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University of Oslo International Summer School

University of Oslo International Summer School
Join students from more than 90 countries to study, interact and increase understanding and good will between nations.
Location: 
Oslo, Norway
Language of Instruction: 
English
Norwegian
Term: 
Summer
Academic Disciplines: 
Political Science
Sociology
Global & International Studies
Peace & Conflict Studies
Leadership Studies
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Program Type: 
Summer Non-Faculty Led
Highlights: 
  •  Spend six weeks in Oslo, Norway, a small country in Northern Europe with beautiful and breath-taking scenery, a fascinating history and culture, and a thriving economy. 
  •  Complete three - nine credit hours of coursework, looking at such diverse topics as sustainability, the welfare state, film, politics, etc. from a comparative perspective, with Norway as a case study.
  • Engage with and learn from fellow students from nearly 100 countries, building cross-cultural understanding and confidence.
  • Christine Pederson Fund for the ISS at the University of Oslo scholarship available.  See Further Reading below for more information.
Program Summary: 

The University of Oslo International Summer School offers students the opportunity to engage in a diverse array of academic courses, experience a rich variety of cultural and social activities, explore the environment of Norway through mountain hikes and excursions to the Western Norway fjords, and foster engagement and understanding between people of different backgrounds, cultures, and ways of life.  Founded in 1947, the International Summer School offered its 70th session in 2016 and now boasts more than 30,000 alumni from around the world.    

Location: 

Oslo is one of Europe’s fastest-growing cities, with a population approaching 700,000 and new neighborhoods with eye-catching architecture popping up all over. The largest city in Norway, Oslo is quickly transforming into a cosmopolitan hub with an abundance of world-class museums, restaurants and art, while still maintaining the relaxed atmosphere of a much smaller town.

Oslo is nestled between the Oslo Fjord and hundreds of square miles of forested hills, and is a green city in more ways than one. The compact city center is easily explored on foot or by bike, and an efficient public transport system makes the whole city accessible to the visiting student.

Academic Information: 

The ISS offers courses focusing on Norwegian language and various aspects of Norwegian culture and society.  Undergraduate courses to be offered during the Summer 2018 include:

  • Intensive Norwegian (beginning through advanced)
  • Art in Norway
  • Norwegian History
  • Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries
  • Norwegian Life and Society
  • Norwegian Literature
  • Scandinavian Film Genres
  • The Norwegian Welfare State
  • Scandinavian Government and Politics
  • International Politics
  • Professional Communication Seminar

Graduate courses are also available for students who have completed their undergraduate degree.  Advanced undergraduate students may be considered for these courses by petition only.  All courses are intensive in nature, and many include field trips, cultural activities or excursions as critical components of the course.

Additional information on the academic program, including a complete list of courses to be offered at the undergraduate and graduate level each summer, is available through the ISS Website.

Housing: 

The majority of students participating in the International Summer School will be housed at Blindern Dormitory.  The dormitory is located next to the University campus at Blindern. The beautiful, historic buildings were constructed 1925 and are surrounded by a green garden.  In addition to accommodations, students staying at Blindern dormitory also have access to a small study hall with a library, a gym, a music room and a volleyball court.

Three meals per day are served during the week, and breakfast and dinner is provided on weekends. All meals are served at Blindern dormitory.

 

Life Abroad: 

The ISS arranges a number of weekend excursions to culturally interesting and scenic areas of Norway.  Past excursions have included:

  • the Oslo Fjord
  • Telemark
  • Jotunheimen
  • White Water Rafting
  • Hallingdal

One weekend excursion is included in the program fee.  In addition, students may participate in a five-day excursion to Bergen and the West Coast for an additional charge.  See the ISS website for more information.

Eligibility: 

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing at the University of Kansas. 

The application deadline is January 26 (for consideration as an ISS scholarship recipient).   

Further Reading: 

Christine Pederson Fund for the ISS at the University of Oslo
Through the generous support of Christine Pederson, KU alumnus and former participant in the International Summer School, the KU Office of Study Abroad will award one scholarship each year to an ISS participant.  This scholarship provides financial support of up to $5,000 to KU degree-seeking students to participate in the International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo.  The deadline to apply is February 1.  Apply online at https://ku.studioabroad.com/?go=PedersonOsloScholarship.  

Add Course: 
The Norwegian Welfare State
ISSSV 1753
This course counts as both POLS 249 (3) AND POLS 249 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Scandinavian Government & Politics
ISSSV 1850
This course counts as both POLS 669 (3) AND POLS 249 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Summer 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
International Politics
ISSSV 1855
This course counts as both POLS 170 (3) AND POLS 249 (2) for a total of 5 credits.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Gender Equality in the Nordic Countries
ISSHF2060
This course is worth 6 credit hours
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2016
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2021
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Intensive Elementary Norwegian Level I
ISSN0110
This course will give you credit for both NORW 104 (Elementary Norwegian I) and NORW 108 (Elementary Norwegian II) for a total of 10 credit hours.
Course Prefix: 
Language of Instruction: 
Norwegian
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2017
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2022
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note

Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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