In English

Senja videregående skole was authorized as an IB World School in 2007 as then the northernmost in the world. The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme challenges students academically and is a balanced programme covering the last two years of upper secondary school i.e. the ages 17-19 years old.


Why choose the IB Diploma Programme?

  • All subjects are taught in English
  • Focuses on in-depth learning – all students have six academic subjects
  • Critical thinking, active citizenship and research are covered in the core of the IB as well as the subjects
  • Teaching and learning according to IB syllabi recognized by universities worldwide
  • Students develop different approaches to learning in an intercultural learning environment


Why choose Senja videregående skole?

We, Senja videregående skole, find it important to give a varied educational offer. A diverse body of students gives the opportunity to an exciting and developing learning environment for both students and teachers. We will, through good dialogue and a respectful positive attitude, create a good working environment.

We want to facilitate our students in obtaining the best results possible. We will continuously work in developing and practicing working and learning methods that contribute to each student receiving an education that is suited to his or her abilities and needs. Our students are important contributors in our planning and are given responsibilities and duties.

Dialogue and cooperation are important features of our learning and working environment. We place our students in the core of our thinking. Our students are active participator/contributors, and our teachers are inspiring, monitoring, knowledgeable pedagogues who are well-respected.

Senja videregående skole’s pedagogical platform is based on our slogan “MMS”:

Mangfold (Diversity) 


Mestring (Excellence) 


Samhold  (Unity)

Diversity through an international school environment by respecting other people’s values and traditions. Diversity also means that each and every one of us is unique.

Excellence through strong academic tradition; by maintaining high standards (highly qualified teaching staff as well as high academic achievement standards); by helping and aiding students to achieve their academic goals.

Unity: Senja videregående skole wants to be a school with good relations between all groups in our organization. We interact with each other in a positive manner.


The school and the IB is situated in Finnfjordbotn by the town Finnsnes. It has rural surrounding which gives many opportunities of out-door life such as hiking, cycling, and skiing, amongst other activities. There is a flood-lit cross-country ski track just outside the school door, and a down hill slope a couple of kilometres away. The town Finnsnes has many offers for example concerts, cinema and other spare time activities. Finnsnes is the commercial centre of Mid-Troms and the gateway to Norway’s second biggest island Senja. General information about our area and climate can be found here

You can get here by bus and express boat from Tromsø and Harstad, or you can come by plane to Bardufoss airport and then use the airport express shuttle to Finnsnes.

The school is a state boarding school. We have boarding fascilities for around 70 students.

We welcome students from all different backgrounds! International students must have a valid student visa before starting at our school. For more information, please see