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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science

At the University of Oslo you can take courses in your major in English. Living and learning alongside Norwegian and international students, you’ll experience the positive and inclusive learning environment that has led to its outstanding student reviews.

Unique study opportunities

  • Study the influential Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen, and how his plays are interpreted across cultures.
  • Examine how science and innovation can solve pressing world problems like climate change and global health.
  • Learn how gender equality has been developed and is practiced in Nordic countries.


Language of Instruction: English

Norwegian Language Study: Optional

A wide variety of courses at the University of Oslo are taught in English. Norwegian language courses are available at the beginning to advanced levels.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units.
  • You may take one course pass/no pass.

Current Program Courses

As a UCEAP participant you have access to more than 800 courses taught in English at all levels; most courses on this program are at the upper-division level. After acceptance, the university provides a list of courses and syllabi to register. You’ll confirm enrollment after arrival.

You'll enroll primarily in bachelor-level courses. You have the option to enroll in master-level courses provided you have the appropriate background, meet the prerequisites, and there is space in the course. Master-level courses should only be taken in your major as these courses represent advanced level coursework that will be challenging. Master-level courses will transfer back as upper-division undergraduate credit.

The University of Oslo offers degree programs within eight faculties:

  • Theology
  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences
  • Dentistry
  • Social Sciences
  • Education

Research and independent study are typically not available on this program.

Catalogs and resources

  • University of Oslo course catalog: Click on the department to see a list of courses offered in each field. On the department page you can select term (autumn or spring) and the level of the course.
  • Norwegian language courses: Read more about language courses available to international students.
  • UCEAP Course Catalog: See a list of courses students have taken on this program. This is not a current representation of course offerings on this program. Reference the above links to review recent course offerings. 
  • Campus Credit Abroad: Learn the types of credit (major, minor, general education, elective) students from your campus received at this location.

Academic culture

Teaching methods at the University of Oslo include lectures, seminars, lab work, workshops, group exercises, practical and problem-based learning, and self study. Just as it does at UC, class sizes vary from 15 to 200 students depending on the course.

In the Norwegian university system, self-discipline and motivation are the keys to success. There are fewer assignments and weekly class hours than at UC. To do well on final exams, plan for a lot of independent study time and work on projects and papers.

Exam methods vary by course. Your grade may be based on a project, research paper, mid-term, final, take-home exam, or any combination of these.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Grades for the fall semester are typically available in January and grades for the spring semester are typically available in July. ​