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Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
Oslo, Norway (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: BSU applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2018 10/01/2017
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission notification. Applicants will be notified of acceptance and be able to complete post-decision materials as admission decisions are made.

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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Status:
Language of Instruction:
English, Norwegian Language Courses Offered: Norwegian
Prior Language Study Required:
Academic Subject:
Natural Resources
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:
Student Exchange in Norway with Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

What is the program about?
Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) was established as a result of a merger between Oslo University College and   Akershus University College. With a student body of approximately 16,000 students, HiOA is Norway's largest state university college. The main campus is located in downtown Oslo, only a ten minute walk from the harbor, commercial district, and government offices.

HiOA provides education that qualifies students for employment in the health and social services, education, and public administration, media, design, arts, and for technical and business administrative positions in business and industry.

Where does the program take place?
Oslo, Norway

Oslo, with its approximately 453 square kilometers, is one of the largest capitals in the world by area. Most of this is forest, making Oslo a city in close contact with the nature surrounding it.
Oslo is situated in an amphitheatre-like setting, with the city centre in the bottom and residential areas stretching uphill in all directions. Behind the residential areas, the forested area of Marka extends, with flora and fauna that is quite extraordinary for a city of this size. Moose are commonplace (easily spotted in winter), and the whole of the capital is part of Norway's wolf reserve. The Oslofjord is a lake in the Skagerrak bay, stretching inland from the North Sea. In the reverse direction, the inlet runs towards Øresund and the Baltic Sea. Oslo has an impressive archipelago of islands, which in summer becomes the city's favoured playground.

Although well into the northern latitudes, Oslo's climate is fairly temperate thanks to warm air being wafted across the Atlantic from the Gulf Stream. Summer weather in Oslo is usually mild and pleasant, with frequent hot spells and plenty of long sunny days. In winter temperatures hover just above or below freezing, with occasional cold spells. Snow is most often plentiful in the forested areas, making Oslo a great winter sports venue. Rainfall is spread across the year, the rainiest month being August.

When does this program take place?
Fall Semester: Early August to Mid December
Spring Semester: Early January to Mid June

What is the program content?
Students will take courses from the Faculties of:
Education and International Studies
Technology Art and Design
Health Sciences
Social Sciences
Please review the HiOA website at:  for a complete list of courses.

What is the student accommodation?
The Student Welfare Association (SiO) offers student housing. Their rooms are cheaper than what you will find in the private market. The single, furnished rooms come with basic furniture such as a bed, desk, chair, bookshelf, table, wardrobe and a lamp. You bring or buy your own bed sheets, towels and kitchen utensils. HiOA will do everything possible to ensure that you are given housing through SiO. However, we cannot make any guarantees. If there are more international students than number of rooms available, we will provide you with information about housing in the private market. Prices and deposit Monthly rent starts at approximately NOK 3000, excluding electricity.  You must also pay a deposit equivalent to two month’s rent at the start of your renting period, before you get access to your room. When you move out you get the deposit back, if you have complied with the terms of your contract.
More practical information can be found on SiOs website

What is included?
All students attending HiOA pay Ball State tuition and student fees. Tuition and fee rates are based on residency.
Round-trip airfare, accommodation, meals and living expenses are paid out of pocket by the student but can be factored into the cost of attendance sheet for financial aid purposes. Other costs include US passport and immigration documentation.

Is financial assistance available?
Students can apply for a Yuhas or Rinker scholarship from the Rinker Center for International Programs. Scholarship applications and be downloaded at our website here and submitted to RCIP.

In addition, students should consult with the Ball State University Financial Aid Office to determine available aid for this program.

Number of placements available?
2 placements per semester

Is a passport and visa required?
Yes. U.S. and non-U.S. citizens need a valid passport both to enter other countries and to return to the United States. If you already have a passport, make sure it is valid until at least six months after your return date. If you must apply for or renew a passport, APPLY EARLY, since a minimum of four to six weeks is usually required for processing. During peak travel seasons, more processing time is required. Passport forms are available at many federal and state courts, probate courts, some county/municipal offices and some post offices. They can also be downloaded from the Web.

A visa is official permission granted by the authorities of a country where you will study or travel that allows you to enter and remain in that country for a specific purpose. The visa itself is frequently a stamp in your passport, not a separate document. You will need a passport before applying for a visa and the passport plus visa process may take several months, so start early. It is your responsibility to inquire about visa requirements for all countries you plan to visit while abroad; this includes countries that you plan to visit before or after your study abroad program. If you are not a U.S. citizen, consult the embassy or consulate of the countries you will visit to learn their document requirements. If you are an BSU international student, also visit the Rinker Center to obtain a signature on visa documents to permit re-entry to the United States. See visas for more information.

***All non-EU/EEA students must apply for a residence and/or visa (if applicable) permit from home.
Please check the Norwegian visa regulations or contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate to find out if you need a visa. Students who enter Norway without necessary permit will not be allowed to remain in Norway.

How do I apply?
Step 1 – Click on "Apply Now"
Step 2 – Complete the online application through BSU

Application deadline: 
Fall: March 1
Spring: October 1

Who can I contact for more information?
Phone: (765) 285-2652