Program Overview

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at the University of Oslo (UiO) for one semester, an academic year, and/or during a six-week intensive summer school. 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. 

Oslo has three strategic interdisciplinary research areas: Life Science, Energy, and Nordic studies. As a student at UiO you will learn from the best academic staff the country has to offer and be a part of a modern research-intensive university where opportunities are abundant. Expect fellow students who are highly motivated and engaged, and who will become part of your social and professional network for life. 

UiO’s original campus is located in the city center, adjacent to the Royal Palace and the Parliament. The main campus of Blindern, just minutes by subway, tram, or bicycle from the heart of Oslo, offers proximity to the forests and hills surrounding the city and affords wonderful views of the Oslo Fjord. 
 
Each semester, there are cultural and social activities specially arranged for international students such as visits to museums, art galleries, film nights, cross country skiing courses, and weekend trips at student cabins. Every Friday at 4:00 pm, international and Norwegian students are invited for international coffee hour. There are also over 200 student societies at the University of Oslo. 
 
The student health center has general practitioners, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologist and dentists ready to see patients on an appointment basis and deal with emergencies. Students who are going to stay in Norway for more than 6 months, and are registered in the National Registry, will be assigned a General Practitioner. UiO also offers a counselling center, a variety of sport activities under the supervision of fully qualified instructors, in both indoor and outdoor facilities. The student union operates around 50 on-campus restaurants and cafés with a varied selection of menus, including vegetarian and halal food. Prices are student friendly. 
Exchange students are introduced to a buddy at the beginning of the semester. By joining a Buddy group and attending social events on campus you will quickly get to know your fellow students!  You will also find more than 250 student associations to cater for most interests, whether you enjoy sports, music, or economics.  
 
Oslo, the capital of the kingdom of Norway, is surrounded by Oslo fjords, green hills and forest. Oslo is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals and its history goes back more than 1000 years. Oslo is a pleasant city with over 500,000 inhabitants. The city is characterized by a mix of old and new architecture, parks, hills, museums, monuments, lakes, forests and fjords.  It is a vibrant city, excellent for cultural and sports activities, dining, and exciting nightlife. As most Norwegians speak English, it is easy to find one’s way around.  
 
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. 
All ISS students are invited to one weekend excursion free of charge. There is also an excursion to Bergen, which is offered for an additional fee. 

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

What is an Exchange?

This is an exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at a UO partner university. Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and on-site student support services such as academic advising, health & counselling services may vary. 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.

NOTE: The host university has its own credit and grading system. The transcripts provided by the host institution will be converted by the UO Registrar’s Office based on established standards of conversion. Exchange applicants should meet with a GEO advisor to discuss program details.

Academic Details

The academic year is divided in two semesters. The autumn semester (semester 1) runs from mid-August to mid-December. The spring semester (semester 2) starts in early January and ends in mid-June.  If you have less than two years of training in Norwegian, you may select from more than 800 courses taught in English, and enroll in a Norwegian language course. If you have taken two or more years of Norwegian 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 University also offers a broad range of Scandinavian Studies courses. Classes range from humanities, law, social sciences, theology, mathematics and natural sciences, education, medicine, dentistry, and other areas. 

For most courses, lectures form the main teaching framework. Lectures provide a guide to the subject matter and set out the foundations on which you are expected to build. Tutorials consist of a small group of students and provide opportunities to develop themes and discuss problems, usually through written work. You may find that you have fewer hours of direct teaching. In such cases, you will be expected to study in the library, work through the course reading list and demonstrate your learning in essays and exams. It is important to establish a good working routine so that you use time effectively. 

Oslo uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) which is a workload-based system for measuring and comparing study results. UiO courses vary from 5-20 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are transferred to the UO at the rate of 1 ECTS credit = .75 quarter credits. A full-time student takes courses worth 30 ECTS credits per semester. 

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to the University of Oslo.

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 a bath 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. Student housing is operated by The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus (SiO).  
 
Summer housing: You apply for housing and admission in the same operation. Most ISS students stay at the Blindern Dormitory. At Blindern you will find a small study hall with a library, a music room, a small gym and a volleyball court. All meals are served at Blindern Dormitory for all on-campus students. 

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to UiO. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year. 
 
Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for UiO. This typically includes an online application for UiO, and providing documents such as your transcript, an academic reference, copy of passport, and your study plan at UiO. You will also be asked to write a personal statement of around 500 words explaining your motivation to study at the University of Oslo and provide any additional information which you feel may support your application. 

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester20182/1/2018Mid-AugustLate December
Spring Semester20192/1/2018Early JanuaryMid-June
Academic Year2018-192/1/2018Mid-AugustMid-June

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.