Norwegian Students Welcomed by BSW Program

Norwegian Students Who Want to Study Social Work at Augsburg, welcome!

THe BSW Program each year receives students from Norway to study social work in America. Students come from schools in Harstad, Bergen, Oslo, Trondheim, Fredrikstad and Molde. You may be acquainted with someone who has spent a term here in Minneapolis.

The International Partners Program, previously headed by Dr. Nadia Christensen, is often the first contact for students seeking to come to Minnesota. After you are admitted as an international student, your time at Augsburg is coordinated by the Office of International Programs, the International Partners Program and the Social Work Department (which handles your academic and field work).

Norwegian students after being accepted into the Social Work Department, need to complete a required information form to be used by the Social Work Department to establish the student’s human services experience (and interests) and thus make a proper internship placement. We want the study done at Augsburg to truly add to the career experience of our Norwegian students.

Norwegian students will have an Orientation to the Program within two weeks of their arrival to receive an overview of the program, an explanation of which departments to approach with concerns, and a general question and answer session.

Norwegian students questions about their field work will be handled by the BSW Field Coordinator. Other program issues will be addressed by the BSW Program Director or Department Chair.

General Facts on How the U.S. System Differs From Norway:

The undergraduate social work degree study in the U.S. is only 2 years, not 3 years.

Class attendance is mandatory

There are many, periodic, small exams, then a summary final exam–not one BIG exam at the end of the course (Norwegian students prefer the U.S. exam method after adjusting to it).

Most US students are 20 or 21 years old and not as independent as Europeans.

The US undergraduate social work degree is a general degree. Students specialize in an area of practice their senior year.

So, for those of you who want to test your English, return to the BSW main page and work your way through.  And those of you who would rather read in norsk, please visit the Paa Norsk Norwegian Pages.

Takk og vi sees!