University of Oregon

University of Oslo Exchange

Program Overview

Enroll directly in courses taught at the University of Oslo in Norway (UiO). Oslo offers courses in medieval studies, journalism, musicology, molecular biology, development studies, human rights, astrophysics, Sanskrit, and special education. Norway's dynamic capital city, Oslo, is the perfect combination of big-city benefits and small-town civility, with ample cultural, historical, and other amenities. Each year, the Nobel Institute in Oslo awards the coveted Nobel Peace Prize, and half a dozen other similar centers and institutions (such as the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights) call Oslo their home.

The University of Oslo (UiO) is Norway’s oldest and largest university. The main campus, Blindern, is located at the northwestern edge of Oslo and offers a wide range of student activities, facilities and services.

Academic Details

You may study in Norway for one semester, an academic year, and/or during a six-week intensive summer school. If you have less than two years of training in Norwegian, you may select from a wide variety of courses taught in English, and enroll in a Norwegian language course. If you have taken two or more years of Norwegian (or equivalent) prior to the program, you may, depending on your language ability and the availability of courses, take one or more courses taught in Norwegian. The program offers a full range of courses in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. All courses numbered 4000 and above are graduate-level. If you are a graduate student, you must apply for approval from the Graduate School.

The Oslo International Summer School (ISS)
You are also eligible to participate in the six-week ISS program. The program for undergraduates offers a wide variety of coursework in areas such as political science, women's and gender studies, history, and Norwegian language and culture. If you are a graduate student, you may take courses in special education, peace studies, international development studies, media/film studies, sustainable energy planning, and international community health. For more information, see the ISS website. You must apply directly to Global Education Oregon by our published deadlines, in the same way that other Oslo program applicants apply.

For further information about courses, please visit: English-language website.

Housing Description

You will be provided a room in one of the student residence halls located in various parts of the city. Krinsjå is the main and recommended unit for international students. Rooms are generally single occupancy, and most have either a private bath or are shared with one other student. Kitchens and common rooms are shared with five to seven other students in the flat and often serve as a built-in social gathering place. All residential sites are within a short train or bus commute to the Blindern campus. Private housing in (shared) apartments or rented rooms is difficult to find in Oslo. You are strongly advised to at least begin with a residence hall room arranged by the UiO.

Application Process

Selection for the program is based on a review of your written application, transcripts, recommendations and completion of the interview process. If you have studied Norwegian language, you will need a language proficiency evaluation by a UO instructor of Norwegian. After the initial application is complete, you will later fill out an application for the exchange university. 

Graduate Students:
In addition to the process described above, you must also complete the Graduate Enrollment in UO-Sponsored Study Abroad Programs form. This form requires that you obtain pre-authorization for your program from your adviser, department head and the Graduate School.


Apply here for the University of Oslo Exchange.

Summer Program
Apply here for the Oslo International Summer School.

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Additional Requirements

  • You are strongly encouraged to complete one year of Norwegian at the University of Oregon before joining this program. If you want to study subjects taught in Norwegian, it is recommended that you complete a minimum of two years of language (with average grades of B or better) before going to Oslo.
  • 3.25 or above GPA if you are a graduate student

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineExtended DeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Academic Year2017-1802/01/2017N/AMid-AugustMid-June
Fall 201702/01/2017N/AMid-AugustLate-December
Spring Semester201805/15/2017N/AEarly-JanuaryMid-June

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.