The program will be held from June 17-August 3, 2018
- The 2018 program begins with five days at the Nansen Center for Peace and Dialog in Lillehammer where the Peace Scholars will be participant–observers in structured dialog sessions with students from the Balkans/Caucasus regions.
- The program continues at the Oslo International Summer School where scholars will continue their Peace Scholar Seminar and take an additional undergraduate course of their choice, offered at the ISS. At the successful conclusion of the program, the Peace Scholars will receive academic credit according to the policies of their home institution.
- The Peace Seminar provides a general introduction to the interdisciplinary field of peace and conflict studies, and combines theoretical and empirical aspects. It will broadly touch on topics related to the causes of conflict, resolving conflict and building peace, and aims to familiarize students with the history, central issues and theories regarding conflict, war and peace. The Peace Seminar course will include seminars, visits and introduction to the work of various peace organizations and institutions in Norway, such as The Nobel Institute, PRIO, Nobel Peace Center, and others, and a dialogue workshop with the Nansen Dialogue Network. During the seminar students will work on projects which they will present at a minimum of two venues within the following year. Students will also give an oral presentation of their research topics at the end of the Seminar and will write a take-home examination.
- The Oslo International Summer School offers many extracurricular activities, such as the International Cultural Evening, Norwegian Cultural Evening, local excursions to Vigeland Park, Oslo downtown, the Opera House, hiking nearby and much more. Each student will also have the opportunity for a weekend excursion to one of many areas in Norway. In 2016, the International Summer School had about 585 students from 95 different countries.