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Scandinavian Seminar is now accepting applications for its 1982-83 academic year abroad in Denmark, Finland, Norway, or Sweden. This unique learning experience is designed for college students, graduates, and other adults who want to study in a Scandinavian country, becoming part of another culture and learning its language. A new one-semester program, only in Denmark, is also now available.

After orientation in Denmark and a 3-week intensive language course, generally followed by a family stay, students are placed individually at Scandinavian Folk Schools or other specialized institutions, where they live and study with Scandinavians of diverse backgrounds. The Folk Schools are small, residential educational communities intended mainly for young adults. Each student has the opportunity to explore his or her particular field of interest by doing an independent study project. On the basis of a detailed written evaluation of their work, most college students receive full or partial academic credit for their year abroad.

The fee, covering tuition, room, board, and all course-connected travels in Scandinavia, is $5,900. Interest-free loans are granted on the basis of need, as are a few partial scholarships. For further information, write to Scandinavian Seminar, 100 East 85th St., New York, NY 10028.

A new luxury package to Paris, ''The Paris Royale'' offers accommodations at the Hotel Crillon, with continental breakfast daily, one gourmet meal prepared by the Crillon's award winning chef, a half-day sightseeing tour of Historical Paris, including the Ile de la Cite, Notre Dame cathedral, the Marais district, and the Latin Quarter, the Paris Edition of ''The Best of Europe'' - a book of coupons offering discounts at many restaurants and specialty stores, and round-trip transfers between airport and hotel by private car.

The package is available from New York, Chicago, Houston, or Los Angeles. For exact dates of departures, and exact rates, contact your local Air France office or travel agent. From New York, the package is for 8 days/7 nights, from $524 to Monday returns and Saturday departures, Sunday returns.

If you'd like to spend Christmas in England at a top luxury country hotel, one way to do it is to make reservations at one of the 16 independent country house hotels which call themselves Prestige Hotels.

These include Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms, and Eastwell Manor, along with 13 other hotels located from the Lake District to the southern coast of England.

A five day stay at the Chewton Glen at New Milton, Hampshire, beginning December 24, is about $130 per person per day including all meals. The four day program at Lygon Arms, Vroadway, Worcestershire, including carol service and Christmas raffle, runs from $140 per day with all meals. At the East Well Manor, Ashford, Kent a four day ''Christmas in the Grand Style'' includes a gala dinner and party games.

Prestige Hotels are represented in the US by Scott Calder International, 295 Madison Ave., New York, NY; telephone (800) 223-5581 outside New York State.

A collection of Christmas cards, formed by Arthur Blair, of London, will be on display at the Stanley Gibbons Gallery, 399 Strand, London WC2, throughout the month of December.

The world's first Christmas card of 1843, Christmas Wishes from the Royal family, will also be shown. The exhibitor, Arthur Blair, started collecting Christmas cards 30 years ago when a rare Cole-Horsley card was seen in a window of a bookshop. This find was followed by a number of famous Kate Greenaway cards discovered in an antique shop.

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