Study Abroad in Norway


Mayville State University students now have the exciting opportunity to study at the American College of Norway (ACN), a small institution located south of the national capital, Oslo, in the town of Moss. Norway is a modern, exciting place. With cutting edge technology and old world charm, it’s the perfect place to experience the past and the future. 

Students from all over the world attend ACN , making it a perfect low-stress international experience. All courses are taught in English, primarily by American university professors and they fulfill Mayville State’s essential studies requirements. In addition, students who study at ACN may transfer to Mayville State, so there is possibility for Mayville State students to continue their international friendships, even after their semester at ACN has concluded.


ACN is located in Moss, a charming, friendly coastal town located on the Oslo Fjord with all the benefits of a large city, but with a small-town feel. Moss has approximately 30,000 inhabitants and in the neighboring municipalities there are 25,000 people who use Moss for shopping and leisure activities. Within walking distance from the campus you will find art galleries, a modern shopping mall, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, bakeries, hiking trails, parks, a movie theater and a library.

Click here to learn more about Moss and the Østfold region.

There are two airports (Oslo Gardermoen and Torp Sandefjord) near Moss that offer regular, inexpensive flights to cities all over Europe. The Moss train station is within walking distance from campus and has connections to cities in Norway, Sweden and beyond.

Travel is encouraged, so take advantage of your three-day weekends and get out and explore!



Living on campus is a big part of the ACN experience. The newly renovated and modern student residence halls are located just minutes from the school. The dorms have two bedrooms and shared common areas. All apartments have their own kitchen with a small dining area, entry way and a bathroom. Each bathroom has individual washing machines. Every campus kitchen is equipped with a refrigerator/freezer unit and an oven. The bedrooms are furnished with a bed, pillow and comforter, desk, chair and a closet.

Click here to see more pictures of the residence halls.

The Student Activities Center is located right next to the dorms and is equipped with a movie room, communal kitchen, board games, pool and Ping-Pong tables and comfy couches. Students have 24 hour access to this center and it has free Wi-Fi.

During our welcome activities and throughout the year, students can enjoy paintball, BBQ's, movie marathons, Homecoming Week, Halloween, Thanksgiving, ice skating, bowling, Spring Formal and much more! Additionally, if you are looking to get involved on campus, students are offered the opportunity to join ACN's Peace Committee, Activities Committee and Yearbook Committee. Students can also get involved in other committees and organizations both on and off campus.

To learn more about ACN, you can read several articles in English on our blog!

How did this study abroad opportunity get started at Mayville State?

Dr. Sarah Anderson, MSU assistant professor of education and co-chair of the MSU Diversity Committee, has spearheaded this study abroad opportunity using connections she made prior to arriving at Mayville State in 2012. Anderson was fortunate to meet the founder of the American College of Norway, Steinar Opstad, when she visited Norway with a teacher delegation from Grand Forks Public Schools in 2008. This connection proved to be invaluable to Anderson, and as it turns out, to Mayville State too.

Dr. Anderson returned to Norway in October of 2015 to present at a conference in Stavanger and to arrange for study abroad opportunities. In January of 2016, Krista Lauritzen, ACN director, visited Mayville State and began conversations about developing an affiliate partner agreement between MSU and the American College of Norway. This agreement allows students to attend a semester of college abroad at an affordable price, making it a possibility for more students.

To date, six Mayville State students have applied and been accepted to attend ACN: one student for summer 2016, two for the fall 2016 semester, and three attended in the spring semester of 2017.

Click here to see a fact sheet about studying a full year at the American College of Norway.

Click here to see a fact sheet about studying for a summer at the American College of Norway.

Spring 2019 Course Listing and Summer School Courses 2019

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Click here to see the Student Handbook of the American College of Norway.

Click here to see Who's Who at ACN.

Funding Options

  • MSU financial aid process
  • MSU scholarships
  • Larson Leadership mini-grant (See Dr. Sarah Anderson.)
  • Support from family and friends
  • Work savings

Applying for the opportunity to study at ACN


To apply to the American College of Norway, you will need the following:

NorwayHeritageGiftFund250x250.jpgAre you interested in helping Mayville State students realize the dream of studying abroad?


While affordable, there are financial barriers, particularly for underrepresented students, including  travel to and within Norway, immigration visa fees, passport fess, and other incidentals that come with relocation.

Please consider a Norwegian Heritage Gift to our Norway-bound students. Students who have a financial need, who desire to broaden their knowledge through the American College of Norway, could submit an essay and application to be considered for a stipend. Click on the link below and make a tax-deductible gift. Your gift of $50, $100, $250, $500, or more could help one or more students to realize the dream of traveling abroad to Norway, the homeland of many here in Mayville and around the country!

For more information on how you can help, please contact John J. Klocke, MSU Foundation Executive Director, at 701-788-4787 or

Click here to make a gift online now.

More Information


For more information on the American College of Norway, go to To discuss the Mayville State study abroad program, you may contact Dr. Dina Zavala-Petherbridge at or Dr. Sarah Anderson at

Click the box below to make a donation that will help students who wish to pursue the opportunity to study in Norway.