American College of Norway

Introduction

WHAT IS ACN?

Our college offers students 30 credits (one year – equivalent to 60 “studiepoeng” in the Norwegian system) in the American university system as part of a US Bachelor’s Degree. ACN’s cooperative partners are:

  • University of North Dakota (UND) in Grand Forks, North Dakota
  • West Chester University (WCU) in West Chester, Pennsylvania
  • Adelphi University (AU) in Garden City, New York.
  • Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) in Manchester, New Hampshire.

ACN students who successfully complete the ACN program are guaranteed admission. In addition, with the credits gained from ACN, students can choose to apply to the university of their choice in the US.

When students successfully complete the courses at ACN, they can be eligible for transfer to UND, WCU, AU or SNHU as a Junior (third year) student. While at ACN they gain an excellent understanding of the American university system, build a network of student and faculty contacts (both Norwegian and American) and can then make a smooth transition into the university system. ACN helps students with practical and bureaucratic details so they can concentrate more on their studies and their transition will be smooth. The close cooperation with these universities enables ACN to host American professors each semester.

The vast majority of Norwegian students return to Norway to pursue careers in their area of study. Past students report that they have been stronger candidates in job interviews because of their international study experience.

In the past ACN students have received degrees in a wide range of areas, but especially popular are: Communications – Media, Broadcasting, Journalism, PR., Peace Studies, Aerospace and all area of Business. ACN students are presently working in Norway within the fields of TV, radio, schools and business – both large and small.

ACN is an important opportunity for the international students as well. American students come from all parts of the US, but primarily from the mid-west. ACN has a special appeal within the Norwegian-American community and students are often attracted because of their Norwegian heritage. We have also had students from Iran, Iraq, Bulgaria, Germany, Sweden, Cameroon, Ghana, China, Canada, Vietnam, Philippines and Bosnia. They leave Norway with a special fondness for the country, the people and the college.

ACN

HISTORY OF ACN

The American College of Norway has celebrated more than 25 academic years. It was founded in 1990 by Dr. Steinar Opstad, a former Vice President of NHO, the Confederation of Norwegian Enterprise.

In 1992, ACN began with 12 Norwegian and 12 American students coming together to study in a quaint farm mansion on the island of Jeløy in Moss, Østfold, Norway. Throughout the years the program has expanded to 70 students from Norway, the United States, and countries from all over the world. ACN is now located in the beautiful Convention Building (Konvensjonsgaarden), downtown Moss, near the public library, cafes, shopping and nightlife.

Why ACN?

There are a variety of reasons that students begin their education at the American College of Norway. Studying at ACN allow students to receive 30 credits (one year) toward your Bachelor’s degree, which will enable you to start as a third year (junior) at our cooperative partners university in the US. Second, ACN offers a gradual introduction into the American university system. The class structure and social networks of American universities are quite different than those at Norwegian colleges and universities. Students are eased in to new ways of doing things, and are better prepared for their studies at an American university.

ACN gives students the opportunity to improve their English reading, writing, comprehension and speaking skills. While students must be fluent to be admitted to ACN, most report that after a year here their English skills have vastly improved. This prepares students for greater success throughout their studies.

The staff is equipped to assist students with various non-academic aspects of preparing to study in the United States such as, applying to schools, finding housing, and applying for a visa. This assistance is invaluable, and with our help, your journey to the US can be much less stressful.

Last, ACN is fun! Students form a close-knit group of friends they otherwise would not have met.Throughout the year there are countless activities for students, both inside and outside of school. Students gain a network of friends and classmates, which will help later in life when job searching. Many students even choose to attend the same American universities so when they arrive in America they already have a social network. This makes the life-changing move from Norway to America much easier.

ACN

Norwegian Students

80-90% of our students are Norwegian, and most students apply directly to ACN from high school. We accept 70 students each year, and most of them enroll in the fall semester. It is also possible to apply for spring semester which starts in January.

Application requirements:

  • A complete application form (ACN Application)
  • All applicants must have attained generell studiekompetanse by the start of the semester of which they are applying
  • All applicants are required to submit a personal essay answering this question: “Why am I interested in this educational opportunity?”
  • The recommended grade point average is 4.0 (Norwegian Scale)- Please contact for clarity
  • Priority will be given to fall applicants that submit a completed application by May 1st. The application deadline for spring semester is November 25th.

Please contact us if you have any questions.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

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Programs

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Courses

Advanced Humanities Seminar - Social Entrepreneurship

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

This course will be shaped around a conversation about social entrepreneurship and the role social entrepreneurs play in creating positive social change in our rapidly evolving global community. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. This course will be shaped around a conversation about social entrepreneurship and the role social entrepreneurs play in creating positive social change in our rapidly evolving global community. Governments and often large well-established NGOs are slow to adapt and are struggling to provide the necessary services that millions of marginalized and disadvantaged people desperately need. And this is where social entrepreneurs can pick up the slack. Throughout this course students will be identifying social issues that they feel passionate about and learn how these issues might be rectified using social entrepreneurship. All students will create a business plan for a fictitious social venture that in some way addresses a social issue. [-]

Ancient Greece

Campus Full time Part time 1 semester August 2017 Norway Moss + 1 more

A study of Greek prehistory and history to the end of the Hellenistic era. Greek achievements in art, commerce, literature, politics, religion, science, and technology are surveyed. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. A study of Greek prehistory and history to the end of the Hellenistic era. Greek achievements in art, commerce, literature, politics, religion, science, and technology are surveyed. [-]

Comparative Politics

Campus Full time Part time 1 semester August 2017 Norway Moss + 1 more

An introduction to comparative politics with emphasis on the democratic systems of Europe. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. An introduction to comparative politics with emphasis on the democratic systems of Europe. [-]

Digital Communication

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

An introduction to the theory and practice of digital communication for print, online and mobile media. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. An introduction to the theory and practice of digital communication for print, online and mobile media. Course emphasis is on a holistic approach to digital design including both theoretical knowledge and software. [-]

English 110 - College Composition I

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

This course teaches—and demands that students actively practice—the skills and conventions associated with academic reading and writing. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. This course teaches — and demands that students actively practice — the skills and conventions associated with academic reading and writing. With its emphasis on 3 to 4 complex and interdisciplinary readings a semester (readings that continue to shape current thought in the academy), the course challenges students to practice the sophisticated rhetorical skills that are commonly associated with a liberal education. Students, as they respond in writing to these readings, are given written assignments that provide practice in analysis, synthesis, and the application of critical paradigms. In service of these critical skills, students are introduced to specific writing strategies: how to give a written project focus; how to articulate a controlling idea; how to make claims, and how to develop them and support them with evidence; how to respond to and work with sources; how to cite and document sources according to MLA standards (with an understanding that other disciplines use other documentation styles); how to frame a written project, with organization and transitions, in a manner that helps readers understand. [-]

Enhancing Creativity through Science, Technology and Art

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

Students will explore the psychology of creativity by engaging in opportunities within STEAM – an interdisciplinary, holistic, and creative approach to learning within the STEM disciplines. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. Students will explore the psychology of creativity by engaging in opportunities within STEAM – an interdisciplinary, holistic, and creative approach to learning within the STEM disciplines. Through an open-ended and collaborative class structure, students will explore and tinker with a variety of materials to access knowledge within STEM including basic electronics, principles of sound and the engineering design process. Materials include Arduino, LilyPad, Makey-Makeys and other materials. Throughout the course, students will reflect on STEAM principles in a makerspace environment to support creative thinking and action. [-]

Integrated Cultural Experience: The Arctic

Campus Full time 5 days August 2017 Norway Moss

This course is built around a five-day, four-night group trip to Norway’s fascinating Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Our primary aim is to stimulate and deepen interest in the Arctic, a region of increasingly vital importance to our world, as well as in the far north of Norway. [+]

*SPECIAL COURSE WITH TRAVEL COMPONENT Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. This course is built around a five-day, four-night group trip to Norway’s fascinating Arctic archipelago of Svalbard. Our primary aim is to stimulate and deepen interest in the Arctic, a region of increasingly vital importance to our world, as well as in the far north of Norway. During our time we will experience firsthand the climate of the High North, sample life in Longyearbyen, one of the world’s most northernmost towns, and expand our understanding of Svalbard’s history and status. Along the way will also learn more about its beautiful but fragile ecosystem and about the interlinking global processes of climate change. This is truly a rare opportunity that will unfold a unique place. Course requirements will include travel to and from Svalbard and participation in all planned activities, including scheduled sessions at the University Center of Svalbard (UNIS), a day-long boat excursion to the abandoned coal-mining settlement of Pyramiden, and any other common activities. Successful completion of all requirements will give one hour of course credit. Students can enroll either as a separate, one-credit course, or they can take it in tandem with my course in Arctic affairs. The latter is highly recommended, insofar as the... [-]

Integrated Social Science Inquiry: Pilgrim and Puritans and the founding of America

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

In this course we focus on Pilgrims and Puritans, the principal protagonists of Colonial America. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. In this course we focus on Pilgrims and Puritans, the principal protagonists of Colonial America. We trace their beginnings in England, follow them as they settle in the Netherlands, and further on to their move to New England and the establishment of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. We will examine the ethos of Puritanism and discuss their influence in the creation of the United States of America. An optional compliment of this course will be a visit to Amsterdam and Leiden in the Netherlands where the Pilgrim Fathers settled before moving to the New World. [-]

Introduction to Literature and Culture: Graphic Narratives and Magical Realities

Campus Full time Part time 1 semester August 2017 Norway Moss + 1 more

The course will explore Graphic Narratives as genre, covering broad themes of Fantasy, Magic Realism, and Feminism. First, we will explore the different forms that Graphic Narratives take, including books and web comics, alongside how they differ from super-hero comics and Japanese manga. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. The course will explore Graphic Narratives as genre, covering broad themes of Fantasy, Magic Realism, and Feminism. First, we will explore the different forms that Graphic Narratives take, including books and web comics, alongside how they differ from super-hero comics and Japanese manga. During this time, we will also discuss how reading and interpreting images affects our understanding of the texts. After discussing Graphic Narratives as a genre, we will read several examples that touch on themes of Fantasy & Magical Realism, each with a unique and distinctly feminine perspective. Students will consider topics such as how Fantasy and Popular Culture influence our everyday lives, how authors portray women in this genre, and how the genre of Graphic Narratives informs our conversations and thinking about these topics. Students will be expected to write several short responses to the readings throughout the course, along with two papers of varying lengths. Possible texts may include an assortment of brief readings on related topics and core texts such as Stand Still, Stay Silent; Nimona, Coraline; In Real Life; and Anya’s Ghost. [-]

Psychology of Learning

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

Explore theories of how people learn including behavioral and cognitive learning, humanistic aspects of learning and perspectives on motivation. Apply these theories to the teaching-learning process in various settings and develop a deeper understanding of how interrelationships among the cognitive, social, emotion and physical development influences how one learns in their own environment. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. Explore theories of how people learn including behavioral and cognitive learning, humanistic aspects of learning and perspectives on motivation. Apply these theories to the teaching-learning process in various settings and develop a deeper understanding of how interrelationships among the cognitive, social, emotion and physical development influences how one learns in their own environment. [-]

Seminar in the Sciences

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

This seminar will focus on selected bioethical, economic, environmental and/or political topics as they relate to the sciences, while emphasizing global perspectives and social responsibility. Students will examine the origins, evolution and current trends through multiple modes of information including text, video, podcasts, and other resources. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. This seminar will focus on selected bioethical, economic, environmental and/or political topics as they relate to the sciences, while emphasizing global perspectives and social responsibility. Students will examine the origins, evolution and current trends through multiple modes of information including text, video, podcasts, and other resources. [-]

The Geo-Politics of the North

Campus Full time 1 year August 2017 Norway Moss

This course will offer a wide-ranging yet targeted survey of an emergent geo-political focal point of the 21st century, the Arctic region. [+]

Please be aware, you must enroll as a full time student at The American College of Norway and that means that you must study 5 of our courses (Totaling 15 credit). We will communicate with you to discuss which of our other courses you would like to include. This course will offer a wide-ranging yet targeted survey of an emergent geo-political focal point of the 21st century, the Arctic region. While climate change and rising sea-levels have worried many from an environmental perspective, these developments have also opened new and lucrative economic possibilities, especially for the oil-prospecting, shipping and even tourism industries. These various components will be explored in the course: the geographical context; the history of Arctic exploration; the parallels with Antarctic scientific cooperation; the impact of climate change; the importance of oil and gas deposits; the shipping industry; the changing role of Arctic Council; Scandinavian interests in the area; the role of the big powers, even including China; and 21st century scenarios for this vital emergent region. [-]

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American College of Norway

Address Verket 22
Moss 1534, NO
Website http://americancollege.no
Phone +47 924 37 110