Exchange in Oslo

Exchange in Oslo — Academics

Program Structure

Program Type Enroll directly in classes at the Norwegian university; instruction in English by Norwegian faculty
Program Level Various levels
Courseload 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

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 overseas experience and apply what you've learned upon your return. The course assists you in marketing your study abroad experience for future goals, making you stand out from your peers upon return.

Benefits of Global Identity

No Additional Cost

Because integrated-study programs like Exchange programs provide less on-site support than other study abroad program models, Global Identity is offered at no additional cost (regular $200 tuition is waived for students on this program). Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you understand and articulate the skills you’re developing during your time abroad. Registration instructions will be emailed out via the Learning Abroad Center, or you can contact Ryan McCarthy for additional information.

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