The Natural History of Norway

CFANS 3513
Nord Trondelag (Central Norway)

Tentative Dates:
May 13 - May 31, 2019

Application Deadline:
February 15, 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 Trondelag University College, 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. Among tentatively scheduled field excursions are visits to a Sami reindeer camp, maritime and other historical museums, a boreal rainforest, Dovre National Park (reindeer and musk ox), the Trondheim fjord, and the west coast island of Runde where you will hike to see nesting cliffs of seabirds/puffins.

Apply Now! - Please note there is limited space available on this program, and we encourage you to apply now.


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?


CFAN 3513 - 3.0 credits

*Fulfills the liberal education requirement themes for Environment and Global Perspectives.

This class is considered an embedded spring semester/May session course. What this means is that the course will be scheduled for spring semester B-term with 5 class sessions offered beginning after Spring Break. These will be 75 minute class periods; 3:15 - 4:30 p.m. on Fridays for 5 consecutive weeks and will end with the 3-week May session portion of the class in Norway (May 13 - May 31, 2019).


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.



$5,000 to $5,400 (Not yet confirmed). This fee includes instruction and fees, all program activities and excursions, airfare, local transportation, insurance, lodging and most meals.

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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 UROP. He has taught Forest Recreation Planning, Environmental Resources, Orientation, and Information Systems.