University of Oslo

Area of Study Arts and Humanities, Biomedicine, Biology, Education, Environmental Practice, Environment and Geoscience, Information Technology, Languages, Law, Marine Science, Politics, Psychology, Science, Zoology
Course Language(s) English, Norwegian
Average Credit Load 30 ECTS
Semester dates August - December
January - June

About the University

The University of Oslo, until 1939 named the Royal Frederick University, is the oldest university in Norway, located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. UiO is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway – and one of the World's Top 100 universities.


Oslo, Norway

Oslo, the capital of Norway, sits on the country’s southern coast at the head of the Oslofjord. It’s known for its green spaces and museums. Many of these are on the Bygdøy Peninsula, including the waterside Norwegian Maritime Museum and the Viking Ship Museum, with Viking ships from the 9th century. The Holmenkollbakken is a ski-jumping hill with panoramic views of the fjord.

Exchange information

Courses available

More information on English taught courses, visit the UiO website.


Exchange students (bachelor and master level) admitted for studies for one or two semesters are guaranteed a single furnished room. Students on exchange programmes at the University of Oslo can apply for student housing through SiO Housing.

Cost of living

Norway is an expensive country and it takes a while getting used to the high cost of living.  As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 11,500 per month in order to cover basic expenses.

See current exchange rates.

Visa requirements

Students from outside the European Economic Area must apply for a residence permit (aka, a visa) immediately after they have received their Admission letter from the University of Oslo. Read more.

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