Year and Gap: Spend a year in Norway living with a host family and attending a local school. By the end, you will likely never want to come home. The people of Norway are some of Europe's most progressive and peaceful. With high academic standards across the country, you can find yourself engrossed in school during the day and having unforgettable conversations around the dinner table at night. Food in Norway is rich in meat, fish, potatoes, vegetables, milk and cheese, and there are sweets in wide varieties. A common meal is meatballs, potatoes, brown gravy and vegetables. Open-faced sandwiches are also popular, and fish is part of the everyday diet. You will likely be enrolled in the second year of Norwegian Upper Secondary schools for students in grades 11-13. These schools offer several areas of study, and you will probably be placed in the general studies line.