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. Application to the Oslo International Summer School can be found here.
Scholarship opportunity: Students applying for the University of Oslo Exchange program are eligible to apply for the Harsvik Family Scholarship for Study in Norway. Up to two $600-$800 scholarships are available for students accepted for participation. The GEO Scholarship Committee will review applications and select the recipients. Selection is based on academic merit, financial need, and a well-completed application. For more information, visit out scholarships webpage.