Host University for Oslo, Norway
Founded in 1811, the University of Oslo today is Norway’s largest and oldest university and its leading academic institution, ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world according to the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2012. It has approximately 27,000 students, of which 13 percent are international students. The university has a permanent academic staff of approximately 3,200, eight faculties and more than 70 departments, as well as leading clinics, eight centers of excellence, and several museums. 800 courses are taught in English, with many more taught in Norwegian.
International students are offered a Special Events Program each semester. These events provide cultural and social opportunities that will assist you in meeting local and other international students and help you become more integrated into the university community. Special events are either free or very reasonably priced and include a tour of Oslo, guided visits to art galleries and museums, film evenings, the very popular International Coffee Hour on Friday afternoons, a cross-country skiing course (both semesters), and spring weekend trips into the beautiful forests of Nordmarka, part of Oslo’s extensive recreation area. International students also can take part in the many social and sports activities or join any of the 250+ student clubs and societies open to all registered students at the University of Oslo.
To help acquaint new students with campus life, the Peer Support Program organizes Buddy Groups. All new international students may join these Buddy Groups which each consist of 15-20 international students and a buddy. Buddies are senior students who will show you around campus, introduce you to the social life at the university, and answer practical questions. Joining a Buddy Group is an excellent opportunity to make new friends from your first day at the university. The first few weeks of the semester are filled with activities designed especially for Buddy Groups. More information is provided in the information package upon arrival on how to take advantage of this instant social and academic network on campus. Join in! We guarantee you'll have a lot of fun.