Embassy Helps Bring Diversity to High School Exchange

The honorees and their mothers were congratulated by Acting Ambassador Julie Furuta-Toy at the Embassy on June 15.

Each year, over 2000 Norwegian high school students spend a year on exchange abroad. The United States is by far the most popular country, with over 1300 Norwegian high schools students last year. But few of these come from immigrant backgrounds, and the student body of the exchange programs do not reflect Norway’s increasingly diverse demographic.

To help encourage first- and second generation Norwegians to go on exchange, the Embassy has this year given a grant to nonprofit exchange organization Youth for Understanding (YFU) to fund the exchange of two students for the 2015-16 school year. YFU selected two student honorees, Linda Tran from Nøtterøy and Mariam Khan from Oslo. They will spend a year with yet-to-be-determined families somewhere in the U.S. from August, as part of YFUs exchange program.

We wish Mariam and Linda good luck on their exciting adventure in the U.S.!

Minister of Education Torbjørn Røe Isaksen also went on high school exchange to the U.S. You can read about his experience here.

Find out more about opportunities for attending highs school in the U.S. here.