Summer Session

Summer Session

What is NSU’s summer session?

The week-long Summer Session is the yearly culmination of NSU’s activities where all circles hold their symposia at a shared location. The session takes place at a location in the Nordic or Baltic countryside, usually at the end of July. Study circles work during the day and in the evening, numerous social and cultural events take place. Excursions are made to local cultural attractions at the site of the summer session, and guests are invited to gain new perspectives on the hosting country. 

A key value of NSU is that families with children can participate at the summer sessions. NSU therefore provide what we call a “children’s circle” for participants who are between three and thirteen years old.

A typical day in the summer session

  • 7:30-9:00 Breakfast
  • 8:15-9:00 Morning Exercise
  • 9:00-10.30 Study circle activities
  • 10.30-10.45 Fika/Coffee
  • 10.45-12.15 Study circle activities
  • 12.15-13.45 Lunch
  • 13.45-15.15 Study circle activities
  • 15.15-15.30 Fika/Coffee
  • 15.30-17.00 Keynote/NSU workshops, assemblies, meetings and discussion
  • 18.00-19.30 Dinner
  • From 19.30 Cultural Program

How to take part in the summer session

To attend, you need to apply to one of the study circles of Nordic Summer University. See the next page for the complete list of study circles in 2022.

Once you have identified the study circle you want to participate in, you need to respond to their call of proposals before the deadline.

Once your participation has been confirmed by the coordinators of your study circle, you will need to send in the payment for the summer session. You will then be able to make your own travel arrangements.

Do you have a partner or family you would like to bring? No problem. Just make sure you choose the right type of accommodation and that you cover their costs when you proceed with payment on the NSU website.

Nordic Summer University 2022 Study circles

  • Circle 1: Urban Studies: Between Creativity and Power 
  • Circle 2: Human-technology futures: making art, doing theory, shaking things up (Ad hoc circle 2022)
  • Circle 3: Hospitality and Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action 
  • Circle 4: Narrative and Violence 
  • Circle 5: Racialization, Whiteness and Politics of Othering in Contemporary Europe 
  • Circle 6: Nordic Environmental Ethics 
  • Circle 7: The experiential in artistic practice and research: methods, knowledges and reflective processes 
  • Circle 8: Futures of Education, Cultural Diversity, Imaginations and Collective Transformations in Time of the Anthropocene 
  • Circle 9: Decolonizing social work 
  • Circle 10: Art and creative practices as a tool to interpret, redefine and appropriate heritage of the Nordic-Baltic regions (Ad hoc circle 2022) 
  • Circle 11: Environmental Aesthetics and Space based ethics of care (Ad hoc circle 2022)

Price list 2022

The price range for the full week including lodging, meals and the program will be from 150 EUR to 700 EUR. Scholarship receivers would pay 150 EUR and be accommodated in twin or triple rooms. Other participants can choose between single rooms (650-700 EUR), a bed in a twin room if travelling alone (500-550 EUR), a double room or a family room if travelling with children (1500–1800 EUR for a family of four, 1750-2000 EUR for a family of five). Some rooms have a private bathroom while others have a shared bathroom. All rooms at Rønningen Folkehøgskole are of very good quality and most have a beautiful view as the venue is located on the hill. The rooms include bed linen and towels, and all food is also included in the price. There are enough rooms to accommodate up to 200 people, so lack of beds should not be a problem this year. The webshop to register and reserve a room will be open from June 1.

How to get financial help to attend

If you have institutional support or another type of funding, we ask you that you use it to attend our week-long summer university. If you do not, NSU offers a scholarship and grant options for which the participants at the Summer Session can apply. The application period for scholarships/grants opens on the same date as the calls: April 15th​. Deadline is ​June 1, 2022. You submit your scholarship/grant application at the same time as your proposal for the summer session to the study circle coordinator(s). Scholarship/grant recipients pay 150 euros for the whole week, including room and board. They are hosted in twin or triple rooms and generally have to dedicate a couple of hours during the week to help with various tasks. More information here. Travel support may be available for Baltic and West-Nordic participants. Please inquire when you apply. Suggestions for funding options for individuals to apply for to external funders will be shared when available.

Where is the summer session in 2022?

The Summer Session 2022 is taking place in Rønningen folkehøgskole near Oslo in Norway.

Practical information

The Summer Session 2022 will take place from July 28th until August 4th at Rønningen Folkehøgskole in Oslo, Norway. Whether arriving in Oslo by train, plane, bus, boat or car, Rønningen Folkehøgskole is accessible by public transportation from the city centre. The venue is located near the Oslo woodlands, and there are several nature sites for walking in the forest, along the Aker river, and swimming in nearby lakes as well as the Oslo fjord. From the school, you can see a lovely view of the city, as well as the nature park. The city of Oslo offers an array of cultural programs, sightseeing opportunities, nightlife, and nature options. The Oslo area is a lovely place to explore in the summertime. To learn more about the venue, visit

Dates 2022 to keep in mind

  • 15 April – Calls for proposals are shared 
  • 1 June – Deadline to apply to the NSU summer session 2022/Deadline to apply for a scholarship 
  • 7 June – Scholarship applicants are notified of the outcome of their funding application 
  • June 7 – 1 July- Registration and payment 
  • July 28- Arrival at Rønningen folkehøgskole and start of the summer session (volunteers arrive one day earlier)
  • August 4 – Departure

For more information…

…please visit To ensure that the Summer Session runs smoothly, there will be an Arrangement committee (Arrkom) at the site who will take care of NSU’s participants. The committee can be contacted with any questions or queries at

Previous Summer Sessions

NSU Summer Session 2021 was held online and there were some local events throughout Europe in October 2021.

NSU Summer Session 2020 was held online and there were some local events throughout Europe.

…please visit To ensure that the Summer Session runs smoothly, there will be an Arrangement committee (Arrkom) at the site who will take care of NSU’s participants. The committee can be contacted with any questions or queries at

NSU Summer Session 2019 was held from 28th of July to 4th of August 2019 at Roosta Holiday Village (, Haapsalu, Estonia.

All information on the Summer Session 2019 can be found here:

NSU Summer Session 2018 was held from 29th of July to 5th of August 2018 in Fårö, Gotland, Sweden. You can read all about it here:

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