Norwegians happily acknowledge their high quality of life and enjoy the country's spectacular outdoor activites, including boating in the summer and skiing in the winter. One of world's largest oil exporters, Norway is actively engaged in international affairs from conflict resolution to foreign aid. The Midnight Sun in the summer and the spectacular Aurora Borealis, or Northern lights, continually dazzle local residents and international students alike.There are over one hundred beaches which makes swimming and boating excursions popular activities. During the winter there are great opportunities to go skiing, either cross country or down hill. Whether you are traveling to the rugged Northwest or the charming Southeast of Norway you are sure certain to have an extraordinary experience while studying abroad!