|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|Credits||20 - 25 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
|Language||Instruction in English|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||January 15 (Autumn Semester / 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 of the leading universities in Scandinavia. As part of this exchange, students can select from a wide variety of courses.|
The University of Oslo has eight faculties: Faculty of Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences, and Education. With the exception of the Faculty of Law and Medicine, all faculties 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. Although exchange students can take courses offered in any of the faculties, they must be admitted to a particular program (faculties) before they can register for courses.
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 junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
In terms of language requirements, the University of Oslo offers courses in both English and Norwegian. For students taking courses in English, they may be required to display an appropriate level of English language skills before they are accepted. For students taking courses in Norwegian, the university will offer a placement to determine the student's level of fluency in Norwegian. The student's Norwegian language skills will determine what courses will be available to them. More information on language requirements can be found here.
Credits and Conversion Scale
You will approx. receive 20 - 25 UW credits per semester. 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.
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.
Students can begin their 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 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.
As an exchange student on this program, you are responsible for finding your own accommodations. This gives you the freedom to choose whatever housing is most appropriate to your level of comfort and your budget.
To begin your housing search, we recommend visiting the University of Oslo Housing website. On this website, you will find information about the housing application, housing FAQ's, a list of housing options, price overviews, as well as other tips, rules, and regulations.
University Accommodations: You will be guaranteed housing as long as you apply before the specified deadlines. Housing is typically offered in a single room in a student residence, with a shared kitchen and/or bathroom. All rooms are furnished with a bed, closet, desk, chair, bookshelf, and table.
Private Accommodations: You can also find your own accommodations if you prefer. University of Oslo Housing Office has many tips to help you find housing on the private market. We strongly recommend that you begin searching for housing at least 2-3 months prior to your arrival as finding a room after arrival is not common and housing options may be limited!
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.
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 UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- 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 $700 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.