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  • Locations: Lillehammer, Norway; Oslo, Norway
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: VCU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Cinema Minimum GPA Required: 2.0
Language of Instruction: English
Program Description:
True North: An Exploration of Cinematic Space in ScandinaviaNorway header

Oslo and Lillehammer, Norway
4 credits in CINE
21 July – 11 August, 2018
$3,650 + airfare + applicable VCU tuition. Find full details on the Budget Sheet!

Program Directors
Kirk Kjeldsen, Assistant Professor
Nikita Moyer, Administrative Coordinator and Academic Advisor
Registration Deadline: 1 April 2018
The Global Education Office and the School of the Arts at Virginia Commonwealth University are pleased to announce a summer Cinema program in Scandinavia. This 4-credit, four-week course brings students from the Cinema program to Scandinavia for an exploration of Scandinavian cinema and cinematic space. After a brief examination of Scandinavian cinema, from early pioneers like Carl Dreyer and Ingmar Bergman to current filmmakers including Joachim Trier and Susanne Bier, students will travel to Norway to explore the cinematic culture and landscape and to take place in a series of immersive workshops culminating with their own collaborative productions.

Course and Credit Options                                                                            
  • CINE 491: True North: An Exploration of Cinematic Space in Scandinavia
The Education Abroad office will enroll students in the course upon receipt of the registration. Courses are subject to meeting a minimum enrollment in order to run.
Course Description
CINE 491: True North: An Exploration of Cinematic Space in Scandinavia
The directors of the program, Prof. Kirk Kjeldsen and Nikita Moyer, will guide students through a study and tour of Scandinavian cinema and cinematic space that will include a trip to The Norwegian Film School, the first film school in Norway and one of the Hollywood Reporter’s Top 15 International Film Schools. They will be joined by award winning Cinema Department chair Dr. Rob Tregenza. They will finish the trip with a trip to Oslo.

After a series of workshops with professional filmmakers and the program directors, and after working on an actual three-day production of a 35mm short film with Norwegian filmmakers and the program directors, the students will work in small groups on their own short productions, considering the constraints of the Dogme 95 filmmaking movement, which originated in Denmark, as a point of departure. Students will then edit their productions and write about their experiences back at the VCU Monroe Park campus.Norway 2

This course is limited to students in good standing who are enrolled in the Cinema Program and have completed Cinema 490. Exceptions may be made for students who display an exemplary level of professionalism.
Accommodations and Meals
Upon arriving in Oslo, all ground transportation is to covered. Participants to be housed in a variety of accommodations. One group meal is provided upon arrival to each destination, and meals are provided when in production.
Program Directors
Kirk Kjeldsen has recently added international teaching experience to his resume. He has recently served as a Guest lecturer / Teaching a screenwriting workshop at National Film School in Lódz (Poland), Fall 2017 in addition to Visiting Instructor / Teaching a module on Independent Filmmaking at Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin GmbH, Fall / Winter 2017. He has a basic understanding of Norwegian.
Not only is he familiar with the culture and geography of the location, he is also familiar with it as a filmmaking location. While in Lillehammer, he co-wrote and produced feature film GAVAGAI with program chair Dr. Rob Trengenza. Part of the duties of a producer are largely budgetary. This film recently places in the Maine International Film Festival.
Nikita Moyer interned at Prague Film (Prague, CZ) school in 2008, serving as production support for 2 cohorts of international film students. She manages the day-to-day logistics and budget of the Cinema Department, whether it's during the academic year or during the student film productions. In 2015 she produced feature film Macbeth Unhinged, which had a budget of $60,000. The film was chosen to premiere at Edinburgh International Film Festival, and she accompanied 4 student crew members to Scotland to take part in the festival. 

A valid passport is required to leave the US. If a student does not already have a passport, they are advised to begin the application process as soon as they are accepted into the program. The processing time for new passport applicants can be as long as 8 weeks. For students who already have passports, they will need to verify that the passport’s validity dates extend 6 months past their return date. For more information about passports and the application/renewal process, please consult the State Department's website.
Payment of fees
In order to complete the application, students are required to submit a $250 registration fee and deposit. This $250 registration fee and deposit is refundable in two cases: if the program is cancelled, or if a student is rejected by the faculty member based on their qualifications to participate in the program. Reasons for rejection could include, but are not limited to, GPA, lack of a pre-requisite, unacceptable or inappropriate statement of interest, etc. and are at the discretion of the faculty program director. However, if a student pays the fee and is not given final acceptance to the program based on failing to complete application requirements, as determined by the Education Abroad office or faculty director, the $250 is non-refundable.
Students will receive two separate charges to their student accounts for this program: one charge will reflect the balance of the program fee (minus the $250 deposit and application fee) and the other charge is for VCU tuition costs (based on the number and type of credits being taken by the student). These bills will be charged through VCU Student Accounting and should appear by May 2017.
Please note: While these charges may post to the student’s account simultaneously or separately, it is the student’s responsibility to make sure the account balance is paid before the billing due date.
Withdrawal procedures and financial commitment policy
All withdrawals must be made formally in writing and submitted to the Director of Education Abroad. Otherwise, the program fee will not be refunded. After committing to the program, students deciding to withdraw will be held accountable for a portion of or the entire program fee based on the following schedule:
  • Formal withdrawal submitted later than 30 days before the first day of the program abroad: 100% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 30-60 days before the first day of the program abroad: 75% of the program fee will be charged
  • Formal withdrawal submitted within 60-90 days before the first day of the program abroad: 50% of the program fee will be charged
In the event an unexpected emergency occurs within 30 days before the first day of the program abroad, students must provide a physician’s certification that his/her condition prohibits participation. In this case, refunds will be limited to only those funds VCU is able to recover or that have not already been spent on behalf of the student.
See above for refund policy on $250 registration fee and deposit.
Travel health
Students should schedule an appointment with their physician or at a travel clinic (such as VCU Student Health) at least 4 to 8 weeks before the program to inquire about recommended and/or required vaccines/immunizations. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all routine and travel immunizations are up-to-date.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides information on recommended and required immunizations for travelers. To view the health risks and requirements for the country to which you will be traveling, please visit the CDC's website.
Health Alert:  Zika Virus
The CDC has issued a travel alert for countries where the Zika virus is prevalent.  Check the CDC’s travel notices regularly as new countries are being added to this list.  Check VCU Student Health to stay updated as well.

VCU Student Health offers in-depth pre-travel consultation with a health care provider as well as most of the vaccines recommended for safe travel. Prescriptions for recommended medicines are also available. Please visit their website for full details.

Every effort is made to provide updated and accurate information at the time of publication. The sponsors reserve the right to make necessary changes to the programs and costs. The university reserves the right to revise or alter all fees, regulations pertaining to student fees, and fee collection procedures at any time.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Registration Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 04/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/21/2018 08/11/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.