photo of Pulpit Rock in Vestfold County, Norway

University College of Southeast Norway

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa |

Buskerud and Vestfold University College (HBV) has recently merged with Telemark University to form Norway's second largest university college, University College of Southeast Norway, with approximately 17,000 students. University College of Southeast Norway offers English taught exchange programmes within business/management, tourism, design, fine arts and folk music, engineering, sports and outdoor life, physical education, humanities, education and health sciences.

In the northern corner of the world, you can combine your studies with exciting outdoor activities--both winter and summer. You can see the Aurora Borealis ("Northern lights"), experience the midnight sun, fjords and mountains. You can challenge yourself with skiing, white water rafting, climbing, or simply enjoy the fresh air, clean water and lots and lots of space. As a student in Norway you will never be short of possibilities for unique outdoor experiences.


Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: view website

Spring Application Deadline: October 1
Spring Semester: view website


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

Click here for the most current exchange rate.

All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee


TOTAL Program Fee


Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)


$3,000 - $4,000



Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)

$8,150 - $9,150

Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)

$2,000 - $4,000

The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.


Norway is one of the Scandinavian countries located in Northern Europe. It is home to wide open spaces, mountain plateaus, deep valleys, fjords, a long coastline, and friendly people. It has one of Europe’s strongest and most stable economies and is known for significant advances in health and medicine. While located in the far North, its close proximity to the sea creates a climate less severe than one would expect. The town of Tonsberg is the oldest town in Norway and has about 37,000 inhabitants, while the town of Horten is a port city located on the North Sea. Vestfold County is home to picturesque beauty and loads of outdoor adventure.  


Vestfold County offers many outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, and white water rafting. The student society organizes many sports and social activities, such as Thursday night Disco night in Tonsberg.


USN courses are separated into segmented modules of study. Modules can be worth 3.75-15 UNC credit hours.

Programs and courses can be found here.

Modules applicable to UNC students include:

Business and Management
Humanities and Education
Health Sciences

HSN uses the ECTS credit system. Students will enroll in 30 ECTS, which will transfer back as 15 UNC credits.

A free, non-credit bearing beginning Norwegian course is offered to international students. All other courses for international students are taught in English.

Language of Instruction



To be eligible to apply students must have at least a 2.5 GPA and must have completed at least two semesters of courses at UNC.

This program is open to all majors with no limit on the number of UNC students who can participate each semester. Students may apply for one semester or one academic year.

Housing and Meals

HBV staff will help students arrange housing in one of many facilities based upon where you take courses. Most accommodations have a single room and private bathroom with a shared kitchen. Apartments are typically shared with 4-6 others. Electricity, water, Wi-Fi included in rent. You can rent all bed linens and kitchen equipment for NOK 120/month ($110 for the semester).

Students will be responsible for purchasing and cooking their own meals. Some meals may be purchased at the HBV campus cafeterias.

Click Here for more information on student accommodations and other practical matters.


Students must first complete the UNC study abroad application and an additional application for HBV, which can be obtained from their Study Abroad Advisor or can be downloaded here. Applications from students must be sent to HBV via the Study Abroad Office upon nomination.


Students accepted to participate in this program will need to apply for a study permit for studies.

Click here for more information about how to apply for a Studies permit.


Pictures taken by UNC Students while in Norway

Verdens EndeVerdens Ende, near the University (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Snowhite)

HoretnHorten, a city just north of the University in December (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Snowhite)

Horten ChristmasHorten at Christmas time (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Snowhite)

Horten HarbourHorten Harbour (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Snowhite)

A sailing trip organized by the university (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Snowhite)

TønsbergTønsberg, a city just south of the university. (Photo courtesy of Kaitlyn Snowhite)

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