Minor Programme

Outdoor Education

Based on the experiences, knowledge and skills in outdoor activities, after completing the programme the students will qualify for the following types of acitivies: - Use basic skills in simple traditional outdoor activities in natural environments in the winter and spring - Reflect on the position of outdoor education in Norwegian society and why it is important to engage in outdoor activities for children and young people - Perform methodological evaluations in outdoor life - Plan, implement and evaluate walks in different environments that provide nature experiences - Plan, implement and evaluate instruction in outdoor education for children and young people


Faculty of Arts and Education

Applied Sciences 


Spring (January-June)

General admission to higher education. The programme requires good phsyical and mental shape that enables you to carry out training programmes in rough terrain with light or heavy pack. On field trips students will live in tents, Sami tents (lavvo), and snow caves. Target groups are students enrolled in BA in Sports Sciences at the Faculty of Arts and Education, University of Stavanger and exchange students from partner institutions.


English, B1

The total cost per student for the excursions and courses included in the winter module will be approximately 11 000 NOK.

The Courses

Vocational Assignment - 5 ECTS

Following completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Reflect on their own experiences in friluftsliv in Norway and create a written plan for the practical use of these experiences in their homeland
  • Use relevant literature in the text in order to support/justify/illustrate the plan
  • Discuss subject-related problems on the basis of their own skills and experiences, relevant literature, and the plan that they have created

Winter, Coast and Outdoor Leadership - 15 ECTS

Following completion of the course, the student shall be able to:

  • Account for various health gains through stay in nature.
  • Discuss the possible conflicts of interest between users of nature along the coast and applicable law.
  • Plan, prepare and evaluate structured teaching of ski play, cross-country skiing, Telemark skiing and slalom skiing
  • Observe and evaluate exercise programmes or alternatives that may be appropriate for the different ski-styles
  • Plan, prepare and evaluate winter mountain excursions and coastal excursions
  • Reflect on their own and other people's leadership of winter mountain excursions and coastal excursions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of natural history in the winter landscape and along the coast
  • Demonstrate knowledge of coastal history, the right of free access, the Outdoor Recreation Act and various national protective provisions regarding the natural envi

Outdoor Education in the Local Environment - 10 ECTS

Following completion of the course, the student shall:


  • Be able to plan, implement and evaluate health promotion activities in the near nature environment as training, recreation and team building.
  • Be able to discuss the possible conflicts of interest between users of nature in the near environment and the applicable law.


  • Be able to customize the nature of activities to different groups in different natural environment.
  • Demonstrate indoor and outdoor climbing skills

General competencies:

  • Lead groups on tour in the local nature environment.
  • Ensure the safety of various forms of activity.

How to apply


  1. Nomination Letter sent by email from your home institution to
  2. Online Registration Form
    You will receive the link to the online form by email after we have received your nomination. For students applying for the spring semester only, you will receive this link in September/October.
  3. Transcript of Records/Diploma from all university education (both bachelor’s and if applicable, master’s level) in English or in a Scandinavian language. The transcript/diploma must contain a description of the grading system. We can only accept official copies.
  4. Copy of your passport or ID card
    The required documentation must be sent in PDF or Word format to in PDF format. Write EXCHANGE followed by your name in the subject field. Example: EXCHANGE John Smith.'
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University of Stavanger


The University of Stavanger is situated on Norway’s south-west coast, surrounded by magnificent and diverse landscapes. The charming harbour city of Stavanger ranks as Norway’s fourth largest with approximately 130,000 inhabitants and is known as Norway’s “oil and energy capital”. The Stavanger region is Norway’s most productive area and has been the national hub for innovative industry for several decades, partly owing to the petroleum industry and partly to a spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship which existed long before the oil age.

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