Overview

University of Oslo

City: Oslo
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

The University of Oslo is Norway's largest and oldest institution of higher education (it was founded in 1811 when Norway was still under Danish rule). Today the University of Oslo has approximately 30,000 students and 5,800 employees, where unique courses such as Asian and African Studies, Development Studies (Human Geography and Sociology), Peace and Conflict Studies and Political Science are offered.

At the University of Oslo, almost all faculties are open to exchange students, and qualified undergrads may be eligible to take courses at a Masters Level.

Oslo has about 540 000 inhabitants, but the whole area is home to about one million people. Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway, and the third largest city of Scandinavia. The history of the city can be traced back over 1000 years as Oslo has become the demographic, economic and political centre of Norway.

Partner university's areas of study

ArtsEducationFine ArtsLand and Food SystemsScience

Notes on Language of Instruction

Courses offered in English and Norwegian. 

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ELIGIBILITY + TIMING

Terms offered

Term 1Term 2Full year Term 1 + 2 (UBC Term 1 start)

Who can go?

Exchange students can take coursework in most areas of study.

Term dates

UO semester 1: Early August to Late December

UO semester 2: Early January to Late June

Notes on eligibility and timing

Orientation week offered each semester for new international students.

Summer program

The University of Oslo's International Summer School

Courses + Transfer Credits

Credits

Course equivalency formula

ECTS credits divided by 2 = UBC credits

Credit transfer process

The transfer credit process takes approximately 16 weeks following each submission deadline.  You should allow sufficient time to meet important deadlines that may affect you (e.g., application for graduation, registration in courses that require prerequisites that you took on exchange, entry to a major/honours program, etc.)

Information about the transfer credit portal.

Course Information

* Students who have special requirements or require academic accommodation should contact a Go Global advisor regarding their needs at least six weeks prior to the application deadline.

Type of Go Global Experiences

Exchange (pay UBC tuition)Graduate research

Course information and restrictions

Courses in Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy are not available to exchange students.

Full course load information

30 ECTS per semester

Partner Course Information

Transfer credits and equivalent courses at this university

Check out the courses that students have successfully transferred back in the last 3 years. If you don't see a course you need listed, it simply means you need to submit the course to be evaluated through the Transfer Credit Portal while on exchange.

* Areas of study at partner universities are subject to change. This list is to be used as a general guideline and is not exhaustive; research the partners' websites for additional course information.

UBC Vancouver

Arts
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Edvard Munch
Partner course code: KUN 2005E
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-12-16
UBC course: ARTH 3rd
Title: Inside the Medieval Church
Partner course code: KUN 2305E
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-13
UBC course: ASIA 3rd
Title: REL3010 - Buddhism in the contemporary world
Partner course code: REL 3010
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-07
UBC course: GEOB 270
Title: Geographical Information Systems
Partner course code: SGO 1910
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-03-20
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: The Cult of Saints in Norway and Iceland c.950-1250
Partner course code: HIS 2133
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-02
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: Vikings and Kings in the British Isles (c.800-1050)
Partner course code: HIS 2141
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-02
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: History & the Social Sciences, a Nervous Romance? Themes & Theories of Social History since 1960
Partner course code: HIS 2310
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-02
UBC course: HIST 3rd
Title: The History of Popular Culture and Society in the West, 1880-2000
Partner course code: HIS 2362
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2015-04-02
UBC course: POLI 360
Title: International Security Policy
Partner course code: STV 2230
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-16
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: International military operations
Partner course code: STV 1240
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-16
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: Political Institutions and Politics in Democracies
Partner course code: STV 2360
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-16
UBC course: POLI 3rd
Title: EU Decision Making Processes and Policy Areas
Partner course code: STV 2500
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-13
UBC course: PSYC 208
Title: Personality and Abnormal Psychology
Partner course code: PSY 2600
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-09-11
UBC course: SCAN 1st
Title: Norwegian for International Students
Partner course code: NORINT 0110
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-13
UBC course: SCAN 2nd
Title: Norwegian Life and Society
Partner course code: NORINT 0500
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-13
UBC course: SCAN 335
Title: What Caused the Viking Age?
Partner course code: HIS 2143
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-07-07
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Norweigan World Literature
Partner course code: NOR 1403
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-02
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Contemporary Scandinavian Film: Cultural, Aesthetic and Literary Approaches
Partner course code: NOR 2415
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-02
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Nordic Noir
Partner course code: MEVIT 3550
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-06-14
UBC course: SCAN 3rd
Title: Norweigan Life and Society
Partner course code: NORINT 500
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-02
UBC course: SCAN 4th
Title: Ibsen and the Drama of Modernity
Partner course code: IBS 3104
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2014-09-02
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: Migration, Transnationalism and Development
Partner course code: SGO 2600
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
UBC course: SOCI 3rd
Title: The Scandinavian welfare society - contemporary C perspectives
Partner course code: S0S 2603
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-08
Commerce
UBC course: PHIL 431
Title: ECON 3270/4270 Distributive Justice
Partner course code: ECON 3270
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2013-11-29
Music
UBC course: MUSC 3rd*
Title: Film Music
Partner course code: MUS 2001
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-05-18

UBC Okanagan

Arts and Sciences
UBC course: ARTS 1st
Title: Norwegians for international students
Partner course code: NORINT 0114
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-22
UBC course: ARTS 2nd
Title: Norwegian life and society
Partner course code: NORINT 0500
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-25
UBC course: BIOL 3rd
Title: Molecular genetics and developmental biology
Partner course code: MBV 3020
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-18
UBC course: EESC 431/4th
Title: Geomorphology of the Nordic Countries
Partner course code: GEG 2130
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-02-01
UBC course: ENGL 3rd
Title: The Victorian Period
Partner course code: Eng 2305
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2017-01-09
UBC course: GEOG 370
Title: Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
Partner course code: SGO 1910
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-10-25
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Social Cognition
Partner course code: PSY 2102
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-31
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Psychosocial Development
Partner course code: PSY 2205
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-31
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Brain and Cognition
Partner course code: Psy 2302
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-01-07
UBC course: PSYO 3rd
Title: Personality and Abnormal Psychology
Partner course code: PSY 2600
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-03-31
UBC course: SOCI 2nd
Title: Family, Gender Equality and the Welfare State
Partner course code: sos 2402
Language of instruction: English
Evaluated date: 2016-08-15
Tuition, Fees and Awards

Exchange tuition

15 credits or equivalent full-time program fee per term, paid to UBC. For the summer program, tuition and other fees, aside from the application fee, are paid directly to the partner. Some exceptions may apply.

Scholarships + awards

The Go Global award $1000

All students accepted to Go Global for Exchange, Research Abroad, or Study Abroad programs are automatically considered for this award. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you'll be notified of your award after you're accepted to Go Global and after you get nominated to apply to the partner university.

Additional awards

Students who are eligible for awards may receive one UBC or UBC-affiliated international learning award. If you're eligible, you are always offered the highest-value award. Unless stated otherwise, you need to meet eligibility criteria set out by the University Senate regarding awards.

Check out international learning awards and eligibility.

Information for US students

If you are a student from the United States, please check the US Department of Education Lookup Tool to ensure that any partner institution you wish to attend on Exchange is Title IV ‘eligible’ forFederal Student Aid for the year in which you intend to study there. For institutions outside of the US, select “Foreign Country” from the “State” dropdown menu.

If you attend an eligible institution, then you may receive Title IV federal student loans while on Exchange.

If you attend an ineligible institution:

  • You will not be eligible for US federal student loans,
  • You may invalidate any US student aid you have previously received for your studies at UBC,
  • You may be required to immediately begin repaying your US student loans, and
  • You may not be eligible for any future US student aid for the remainder of your studies at UBC.
Housing

Types of accommodation available

Off-campusOn-campus

Housing notes

Exchange students are in principle guaranteed housing (single room) provided they apply online by the given deadline.

Information on Accommodation

How to applyBack to UBCO