Location
  • Norway
Length
12 - 52 weeks

Program Details

Timeframe
Academic Year Fall Spring Winter
Housing
Host Family

Pricing

Price Details
--Roundtrip international airfare from designated gateway airport to destination
--Host family accommodations and 3 meals per day
--Medical/Accident insurance
--Support and counseling services from in-country staff
--24-hour emergency support
--Pre-departure Orientation
--General Pre-departure Orientation (in-person or via Skype)
--Cultural Pre-departure Orientation (via Skype)
--Arrival Orientation with Norwegian Local Coordinator
--Personal assistance from a Greenheart Travel program manager
--Letter of Recommendation upon request and successful completion of the program
--A two day trip to Oslo for Fall participants for an additional fee
What's Included
Accommodation Airfare Meals Some Activities
Jul 22, 2019
Aug 17, 2021

About Program

Study abroad in Norway during high school with Greenheart Travel! Spend a trimester, semester or entire year abroad in the land of fjords and the gorgeous Northern Lights, and immerse yourself in the Norwegian culture. Students are matched with a carefully screened local host family and attend a local high school for a full immersion experience abroad.

Program at-a-glance:
-- Host family accommodation provides full language & cultural immersion
-- No previous language experience is required -- beginners welcome!
-- You can choose between trimester, semester or academic year lengths
-- Start dates available in spring or fall
-- Straightforward online application process

This program is currently not being promoted on Go Overseas by its provider. Check with Greenheart for the most up-to-date information regarding the status of this program.

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Program Highlights

  • Flight, host family accommodations and meals included in the program fee
  • Medical Insurance and 24/7 Emergency Contact Support
  • Assistance from a personal program manager before, during and after your program
  • Arrival orientation in Norway with fellow international exchange students
  • Apply by seasonal early bird deadlines for up to $500 off your program fee

Program Reviews

7.33 Rating
based on 3 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 66.67%
  • 7-8 rating 0%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 33.33%
  • 1-2 rating 0%
  • Growth 8
  • Support 6.3
  • Fun 8.3
  • Housing 7
  • Safety 7
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Daphne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Couldn’t recommend Greenheart Travel enough!

Greenheart Travel was among my first choices of travel agencies for my year abroad in Norway. I started the process long before I actually needed too, but they were always there for me along the way. 2020/2021 was a very difficult year for any student, let alone a student going abroad. The Greenheart staff was beyond supportive, and was always there whenever I needed any advice. They gave me amazing support with the whole application and visa process as well. I will continue any journeys abroad with Greenheart in the future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers is to take in EVERY moment. Something I wish I did more while I was abroad was really live in the moment, and once I started to do that, I enjoyed my year much more!
3 people found this review helpful.
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Madison
3/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Wouldn't recommend Greenheart of all programs

Have had the idea to live in Norway for as long as I could remember and seeing that it was possible to do high school abroad program I thought all my dreams had come true! I picked Greenheart because I got the best impression from them and how communicative they were with answering questions and video chatting before applying and being accepted. The actual program was an entire different story. I paid $16k to get physically and mentally abused by my Danish host family while I was doing a Norwegian study program. The fact the family wasn't even Norwegian should've been a red flag to begin with. I understand there's only so much the company can do with screening families, but it's more so how Greenheart and their partner institution in Norway (STS) handled the situation. They continuously belittled me and downplayed the severity of the situation I was living in. I physically didn't feel comfortable living in my host family's house, after being threatened and manipulated numerous times- as well as having my independent phone plan shut off by them. I spent all my free time staying with friends and even some of my teachers at school who reached out to help. I had asked Greenheart/ STS to step in countless times, and called them nightly with my concerns. They were aware of all the gore details, but refused to do anything about it until my host family also requested I be transferred. My outlook on the program was tarnished after the first few months, but Greenheart/ STS couldn't understand why I had a hard time adjusting once I was placed in a new home. This experience was definitely one i'll never forget, and a lot of it I wish I could. It took almost a year for me to mentally get past what I experienced abroad through this program. The country and school was wonderful though! I definitely recommend traveling and doing study programs similar to this, just NOT through Greenheart.

What would you improve about this program?
I wish that the program understood how serious it is to be a minor living abroad with total strangers and cared more about how we felt. After all, I am the one that paid for this program and they disregarded everything I told/ asked of them throughout my trip.
10 people found this review helpful.
Response from Greenheart

Hi Madison, Thank you very much for providing your feedback on your experience on Greenheart Travel’s and STS’s High School Abroad Norway program. Student safety and well-being are our top priority and Greenheart Travel’s in-country partners conduct rigorous screening of potential host families. Through our monthly check-ins with students, host families, and schools, we ensure our students are having successful programs and have the tools they need to adapt to life in country. When about a month into your program you had a disagreement with your host sister, our 24/7 on-site and long-distance emergency staff members worked to make sure you and your parents were heard and supported. One of the greatest opportunities as an exchange student is to gain conflict resolution and cross-cultural communication skills. Our policy is always to be objective with all parties and work through any gaps in communication and cultural misunderstandings before changing host families. We set this expectation prior to departures, and cover it extensively in program preparation materials and during the online pre-departure trainings with students and parents. After working with you and your host family on the relationship for about a week, we ultimately decided to place you with a different host family in the same area. We’re sorry to hear that you felt that Greenheart Travel didn’t understand your challenges. Being an exchange student is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding, life experiences we can have. During programs, we frequently check in with participants and parents to offer resources, alumni tips, inspirational articles and Ted Talks, all with the goal of giving students what they need to gain confidence and have the best possible experiences. We’re glad to hear that in the end, you had a great experience overall in Norway, made new friends, and enjoyed your school. Thank you again for providing feedback. We wish you the best in any future international endeavor.

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Mitchell
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Vennesla '12

I had an amazing time in Vennesla, Norway for my senior year of High School! I lived there for 7 months and loved every second of it. I am five years out from this experience, but it is still affecting many of my decisions for life. I changed from business and agricultural career aspirations to politics and global research. I am currently working towards my Master of Public Administration at the University of Washington with a focus in International Development. My love for anything global definitely stems from this experience.
My favorite memory was going skiing with my host family in Hovden. I had only gone once before and it was a great bonding experience for us. I still have so many friends back there. I have actually been back in Norway twice since to visit family and friends. Norway has a special place in my heart and I would not trade this experience for the world.

What would you improve about this program?
I think the only improvement that I would recommend would be more communication during the time in country.
11 people found this review helpful.

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