What does a typical week look like at Matteson?
Please see our pdf document to see the different activities and program points of a typical week.
Do I qualify?
A minimum criteria in order to be accepted as a student at Matteson Mission School is to have a wish to give God and the Bible a central place in your life, be motivated to learn and willing to follow the Matteson program
Do I need a VISA?
Due to immigration laws and the formal status of our school, we are only able to accept students, who don’t need VISAs to enter Norway. There are some countries, that Norway doesn’t require to have a VISA of to enter, but where one can only stay 90 days and then needs to be outside Norway for at least 180 days. This naturally doesn’t work for our school year, so therefore we can only take students from EU / EEA countries. So, if you are from a EU / EEA country we can potentially accept you as a student (and you don’t need a VISA).
What credits do I get?
The school year starts middle of August and ends middle of July. You do get a diploma when you are finished, but since our school is not registered as an educational institution, you do not get any formal credits. However, you do get a solid foundation to build your life on.
You will also be LIGHT (Lay Institute of Global Health Training) accredited, which means that you can continue your education to be a missionary at LIGHT affiliated schools that have advanced training. Additionally you are equipped to be teaching/organizing 1-month LIGHT schools all over the world.
What are the international connections to Matteson?
As member of Outpost Centers International (OCI), cooperating with Gospel Ministries International (GMI), Matteson Mission School also is able to connect its students to other projects and schools worldwide.
Where will I sleep?
The students live at the school and must expect to be sharing room with somebody. The girls’ dorm is in the same building as the school. The property with the boys’ dorm is a short walk away. This school is designed for 12 students. The students participate in all the different tasks of a household, like cooking, cleaning etc.
What is the weather like?
The fall and spring semesters will be in Norway. Fall and spring is chilly, summer is usually warm, but rarely hot. During the mission internship (January-March) the students go to a mission project (e.g. Honduras), where the climate is tropical.
What are the costs involved?
Matteson Mission School does not charge tuition for the time spent at the school here in Norway. The cost of living and operation of the school is fundraised by the Granheim Foundation. This does not mean that attending the school is entirely “free”. Each student is expected to invest their time, energy and interest during the stay here, as well as to, throughout the whole school year, participate in all the parts of the school program, which is quite intense at times. Included in the program is 10 hours work for the Granheim Foundation per week.
Each student pays 29’000 NOK to the matteson student fund, which covers expenses related to the mission internship, inspiration weekends, rallies, summer mission trips and other mission activities during the year, as well as school material. This sum is paid before or on arrival.
Do I need insurance?
You will also have to make sure you have travel/medical insurance from your country both for your stay in Norway and the mission trip (e.g. Honduras). Norwegian students are offered travel insurance through the school.