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  • Locations: Oslo, Norway
  • Program Terms: Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad
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Spring Break in Norway: Understanding the Norwegian Approach to Public Health, Education and Justice

Scandinavia Criminal Justice

Program Overview


Across the globe, the national-level responses recent global pandemic varied significantly.  In Norway, where the COVID-19 virus was widespread in some regions, this reaction was strongly informed by the strengths- and limitations- of the modern welfare state.  This 5-day Intensive Course Abroad will explore the modern Nordic social safety net and the response to the crisis in three areas: education, public health, and criminal justice.  Participants will (subject to potential limits on social interaction) have the opportunity to participate in site visits with leaders and practitioners in each domain to learn, first-hand, what the Norwegian responses were and how these systems were impacted.  Additional group activities will focus on better understanding the cultural, political, and gastronomical climate in Oslo today.

This program examines the research, policies and practices surrounding the welfare state in Norway. By speaking with practitioners and researchers, participants will experience, first-hand, an alternate practical and theoretical framework for the modern welfare state, as well as the cultural context necessary to support the educational, health and prison systems.

Upon completion of this course, students will:

     • Be able to describe the modern Norwegian welfare state
     • Understand the historical and cultural factors that have shaped this system
     • Distinguish and critically examine the impacts on the education, health and justice systems
     • Be able to compare and contrast to the American/ domestic approach to these issues
     • Become familiar with emerging issues within these domains
     • Appreciate Norwegian culture


Scandinavia Criminal Justice
Students accepted to this program will be automatically registered for CJS 380 Norwegian Public Health, Education and Justice 3 credits for spring term. Students must leave room for the 3 credits in their spring credit load or will have to pay for exceeding the 20 credit maximum. The 3 credits for this program are not optional.

Pre-Trip Requirements
There will be one mandatory, preparatory class meetings during the winter term.


  • Jordan Hyatt, JD PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies
  • Synøve N. Andersen, PhD, Faculty Fellow, Department of Criminology and Justice Studies, Drexel University, and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Sociology and Human Geography, University of Oslo

Program Calendar

Arrival Date:       March 14, 2021Norway ICA Group Photo
Departure Date: March 20, 2021

Tentative Itinerary Overview

Day 0               Depart USA
Day 1               Arrive in Oslo, Program overview
Day 2               Education in Norway (University of Oslo)
Day 3               Nordic Culture
Day 4               Corrections in Norway (Halden Prison)
Day 5               Health and Drug Addiction Services (SERAF)
Day 6               Depart Norway

Program Fee - $1,900

Due November 15th, 2021  $500 Advance Payment
Due January 15th, 2022      $1,400 Final Payment
All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.Norway ICA Waterfront

Included in Program Fee:

  • Hotel accommodation in Oslo
  • Local transportation
  • Charter transportation to Halden Prison and other sites
  • Group tours and attraction admission fees
  • Course materials and guest speakers from criminal justice agencies & universities
  • Coffee & light refreshments on select tours and lectures
  • Group meal featuring local and holiday cuisine
  • On Call Emergency Assistance Insurance

Not Included in Program Fee (estimates):

  • Transatlantic airfare  $1000
  • Airport transfers          $100
  • Most meals                 $150
  • Spending money         $150
  • Passport/visa              $140
ICA Financial Aid: Students may request an Adjusted Cost of Attendance by submitting the ICA program fee and estimated out of pocket expenses listed above to Drexel Central (via askdrexel). Doing so could make students eligible for additional financial aid.  Students may also be eligible to apply for Drexel's ICA Scholarships.

More Information

  • Visa: US citizens are not required to have a visa for entry to Norway.
  • Other nationalities must verify on the Norway Embassy Website. 
Grading Scale

A+             97- 100      C+      77- 79    
A               93- 96        C        73- 76    
A-              90- 92        C-       70- 72  
B+             87- 89        D+       67- 69 
B               83- 86        D         60- 66
B-              80- 82        F          < 60  

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.