DATES: June 1 – July 1, 2018 (Tentative Dates)

PROGRAM COST: $4,995 + airfare. (Includes: 3 credits of tuition, accommodations, Norway in a Nutshell, and Oslo transportation pass.)

GENERAL LOCATION: Oslo, Norway’s capital, sits on the southern coast, at the head of the Oslofjord.

WHO CAN GO: The Oslo ROCKS! program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and interns, as well as post-graduate interns, non-traditional students, professionals and experienced travelers looking for a unique experience.

MEDIA: MagazineMultimediaPhotojournalismGraphicsHPR

EARLY BIRD APP DEADLINE: November 1st, 2017 ($250 discount)

Steve ListopadQuestions about the Oslo Project?

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When summer dawns, Norwegians draw back their blinds, open their doors, breathe in the fresh air and head onto the streets to ROCK! Home to major international music festivals, an abundance of venues and the birthplace of Black Metal, Oslo is the perfect setting for budding or professional journalists (print, Web, photo, multimedia) and graphic designers to practice working an international music and culture beat. Also, Norwegian language students can hone their language skills as an interpreter, working alongside our journalists and designers.

Oslo ROCKS! Music and Culture Journalism

As a student in the Rock Journalism program, you will have a one-of-a-kind experience. You will be a true music and culture journalist, spending your days learning about the music scene, language and culture, and your nights experiencing it firsthand. From the day you land to the day you leave, your immersion reporting will put you in front of major national and international stars, local talent searching for their break and an ocean of unique and interesting fans, supporters, producers, technicians, promoters and more.

In 2016 and 2017, our student journalists covered the citywide Oslo Musikkfest, which featured 400 bands across the city packed into 12 hours: Muse at Telenor Arena; Ozzie and Alice at Tons of Rock Festival; Wilco and Israel Nash at Norwegian Wood; Tom Jones and Travis at Over Oslo Festival; Silvana Imam at Oslo Pride Fest; Ghost at Bergen Fest; local artists at venues and squats; and countless artists, musicians, critics and regulars of the scene.

But it’s not just the music – there is so much more to Norway. Our reporters interviewed refugees, the Norwegian filmmaker behind the documentary “Drone,” residents of squat houses, tattoo artists, Christian revivalists in a predominantly Atheist country, LGBT activists, street artists, politicians, a tour company owner who has brought more than 120 groups of American Norwegians to the homeland, the Norwegian ambassador to Bulgaria, athletes, fishermen, chefs, shop owners, an American family meeting their ancestral family for the first time … and the list goes on. Yet they barely scratched the surface.

Led by veteran journalists, photojournalists and educators, in partnership with the Fargo-based High Plains Reader, you will produce real stories, photos and multimedia for a U.S. and international audience. The Oslo ROCKS! program aims to jump-start your career by offering you real experience covering the world stage. All of our student work can be found on this site, and at the High Plains Reader.

Norwegian Language and Interpreting

If it’s not the music or the storytelling that is driving you to think about a trip to Norway, maybe it’s the language. Our program is headquartered at the premiere Norwegian language school in Oslo, and for four weeks we will be surrounded by top educators in the field. If you are interested in honing your Norwegian language skills while immersed in the culture, this will be the perfect trip for you. As a Norwegian interpreting student, you will receive language instruction from Alfaskolen and assist our journalism students in their research and interviewing. Join our team and help us continue to tell the stories of the greatest music city in Europe.

Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast, at the head of the Oslofjord, and is known for its expansive green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy peninsula, including the Norwegian Maritime Museum; the Vikingskipshuset, with ships from the 10th century; and the Norsk Folkemuseum, with artifacts from Sami and Viking cultures. Other attractions include the Munch Museum; the Oslo Opera House; Holmenkollbakken, the site of the Olympic ski jump; fjord tours; the Nobel Peace Center; the royal palace and so much more.

Your Stay in Norway

Supporting us in and around Oslo will be the Alfaskolen language school, officially recognized by Vox, the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning. Alfaskolen will provide interpreters and language and culture instruction. If you’re already a student of Norwegian language, you’ll have the opportunity to practice more advanced skills. If you’re new to the language, you’ll learn enough to survive and work successfully with interpreters. Many Norwegians speak English, so it’s an excellent opportunity to hone your international journalism skills in a friendly environment.

Students will have secure suite-style housing in or near Oslo city center and our program headquarters at Alfaskolen. Typical housing units will sleep four students and have one bathroom, a kitchenette, a commons area and free Wi-Fi.

Students must bring their own mobile phones, laptop computers, DSLR cameras, SD cards, voice recorders (or smart phone) and personal reporting material. If you don’t have these items, please discuss technology options with the program director. The program will provide some specialized equipment as needed.

Experience and University Credit

The Oslo ROCKS! program is open to undergraduate and graduate students and interns, as well as post-graduate interns, non-traditional students, professionals and experienced travelers looking for a unique experience.

Undergraduate students will receive three credits and a grade from our partner institution, the University of Jamestown. The credits are transferable, and we will help you get them accepted at your university for upper-division credits in journalism, communication or electives.

Application Process

Students must fill out the online application and include contact information for two references (academic and/or professional) using the “Apply Now” link below. A $150 application fee is required with the application but will be returned if a student is not accepted into the program.

For more information, contact Steve Listopad, program director, at: