The University of Oslo was established in 1811 as Norway’s first university and continues to be Norway’s highest ranked institution of education and research. Oslo is Europe's fastest growing capital and is recognized as progressive and creative. It has a vibrant cultural scene, ethnic diversity, and a unique proximity to nature, surrounded by fjords, lakes, and forests.
Read more about being an exchange student at the University of Oslo.
Students may choose from a wide range of courses offered in English. There are over 600 courses available in the areas of the humanities, social sciences, math, natural sciences, theology and law. Students can also enroll in Norwegian Language Courses from the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies.
You must register for a minimum of 13 credits per term. You receive resident credit for the courses you take, your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. See the Grade & Credit Conversion Scale for more details.
Housing & Meals
Semester students will live in the Kringsjå or Sogn Student Villages, located about two miles from campus, which house students from around the world. You will share a large kitchen with about five other students that includes a stove and refrigerator. Many past participants have taken the opportunity to cook dinners with other students, allowing you to meet other people and learn about other cultures.
Dates & Deadlines
Fall/Academic Year 2021-22: February 1, 2021
Spring 2022: September 1, 2021
If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.
The program is currently full for Fall/Academic Year 2021-22.
If the program does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the host university deadline. Please contact us to inquire about applying after the deadline.
Academic Year: Early August - Mid-June
Fall Semester: Early August - Mid-December
Spring Semester: Early January - Mid-June
Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or consult your University of Oslo acceptance materials for arrival date information before purchasing your airfare.
To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information:
|Center Name||TC Learning Abroad Ctr|
|Education Abroad Term||
Spring semester only
|Program Name||Exchange in Oslo|
|Track Name||U of Oslo|
Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.
Once you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:
- Application essay
- Preference will be given to students who can clearly identify why the University of Oslo is a good academic match.
- Academic recommendation (1)
- Proof of financial support
- Official transcript
- Passport copy
Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.
Application Review Process
Exchange programs can be competitive, especially at the University of Oslo because of the high demand. We are not always able to place all applicants, and we encourage students to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program. After the application deadline, the GO Minnesota selection committee will review applications and nominate finalists within 2 weeks. If nominated, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.
Nominated students will be required to complete the University of Oslo’s application, and they will make the final acceptance decision. More information on this will be sent to nominated students.
If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.