Program Overview

The University of Oslo (UiO) is Norway's oldest institution for research and higher education, with 28,000 students. The university celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2011. UiO has 8 faculties, 2 museums and several centers. Located in the capital of Norway, the university sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. The city of Oslo is known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century. There is also the Holmenkollbakken, a ski-jumping hill with panoramic views of the fjord. Oslo offers convenient public transportation (buses, trams, trains, and metros), and short distances make it easy to get around by walking or biking. As the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals with a history that dates back more than 1,000 years and over 500,000 inhabitants, many of whom speak English, Oslo is a very pleasant place to study.

During this 6-week program, students can take up to 2 undergraduate level courses or 1 graduate level course. All subject-specific courses are taught in English, but there are Norwegian language courses available as well. There is also a social program with weekend excursions for international students.
Students can participate in one weekend excursion for free, and participate in others for an additional fee. Possible excursions include a trip to the South Coast, a weekend in Bergen, and hiking and white-water
rafting in Jotunheimen.

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 a program in which the University of Oregon and the partner universities exchange students on an ongoing basis. The number of places available to UO students varies based on the number of partner institution students coming to UO. If there are not enough exchange places available in a given year, then qualified applicants will be offered the opportunity to apply as a fee-paying study abroad student, or to apply for an alternate exchange program.

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

Students can take up to 2 undergraduate level courses or 1 graduate level course. Undergraduate and graduate courses cannot be combined. In addition, students can follow an optional afternoon seminar on Norwegian life and society open to all international students. Students will need to check the course schedule to see possible combinations of undergraduate courses.

At both the undergraduate and graduate level, there are courses in the following subject areas: art, architecture and design, gender equality, film, literature, political science, human rights, and peace studies. Norwegian language courses are only offered at the undergraduate level. UiO uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) which is a workload-based system for measuring and comparing study results. ECTS credits are transferred to the UO at the rate of 1 ECTS credit = .75 quarter credits. Please note that subject-specific courses at the undergraduate level are worth 10 ECTS and Norwegian language classes and graduate level classes are worth 15 ECTS.

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before selecting your courses.

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.

Housing Description

In their secondary application to UiO, students apply for both admission and housing at the same time. You must specify that you want housing on the UiO application. All students will stay in the on-campus Blindern Dormitory which is located right next to the Blindern campus. Most rooms are double rooms housing 2 students. Every two rooms share a shower and sink, and there are shared toilets at the end of every floor hall. Rooms are furnished with beds, a desk, chair, and table. Linens and bedding will be provided, but students must bring their own towel. Blindern Dormitory has WiFi in all areas. Refrigerators and microwaves are not available. The building does have a social lounge, a library room for studying, a music room, a laundry room with washers and dryers (no laundry detergent provided), gardens, a soccer field, and beach volleyball court.

Meals are included in the housing fee as long as students opt to live in Blindern Dormitory. They will receive a sticker on the back of their ID card which must be shown at every meal. All meals are served in the building's dining hall. The food served is typically Norwegian. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served during the weekdays. On weekends, only breakfast and dinner or served; students must find lunch on their own. If students opt to live off-campus, they must pay for all meals.

Application process

Applying for this summer 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.

Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. You 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 the courses you would like to take. 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. Please note that if you are applying to study Norwegian at the III or IV level, you will need to write your statement in Norwegian.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Summer20201/1/2020Late JuneLate July

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