INTERNATIONAL STUDIES & STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS IN NORWAY
Norway has 38 state run institutions of higher education and a number of private institutions. The Norwegian institutions of higher education can be divided into two sectors: the University sector and the College sector.
The universities carry out research and offer university-level instruction at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels, leading to academic degrees. They provide research-based education which combines scholastic breadth and high educational standards within a full range of disciplines. The universities also have special responsibility for graduate and research training and for basic research.
The colleges offer programs lasting from 1 to 4 years. Most programs are profession-specific, their graduates becoming professional or para-professional personnel in areas such as teaching, engineering, social work, health services, administration, economics, librarianship, journalism, etc. The state colleges, too, are involved in extensive research and development work, and most undergraduate programs offered by state colleges can easily be transferred to undergraduate degree programs at universities.
Foreign students are admitted to universities and other institutions of higher education in Norway mainly through international programs and bilateral agreements with comparable institutions abroad.
The course offerings listed below may change some as universities and departments may choose to vary their international menu from year to year. No tuition fees are charged at any of the Norwegian universities, except special programs and private and specialized schools. At all public institutions in Norway, higher education is free for international students as well as for Norwegian nationals.
I.) University of Oslo (UiO)
UiO is located in the heart of Norway’s capital and is the country’s largest and oldest institution of higher education with approximately 32,000 students and 4,500 employees. UiO offers several programs and degrees taught in English, and thus, it attracts many international students each year.
The International Summer School (ISS) is an academic center and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. Every summer from late June to early August it welcomes some 500 students from all over the world to its wide variety of graduate and undergraduate courses, mostly within the liberal arts and social sciences. Application deadline is February 1st.
The Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2004 provides post-graduate courses covering various disciplines within social science, such as sociology, human geography, political science, economics, education, social anthropology, technology and innovation studies. Deadline for application is May 1, 2004. Application forms are available in January/February 2004, and the processing of applications will be finished by the middle of June 2004.
The Scandinavian Studies department at the University of Oslo offers a number of classes taught in English, including Norwegian for international students, Runology, Norwegian Life and Society, and Old Norse Literature. For more information, please see http://www.hf.uio.no/iln/english/
Scandinavian Urban Studies Term (SUST)
The SUST program offers US students who have completed their freshman year the opportunity to examine issues facing industrialized welfare states and social democracies in Scandinavia. The program comprises four required courses: "Urbanization and Sustainable Development", "Scandinavia in the World", "Scandinavian Art and Literature: Perspectives on Social Change", and "Norwegian Language" or an Independent Study Project. Each of the courses includes a strong field component, moving beyond the classroom to explore real-life issues through interviews, community activities and field research. Weekend home stays in and outside Oslo provide a rich cross-cultural experience. For more information, please also see http://www.uio.no/english/ects/general/spec-stud-progr.html
Master degree programs taught in English at UiO
Master of Philosophy in Contextual Theology
Master of Arts in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights
Master of Arts in Maritime Law
Master of Law in Informatics and Communication Technology Law
Master of Philosophy in Media Studies
Master of Philosophy in Tibetan and Buddhist Studies
Master of Philosophy in Nordic Viking and Medieval Studies
Master of Philosophy in International Community Health
Master of Science in Dentistry
Master of Science in Environmental and Development Economics
Master of Philosophy in Development Geography
Master of Arts in Education in Society, Science and Technology
Master of Philosophy in International and Comparative Education
Master of Philosophy in Special Needs Education
International students may apply for admission to the regular degree studies , undergraduate and graduate studies, taught in Norwegian. Admitted students who are not fluent in Norwegian must take the university's one year language program while a place is reserved for them at their chosen faculty. All tuition at the University of Oslo is provided free of charge including classes in Norwegian as a second language.
II.) University of Bergen (UiB)
UiB is a medium sized European university with most of its premises concentrated in the heart of Bergen. UiB has 7 faculties with about 17,000 students and 2,500 faculty and staff. In addition to research and education in the traditional university disciplines, the academic profile of the university has two major foci: Marine Research and Cooperation with Developing Countries.
Courses and programs for international students:
Norwegian language for foreign students (autumn and spring terms)
Scandinavian Area Studies
This course of study includes classes in: Introduction to Scandinavian Area Studies, Communication Studies (spring), Anthropology of Scandinavia (autumn), Scandinavian Literature – 19th Century (autumn), Scandinavian Literature – 20th Century (spring), Scandinavian Politics Part 1 (autumn and spring), Scandinavian Politics Part 2 (autumn and spring), Scandinavian Sociology (spring), and Geography (autumn and spring).
Faculty of Arts offers courses in Examen philosophicum, Ethics and research policy, Philosophy and Literature, English Language A and B, American Literature and Culture, Semester Paper in History, and Norwegian History in English.
Faculty of Law offers courses in EU and EEA Procurement Law (fall term), Current International Refugee Law and Issues (spring term), Legal Philosophy (fall term), American Law and Legal System (spring term), and Comparative Company Law.
Faculty of Social Sciences offers courses in Geographical Information Systems I & II, Human Geography III, Human Geography field course, Environmental Geography field course, Economic and Social Change in Developing Countries, Global Business Environment, Business Location Decisions, Comparative Politics, Environmental and Resource Economics I and II (graduate level), Development Economics, and Master of Philosophy courses.
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
(For details on the multiple classes offered, please visit the faculty's web pages ). Courses are offered at the Department of Chemistry, Department of Physics, Institute of Solid Earth Physics, and Institute of Biology.
Master degree programs taught in English at UiB
Master of Philosophy in Archaeology
Master of Philosophy in Botany
Master of Philosophy in Chemistry (Bio-physical, In-organic, Physical and Organic Structural, Quantum)
Master of Philosophy in Dentistry (+ Post-graduate training)
Master of Philosophy in English
Master of Philosophy in Gender and Development
Master of Philosophy in German
Master of Philosophy in Health Promotion
Master of Philosophy in Health Sciences
Master of Philosophy in History
Master of Philosophy in Informatics
Master of Philosophy in Mathematics / Statistics
Master of Philosophy in Physics (Theoretical Atomic, Nuclear, Particle)
Master of Philosophy in Public Administration and Organization Theory
Master of Philosophy in Screen writing
Master of Philosophy in Social Anthropology
Master of Philosophy in Solid Earth Physics
Master of Philosophy in Spanish and Latin American Studies
Graduate Program (MPhil/PhD) in System Dynamics
Master of Philosophy in Zoology / Zoology Ecology / Plant-Animal interactions)
More information for prospective exchange students at http://www.uib.no/education
III.) Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
NTNU was established in 1996 as several independent universities were merged: University of Trondheim, the Norwegian Institute of Technology, the College of Arts and Science, and the Museum of Natural History and Archaeology. NTNU is located in Trondheim and is Norway’s second largest institution for higher learning with about 19,000 students and 3,100 employees.
Master degree programs taught in English at the NTNU
Master of Science in Hydropower Development
Master of Science in Marine Technology (no admission in year 2002)
Master of Science in Mathematics
Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering
Master of Science in Petroleum Geoscience
Master of Science in Physics
Master of Science in Urban Ecological Planning
Master of Philosophy in Linguistics
Master of Philosophy in Social Change
Master of Philosophy in English Language and Linguistics (no admission in year 2002)
Doctoral programs offered at NTNU:
Dr.Polit. (Social Sciences)
Dr.Art. (Arts/ Humanities)
Dr.Scient. (Natural Sciences)
All doctoral programs at NTNU entail 3 years of full-time studies, and are considered to be equivalent to a PhD degree in other countries. Applications may be submitted any time of the year. NTNU also offers intensive Norwegian language courses for exchange students in the summertime.
IV.) University of Tromsø (UiT)
UiT is the world’s northernmost university. It has 6 faculties, 5 centers, one museum and one library. UiT has about 6,000 students and 1,800 employees, of which 960 are academic staff.
Courses taught in English
Master degree programs taught in English
Master of Philosophy in Visual Anthropology
Master of Science in International Fisheries Management
Master of Philosophy in Physics
Master of Philosophy in Biology, Ecology / Zoology
Master of Philosophy in Biology, Plant Physiology and Microbiology
Master of Philosophy in Medical Biology
Master of Philosophy in Linguistics
Master of Philosophy in Finnish
Master of Philosophy in English Linguistics
V.) The University Courses on Svalbard (UNIS)
The University Courses on Svalbard (UNIS) is a private foundation established by the Norwegian government and owned by Norway's four universities. The objective of the foundation is to offer university-level courses and to perform research relevant to Svalbard's geographical location in the high arctic.
UNIS is located in Longyearbyen. It came into operation in autumn 1993, when its first 23 students started courses in Arctic Geology and Arctic Geophysics. The Arctic Technology programme was initially introduced in the autumn of 1996. UNIS reached its intended size of some 100 students and about 35 different courses during 1996. In 2000 some 240 students were pursuing about 35 different courses. The study programmes are announced internationally, and up to half of our students are recruited from abroad. The instruction is given in English.
UNIS offers four undergraduate programmes: Arctic Biology (AB), Arctic Geology (AG), Arctic Geophysics (AGF) and Arctic Technology (AT). These programmes are offered to undergraduate students; i.e. students who have studied 1.5 to 3 years at university level.
Graduate level courses
Graduate level courses are generally series 300 courses, although some series 200 courses in Geophysics are also held at graduate level
INSTITUTIONS WITH SCIENTIFIC/PROFESSIONAL DEGREE PROGRAMS
VI.) Oslo School of Architecture (AHO)
AHO teaches architecture and industrial design. Subjects range from city and regional planning to architectural elements and industrial items produced commercially. Information on website is only in Norwegian, as is most of their instruction , with one exception:
Master of Arts In Urbanism
The MA program in Urbanism is designed for Norwegian and foreign students. The program is taught partly in Norwegian and partly in English and has an international focus which prepares the students to enter an international architectural work environment upon completion.
VII.) Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)
The Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH) is Norway’s leading teaching and research institution in the field of economics and business administration. Located in Bergen.
Master program in International Business
The Master program in International Business (MIB program) at NHH is a one and a half year program taught entirely in English. The MIB program is designed to provide the analytical and managerial skills necessary to succeed in international organizations. Exchange students can join the program for 1 or 2 semesters.
VIII.) Norwegian College of Sport and Physical Education (NIH)
NIH has the national responsibility for conducting research at all levels in sports and physical education, and for maintaining the research library and museums containing scientific collections and exhibitions. Norwegian is the language of instruction at NIH, and therefore it is necessary for regular students to have a good command of the language. However, English is easily understood by most of the University’s personnel and students, and in many cases it is possible to write exams in English. NIH offers courses in Sports Psychology for foreign students. Located in Oslo.
IX.) Agricultural Collegey of Norway (NLH)
NLH was established in 1859 and comprises today 12 departments. Its main emphasis is on planning for tomorrow’s agriculture, protecting the natural environment, using technology in agriculture, food quality, and fish farming. NLH is the only university of its kind in Norway. The 5-year curriculum is oriented to Norwegian conditions. As a guest or exchange student, there is a one-year time limit, and the training does not constitute admission to any regular degree program. Located 30 km outside Oslo.
Master of Science programs taught in English
Development and Resource Economics
Feed Manufacturing Technology
Management of Natural Resources and Sustainable Agriculture
Doctorial programs (Instruction is provided in Norwegian or English)
X.) Norwegian State Academy in Music (NMH)
NMH was established in 1973 and is Norway’s primary school of higher education in music. Located in Oslo. The Academy does not offer any programs in English.
XI.) Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH)
The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science (NVH) educates highly qualified veterinarians and veterinary nurses who satisfy professional and ethical standards, both nationally and internationally. Located in Oslo. The School does not offer any programs in English.
XII.) BI Norwegian School of Managment
BI is one of Oslo’s business and marketing Schools that offers several courses in English, both on Graduate and Undregraduate level:
Bachelor of Science in Business (BScB) 3 years
Master of Science (MSc) 2 years
Master of Business Administration (MBA) 1 year
Both Norwegian and International students are recruted for these courses.
PUBLIC UNIVERSITY COLLEGES
XIII.) University of Agder
Agder University College is located in the southern part of Norway. With more that 6000 students and 600 teaching and administrative staff, guest students from more than 20 countries and a large number of foreign guest lecturers, this is one of the largest and most internationally oriented colleges in Norway.
For foreign students: a number of courses in Business Administration, Political Science / Public Administration, Information Technology / Information Systems, European Integration (summer semester).
XIV.) Bergen University College
Bergen University College is one of the 26 state colleges in Norway and has 5000 students and a staff of 500. Bergen is a University City and our students are part of the city's extended student community. Bergen University College has 3 faculties, each with a wide variety of study programs. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XV.) University of Nordland
University of Nordland, located north of Trondheim, is Norway's largest regional university. Among its 6 faculties, the University offers around 80 study programs, professional studies, undergraduate studies, and the highest pre-doctoral degree of the country. As a student you may tailor your combination of study programs to suit your special educational needs, and a number of the studies lend themselves willingly to combinations with studies at other universities. Norwegian is the main language of instruction at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Some studies and courses, however, are being conducted in English, and part of the compulsory reading at graduate level will be in English.
XVI.) Buskerud University College
Buskerud University College is a medium size Norwegian college with 2,000 full time students and 1,500 part time students. The college offers several degree programmes, professional programmes and a large number of credit courses in various fields.
For foreign students: Master of Science in Computer Science
XVII.) Finnmark University College
Finnmark University College is situated at the top of Europe and offers a modern learning environment in new facilities, the best in modern equipment, academically skilled teachers, and last but not least, a very active body of students.
XVIII.) Gjøvik University College
Gjøvik University College has approximately 1400 students and 200 teaching and administrative staff. It was established in 1994 as part of the national reorganization of higher education and consists of three former education institutions within engineering, forestry and nursing education. The college is beautifully situated on the western slopes of Lake Mjøsa, Norway's biggest lake. The language of instruction is Norwegian, and foreign students must have a satisfactory command of the Norwegian language (a score of at least 450 points on the Bergen Language Test). No special programs in English for foreign students.
For foreign students: Starting January 2003 some courses in Computer Science will be offered in English.
XIX.) Harstad University College
Harstad College was established in 1983 and offers 17 different programs. It is a college of approximately 1,100 students and a staff of 90. The city of Harstad is located near the Lofoten Islands and in the summertime the midnight sun keeps the city lit up all day and night. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XX.) Hedmark University College
Hedmark University College is a state college with around 3 800 students and around 375 staff spread across 6 centres of learning. The university collaborates with institutions all over the world. Its co-operation with colleges and universities in the USA has been going on for about 20 years.
For foreign students: Summer course in Norwegian Nature. Language and Culture
XXI.) Lillehammer University College
Lillehammer College has a clear academic profile, with long traditions as an avant-guard institution. We offer traditional university disciplines, as well as professional and vocational studies. Problem-solving, group work and project work are characteristics the College has maintained, as it at the same time embraces the age of digitalised telecommunications. Applicants who do not have Norwegian or another Scandinavian language as their first language must demonstrate a satisfactory knowledge of Norwegian. The College comprises three faculties in addition to the Norwegian Film School. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXII.) Molde University College
The college has approximately 1500 students, divided between 27 branches of studies. There are 4 institutes at Molde University College.
For foreign students: semester programs in English in Transportation and Logistics, Management and Logistics, Informatics, Nursing, Political Science, Aquaculture
Master degree in European Logistics, Transport and Distribution
XXIII.)Narvik University College
Narvik College has 1100 students and a range of study programs divided between 2 faculties, technology/engineering and nursing. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXIV.) Nesna University College
This college, which is located north in Norway, was founded in 1918 as a Teachers College to improve the level of education among people in the Helgeland region. Nesna University College is an institution for both teaching and research and has currently about 1300 full-time and part-time students, as well as 136 staff members (teachers and administrative staff).
For foreign students: an undergraduate exchange program from April 20 – May 18, 2002. The program is equivalent of 6 ECTS credits (2 Norwegian credits). The course is being taught in English and is titled "Studies of Arctic Nature and Ecology" and includes field studies, project work, and documentation by multimedia.
XXV.) Nord-Trøndelag University College
Nord-Trøndelag University College is situated in a northern province and has approximately 3000 students and 300 employees. The main areas of study are engineering, education, health care, environmental studies, social sciences and information technology. Nord-Trøndelag University College co-operates with a range of overseas educational institutions, including Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Minnesota in the US. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXVI.) Oslo and Akershus University College
Oslo and Akershus University College is located in an urban environment in the center of Oslo and was established in 1994 when the Norwegian college system was restructured and 18 smaller colleges in the Oslo area merged. The University College has seven faculties and offers more than 20 undergraduate degree programs, as well as independent courses and continuing education in many fields. The college has more than 8,000 students and 800 staff members. With the broad range of subjects offered, it is the most popular state college in Norway.
For foreign students: Only the one-year specialisation in International Business is taught in English.
XXVII.) Saami University College
Saami University College is one of the 26 state colleges for higher education in Norway and was established to cover the needs of higher education and research of the saami society, and to strengthen saami professional qualifications in various fields. The college has a responsibility for saami higher education in general, and especially for teacher training.
The Saami College requires the usual qualifications for admission to higher education institutions. In addition to these, we require fluency in the saami language for admission to most of our studies. Students who are not fluent in the saami language may be recommended preparatory language courses. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXVIII.) Sogn and Fjordane University College
The college is a medium sized school with approximately 2,500 students, 230 faculty and staff members, and 6 faculties. As a rule, the language of instruction is Norwegian, and for regular degree students a good knowledge of Norwegian is essential.
For foreign students: "From Mountain to Fjord" (one-semester course in Geology and Ecology of Western Norway) taught in English.
XXIX.) Stord/Haugesund University College
Stord/Haugesund University College was established in 1994 as part of an extensive reform of the Norwegian college system. 5 departments, that were previously separate colleges with responsibility for such diversified training programs as initial teacher training, nurse training and engineer training, are now merged to one college. The college is located in two geographical areas: the island of Stord, part of a large island and fjord district, and the medium-sized city of Haugesund immediately south of Stord. The island of Stord is connected to the main-land by underwater tunnel and bridges. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXX.) Stavanger University College
Stavanger University College, established August 1, 1994, is one the largest and most influential colleges in Norway. Every day more than 6000 students and 600 faculty and administrative staff find their way to Ullandhaug for their daily work. Stavanger University College consists of seven schools and two research centres. Study programmes include health and social work education, language, history, science and technology, music, hotel and tourism, economics, cultural and social studies, media and communication.
For foreign students: Together with the University of Paisley in Scotland and the Business Colleges of Sonderborg (South) and Århus in Denmark, the Institute of Economics and Management offers a three year course leading to the qualification of Cand. Merc./Master's Degree. Students with the basic two or three year course in economics and management are eligible to apply. The first two years of the Master's Programme is completed in Stavanger and covers additional courses in innovation and production management. The third year is spent at one of the institutions mentioned above. A dissertation must be written in consultation with the institution awarding the degree.
XXXI.) Sør-Trøndelag University College
Sør-Trøndelag College has 5600 students and a whole range of study programs divided between 5 faculties. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXXI.) Telemark University CollegeTelemark University College (4300 full time students and over 400 faculty and staff. It offers a broad range of studies; one-semester courses, two and three-semester degrees in academic disciplines, three and four-year professional degrees, and five and six-year Masters degrees and Doctorate programs (some of these in cooperation with other universities). In addition, Telemark University College offers a wide variety of continuing education and refresher courses. Norwegian is the language of instruction in the majority of courses.
For foreign students: "Scandinavian Studies" which is a one-semester academic program taught in English. The program is for undergraduates who are interested in a Scandinavian perspective. It is offered each fall semester and consists of courses in cultural studies, environmental studies and Norwegian language.
XXXIV.) Vestfold University College
Vestfold University College is one of the medium-sized colleges in Norway with 2300 full-time students, an academic staff of 154, and a technical and administrative staff of 76. The college offers undergraduate level programs and courses. Most of its activities are concerned with the professional educations and add-on courses to these educations, but they also offer courses in a number of subjects that can form a foundation for further universities studies. All programs are taught in Norwegian. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXXV.) Volda University College
The college is situated in Volda, one of the college towns on the west coast of Norway, half way between Bergen and Trondheim, and is one of the medium-sized colleges in Norway with 2200 students and 4 faculties.
For foreign students: The college offers a course specially designed for foreigners who plan to study at Norwegian institutions. This course, Norwegian for foreign students, is tailored to the needs of English-speaking students and includes learning of Norwegian language and society.
XXXVI.) Østfold University College
Østfold University College is off the beaten path, yet close to Oslo, capital of Norway, and to the Swedish city of Gothenburg. It is situated in a county renowned for its beauty and its many sights, from ancient rock carvings and barrows to avante-garde art galleries, as well as for opportunities for outdoors activities such as canoe trips on the many lakes and rivers. The college offers a broad range of studies and programs of professional degrees in Engineering, Education, and Nursing, to university level studies ranging from one year courses in Modern Languages, Economics or Political Science to a Master`s degree in Business German. The School of Business, Foreign Languages, and Social Sciences in Halden is The Norwegian National Resource Center for Business Languages.
For foreign students.
XXXVII.) Ålesund University College
Ålesund College is the result of a merger between the College of Marine Studies, Møre and Romsdal College of Engineering and Ålesund College of Nursing. There are approximately 1200 students, 140 academic and administrative staff members and 3 departments. As much of the required reading for courses is English, non-native English speakers on full time courses must document their proficiency in the language by taking a Test of English as a Foreign Language. As the language of instruction is Norwegian, foreign students must also pass a test in the Norwegian language, except for some special short term courses which will be offered in the English language. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXXVIII.) National College of the Arts
Art education has long traditions in Bergen, as the first school of art was established here in 1772, modelled on the Academy of Art in Copenhagen. The school teaches in Norwegian only, and admits a limited number of qualified students each year. No special programs in English for foreign students.
XXXIX.) Oslo National College of the Arts
The roots of the Oslo National College of the Arts date back to 1818, when the National College of Art and Design was established. However, the recent reorganization of higher education in Norway incorporated the following and previously independent art colleges as departments in the Oslo National College of the Arts: Department of Art and Design, Department of Fine Arts, Department of Dramatic Arts, Department of Ballet and Dance, Department of Operatic Art. All instruction is conducted in Norwegian. No special programs in English for foreign students.