Study Abroad Program Overview
Study abroad in beautiful Oslo, situated at the end of the Oslo fjord and surrounded by sea, forest and hills. Smaller than most capitals, Oslo offers all the cultural activities you expect to find in a major city as well as spectacular natural surroundings. In the summer, the sun only sets for a few hours and the sky never turns dark.
Each year students from around 90 countries participate in the University of Oslo's International Summer School. Area studies courses on such topics as architecture and design, gender equality, Scandinavian film, and government and politics are taught in English and include field trips in Oslo and surrounding areas.
Students attend classes with international students.
Language of Instruction
You may choose to take an intensive Norwegian language course.
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
late June to early August
You will live in on-campus housing with other program participants. Most rooms are doubles and meals are offered in the dormitory dining hall.
Various social events are planned throughout the program, including a film series, guided tours of Oslo, and Norwegian cultural events. The program also includes one weekend excursion and you can choose to go to Hallingdal, Telemark, the Oslo Fjord, or Jotunheimen. A longer trip to Bergen is also available for an additional fee.
UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of UCEAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. Local University of Oslo staff will help you integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the UCEAP Program Guide
for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Course offerings vary from year to year, but there are typically 10 upper-division courses of varying unit values in the social sciences and humanities taught in English to choose from every summer. You may also choose to take an intensive Norwegian language class. The language classes are lower-division.
You will choose one of the following options:
One 8 quarter/5.3 semester unit course from the list below and one 2 quarter/1.3 semester unit course on Norwegian Life and Society for a total of 10 quarter/6.6 semester units:
•Norwegian Architecture and Design
•Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries
•Scandinavia Film Genres
•The Norwegian Welfare State
•Intensive Norwegian Language (Elementary and Intermediate levels offered)
Two 5 quarter/3.3 semester unit courses from the list below for a total of 10 quarter/6.6 semester units:
•Scandinavian Government and Politics
The required unit load is 10 UC quarter units; two courses are required.
Internships, Research, and Independent Study
Internships, research, and independent study are not possible on this program.
The University of Oslo
The University of Oslo (UiO) is the largest and oldest university in the country. The main Blindern campus is located in the northern part of Oslo, ten minutes from the city center by public transportation and only minutes away from the lakes and wooded hills of Nordmarka. It is the highest ranked institution of higher education in Norway. The International Summer School was established in 1947. Summer school students have access to a number of UiO's facilities, including libraries and a computer lab.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
- On-site orientation
- Excursions and program activities
- Room and board
- Books and other incidental expenses (phone, laundry etc.)
- Round-trip airfare
- Local transportation
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. Your Campus EAP Office determines selection and final admission.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: