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Short courses

The information in this section is designed to give students some basic information about study trips to the NSC, and about coming to York. Prior to your arrival in York, your home institution is your point of contact for information about your trip. Before you arrive, please fill in the Pre-Arrival Registration Form. The NSC offers two main types of short course:

  1. Courses of one or two weeks’ duration for students of English at Norwegian universities and colleges. Most of the teaching will focus on English literature, English language in use, and British culture/current affairs. The programme also often involves excursions, such as a guided tour of some of York’s historic buildings or a trip to the theatre. It may also include project work on York. 
  2. Courses (one or two weeks’ duration) for teachers currently working in the Norwegian school system (in-service, KFK) or students training to be teachers (GLU). In addition to topics on the English language, British culture, and English literature, these courses include sessions on didactics or with a didactic focus. The programme often includes a visit to a local state or private school.  It may also include other excursions, such as to the theatre or local places of interest. 

Content of the courses

The content of all of our short courses are tailored to meet the needs of individual groups and are agreed in advance with the course leader in your Norwegian institution.  All programmes will offer topics across the range of fields in which we teach: language, literature and culture.  Some of the topics might be directly related to what you are currently studying, but others may have been included by your leaders as a useful supplement. You will normally have some teaching from all NSC staff.  On occasion, your course might also include extra sessions from some of our associate staff. To find out more about who we are please click here

One of our guiding principles is to use the English-speaking environment to do what cannot easily be done in Norway.  Your leader might choose to enhance this by requesting you undertake some project work whilst you are in York.  This is often related to one or more of the teaching topics, to York as a city, or to the University of York.   You are normally given a choice of topics, along with time during the week to research them. Projects are often completed in small groups, and usually require you to do a short presentation on your findings towards the end of your time in York.  

Most course schedules also include some excursions as well as some “free time” for you to explore York.

Excursions often need to be paid for separately to the course fee (via your leader).

For teachers and teacher trainees, your leader will likely request a school visit as part of your programme.  These are a valuable part of the programme and are paid for via a slightly increased course fee, currently NOK 200 per student. This covers transportation costs to and from the school, as well as a donation to the school to thank them for their time. The school visit is followed by a feedback session with NSC staff.

A certificate is awarded at the end of the course upon satisfactory attendance and performance during the course.

For more information on the courses, our current Director, Erik Tonning, has put together a short presentation

Teaching and Facilities at the NSC

Teaching normally takes place at the centre which is located on the ground floor of Quantum House on the edge of the main (Heslington West) University campus. You can find us on Google Maps by searching for Quantum House, YO10 5BR (or click here for directions). Teaching is generally a combination of small-group seminar-style teaching (in groups of up to 15-20) and larger-group lectures. Often we have students from more than one institution or programme visiting the NSC at the same time. Sometimes you will be taught together, whilst at other times you might be separate. English is used at all times, and small group work is integral to the teaching and learning style in most sessions. You are therefore encouraged to participate as actively as possible at all times. 

Attendance at all lectures and seminars is compulsory. A register of attendance is passed around at each lecture at each lecture and seminar for you to sign, and if you don’t you will be marked as absent. It is your responsibility to sign the register at the lectures, or to inform tutors if you are unwell.

During the teaching day there will be a number of breaks. The NSC has limited drinking and snack facilities, but there is a canteen five minutes’ walk away, and a van with drinks, snacks, sandwiches and some hot food visits the NSC every day around 1045. All of the University colleges have places to eat, and Park Central is nearby. 

We do not have computers at the NSC that you can use (although we are happy to help you print out boarding cards and train tickets).  The university Computing Services will allocate a temporary password and username to you for access to the Internet whilst you are in York. These are handed out on the first Monday of your course. There are student computer rooms in all the colleges which you can use. The NSC building, campus and Eden’s Court have Wi-Fi (eduroam). You can also use the York City Wi-Fi with your temporary University of York username & password.

Please see the following for further information.


What our students say

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