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  • Locations: Bergen, Norway
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Advisor: Jolie Roetter Minimum GPA: 3.2
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU: No Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Program Arranged Housing
Program Description:
MGMT 396 Non-Profit and Social Entrepreneurship:
Travel Component June 18-29, 2018, in Bergen, Norway
The American University Center for Innovation (AUCI) and Kogod School of Business at American University are pleased to announce the 2nd international travel version of MGMT 396 Non-Profit and Social Entrepreneurship. This course will be taught in Bergen, Norway, at our partner institution the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH) from June 18-29, 2018 by Associate Professor Bram Timmermans of NHH, and Kogod Associate Professor and AUCI Director Siri Terjesen. This opportunity is limited to five AU students.
Who:  Any American University undergraduate students with a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA.
What: Students will enroll a section of: MGMT 396: Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship during either the Fall 2018 term at AU for 1 credit; and MGMT 396: Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship for 2 credits in the Summer 2018 term. Accepted students will complete pre- work and travel to Bergen from approximately June 16-June 30 and wrap up with post-work. The course will include site visits around Bergen (e.g., Impact Hub in Bryggen) as well as some optional after-class cultural excursions, for example hiking in the mountains and experiencing Norwegian culture.
Cost: Students are responsible for  travel and living expenses which are not estimated to exceed $2000. Housing at Hatleberg dorm adjacent to NHH: $500. R/T DC-Bergen flights: $1000. Travel within Norway and food for two weeks: $500.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What is NHH?
The Norwegian School of Economics (Norges Handelshøyskole: NHH) is the leading Norwegian teaching and research institution in the fields of business administration and economics. Opened in 1936 by King Haakon VII, NHH is extremely international with exchange programs in 130 foreign institutions and 30 countries, and a member of CEMS as well as PIMS. The school is extremely selective, of 4,343 Norwegian students who apply each year, only 4% are accepted. For more about NHH, see:
What is MGMT 396?
The course description reads as follows: Nonprofit and social entrepreneurs can be a dynamic change agent for society and this course provides an in-depth exposure to starting a new nonprofit as well as creating new ventures within an existing nonprofit organization. The course focuses on entrepreneurship thinking and the process for successful new ventures within a nonprofit context. In addition, entrepreneurship’s actual and potential contribution to changing lives, improving the environment in which we live, and its contribution to overall national, regional, and local economic and social development are also included.
Who should apply to the course?
We are looking for undergraduate students with over a 3.25 GPA and a keen interest in studying entrepreneurship .
Do I need to speak Norwegian?
Norwegians speak English quite fluently, and the course will be taught in English, a. You would certainly be encouraged to try to learn a little Norwegian before you go and during your time in Norway so that you can really appreciate the country’s language and culture.

Will there be any pre-orientation for accepted students?
There will be a pre-orientation for accepted students in Spring 2018 where we will cover important details such as housing, travel, and pre- and post-work for the course.
How would I get to Norway?
Each student is responsible for getting him/herself to Bergen in time for the course, hence we suggest that you leave at least two days before the course starts. There are many airlines which fly from IAD or BWI to Bergen, albeit not directly- usually through Oslo, Copenhagen, or Reykjavik.
Can I spend extra time in Norway?
Absolutely- you can stay a maximum of 90 days without a visa (if you are a US citizen). 
Will any of the faculty be accompanying us?
Kogod Associate Professor and AUCI Director Dr. Siri Terjesen will teach part of the course, and be in Bergen, Norway, for the duration of the course.
Who will my professors be in MGMT 396 in Norway?
Your course will be led by Dr. Bram Timmermans, a leading Dutch scholar who has lived in Denmark and Norway for the last few years, and is based at NHH. A few sections will be taught by Dr. Siri Terjesen, a Norwegian-American who completed her Masters at NHH. Both professors are amongst the world’s most cited young research faculty in entrepreneurship.

Bram Timmermans, Associate Professor, Strategi og Ledelse, Norwegian School of Economics
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Siri Terjesen, Director, AU Center for Innovation; Dean’s Research Fellow & Associate Professor, Management, Kogod School of Business, American University
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Who else will be in the MGMT 396 course at NHH? We have secured spots for 5 AU students but there are 40 total spots in the course, with another 5 secured for NHH students. The remaining 30 students will be undergraduate or graduate students from other top universities in more than 60 countries which partner with NHH on student exchanges. See the full list here
Where would I live in Bergen while taking classes at NHH?
There is terrific student accommodation called Hatleberg just across the street from NHH which is extremely reasonably priced, convenient, and safe, and is also at the base of a scenic mountain hike. You will have your own room in a dorm with at least 80 other summer school students, and pay NHH directly the $500. You can read more about Bergen here
What else should I know about Norway?
Norway is frequently ranked highest in the world for human development, happiness, quality of life, gender equality, ease of doing business, press freedom, democracy, and world justice. Norway is technically the “Kingdom of Norway”, a sovereign and unitary monarchy. Our course takes in “Midsummer” during which you can encounter the “Midnight sun” – there is daylight at midnight! Norway does not require visas for citizens from the US and the following countries: Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau (SAR), Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Uruguay, the Vatican City State, and Venezuela. If you require a visa, we are in close touch with the Norwegian Embassy here in Washington D.C. and can help you try to arrange it. For more on Norway in terms of safety for US citizens, see U.S. State Dept:
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018
Varies by program 06/18/2018 06/29/2018

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