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UMD Exchange: University of Oslo (Norway)
All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.
The University of Oslo (UiO) is the oldest and largest university in Norway, situated in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. It was founded in 1811 when Norway was still under Danish rule. Today the University of Oslo has approximately 30,000 students and 4,600 employees. The University boasts four Nobel Prize winners, a clear indication of the quality of the research at the University.
As a student at UiO you will learn from the best academic staff the country has to offer and be a part of a modern research-intensive university where opportunities are abundant. Expect fellow students who are highly motivated and engaged, and who will become part of your social and professional network for life.
The University of Oslo’s original campus is located in the city centre, adjacent to the Royal Palace and the Parliament. The main campus of Blindern, just minutes by subway, tram, or bicycle from the heart of Oslo, offers proximity to the forests and hills surrounding the city and affords wonderful views of the Oslo Fjord.
Oslo, the capital of the kingdom of Norway, is surrounded by Oslo fjords, green hills and forest. Oslo is the oldest of the Scandinavian capitals and its history goes back more than 1000 years. Oslo is a pleasant city with over 500,000 inhabitants. The city is characterized by a mix of old and new architecture, parks, hills, museums, monuments, lakes, forests and fjords. It is a vibrant city, excellent for cultural and sports activities, dining, and exciting nightlife.
Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:
- 3.0 GPA
- Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.
Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.
- Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
- Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript.
- After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
- If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program.
- Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.
Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:
- Pre-Departure Course Selection & Approval
- Finalizing Course Enrollment Abroad
- Transcripts and Credits on your UMD Record
As an exchange student at the University of Oslo, you may choose from more than 800 different courses taught in English. The University also offers Norwegian language courses, as well as a broad range of Scandinavian Studies courses. Classes range from humanities, law, social sciences, theology, mathematics and natural sciences, education, medicine, dentistry, and other areas. Students can also enroll in Norwegian language courses.
There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). If you are interested in taking a course not listed in the SACD, please submit a transfer credit evaluation request.
All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree. Most courses at the University of Oslo will be converted as follows:
|University of Oslo Credit||UMD Credit|
|1 Oslo ECTS credit||0.5 UMD credit|
|6 Oslo ECTS credits||3 UMD credits|
The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on November 13, 2014.
Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.
|University of Oslo Grade||UMD Grade|
International students on exchange are guaranteed accommodation in one of the student villages. International students are generally offered accommodation in the lower price range, where they share bathrooms (2-5 students) and kitchens (4-6 students), often with other international students. Most international students are given housing at Kringsjå studentby where there is excellent access to public transport and great opportunities for biking, swimming, skiing and hiking just minutes away.
For more information, please see the University of Oslo student housing website.
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.
Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.
You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:
- Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
- Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)
Additional Financial Resources
Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!
Student Clubs and Organizations
The university offers 200+ student clubs, societies, and organizations including political, music/performing arts, cultural, and humanitarian societies.
The university hosts an Orientation Day aimed at helping international students get their bearings in Oslo and on campus.