Semester Exchange Packages for International Students
The Department of English at Nord University offers a range of semester packages and individual courses to visiting international students:
- Advanced English Language and Literature (Autumn Package, Bodø)
- Advanced English Language and Literature (Spring Package, Bodø)
- Experience English Language and Literature (Spring Package, Bodø)
- Language, Text and Culture in the English-speaking world (Spring Package, Levanger)
- Other Opportunities
Advanced English Language and Literature (Autumn Package, Bodø)
This semester package (Campus Bodø) is for exchange students who are looking for a real challenge when it comes to English. Our advanced English classes are designed to provide an in-depth examination of some of the greatest and most challenging ideas in English literature and language, taught by skilled teaching and research faculty. Students will read and discuss English-language literature in a supportive setting, and have the opportunity to compare notes with like-minded Norwegian students. We encourage semester exchange students to explore the incredible natural environment of the far North, and the student networks Arctic Escape and International Student Union provide plenty of local excursion opportunities.
Advanced English Language and Literature: Autumn consists of three classes, all of which are taught by English Department faculty (you can click to expand each course below to read a full description):
This course explores how three modern poets reimagined ancient poems for the twentieth century, considering what attracted them to the epics of the classical tradition and how ideas of gender, empire and nation shaped their re-writings. The course examines poetry through both close reading of the text on the page and close listening of recordings of the poets reading their work in order to explore poetry as a multimedia phenomenon.
The classes Crime Fiction (available in odd years) and American Fiction after 1945 (available in even years) include an in-depth review and examination of central works of literature. By focusing on a large selection of writings in several prose genres, as well as related secondary criticism, in a seminar setting, students will gain new appreciation for key writers and literary techniques, as well as a clearer understanding of their place in the emerging canon of English-language literature.
The courses Language Science, Language Play, and Language Art (available in even years) and Early English (available in odd years) both deal with the relation between language and literature, especially poetry, although with a focus on different periods of the language. Specifically, we ask what kinds of human cognitive and and perceptual abilities (knowledge of sound and sentence structure, memory, speech processing, and more) underlie the creation and appreciation of language art, whether Beowulf or Kanye West. Specific topics include the nature of artistic endeavour, meter, rhyme and other sound patterns, metaphor and sound symbolism, and the linguistic nuts and bolts of storytelling.
Advanced English Language and Literature (Spring Package, Bodø)
This semester exchange package (Campus Bodø) begins at the peak of Arctic darkness, but daylight comes back quickly. Our advanced English classes are designed to provide an in-depth examination of some of the greatest and most challenging ideas in English literature and language, taught by skilled teaching and research faculty. Students who choose this package will read and discuss Shakespeare and other major figures in a supportive, small-group setting, and can compare notes with like-minded Norwegian students. Our Spring advanced package also includes a course on environmental issues in English literature, making it an exciting choice for biology and environmental studies students looking for a fresh, humanities-based perspective. We encourage semester exchange students to explore the incredible natural environment of the far North, and the student networks Arctic Escape and International Student Union provide plenty of local excursion opportunities.
Advanced English Language and Literature: Spring consists of three classes, all of which are taught by English Department faculty (you can click to expand each course below to read a full description):
Philosophy and literature both deal with the ‘big’ questions that appear spontaneously in the course of a human life. But how are the two practices similar? How are they different? How do they influence one another
Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions: natural disasters have been with humanity as long as we have sought stability and defied the dynamics of the natural world. Often devastating to human life and social order, disasters have occasioned stories, poems, and songs that grapple with the challenging philosophical, religious, aesthetic, and social questions raised by environmental catastrophe. In this course we will examine a selection of works, from ancient myths to post-apocalyptic novels, and discuss how literature can capture the catastrophic, protest the inevitable, and imagine the unimaginable.
Shakespeare and His World is an in-depth engagement with Shakespeare’s most important plays and their context. The students will read and discuss a selection of plays and secondary literature under the direction of a specialist in the field.
Experience English Language and Literature (Spring Package, Bodø)
In the spring, international students enrolled on this programme experience the wide variety of what Nord University has to offer. Alongside Norwegian peers, students take deep dives into what English means today as a language of literature, culture, and education.
Experience English Language and Literature: Spring consists of two classes, all of which are taught by English Department faculty from Campus Bodø (S2021 model below, you can click to expand each course below to read a full description):
The course will provide a basis for professional methodological competence in relation to English education. The academic content is situated within current pedagogical and social understandings of seven central curricular focus areas for the subject of English, which are language learning, oral communication, written communication, culture competence, digital competence, trade/international-English learning, and differentiated English learning for varied student needs. A selection of youth and contemporary literature in various genres is also used as a starting point for work with a variety of teaching methods and as inspiration for relevant discussions.
Language, Text and Culture in the English-speaking world (Spring Package, Levanger)
This 30 ECTS course deals with topics related to language, text, and culture in the English-speaking world. The course offers students in-depth language knowledge as well as advanced discourse and literacy skills. Students will become familiar with a diverse selection of texts and cultural expressions placed in cultural and social contexts. The text selection allows for students’ personal and professional growth as well as the development of their intercultural awareness and critical literacy skills.
- The Department of English in Campus Bodø offers ENG1002 as a single course in the Autumn semester for international students who are studying to be teachers or are in teacher education programs at their home institution. You can combine this with other enrollments to make a full semester courseload:
This course will explore how effective, motivating and differentiated English teaching can be optimally managed. The course will be both research-based and evidence-based, while focusing on excellent resources and activities for learners in grade 5 – 10.
More information can be found here.
The course is designed for international and local teacher students, pre-school teacher students and students of related study programmes.
This is a course intended to develop knowledge about and understanding of Nordic and international perspectives on teaching and learning in nursery schools/kindergarten, primary and lower secondary education. It has a particular emphasis on the region’s geographical position and natural surroundings in terms of wildlife, environmental issues, coastal tradition and indigenous culture and how these conditions influence aspects of childhood and education. The course offers an important contrastive dimension in terms of developing awareness of own culture and other cultures’ perspectives and attitudes to childhood, teaching and learning.
For more information, contact Kaja Skårdal Hegstad
- The Faculty of Education and Arts offers a variety of course and packages for visiting international students. To see the full range of opportunities available, see the Nord University International Exchange 2022/2023 brochure.