Under the CANOPY program, there are two categories of student mobility from Norway to Canada:
CANOPY Partner Group (CPG)
Student Exchange Group (SEG)
1 week (Spring)
1 semester (Fall)
Conferences, Seminars, and Tours
Coursework and Practicum
Flights, accommodations, food
NOK 4500 stipend per month (in addition to lånekassen)
Number of Students
|Application Deadline||18 October 2022, kl. 14:00|
20 January 2023
Students who wish to participate in either of these mobility groups should carefully review the information in the tabs above and submit an application according to the individual group instructions.
Questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Faculty of Education and Arts at Nord University, Norway and the Faculty of Education at Queen’s University, Canada, in cooperation with local schools in the Nordland, Trøndelag, and Ontario regions, have joined to establish The CANOPY Project. Supported by funding from the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (DIKU), this partnership aims to address, from a holistic and international perspective, the most pressing issues currently facing the education sector to better prepare the next generation of teachers. Connecting educational research, classroom experience, student mobility, and institutional management, CANOPY will develop global competencies in pedagogy, research, and training through international collaboration.
Innovation and Inclusion are the guiding principles of CANOPY, and the initiatives of each year of the project will focus on a different priority area comprehended by these principles:
2020/21: Educational Leadership
2022: Digital Innovation and Educational Technology
2023: Indigenous Studies, Diversity, and Inclusion
2024: Exceptional Learners
At the core of this project is the short-term mobility of the CANOPY Partner Group (CPG). This group will consist of an annually-rotating 14-member collective, with Canada and Norway each represented by 7 members per year, including:
- 1 representative from university leadership
- 2 university academic staff
- 1 local school teacher or leader
- 3 teacher education students
The CPG will meet twice in 2023:
- In Canada, at Queen’s University (Kingston) from 13-17 February 2023 (with travel time, 12-18 February)
- In Norway, at Nord University (Levanger) from 8-12 May 2023 (note: MAGLU students are only required to attend 2,5 days of this visit)
Each meeting will be split into two sections:
- Participation in the concentrated CANOPY Partnership Seminar. This seminar will allow for the fourteen members to meet, engage in, and lead a variety of whole-group and smaller sessions on the annual topic. Such sessions may include (but are not limited to): thematic discussions; research presentations; lesson plans; syllabi or programme development; tool, method, or module demonstrations; policy review; or ethical consultations. Read about the 2020 seminar here.
- Excursions for relevant events, meetings, and tours with either the partner university, adjacent institutes, regional organizations, local schools, or the broader community (for the visiting group).
- Three MAGLU students will be selected in 2023.
- Flight tickets, accommodations, and food will be covered for the trip to/from Canada (as budgeted).
- The Faculty of Education and Arts will attest a certificate of confirmation for students participating in the project.
- Students will be provided permissions for any class absences during the project events.
- Participating students will be listed as official members of the CANOPY Project Team and will be featured in promotional materials.
- Each student will be responsible for leading a 30 minute interactive session at the meeting in Canada (other contributions throughout the project year are to be expected)
- There are no credits/ECTS linked with this participation, but such activities are immensely valuable experience, especially at such an early stage of study.
To qualify for this program, Nord University students must:
- Be enrolled in the MAGLU program at Nord University (any kull is eligible; and both 1-7 or 5-10 may apply)
- Possess suitable English skills (a minimum level of 4 in English from upper secondary school, or equivalent training).
- Commit to attending the two CANOPY meetings:
- in Canada, 13-17 February 2023
- in Norway, 15-19 May 2023
- Have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by one or a combination of the following vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, AstraZeneca.
- Submit an application, according to the instructions below, no later than 14:00 on 18 October 2022
If you meet the eligibility criteria above, you may submit an application for one of three Nord University student spots in the 2023 CANOPY Partner Group (CPG) — joining experienced leaders, researchers, professors, teachers, and principals in the education sector.
To apply, write a letter of motivation in English (max. 500 words) explaining why you would like to participate in the project. You are free to formulate the letter as you wish but you must address the following two questions:
- What distinctive experiences or perspectives do you bring to this project?
- Why do you think the 2023 CANOPY theme – Indigenous Studies, Diversity, and Inclusion– is important to teacher education?
Please submit your completed application by email to CANOPY (email@example.com) no later than 14:00 on 18.10.2022.
In order to promote international collaboration and to provide students with increased opportunities for developing global competencies and dynamic language skills, CANOPY has established an exchange partnership between the Faculty of Education and Arts at Nord University and the Faculty of Education Queen’s University. This long-term mobility scheme will enable teacher-education students from Norway to more fully immerse in the Canadian educational environment and to acquire an international perspective on teaching and learning that extends beyond their typical experience within local guidelines and curricula. Practicum placements, in particular, will help MAGLU students cultivate intercultural awareness, craft self-reflexive pedagogy, and assemble a broader network of colleagues and mentors.
Further information about the exchange program at Queen’s
- 1 MAGLU students (either 1-7 or 5-10) will be selected for the Fall semester exchange in 2023.
- Enrollment will provide an equivalent of 30 ECTS course credits in either:
- Exchange students will have an opportunity to be placed for up to 6 weeks of practicum (praksis) in a local Ontario school, which will be officially recognized by FLU.
- Beyond the funding available through Lånekassen, students on exchange to Queen’s University will receive from the CANOPY project an additional 4.500,- kr per month (for four months) to assist with expenses.
To qualify for this particular semester exchange, students must:
- be enrolled in the second year of the MAGLU program at Nord University at the time of application (starting their third year, when they go on exchange)
- possess suitable English skills (a minimum level of 4 in English from upper secondary school, or equivalent training).
- also meet the eligibility requirements set by the International Office at Nord University. Visit the Nord Exchange website for more information.
- be fully-vaccinated against COVID-19.
Visit the Nord Exchange website and follow the instructions to submit an application by 20 January 2023.
If you have questions about semester exchange, please contact the FLU International Coordinator, Charlotta Langejan.