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The River Ouse in York City Centre

Norwegian Study Centre

Welcome to the Norwegian Study Centre (NSC), York


We are a friendly and open department in the University of York, established by the Norwegian government as one of its four international study centres. With long experience and ongoing devotion, we teach students from Norwegian Universities and Colleges and practising teachers of English as well as various groups from the public and private sector.

Please explore our webpages to learn more about what the NSC has to offer. You can come here for shorter courses of 1-2 weeks, or a longer exchange programme for up to two full terms.

If you have any questions, or if there is anything more you would like to know, please do contact us and we will do our best to help.

We hope to see you in York soon.

Erik Tonning
Director of the NSC

What our students say

"If you are ever given the opportunity to attend a semester or two here, do it."

Kevin, 2017-18. Read more »

YorkCourse in English (BA & MA level)

  • One of the top ranked universities in the UK and the world
  • A small department of enthusiastic and committed teachers
  • A ‘hands-on’ approach combining theory and practical exploration
  • Assessment is via essays
  • No study fees to pay in York
  • Accommodation in nearby houses arranged
  • A chance to live in an English-speaking country
  • For Autumn 2020 only, there is the option of studying the YorkCourse online 
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Short Courses

Every week or fortnight we welcome new groups from Norwegian Institutions to study with us.  If you will be arriving in one of these groups soon, please explore our website to find out a bit more about us and what York has to offer.

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The United Kingdom is currently in 'lockdown' with severe movement and travel restrictions. This will last until 7 May, but is likely to be extended. The NSC's building has been closed by the University of York. Please see the University's COVID-19 page for updated information. The NSC will reopen once we have permission to operate again. If you have booked a Short Course at the NSC, please contact at least four weeks in advance of the course (=the cancellation deadline) to assess whether or not it can go forward. 
In terms of our Autumn courses, the YorkCourse will be made accessible online, whereas for the Short Courses, an alternative online course package for those courses that cannot go forward is currently under development. Full information on this option will be issued to the Norwegian institutions in May.


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Other courses

Calling all students registered on English or Linguistics Masters programmes in Norway: apply through the NSC to spend the Spring Term 2021 studying part of your masters with the Department of English and Related Literature or the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, here at the University of York.  Alternatively, we now offer semester length MA-level modules at the NSC.