The Natural History of Norway

CFANS 3513
Nord Trondelag (Central Norway)

Program Dates:
May 15 - June 1, 2019

Application Deadline:
February 1, 2019

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CFANS Study Abroad Programs - Short-term Programs - Norway - Credits-University of Minnesota

The physical beauty of central Norway is breathtaking: snow-capped mountains, rippling waterfalls, brilliant glacial lakes, and vast forests. In this remarkable region, you'll gain hands-on exposure to the natural history of central Norway and learn about Norwegian history from the early Viking civilization to present-day Norway. The course includes both classroom (20%) and field-based (80%) instruction. It is based at Nord University, in Steinkjer, Norway, a small college focusing on natural resource management and environmental sciences. You will learn about natural resource management, marine biology, fisheries and wildlife biology, environmental policy and law, physical geography/geology, agricultural/animal production, Norwegian history and culture, and many other topics. You will visit a Sami cultural center, Boreal rainforest, Trondheim fjord, Dovre National park, and several historic museums including a maritime museum. 


Submit a personal essay directly to the program leader Bill Ganzlin at

Essay - write a one page essay addressing the following items:

  • Why did you select this program?
  • How do you anticipate that this study abroad experience will impact your personal and academic goals?
  • How are you preparing for your experience?


Students will receive 3 credits for CFAN 3513. This course also fulfills the Environment and Global Perspectives liberal education requirements. 

This class is an embedded spring semester/May session course. The five on-campus class sessions will begin the week following spring break. There will be five 75-minute, in-person classroom meetings on Fridays, beginning Friday, March 29 - Friday, April 26, 2019 from 3:15 - 4:30pm.

This course includes both classroom and field-based instruction. Excursions around Steinkjer and Bodø will cover topics such as agricultural systems, geology, marine biology, Norwegian culture, Sami indigenous people/reindeer management and forest resources.

*For more detailed information, see the program syllabus.


Students interested in natural resource management, environmental sciences, physical sciences, agriculture, and history.


First Step Sessions give basic information about programs, services, and resources available through the Learning Abroad Center. You do not have to reserve your spot, just show up to 230 Heller Hall, West Bank. You can also complete the First Step Session online

Please note: Because we cover so much information in a short period of time, if you are more than 5 minutes late you will have to attend a different First Step Session.



The program fee is $4,600. It includes program excursions, lodging, airfare and transportation, international health insurance, administration, orientation, and most meals. In the event that you are not a full time student, or are a non-University of Minnesota student, you will also be charged for tuition. The cost of this program will be considered as part of your spring semester cost of attendance for financial aid calculations. You are eligible to apply for May term scholarships and grants for this program.

Grants and Scholarships at CFANS


Bill Ganzlin will lead this course for the eighth time in 2019. He is the Director of CFANS Student Services and is the coordinator for CFANS UROP program. He has taught Forest Recreation Planning and Environmental Resources, Orientation, and Information Systems.

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