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University of Oslo, Norway (Exchange)

The Program

The University of Oslo (UiO), founded in 1811,  has more than 30,000 students, almost all of whom speak English, including almost 3,000 international students. UiO, which is ranked as the third best university in Scandinavia,  offers more than 800 courses in English.  The University indeeds offers a rich menu of courses in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Sciences that you can take.

Often called a blue green city, Oslo is surrounded by a fjord and hills and forests. With a population of a half a million, it is a mix of old and new architecture. It boasts beautiful pedestrian walking zones, lines with old and multi-colored shops.  Public transportation is superb, and everywhere you look you see people on bicycles. Largely on account of oil discovered in the North Sea, Norway, according to the United Nations, has had the highest living standard in the world, a ranking takes into account average levels of education and income, lifetime expectancy, as well as factors like human rights and cultural freedom. Spending a semester or a year at the University of Oslo means that students will not only attend one of the best universities in Europe but will live in one of the most prosperous welfare states in the world, allowing them to compare and contrast American and Scandinavian ways of living. And if you think Norwegians don’t know how to have fun, think again.

The Academics

UiO offers more than 800 courses taught in English as well as the opportunity to study Norwegian.  According to past participants,  taking Norwegian is one way to get to know other students from all over the world.  You choose a full course load of three courses. Sign up for courses that have an A-F grading scale (noted in each course description), not one based on a simple PASS/FAIL scale (no credit can be earned at UCONN). Course codes where the first digit is 0, 1, 2, 3, are intended for undergraduate students.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study SOSANT2525 Overheating: the Anthropology of Accelerated Change 3 12/31/2019
BADM 4893 Introduction to Personnel Psychology PSY2407 Introduction to Personnel Psychology 3 12/31/2020
BADM 4893 Introduction to Personnel Psychology PSY2407 Introduction to Personnel Psychology 5 6/30/2021
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study: Beginning Norwegian I NORINT 0114 Norwegian for International Students 5 12/31/2020
GEOG 2100 + GEOG 4110 Economic Geography + Regional Development & Policy SGO2200 Economic Globalization and Regional Development 3 + 3 12/31/2018
HIST 3993 Foreign Study NORAM2585 Earth/Renewing Culture: Critical Evaluations of the Green American Tradition 5 12/31/2015
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIS2140 Objects and Identities in the Viking Age (c.750-c.1050) 4 12/31/2017
HIST 3993 Foreign Study HIS2133 The Cult of Saints in Norway and Iceland c. 950-1250 5 12/31/2019
HIST 3993 Foreign Study NORINT0500  Norwegian Life and Society 5 12/31/2020
LING 1170 Foreign Study PSYC2206 Cognition, emotion and language 3 12/31/2020
LING 1179 Foreign Study PED2130 Children, Language, and Text Comprehension 3 12/31/2020
MARN 3811 + MARN 4893 Seminar on Marine Mammals + Foreign Study BIO4350 Marine Animals 3 + 2 12/31/2020
POLS 3993 Foreign Study STV 1510 Nordic Politics 3 12/31/2018
POLS 3993 Foreign Study STV1240 International Military Operations 5 12/31/2020
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study PSY2206 Cognition, emotion and language 5 6/30/2021
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study SOS2402 Family, Gender and the Welfare State 5 6/30/2019
WGSS 3993 Foreign Study KFL2060 Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries 5 6/30/2018


The Experience

Housing is guaranteed to all students participating in this program. Most of the campus accommodations consist of single rooms; some grouped in clusters with common bathrooms and kitchens, others with their own bathrooms and kitchens. You will receive more information on the housing application process if you are admitted to the program.

Extra-curricular life is also vibrant at the University with more than 250 active student associations, societies, clubs, and organizations. Past participants mention the Norwegian Student Society and the Monthly Moose as a way to meet Norwegians.  In addition, they say be sure to fill out the questionnaire/survey for the University’s Buddy System.  Your Buddy Group not only helps you to more easily familiarize yourself with your new surroundings, but also will be instrumental in helping you establish a meaningful social and academic network.

Traveling to Bergen, a beautiful city in western Norway, and going home with a Norwegian friend should be high on your “to do” list.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Oslo, Norway
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/09/2017 10/09/2017 01/02/2018 06/15/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year, 5th Year Academic area: Arts, Environmental Studies, Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: Norwegian Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3