss English-language literature in a supportive setting, and have the opportunity to compare notes with like-minded Norwegian students. We encourage semester exchange students to explore the incredible natural environment of the far North, and the student networks Arctic Escape and International Student Union provide plenty of local excursion opportunities.

For more information, visit the ENGADV1 Programme page and ENGADV1 Study Plan page on the main Nord University website.

Advanced English Language and Literature: Autumn consists of three classes, all of which are taught by English Department faculty (you can click to expand each course below to read a full description):

This course explores how three modern poets reimagined ancient poems for the twentieth century, considering what attracted them to the epics of the classical tradition and how ideas of gender, empire and nation shaped their re-writings. The course examines poetry through both close reading of the text on the page and close listening of recordings of the poets reading their work in order to explore poetry as a multimedia phenomenon. 

The classes Crime Fiction (available in odd years) and American Fiction after 1945 (available in even years) include an in-depth review and examination of central works of literature. By focusing on a large selection of writings in several prose genres, as well as related secondary criticism, in a seminar setting, students will gain new appreciation for key writers and literary techniques, as well as a clearer understanding of their place in the emerging canon of English-language literature.

The courses Language Science, Language Play, and Language Art (available in even years) and Early English (available in odd years) both deal with the relation between language and literature, especially poetry, although with a focus on different periods of the language. Specifically, we ask what kinds of human cognitive and and perceptual abilities (knowledge of sound and sentence structure, memory, speech processing, and more) underlie the creation and appreciation of language art, whether Beowulf or Kanye West. Specific topics include the nature of artistic endeavour, meter, rhyme and other sound patterns, metaphor and sound symbolism, and the linguistic nuts and bolts of storytelling.

Advanced English Language and Literature (Spring Package)

This semester exchange package (Campus Bodø) begins at the peak of Arctic darkness, but daylight comes back quickly. Our advanced English classes are designed to provide an in-depth examination of some of the greatest and most challenging ideas in English literature and language, taught by skilled teaching and research faculty. Students who choose this package will read and discuss Shakespeare and other major figures in a supportive, small-group setting, and can compare notes with like-minded Norwegian students. Our Spring advanced package also includes a course on environmental issues in English literature, making it an exciting choice for biology and environmental studies students looking for a fresh, humanities-based perspective. We encourage semester exchange students to explore the incredible natural environment of the far North, and the student networks Arctic Escape and International Student Union provide plenty of local excursion opportunities.

For more information, visit the ENGADV2 Programme page and ENGADV2 Study Plan page on the main Nord University website.

Advanced English Language and Literature: Spring consists of three classes, all of which are taught by English Department faculty (you can click to expand each course below to read a full description):

Philosophy and literature both deal with the ‘big’ questions that appear spontaneously in the course of a human life. But how are the two practices similar? How are they different? How do they influence one another

Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions: natural disasters have been with humanity as long as we have sought stability and defied the dynamics of the natural world. Often devastating to human life and social order, disasters have occasioned stories, poems, and songs that grapple with the challenging philosophical, religious, aesthetic, and social questions raised by environmental catastrophe. In this course we will examine a selection of works, from ancient myths to post-apocalyptic novels, and discuss how literature can capture the catastrophic, protest the inevitable, and imagine the unimaginable.

Shakespeare and His World is an in-depth engagement with Shakespeare’s most important plays and their context. The students will read and discuss a selection of plays and secondary literature under the direction of a specialist in the field.

Experience English Language and Literature (Spring Package)

In the spring, international students enrolled on this programme experience the wide variety of what Nord University has to offer. Alongside Norwegian peers, students take deep dives into what English means today as a language of literature, culture, and education.

For more information, visit the ENGEXP2 Programme page and ENGEXP2 Study Plan page on the main Nord University website.

Experience English Language and Literature: Spring consists of two classes, all of which are taught by English Department faculty from Campus Bodø (S2021 model below, you can click to expand each course below to read a full description):

American Studies is designed to make the student conversant with the literary tradition of the United States, as well as provide him or her with the variegated social, cultural, and historical contexts for each work. In addition, the student will be introduced to a wide selection of American young-adult fiction placed in a critical and didactic context.

Other Opportunities

  • The Department of English in Campus Bodø offers SP123L English Language Support as a single course (5 ECTS) for international students in both the Autumn and Spring semesters:
In this course, students explore flash fiction from around the world, developing their skills in academic English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analysis. 
 
No reason to stay inside: Do you want to add an exciting, international dimension to your teaching expertise while you experience Norway’s spectacular landscape first-hand? Redefine your understanding of a learning arena by engaging with nature, and acquire new perspectives by immersing yourself in the history, culture and language of Norway. This autumn semester package (Campus Levanger) emphasizes practical knowledge and skills that will enrich every student’s professional profile. Study start in mid-August.
 

The course is designed for international and local teacher students, pre-school teacher students and students of related study programmes. 

This is a course intended to develop knowledge about and understanding of Nordic and international perspectives on teaching and learning in nursery schools/kindergarten, primary and lower secondary education. It has a particular emphasis on the region’s geographical position and natural surroundings in terms of wildlife, environmental issues, coastal tradition and indigenous culture and how these conditions influence aspects of childhood and education. The course offers an important contrastive dimension in terms of developing awareness of own culture and other cultures’ perspectives and attitudes to childhood, teaching and learning.

For more information, contact Kaja Skårdal Hegstad 

  • The Faculty of Education and Arts offers a variety of course and packages for visiting international students. To see the full range of opportunities available, see the Nord University International Exchange 2021/2022 brochure.