Nature as your classroom

Students hiking in the Norwegian woods

Do you want to experience life in a Scandinavian capital city? In Oslo, forests, mountains, lakes and the Oslo Fjord are just a short bike, subway or bus ride away.

OsloMet is located in the centre of Oslo and is home to Norway’s largest early childhood education department, with over 2,000 students and 130 academic staff.

We offer a variety of study programmes in Norwegian, as well as several  semester-long courses for international exchange students. As an exchange student, you will get a closer look at early childhood education in Norway, an innovative approach that has attracted international attention.

One distinctive feature of early childhood education in Norway is the emphasis placed on spending time outdoors and developing a relationship to nature, as you the short film below illustrates. 

Did you know?

Children in Norwegian kindergartens spend 75 per cent of their time outdoors in the summer time and 30 per cent in the winter.

The Norwegian kindergarten system emphasizes both play and care.  Early childhood education in Norway aims to teach children about democracy and  equality,  while also giving children the tools they need to become independent. In Norway, we believe that children’s voices should be heard and respected.

Last but not least, nature and the outdoors play an outsize role in the Norwegian kindergarten experience. In Norway, we treat nature as our playground. This means climbing trees, digging in the soil and playing in the snow are encouraged.

Each year we welcome over 100 international students from countries around the world to our department.  All of them come to learn about early childhood education and care, and almost all of them return home inspired by what they have learn here in Norway.

Maybe it’s your turn to come to Oslo and get inspired?

We offer four courses worth 30 ECTS each year.

Fall semester (Aug – Dec):

Spring semester (Jan-May):

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