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  Location   Oslo, Norway
  Autumn Semester / Academic Year
  Spring Semester
  Credits   20-25 UW credits per semester
  Eligibility   Junior standing or above by time of  
  departure; min. 3.0 GPA
  Language   Instruction in English
  Adviser   Mike Renes |
  Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year)
  Spring Semester priority deadline
  May 15 (Spring Semester)
  General   The University of Oslo is Norway's largest
  and oldest institution of higher education
  and is one the leading universities in 
  Where You Will Study
  Expenses, Financial Aid, & Scholarships
  Application Process
  Program Evaluations
  Visas This country is part of the Schengen area. Please click here to learn more about important rules and restrictions for foreign visitors to this area.


Where You Will Study

Oslo, the capital of Norway is located at the top of the 62 mile Oslo Fjord and is surrounded by sea, forest and mountains. You can reach many of the 40 islands in the Oslo Fjord by boat from downtown Oslo. The climate in Oslo is milder than the latitude suggests, and in the summer the temperature normally exceeds 70°F. Yet, the winters are cold enough to make Oslo a popular venue for skiing.

Oslo's many parks cover more than 4 square miles of the city. Over 50% of the city area is covered by forest and parks, and you find hundreds of lakes within the boundaries of the city. With public transport, you can quickly reach Oslomarka, the forested and hilly areas surrounding Oslo. Here you can go hiking, skiing, kayaking, camping, swimming, or travel on bicycle deeper into the forests surrounding the city.

As a student at the University of Oslo you will be living in a city that has all the benefits of a capital while never being more than a 15-minutes bus ride from the sea or the forests. Whether culture or nature, arts or sports is your scene, you will find it in Oslo!



This direct exchange is geared towards students who want to choose from a wide variety of courses taught in English and fully immerse themselves in the life and culture of Norwegian society and student life. The University of Oslo is Norway's largest and oldest institution of higher education and is one the leading universities in Scandinavia. It is known for offering an excellent academic environment that challenges students personally as well as intellectually. Participants need a high level of personal maturity and independence.

The University of Oslo is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. It was founded in 1811 as The Royal Frederick University and was modeled after the recently established University of Berlin. It received its current name in 1939.

The University of Oslo has eight faculties: Faculty of Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, and Education. With the exception of the Faculty of Law, all faculties, with the exception of Law and Medicine, are located on the Blindern campus in Oslo. There are some 800 courses and more than 40 master degree programs available in English at the University of Oslo. Exchange students must be admitted to a particular program (faculties) but will be allowed to take courses from other departments.

In general, Norwegian universities place a greater emphasis on independent learning than most undergraduate programs in the United States. Most Norwegian professors rely on the student's self-direction, research and study outside of the readings to guide the courses of their learning. Most grades are based on the exam at the end of the term and/or the student's final paper. Usually, there are no tests during the semester.

You can begin your search for courses right here:

University of Oslo course catalog

If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the course equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.

For more information on how these courses will appear on your UW transcript, please visit: credits for exchanges



Exchange students at the University of Oslo are guaranteed housing as long they apply before the specified deadlines. Housing is typically a single room that in a student residence with a shared kitchen and/or bathroom.


Program Expenses, Financial Aid & Scholarships

As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and IPE administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.

For the total estimated costs of this particular program, you may request a budget by filling out a Budget Request Form.

For more information about budgeting, financial aid, and scholarships for study abroad visit our page on Finances.


Application Process

To apply for this exchange, click the "Apply Now" button and follow the prompts to create an application. After you create your application, click on each of the links on your study abroad application homepage and complete the remaining application requirements: questionnaires, material submissions, and electronic signature documents.

University exchanges may also require completion of a secondary application specific to the host institution. Instructions about this process will be provided to you by your study abroad adviser following your selection for the exchange.

See  Applications and Recommendations for additional information about the application process and tips for recommendations.

See Withdrawal for UW program withdrawal policies.





Program Evaluations

After participating in a UW Study Abroad program, students are asked to complete a Program Evaluation Report detailing their experiences abroad and giving advice for future students. These reports cover all aspects of a student's time abroad, including orientation, academics, housing, finances, and cultural differences. 

To see past students' evaluations for the University of Oslo Direct Exchange program, click on the link below.

University of Oslo Exchange.pdf

Note: student names and contact information have been crossed off for confidentiality reasons. If you would like to get in contact with a previous participant of this program, please inquire at the Study Abroad Office or email