Minor Programme

Comparative Educational Studies


Faculty of Arts and Education

Social Sciences


Spring (January-June)



English, B1

The Courses

Inclusive Education - 8 ECTS (core course)

This module is a mandatory part of the course and is divided in two parts:

A.) Introduction to Norwegian education which provides information about education in Norway.

B.) Inclusive education offering comparative understanding of the Norwegian approach

The introduction part provides foreign students some knowledge about the education system and experiences with the Norwegian approach to outdoor education. It creates a background for all the other modules and a possibility to enhance the student's  reflexive competence.

The inclusive education part consists of lectures, group work, and 5 full days of school-based practice during which students conduct a small research assignment. The module is designed to provide comparative knowledge and understanding of inclusive education in Norway from an international perspective.

Music Crossing Borders - 6 ECTS (core course)

This study unit will focus on how music is encountered by most people, and the roles it plays in their lives and communities. Through their own music making and literature, students will learn the fundamentals of music while exploring the social and cultural settings of different musical traditions. The areas of music making, dancing, active listening, and composing are approached through practical work with music from different cultures and through discussions related to multicultural understanding. The language of instruction is English.

Migration and Intercultural Relations - 6 ECTS (optional)

This module is optional. The course will run with lectures and seminars, and some additional field works. The aim of this course is to help teachers and student teachers to enhance today's education in migration studies with EMPATHY as a bearing pedagogical principle in learning about intercultural co-existing and change attitudes of students and teachers.

Drama in Early Childhood Education - 6 ECTS (optional)

Drama is a subject in art, expression and communication, based on the art of theatre, pedagogic and knowledge in children´s dramatic play. Early Childhood Education in Norway has a strong tradition in using drama as part of the curriculum. This course in drama aims to prepare the students for planning and carrying out dramatic activity in kindergarten (aged 1- 6 years). A main purpose in this course is student's participation in creative aesthetic processes. Through active participation the students will achieve practical knowledge about dramaturgy, and develop further their ability in communication, interaction and acting.

Extension Module: School Experience - 10 ECTS

Some students prefer to take a whole semester (30 ECTS) abroad. In such cases the course Comparative Educational Studies is extended with practice related work (teaching practice and/ or fieldwork, observations etc) and a report equivalent to a total of 10 ECTS.

How to apply


  1. Nomination Letter sent by email from your home institution to
  2. Online Registration Form
    You will receive the link to the online form by email after we have received your nomination. For students applying for the spring semester only, you will receive this link in September/October.
  3. Transcript of Records/Diploma from all university education (both bachelor’s and if applicable, master’s level) in English or in a Scandinavian language. The transcript/diploma must contain a description of the grading system. We can only accept official copies.
  4. Copy of your passport or ID card
    The required documentation must be sent in PDF or Word format to in PDF format. Write EXCHANGE followed by your name in the subject field. Example: EXCHANGE John Smith.'
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