|Academic Term||Summer Quarter|
|Estimated Program Fee||$3,490|
|Credits||12 - 15 UW credits (16 - 25 ECTS)|
|Prerequisites||Sophomore standing or above by time of departure; minimum 2.75 GPA|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||February 1|
|General||The University of Oslo is Norway's largest and oldest institution of higher education and is one of the leading universities in Scandinavia. As part of this program, students have the opportunity to learn about the Norwegian culture and society and partake in a range of local excursions in the Oslo Area.|
The International Summer School (ISS), a part of the University of Oslo, offers a selection of six-week graduate and undergraduate courses every summer, welcoming over 550 students from nearly 100 countries from late June to early August. The ISS is a learning community of diverse students who come together to learn, network and increase understanding and good will between nations. This requires friendliness, frankness and tolerance among all involved.
The ISS is an academic center for learning in an international context, and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. It aims at developing and conveying knowledge and at promoting understanding between people from different cultures. This dual purpose is reflected in the ISS motto: "Six Weeks of Academic Achievement and International Good Will".
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 the temperature in summer 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!
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of Sophomore standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or above.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 12 - 15 UW credits per quarter. How our office will determine the amount is through our Credit Conversion Scale for the program.
If you would like some assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our Program Assistants here.
Undergraduate courses at the ISS range from Intensive Elementary Norwegian to International Politics and Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries. Graduate courses in Human Rights, Peace Research and Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development are available to qualified students as well. All courses, with the exception of the Norwegian Language courses are taught in English.
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
Students are housed at the Blindern Dormitory, a privately owned dormitory located on the edge of the University's Blindern Campus. Accommodations are furnished double occupancy rooms with desks, single beds, dressers, tables, chairs and a telephone. Meals are included on the On-campus housing option.
Students can learn more about their accommodations by visiting University of Oslo housing.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
Estimated Program Fee: $3,490
Included in the program fee:
- $350 Study Abroad Fee
- Program activities and program travel
- Airfare (average price subject to when and where your buy your ticket - $1200)
- Food (about $20/day)
- UW Student Abroad Insurance ($1.74/day)
- Other health expenses/immunizations
- Personal spending money
Payment Due Date: Summer Tuition Payment Deadline
The Study Abroad fees will be posted to your MyUW student account and can be paid the same way that you pay tuition and other fees. Check your MyUW Account periodically for due dates. Students must pay the course-related fees directly through the Keio University Summer program application.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.