Information about the school
Volda university college
Berte Kanutte building
Head of the international office
Volda University College (VUC) is was originally founded 150 years ago, as the first teacher training college in rural Norway. Nowadays the schools offers a lot more studies: media and communication, general and pre-school teacher training education, social sciences, child care, social planning and governance, linguistics, math and science, history, arts and crafts, outdoor life and physical education, music and drama. VUC is perhaps best known for its journalism school, having educated many of the most important and influential journalists in Norway over the last thirty years.
More than hundred international students are enrolled at Volda University College during any given academic year and their number is growing. The university college is among the foremost in internationalisation in Norway. This semester (spring 2016) there were more than 120 international students.
The university campus is compact, just like volda is compact. The buildings are all within five minutes walking distance from each other, and very close to the student accommodation. The sports hall is across the street from the university college buildings and gives students the opportunity to use the sports facilities.
The school is always open. Every students has his own studentcard. This studentcard gives you access to every school building, the card is even working in the nights and weekends. So if you want to work at school, that’s always possible.
The credit system at Volda University College is really different from what I’m used to. For one semester you need 30 credits, so far that’s normal. But the most courses VUC offers are of 15 ECTS credit value. This means you only need to take two courses for one semester.
The courses I chose are ERASPORT (15 ECTS), Religion and Culture (15 ECTS) and Norwegian language and academic life (5 ECTS).
This course is only for international students. The course will give you an introduction to Norwegian physical education, sport traditions and outdoor life (friluftsliv). The course is organized into both practical and theoretical subjects.
At the end of the course you know how the Norwegian school system and voluntary sport is organised, the aim, content, organization and didactics of physical education in Norway. You learn about the traditional, Norwegian outdoor life (friluftsliv). And you compare all the findings with your home country.
This course is also a practical course. You practise different kind of activities that are typical for the Norwegian physical education: Skiing, swimming, orienteering, traditional games and ballgames and dancing.
Work requirements and examination:
You need to write 3 papers as a work requirement. At the end of the semester there is a three day individual written home exam of approximately 3000 words.
The grading scale is pass or fail
Religion and culture
Within this course you will learn about the role of religion in the Norwegian society, from introducing Christianity the Middle Ages to the plural society in the present days. The course contains three subjects; The history of Christianity in Norway, modernity and religious change in Norway and religion and world views in public discourse. During the classes you will compare the Norwegian history and culture with the history and culture from your home country. You’ll find out that religion and culture are completely different from each other in every country.
Work requirement and examination
You need to write two essays of approximately 1500 words. The topic of the paper will be published during the course. Every student will receive tutoring during the writing process.
And there is an oral exam, the oral exam is about all the subjects who have been discussed in the lectures.
The essays count for 60% and the oral exam for 40% of the final grade.
The grading scale is A-F. A is the highest and F is fail.
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