The Natural History of Norway

waterfallCFANS 3513
Nord Trondelag (Central Norway)

May 15 - June 2, 2017

Application Deadline:
February 15, 2017

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! - This program is full. We are only accepting students on the waitlist at this time. 


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 (one meeting per week, beginning Friday, March 31 and ending Friday, April 28). 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 15 - June 2, 2017).


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


The fee is $4,795 and it includes instruction, lodging, meals, airfare and all program activities.


Bill Ganzlin will lead this course for the seventh time in 2017. 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.