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Exchange in Oslo

  1. Program Details

    Study at the University of Oslo and integrate into Norwegian life on this highly affordable exchange program.

    Location Oslo, Norway
    Term Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Housing Dormitory
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.75
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  2. About Exchange in Oslo

    With approximately 30,000 students, the University of Oslo is Norway’s largest and oldest university. Oslo is a vibrant city surrounded by fjords, lakes, and forests. It also has a mix of old and new architecture, museums, parks, and hills, and offers a variety of cultural, shopping, and sporting activities.

    Go to the At a Glance Comparison page to learn some quick facts about other Learning Abroad Center programs in Norway.

    Housing & Meals

    Semester students will live in the Kringsjå or Sogn Student Villages, located about two miles from campus, which house students from around the world. You will share a large kitchen with about five other students that includes a stove and refrigerator. Many past participants have taken the opportunity to cook dinners with other students, allowing you to meet other people and learn about other cultures.

    International Summer School students will live in on-campus housing with other international students and utilize the on-campus dining hall. 


    The International Education Office organizes various social acitivities throughout the semester. There are many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors while studying in Norway. Cross-country skiing, hiking, and swimming are all popular activities. Ski equipment is available for rental. You will also have access to the Recreational Complex.


    Students are responsible for booking their own roundtrip ticket once officially accepted into the program. Please reference arrival and departure dates provided host university and plan travel accordingly. 

    Learning Outcomes

    Students having participated in the Exchange in Oslo program will:

    • Develop a stronger sense of confidence by engaging in a highly independent study abroad program
    • Learn to appreciate diverse world views, accept complexity, and embrace ambiguity
    • Experience a new culturally specific academic system and incorporate different academic perspectives
    • Develop awareness of and challenge assumptions about Norwegian culture, their own culture, and how their culture is viewed by others
    • Learn to function as an effective team member by appreciating and interacting with individuals different from yourself

    Faculty & Staff

    The International Education Office provides onsite support during the time you are in Oslo. There are also international student advisers who help you settle in and adjust to life in Oslo.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  3. Program Structure

    Program Type Host University Study
    Program Level Various levels

    Students are required to maintain a minimum enrollment of 13 credits per semester or maintain the minimum credit enrollment determined by their study abroad program, whichever is greater.




    The University of Oslo offers more than 800 English-taught courses in a variety of disciplines and levels. There are courses in humanities, social sciences, mathematics, natural sciences, education, Norwegian language, and many more fields. 

    Undergraduate courses at the University of Oslo are offered at the 1000–3000 level. You should check the prerequisites of each course to make sure you have the adequate preparation. 4000 level courses are generally master's level courses, though they are occasionally open to undergraduates who have sufficient preparation in the subject area. 

    Each course at the University of Oslo is typically worth 10 ECTS credits, or 5 US semester credits. A typical courseload is usually 3 classes. You take a total of 30 ECTS credits, or 15 US semester credits, each semester.

    Grade & Credit Conversion Scale

    Learn about country-specific academic terminology and how to find host university course information

    Summer Courses

    The University of Oslo International Summer School offers a broad range of summer courses available to international students. 

    For more detailed course information, visit the University of Oslo's Summer School website.

    Major Advising Pages

    The University of Oslo offers coursework that has been identified as a strong curricular match for the following majors and populations:

    Global Identity

    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  4. University of Oslo Summer School

    The University of Oslo International Summer School offers a broad range of summer courses available to international students. During this 6-week summer program particiants have the option to take one or two courses and can add an optional Norwegian Life & Society course.

    Live in on-campus housing with other international students, meals provided in the on-campus dining hall. The cost of housing and meals are included in the program fee.  The summer program also includes many social and cultural events that all students are welcome to participate in.

    To review course options, click the link below:


    Norwegian Language Courses (multiple levels)

    Norwegian Architecture and Design

    This course aims to provide a theoretical overview of the key historical developments and on-going contemporary debates in Norwegian architecture and design.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Arts, Humanities core.  

    Norwegian History

    The course provides a survey of Norwegian history from the first migrations to Norway, through the Viking Period, the wars of the Dano-Norwegian Kindgom, absolutism in the 18th century, the rise of nationalism, World War II, and the welfare state.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Historical Perspectives core.  

    Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries

    The course gives an introduction to the Nordic context and an overview of how the concept and implementation of gender equality has developed and is currently practiced in the Nordic countries. 

    This class has been approved for UofM's Social Science core. 

    Trends in Scandinavian Film and TV

    This course will explore contemporary Scandinavian cinema with a focus on how this ‘new wave’ of modern films have been able to achieve global success. Overall, this course will provide a better understanding of the inner workings of these contemporary Scandinavian films. 

    This class has been approved for UofM's Arts, Humanities core.  

    Norwegian Literature

    The course explores select classic and contemporary plays, poems, short stories and novels by Norwegian authors.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Literature core. 

    The Norwegian Welfare State

    This course presents the historical background, the development and the present day challenges of the Norwegian welfare state.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Social Science core. 

    Scandinavian Government and Politics

    The course critically analyzes the Norwegian and Scandinavian political systems in a comparative perspective.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Social Science core. 

    International Politics

    The course offers an introduction to the academic study of international politics.

    This class has been approved for UofM's Social Science core. 

    Norwegian Life and Society*

    This seminar is an optional afternoon/evening lecture series open to all ISS students. Topics covered include Norwegian history, political system, welfare state, economy, environmental issues, gender issues and family, minority and immigration, media, education, literature, visual arts, music, religion and identity. The seminar can be combined with all other ISS courses, but can not be taken as a stand-alone course. Students can either take this full course, which is worth 5 credits, or they can simply audit without credit. 

    This class has been approved for UofM's Arts, Humanities core.  


    For more detailed program information, visit the University of Oslo's Summer School website.

  5. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Term Program Dates Application Deadline
    Academic year 2020-21 Early August–mid-June Feb 1, 2020
    Fall semester 2020 Early August–mid-December Feb 1, 2020
    Spring semester 2021 Early January–mid-June Sep 1, 2020
    Summer 2020 Jun 20, 2020  –  Jul 31, 2020 Feb 20, 2020

    Spaces on Exchange programs are limited, applicants are encouraged to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program. Because of these limited spaces, all applications will be reviewed together, after the application deadline.   

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

    Term Abroad Date/Time Location
    Fall 2020 and Academic Year 20-21 TBD TBD
  6. Fees for Exchange in Oslo

    Summer 2020

    Fall 2020

    Academic Year 2020-2021

    Spring 2020

    Students participating on exchanges are charged a program fee which is inclusive of University of Minnesota-Twin Cities tuition and fees, University of Minnesota Advising, Placement, Academic and Administrative Costs (APAAC) and international health insurance. The APAAC covers application processing, advising services, orientation, course registration, grade transfer and posting for resident credit as well as program billing and assistance with financial aid when applicable.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Students studying at the University of Oslo are eligible to apply for the Norwegian Centennial Travel Scholarships for Study Abroad. For more information about the scholarship, including application details and deadlines, visit the Norwegian Centennial Chair website

    The Oslo International Summer School offers five full-tuition awards annually.  The deadline to apply is February 1.  Other details about these awards are available on the ISS page.  

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  7. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Program Dates for term options
    Program Name Exchange in Oslo
    Track Name U of Oslo
    Country Norway


    University of Minnesota Student—apply

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.


    Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • University of Oslo Application
    • Proof of Financial Support
    • Application Essay—preference will be given to students who can clearly identify why the University of Oslo is a good academic match
    • Academic Recommendation (1)
    • Official Transcript
    • Passport Copy

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Next Steps

    1. Follow the instructions on your application checklist to submit all of the items. Your application is not considered complete until all items on your application checklist are either received or waived.
    2. Once your application is complete and you have been offficially nominated by the Learning Abroad Center you will be prompted via email to complete an application with the U of Oslo—make sure to follow instructions for both applications when they're sent to you. 
    3. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email from the host university. 


    Affiliate organizations and partner universities will not accept applications from UMTC students without the endorsement of the Learning Abroad Center. Students must participate in affiliate organization and partner university programs through the standard Learning Abroad Center application process.

    Application Review Process

    Exchange programs can be competitive. We are typically not able to place all students who apply. After the application deadline, a Learning Abroad Center selection committee will review applications and make endorsements. If an applicant is not selected this program, it will still be possible to apply to the University of Bergen, or the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Having flexibility is recommended, as well as having investigated other options abroad. 

    If nominated, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

    If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.

  8. All US passport holders on semester or academic year programs in Norway must apply for a residence permit. It is now required for all students to travel to Chicago to submit their materials, and to have biometric readings taken. You cannot start this process until you are officially accepted by the university in Norway, and have your acceptance letter. Below are the instructions, tips, and things to keep in mind for the application process.

    All questions about the residence permit application process should be directed to Travisa/VFS at or by calling 516.234.7789.

    If you are not a U.S. passport holder, contact the Honorary Consulate General Minneapolis and ask about your specific requirements. The staff at the honorary consulate can be reached at 612.332.3338 or

    Step by Step Instructions

    To apply for the residence permit, you must follow these steps in order:

    1. Log onto to submit your application and pay the application fee. Select to submit the online application with New York.  See the "Tips for Your Application" section below for specific information to include in your application.
    2. When step 1 is completed log onto the Travisa/VFS web site to book an appointment to submit your documents and biometry in Chicago (or one of the other drop-off sites in Houston, New York, San Francisco, or Washington DC).
    3. Go to your appointment to submit your documents and to have biometric readings taken. Remember to bring all documents listed in the online document list. Note: your acceptance letter from the university in Norway will serve as your full-time admission letter, proof of housing, and proof of suffiicient funds.

    Tips for Your Application

    Several of the items on the application can be confusing. Below are some tips that we have found helpful:

    • For your address in Norway, list one of the following:


    SiOsenteret Blindern
    Kristian Ottosens hus
    Problemveien 9
    0313 Oslo


    Parkveien 1 
    5007 Bergen


    Studentsamskipnaden i Ås, SiÅs Housing
    Fredrik A. Dahls vei 9
    1432 Ås

    • Main Education Level: List first stage of tertiary (14th-17th)
    • Year (completed education): List the date you completed high school
    • Criminal offenses: List anything that required an appearance in court
    • Where do you want to receive the response? List Norway
    • Which type of permit should you apply for? "Utdanning, ordinær student" (= Education, regular student)
    • School fees each semester: leave blank
    • Organization that arranged your studies in Norway: leave blank
    • Part of the application will reference the Schengen Area. The list of those countries can be found here:

    Keep in Mind

    • Applications require approximately 2 months to be processed, so start the process as soon as you receive official notification of acceptance from the university in Norway.
    • You will start the application process before departing for Norway but will most likely not receive your residence permit until you actually arrive in Norway. At your orientation in Norway, they will cover the process for going to the local government office to complete your residence permit process. 
    • Keep a copy of your residence permit application materials for your records and bring it with you to Norway.
  9. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Cathy Huber or call at 612.624.9016.

  10. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of additional students who participated in past program sessions. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.
    • Surbhi S - Biology, Honors Program; University of Oslo, Fall 2019
    • Alex M - Management Information major; University of Bergen, Spring 2018
    • Nicole P - Sociology & Religious Studies major; University of Bergen, Fall 2017
    • Zach J - Geography major; University of Bergen, Fall 2017
    • Greta R - Plant Science major; Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Spring 2018
Visa Information

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.