Outdoor Education and Experimental Learning in Schools and Kindergartens

Outdoor Education and Experimental Learning in Schools and Kindergartens

In this course you will get to learn more about Norwegian outdoor culture and practical skills of outdoor life, experience outdoor life in a variety of environments in the local area of Vestfold and its surroundings: the coastline, the forests and the lakes.

Study level
Exchange Programmes
Closing dates
30 ECTS Bachelor level
Start up
Spring 2020

Why study Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning?

Do you want to learn more about how to use the local environment of schools and kindergartens in education? Would you like to participate in learning activities connected to our local history and craftsmanship, learn methods of experiential-based learning? Would you like to experience basic Nordic outdoor traditions, develop ways of teaching outdoors together with students from different cultural backgrounds? Are you interested in learning for sustainable development, ecology and  ecophilosophy in an educational context? Come to Norway and study our course in Outdoor Education and Experiential Learning!

In the two modules of the course, outdoor activities and experiential learning are intertwined with theoretical aspects on outdoor education and place-based learning. Active participation individually and in groups in outdoor activities are essential. We work with practical skills and activities, storytelling and environmental learning.  A variation of informal assessments and documentation of learning processes includes projects, individual written texts, oral presentations, storytelling, You will work with photography and graphics, video, animation and hypertexts.

In both modules there will be a focus on multimodal presentations and documentation. Through project work, students will, in addition to verbal text, be using various (digital) media forms to inform and to describe. On excursions and in classroom, activities will include photography and graphics, video, animation and hypertext.

Two modules

The course consists of two modules of 15 ECTS each.

For the spring term of 2020 we will be offering these two modules (click for subject plan):

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, and be officially nominated by their home university, to enrol.

Target groups are preschool teacher students, teacher students or other students with interest in Norwegian culture and nature and experience-based learning. 

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 – Vestfold

  • Teaching Language: English
  • Semesters: 1
  • Charge No tuition. A fee of 2500 NOK for material costs will apply.
  • Admission requirements Read prerequisite requirements


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