Norwegian Folk Music – One Year Programme

Norwegian Folk Music – One Year Programme

Norwegian Folk Music One Year Programme is a full credit (60ECTS) two semester programme designed for foreign students with an interest in Norwegian folk music. The main goal of the programme is to give students a thorough understanding of the roots of, influences on and performance of Norwegian folk music.

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Study level
One year programmes
Closing dates
EU/EEA:1st of March. Others:1st of December
Start up
Autumn 2020

Why study Norwegian Folk Music?

The main sources of the music will be discussed in a broad academic perspective, where musicology, cultural history and sociology are used to create an integrated theoretical basis for learning.


What do you learn?

The programme consist of two 30ECTS modules:

Norwegian Folk Music 1 (NFM1)

  • Teaching methods include hands-on experience with music and dance, as well as lectures, seminars, field study, papers, individual and group projects and presentations. 

Norwegian Folk Music 2 (NFM2)

  • Performing is an essential part of the programme. Each student is expected to develop a repertoire with traditional song or instrumental music under the mentorship of a faculty member.

How to apply?

Click “Apply available admission now” and choose “Apply to take a full degree at USN” unless you are an exchange student nominated from your home institution. Read all information about admission requirements before you apply.

Further study opportunities

The study programme may be combined with other higher education programmes within the cultural sphere or form a part of a BA degree. The programme gives access to an international network of folk musicians and folk artists and may open the way for further careers in this sphere.

Admission requirements

The program is designed for foreign students with an interest in Norwegian folk music.

  • Applicants must document that they are presently studying a relevant dance or music programme at an accredited institution or document relevant experience in the field of dance or music.
  • Applicants must in addition meet the general admission requirements, the requirements are listed in the GSU-list.

As the medium of instruction in this course is English, we do not require proof of Norwegian language proficiency.

Please read all the information about the admission process before you apply.


USN makes reservations in regards to the commencement of the study program.

Study facts

Full time – Rauland


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