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.
Surrounded by hills and fjords, Oslo is the capital and largest city of Norway. Although it is actually more than 1,000 years old, in many ways it appears to be very modern, as various fires through the years forced residents to rebuild the city virtually from scratch. Today it is a city of wide boulevards, parks, museums, and theatres.
Students live in student villages at the University of Oslo. All residence halls are co-ed and situated within close commuting distance of campus. Students live in single furnished rooms and share bathrooms, kitchens, halls, and telephones with four to eight other students.
1Tuition and fees are charged at the USAC rate. 2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
1Essential living expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, etc. 2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester. 3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
USAC's partnership with the University of Oslo provides you with a wide array of academic options at the undergraduate and graduate level. You will take regular university classes taught in English alongside your Norwegian peers. Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the University of Oslo. Students are highly recommended to take an introductory Norwegian language course as a means to better understand the host country and culture. For more information about course options please visit the USAC Oslo webpage.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the Ara Institute program will be required to enroll in 24-30 ECTS credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to Apply
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.
Dates / Deadlines:
OIED Approval Date
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.