College of Arts and Sciences

Germanic Studies


For several years in a row now Norway has attracted attention for its United Nations Human Development Index ranking, which regularly acknowledges Norway as having one of the highest standards of living in the world. However, its true prominence lies in its leadership position in environmental policy, gender equality, peace brokering and humanitarian aid. This tiny nation, situated in Europe's northwestern corner, is remarkable in many different ways. The specifics of its landscape and the intricacies of its historical development make Norway both particular and unique, yet undeniably Western.  Our engaging courses allow students to explore this fascinating and accessible culture from a variety of perspectives.

Learning Norwegian is a highly rewarding experience – not only is Norwegian a relatively easy language to learn, so that proficiency is gained rapidly, but linguistic competency in Norwegian also opens the doors to reading and understanding both Swedish and Danish, as the three languages are closely related. By learning the Norwegian language, students build an understanding of the people, the culture, and the history of the country in addition to gaining an appreciation for how these factors contribute to making Norway a serious participant in our globalized world.

Our students are encouraged to include Norway in their study abroad plans. There are a number of scholarships through various Scandinavian organizations designed to help students conduct a course of study in Scandinavia.  Learn more here.

Coordinator for the program is Gergana May, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Germanic Studies and European Studies. You can contact her for further information and advising about academic opportunities in Norwegian and Scandinavian via e-mail or at Global and International Studies Building 3111, (812) 855-1046. .

Germanic Studies
Global and International Studies Building 3103
355 North Jordan Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405-1105
Phone: 812-855-1553
Fax: 812-855-8927