University of Oslo

Oslo
Norway

Language of instruction

Norwegian
English

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest institution for research and higher education. It is the highest ranked institution of education and research in the country and one of the world's Top 200 universities. With 5 Nobel Prize winners, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.

Oslo is a friendly and exciting city which is smaller than most capitals but offers all the cultural activities one expects to find in a modern capital. UiO’s Blindern Campus is located in the northern part of Oslo.

Semester dates

UQ Semester Host Semester Dates
Semester 1 Semester 2 (Spring) January–June
Semester 2 Semester 1 (Autumn) August–December

View the UiO academic calendar.

Guides and additional information

UiO has online resources to help get more out of your exchange:

Campuses

The University of Oslo has multiple campuses available for exchange students:

  • Blindern (main campus)
  • Gaustad, Rikshospitalet
  • Geitmyrsveien, Ullevål
  • Tøyen

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Student testimonials

Full-time study load

30 ECTS credits per semester at UiO is equivalent to 8 UQ units.

Minimum academic requirements

You will need a minimum cumulative GPA of 4.5 to study at UiO.

Find courses

Search the Credit Precedent Database to find courses offered by your host university that have been previously approved for credit at UQ. The database should be used as a general guide only. 

Search the UiO course catalogue if courses do not appear in the database.

Study areas taught in English

Undergraduate
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Chemistry and biochemistry
Classical languages
Computer science
Criminology
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Information technology
International relations
Law
Linguistics
Mathematics and statistics
Music
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Sociology
Postgraduate
Animal studies
Anthropology
Archaeology
Art history
Biological sciences
Biomedical science
Biotechnology
Chemistry and biochemistry
Chinese
Classical languages
Communication, digital media and PR
Computer science
Criminology
Development
Earth and Geographical Sciences
Economics
English
English literature
Environmental studies
Film, TV and media
History and ancient history
Information technology
Innovation and entrepreneurship
International relations
Japanese
Journalism
Law
Linguistics
Mathematics and statistics
Microbiology
Music
Peace and conflict studies
Philosophy
Physics
Political science
Psychology
Religion
Sociology

Additional academic information

UiO has online resources to help navigate their academic policies:

UNIS - The University Centre in Svalbard

The University of Oslo has a collaboration with UNIS - The University Centre in Svalbard. Students approved for exchange by the Global Experiences Team can apply to UNIS using this collaboration agreement. For more information, see the UNIS website and speak to a UQ Global Experience Adviser.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Accommodation

UiO provides information on housing options and application processes for exchange students. Exchange students can apply for housing through SiO Housing and will be guaranteed a room.

Cost of living

Norway is an expensive country and it takes a while to get used to the high cost of living.  As an international student, you are required to have a minimum of approximately NOK 11,500 per month in order to cover basic expenses. A breakdown of typical expenses is available on the University of Oslo’s budget and cost of living webpage

Financial support

A range of funding for student exchange including scholarships, grants and loans are available to UQ students.  

Insurance

Students approved to participate in the Student Exchange Program are automatically covered by UQ’s Travel Insurance for the country of their host university only.

For more information, read the Student Travel Insurance Policy Summary on UQ’s Travel Insurance web page (login required).

If you plan to travel outside of your host country, you should purchase additional insurance.

All students from countries outside the EU/EEA should have private or public health insurance to cover their first weeks in Norway. Students staying in Norway for more than 3 months can become members of the National Insurance Scheme. 

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.

Organise your visa

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

UiO provides visa and immigration information for incoming exchange students.

Contact the Royal Norwegian Embassy for more visa information.

Travel risk levels

The University of Queensland cannot and does not allow students to travel to any country with a risk level of 3 (Reconsider your need to travel) or above, as assessed by the Australian Government.

If a country's risk level changes to 3 or above, Global Experience programs to that country are suspended until the risk level improves.

Find out the risk level and travel advice for your host country on the Smartraveller website.

Register your travel plans

We recommend that you register your travel plans on the Smartraveller website so that the Australian Government can contact you or your family in an emergency.

Non-Australian citizens should register with their closest consulate.

Exchange deadlines

May 31 for Semester 1 of the following year.

October 31 for Semester 2 of the following year.