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University of Oslo International Summer School, Norway (Direct Enroll)

The Program
The International Summer School (ISS) at University of Oslo offers participants a six-week experience focusing on academic achievement and international good will. Students are able to take courses on Norwegian language, various aspects of Norwegian culture and society, literature, and international politics. ISS has been called a mini-United Nations. Close interaction with people from all around the world establishes a foundation of deeper understanding and confidence between people of different backgrounds. ISS invites students from conflict areas to participate in special dialog seminars intended to foster mutual confidence. In recent years, groups from the Balkans have taken part.

The Academics
ISS courses adopt a comparative perspective, where the Norwegian case may serve as a basis for discussion. Courses are based on active student participation and many of them include field trips.
The following courses are a sample of what is usually offered in English at ISS:

  • Scandinavian Film Genres
  • Norwegian Literature
  • Norwegian Architecture and Design
  • Norwegian History
  • The Norwegian Welfare State
  • Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries
  • Scandinavian Government and Politics
  • International Politics

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, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; 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
On-campus students have full room and board in a dormitory adjacent to the University of Oslo’s Blindern campus. Studying and living with fellow students from all over the world contributes to a unique cultural experience. Off-campus students make their own housing arrangements.
The ISS offers a rich variety of cultural and social activities and events, including:

  • Norwegian Cultural Evening
  • International Cultural Evening
  • Afternoon lectures on Norwegian Life & Society
  • Norwegian films
  • Debates on current issues
  • Sports
  • Guided tours to sites in Oslo

A varied weekend excursion program is available with cultural heritage tours, mountain hiking, rafting, as well as a tour of Bergen and the fjords of Western Norway. ISS students elect their own student council, which plays an active role in initiating and implementing cultural and social events.

Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.
Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/27/2018 03/06/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Economics, Human Rights, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75