Live and study in the land of the midnight sun! Choose from two locations.
Oslo is a dynamic city with a history ranging from the Bronze Age, Viking times, Middle Ages, Industrial Revolution and one of the leaders of the information age. The city sits on the beautiful Oslo Fjord where you can exlore many near-by islands. Activities range from museums, theatre and arts to hiking, skiing and snowboarding. Oslo & Akershus University College (AUC) is located in the downtown area of Bislett in a former brewery, where the scent of hops still lingers.
The county of Telemark in southern Norway, also known as "Norway in miniature," stretches from the glittering Skagerrak coastline to the magnificent Hardangervidda mountain plateau. International and exchange students study with Norwegian students at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences in Bø, one of 4 faculties which constitute Telemark University College.
Dates Fall semester classes begin the middle/end of August through mid-December. Spring semester classses run from the first/second week of January through the end of April/middle of May with final examinations in May/early June. Easter vacation is from Monday after Palm Sunday to Tuesday after Easter Sunday.
Location and Housing
AUC is the fourth largest public institution of higher education in Norway with approximately 17,000 students and 1,850 staff. The main campus is conveniently located in downtown Oslo, only a ten-minute walk from the harbour, commercial district and government offices.
Telemark UC has approx. 4,500 students with 1,400 studying at Bø. The town of Bø is centrally located in Telemark, just 2 hours by train from Oslo. It provides a unique environment, being a small student town where students from all over the world come together, representing approx. 20 different countries and 5 continents.
At both locations, the International Offices will assist international exchange students in finding student housing. Though not situated on campus, most housing is within walking distance. The arrangements are typically a single room with a shared living area, kitchen and bath with roommates. Students must supply their own linens and kitchen supplies and prepare their own meals.
Like the Willamette Valley, the weather in Norway improves drastically from January to June. Also, the month of May is important culturally in Norway (May Day, May 8-V.E. Day, May 17-Norwegian Constitution Day of 1812).
"Studying abroad is teaching me so much about the world, America, and myself. Oslo has taught me things I didn't know I needed to learn. Oslo has given me things that I can never give back to it. I will forever be in this city's debt, and we both are okay with that." Laura Breshock '14