University of Oslo International Summer School, Norway
The ISS is a learning community of diverse students who come together to study, interact and increase understanding and good will between nations. This requires friendliness, frankness and tolerance among all involved.
Every summer, from late June to early August, we welcome over 550 students from about 90 countries.
The ISS is an academic center for learning in an international context, and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. It aims at developing and conveying knowledge and at promoting understanding between people from different cultures. This dual purpose is reflected in the ISS motto:
"Six Weeks of Academic Achievement and International Good Will".
The first summer session for English-speaking foreign students at the University of Oslo was organized and held in 1947. It was offered for American students only, as an expression of gratitude for educational opportunities provided for Norwegian students in the USA during and after World War II. In the 1950s the number of non-American students increased steadily, and in keeping with this development, the name of the school was changed in 1958 from the "Summer School for American Students" to the "International Summer School".
Since 1947 more than 27, 500 students from more than 150 countries have attended. In recent years the student body each summer has consisted of around 550 students from roughly 90 countries. Through its entire history the ISS has played an important role in the efforts of the University of Oslo to reach out internationally.
Courses at the International Summer School
|Norwegian Architecture and Design|
|Art in Norway|
|Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries|
|Scandinavian Film Genres|
|Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries|
|International Community Health|
|A Changing Arctic|
|Intensive Elementary Norwegian, Level I|
|Intensive Intermediate Norwegian, Level II|
|Intensivt mellomkurs i norsk, trinn III|
|Intensivt kurs i norsk for viderekomne, trinn IV|
|Norwegian Life & Society|
|Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development|
|The Norwegian Welfare State|
|Scandinavian Government & Politics|
|International Development Studies|
|Professional Communication Seminar|
Fees & Expenses
Books, course supplies and personal expenses (such as laundry, transportation and spending money) are not included in the fees. We estimate that you will need a minimum of NOK 3000/USD 625 for the summer.
Includes extracurricular activities, one weekend excursion, and health insurance.
|On-Campus Fee (also includes room & board)||22,950||3,060|
|Off-Campus Fee (does not include room & board)||9,300||1,240|
Added to the Basic Fee, to cover additional field trips related to the courses listed below.
|Art in Norway||900||120|
|International Community Health||400||55|
|International Development Studies||900||120|
|Energy, Environment & Sustainable Development||5,000||670|
Optional Program Fees
Added to the Basic Fee, if student chooses to participate.
|Professional Communication Seminar||450||60|
Students from USA and Canada must pay the fee before they leave for Norway. UiO cannot process American checks.
How to apply to the International Summer School
Your application will be considered invalid if you have not uploaded all supporting documents by the deadline. Invalid applications will not be processed.
Are you eligible to apply?
See if you are qualified to apply to the International Summer School. Admission requirements are different for Master's and Bachelor's courses.
Before applying, review the ISS program fees and scholarship information. The deadline for scholarship applicants is February 1 (confirmed), and the deadline for self-financing applicants is
March 15 (tentative).
Choose your course(s)
Read the course descriptions and select the course(s) you want to apply for. If you are applying for more than one course, make sure the courses can be combined by checking our course schedule. Note: Master’s courses can only be combined with Afternoon seminars..
Scholarship applicants may only apply for ONE course. Read the course descriptions and select the course you want to apply for.
The ISS offers scholarships to applicants from certain countries. Competition for these scholarships is high and funds are limited, so the majority of scholarships awarded are partial scholarships. Only approximately 50 full scholarships are granted.
Register your application in the University of Oslo's online application system.
- Please enter your name exactly as it is written in your passport.
- Please use one email address to avoid creating multiple user IDs/applications.
- Make sure that you apply for the correct type: Scholarship/Self-financing, on-campus/off-campus.
- US and Canadian applicants: please apply as "Self-financed", even if you apply for a scholarship. Why?
- Upload your required supporting documents by the deadline.
- If you need help, see our guide to applying in UiO's online application portal (available in early December).
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