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Trip to Norway

Join Kogod's Management Department on a Nordic Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship Course

Apply by January 10, 2017

Bergen, Norway

Summer, 2017


NHH Norwegian School of Economics

The American University Center for Innovation in the Capital (AUCI) and AU's Kogod School of Business are pleased to announce an international travel component 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). The class runs from June 19-30, 2017, and will be taught by Bram Timmermans, Associate Professor at NHH, and Siri Terjesen, Associate Professor and Interim Director of AUCI This opportunity is limited to five AU students.

Students will also have the opportunity to apply for an internship with social venture Tyrili Klatring. The internship will take place after the course, and is located in Lillehammer, Norway.



  • Who: Any American University undergraduate student with a 3.25 or higher cumulative GPA.
  • What: Students will enroll a section of: MGMT 396: Nonprofit and Social Entrepreneurship during either the Spring 2017 or Fall 2017 term at AU. Accepted students will complete pre- work and travel to Bergen from approximately June 17-July 2 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 excursion.
  • Cost: Students are responsible for their travel and living expenses, which are not estimated to exceed $2500. Two students (one Kogod and one SIS student) have the opportunity to win a grant from the Norwegian government. The grant will provide travel and living expenses scholarships for the course, and for an internship with Norwegian social venture Tyrili Klatring.

    Please see detailed information below and apply by January 10, 2017.
  • How: Only five AU students will be accepted to the program. Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and a 900-word essay to Dr. Siri Terjesen by January 10, 2017 at midnight.
  • You may choose one of the two essay topics:

    1. "Why I want to study social entrepreneurship at NHH and intern at Tyrili Klatring in Norway,"
    2. "Why I want to study social entrepreneurship at NHH"

    You may be interviewed by phone, skype, or in-person during the week of January 10-16, with final decisions offered on January 17, 2017.

    Please label the subject of your e-mail application as one of the following, based on your desired program:

    1. Application to NHH Summer School & Internship by Kogod Major: First Name Last Name.
    2. Application to NHH Summer School & Internship by SIS Major: First Name Last Name.
    3. Application to NHH Summer School only: First Name Last Name

    Label all documents as follows:

    Resume: First Name_Last Name_Resume
    Cover letter: First Name_Last Name_Cover Letter
    Essay: First Name_Last Name_Essay Title

    Use Times New Roman Font 12, single-spaced,for all documents.

    Save the files as a PDF into a zip folder labeled: First Name_Last Name, then e-mail the zip file.


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 10% are accepted. For more about NHH,visit:

Non-profit and social entrepreneurs can be a dynamic change agent for society. This course provides in-depth exposure to starting a new nonprofit, as well as creating new ventures within an existing organization. The course focuses on entrepreneurship thinking and the process for successful new ventures within a non-profit context.

The scholarships that cover your travel and living expenses in Norway while working in the Tyrili Klatring are ear-marked for one Kogod student and one SIS student with GPAs over 3.25. We are looking for students who have a keen interest in starting their own social venture, and who will also be outstanding ambassadors of American University during this internship. Please note the course runs in Bergen, Norway, but the internship is in Lillehammer, Norway. Selected students will travel between cities via train, which also gives them the opportunity to enjoy experiencing other parts of the country.

Undergraduate students with over a 3.25 GPA and a keen interest in studying entrepreneurship are encouraged to apply. Preference will certainly be given to the best application packages (resume, cover letter, and essay), with some consideration for entrepreneurship minors (with the exception of the ear-marked travel/living scholarship for an SIS major). Note: If you have taken MGMT 360 (Non-Profit & Social Entrepreneurship) or a similar course, you should not apply to this course, as it is too similar.

Norwegians speak English quite fluently, and the course will be taught in English. You would certainly be encouraged to learn Norwegian, however, so that you can really appreciate the country’s language and culture.

Please submit your resume, a cover letter, and a 900-word essay of choice to Dr. Siri Terjesen by January 10, 2017. You may be interviewed by phone, skype, or in-person during the week of January 10-16, with final decisions offered on January 17, 2017. See further guidelines above.

If you are accepted, an academic advisor will register you for the course in either Spring 2017 or Fall 2017--whichever suits your course schedule better. All financial aid that you have will apply to this course, except the travel and living costs.

The scholarship will be paid directly to you by the Norwegian government (SIU) through our partner institution NHH. You can read more about SIU here:

There will be a pre-orientation for accepted students in Spring 2017 where we will cover important details such as housing, travel, and pre- and post-work for the course.

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.

Absolutely. You can stay a maximum of 90 days without a visa (if you are a US citizen). If you stay longer in Norway, you may want to take the Norway in a Nutshell tour, which is between Bergen and Oslo. The capital city, Oslo, has many beautiful sights to visit. If you visit the Arctic Circle area just before the course begins, the sun will never set at “night.”

Kogod Associate Professor and AUCI Interim Director Dr. Siri Terjesen will be in Bergen, Norway, for the duration of the course.

Only apply if you are 100% committed to coming to Norway this summer. With just 5 spots in this inaugural year, we can only take fully committed students.

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

Bram Timmermans, Associate Professor, Strategi og Ledelse, Norwegian School of Economics

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Siri Terjesen

Siri Terjesen, Interim Director, AU Center for Innovation; Associate Professor, Management, Kogod School of Business, American University

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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.

There is terrific student accommodation called Hatleberg just across the street from NHH. It 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. Read more about Bergen here.


Our intern partner, Rune of Tyrili Klatring, will provide you with information about housing possibilities in Lillehammer. Itis an extremely safe and wonderful city which was once the site of the 1994 Winter Olympics. Read more about Lillehammer here.

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 place 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.

For more on Norway in terms of safety for US citizens, see U.S. State Dept:

Unfortunately, we need to close applications quite early, as this involves a Spring 2017 enrollment. We hope to offer the same opportunity to more students next year, so stay posted!


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