Outdoor Leadership, Culture and Ecophilosophy

Outdoor Leadership, Culture and Ecophilosophy

If you want to learn about and practice Norwegian outdoor life (or “friluftsliv”) this programme is meant for you. The main focus will be on hiking, canoeing and sailing. The study includes both day excursions and extended overnight trips on waterways, in the mountains and forests and at the coastline. You will also get a thorough introduction to the history and development of Norwegian outdoor life and have the opportunity to develop your own relationship with nature.

Study level
Exchange Programmes
Closing dates
Autumn: April 15
Bachelor level
Start up
Autumn 2019

Why study Outdoor Leadership, Culture and Ecophilosophy?

Through excursions into nature during the fall combined with theoretical lectures students will gain practical and theoretical knowledge needed in nature guiding, nature management and outdoor leadership. Students will go on extended excursions along waterways, forests and mountains and at the coastline.

What you will learn 

The study program consists of various courses making up a total of 30 ECTS. During the course students will learn about the history and cultural tradition of Norwegian outdoor life and outdoor leadership. During the semester students will spend approximately 30 teaching days in nature with different activities in focus. The main topics are canoeing on lakes and rivers, hiking and orienteering, the use of old sailboats, cultural excursions and developing our understanding of the relationship between human, nature and culture. The study combines theory and practice through the whole program. The practical teaching method is a mix of instruction and experiential learning. This will give the student theoretical knowledge as well as practical experience required for trip planning in accordance to the students ability and safety in different nature environments. After the semester students will have a better understanding of their own relation to nature and have competence to lead smaller groups on overnight trips into nature in the warm period of the year.

Why study at USN

University of Southeast Norway located with spectacular nature all around. The student environment is excellent and the small size of USN allows for a close contact between students and professors.

Further study opportunities

Students who would like to do a full year study can combine this one semester study program with “Nordic Skiing and Outdoor Life” which are available during the spring semester.

Admission requirements

The programme is open to international exchange students studying at one of USN's bilateral partner institutions. Exchange students must have completed at least 60 ECTS or equivalent within the relevant study field; sport science or equivalent studies. The student should be physically fit and be able to swim. The student should furthermore be officially nominated by his/her home university, to enrol. 

The students are expected to bring/get their own personal equipment for the excursions (sleeping bag, backpack, warm and waterproof clothing etc. – a more thorough equipment list will be provided when a student signs up for the course).

Admission to the programme requires a good command of the English language, both spoken and written. An English proficiency equivalent to B2 (Cambridge) level is recommended.

More information about nomination and application procedures can be found here.

Study facts

Full time – Bø

  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 1 - Autumn
  • Amount of students 10
  • Application code: 9865
  • Charge No tuition. Some expenses/fees to cover equipment, transportation and excursions will apply.
  • Admission requirements Read prerequisite requirements


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