From the ISS website:
The ISS is a learning community of diverse students who come together to study, interact 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".
The first summer session for English-speaking foreign students at the University of Oslo was organized and held in 1947. It was offered for American students only, as an expression of gratitude for educational opportunities provided for Norwegian students in the USA during and after World War II. In the 1950s the number of non-American students increased steadily, and in keeping with this development, the name of the school was changed in 1958 from the "Summer School for American Students" to the "International Summer School".
Since 1947 more than 26,000 students from more than 150 countries have attended. In recent years the student body each summer has consisted of around 550 students from roughly 90 countries. Through its entire history the ISS has played an important role in the efforts of the University of Oslo to reach out internationally.
The ISS is proud to be part of the University of Oslo, which is the oldest university in Norway. It was founded in 1811 and is the largest university in the country with a student population of slightly less than 30,000. The Blindern campus is located in pleasant surroundings, ten minutes from the city center by subway-to-surface rails and only minutes away from the lakes and wooded hills of Nordmarka.
For more information, visit UiO's website or contact:
North American Branch Office
Mailing and physical address:
International Summer School
University of Oslo
c/o St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057-1098
Telephone: (507) 786 3269 or
Toll-free: 1 800 639 0058
Fax: (507) 786 3789
Monday - Friday: 08:00-17:00
Saturday and Sunday: Closed