Is this program right for you?
This program is right for business students who wish to experience the Norwegian education system first hand by taking demanding business classes directly enrolled at a Norwegian university. Classes are taught in English directly alongside local Norwegian and other international students. Students can enroll in a full semester's worth of classes in the Fall or Spring term. BI also offers a summer course on intercultural management.
A study abroad semester at the BI Norwegian Business School allows students to prepare themselves for an international career by exposing them to different cultures and business philosophies. Today around 700 international students from 72 different nations study at BI.
BI is a future oriented business school. This not only shows in research and teaching carried out, but also in the commitment to constantly updating and improving teaching facilities. The school opened its new main campus in 2005, which is centrally located in an emerging and pulsating business area in Oslo.
BI Norwegian Business School is the largest provider of higher education in the area of management in Norway, and one of the largest in Europe. Study abroad students can choose from a wide array of undergraduate business courses conducted in English.
Students can choose from courses that cover a variety of subjects such as marketing, accounting, finance, international law and business among others. Course lists and course descriptions for the academic year can be found on the BI website here
View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed. Read more about the course equivalency process and how AU counts study abroad credits on our Courses and Credits page.
During the summer semester BI will offer their 4-week summer course called "Intercultural Management – a Scandinavian/Norwegian perspective." In today’s global world an understanding of what happens when people from different cultures meet and work together is quite essential for managers and leaders. Through the course the students will on top of their lectures get extensive exposure to Norwegian shipping, software and other industries through guest lectures and company visits. In cooperation with the University of Oslo the students have the opportunity to participate in the Norwegian Life and Society course giving them an insight into Norwegian history, economic, politics and much more. The course is worth 5 AU credits. Read more about the summer program here!
Few other capitals can offer such a variety and activities and scenery as Oslo. You may have breakfast at the beach watching the seagulls following a fishing boat or choose to have lunch at a downtown café listening to the sounds of the city. For dinner you can most probably find a restaurant true to your taste, from whichever part of the world you are. And at night you may choose to throw yourself into a throbbing nightlife or sit around a bonfire with your friends in the woods overlooking the city.
Oslo is big enough for all this to happen, but still small enough for you to do it all in a day!
Learn more about life in Norway on the "Study in Norway" website
Housing & Meals
BI Norwegian Business School assists international exchange students in finding accommodation in student housing complexes, through two housing providers, SiO or BSN. The housing is located off-campus, and range from a five-minute walk to a 15 minute ride on public transportation away from the BI campus. The housing is apartment style. Students have a single room, and share kitchen, bathroom, and living areas with 1-5 other students, depending on the placement.
More information about housing in Oslo can be found on the BI Accommodation website
It is the student's responsibility to find out what documentation is needed for the visa. It is also the student's responsibility to apply for the appropriate visa or residence permits that he or she will need in order to enter Norway.
Depending on the country of citizenship, a foreign student may enter Norway by means of one of the following:
- EU Identity card: Exchange students with EU/EEA citizenship
- Passport - Visitor's Permit: Exchange students with non EU/EEA citizenship who can travel to Norway without an Entry Visa
- Entry Visa: Exchange students with non EU/EEA citizenship who need an Entry Visa to enter Norway.
In addition to the entry visa, a residence permit is required for all exchange students who intend to stay in Norway for more than three months (except Nordic citizens of Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland).
Upon arrival, all students need to register with the Norwegian police.