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  • Locations: Oslo, Norway
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: USAC 
  • Restrictions: Goucher applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/28/2017 10/18/2017 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Semester GPA minimum: 3.0
Class Standing: 2.Sophomore, 3.Junior, 4.Senior
Program Description:

USAC Norway
University of Oslo

Program Overview

Surrounded by hills and fjords, the University of Oslo today is Norway's largest and oldest university and its leading academic institution ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world according to the Tiimes Higher Education World University Rankings (2012). It has approximately 32,000 students, of which 2,000 are international students. The university has a permanent academic staff of approximately 2,500, 8 faculties and more than 70 departments, as well as leading clinics, 8 centers of excellence and several museums.  The Oslo program offers the opportunity to enroll at the University of Oslo in a wide range of courses taught in English.  You may choose from a broad range of courses in the areas of Scandinavian Studies, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Education, and Law.  Students take the 60-hour Beginners Course in Norwegian in addition to their normal study program (included in the USAC program fees).  Although most people in Norway speak English, we strongly recommend you take this optional course, as it will help you to assimilate better into Norwegian life, and you will find that Norwegians appreciate your effort to speak their language.

10 to 12 OIS scholarships ranging from $1500 - $2000 are available to students applying to programs in Ghana, Japan, and USAC programs in India, Korea, Oslo Norway, Sweden, Thailand, and China.

Eligibility

  • Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session

  • Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. The minimum cumulative GPA for this program is 3.0

  • Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.

  • Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester

  • Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application


Applications

Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline.  See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to USAC by their published deadline. You must pay the USAC $100 application fee which will be refunded to you by Goucher in the following billing cycle.  Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.  

 

General Program Dates

Program Dates

Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from your program. 
 

Academics

Through our agreement with the University of Oslo, an array of courses will be made available for you to take.  Courses are subject to availability and approval of prerequisites which are determined by the University of Oslo.

Students are able to enroll in up to 30 ECTS credits, which is the equivalent of approximately 15 US credits.
All students are strongly encouraged to take Introductory Norwegian Language: the 60-hour (5-credit) Introductory Norwegian Languagecourse or a more intensive 84-hour (7-8-credit) Level 1 Norwegian Language course is included in the USAC program fees.

Please open this link for information on the courses:  
http://www.uio.no/english/studies/courses/
 
Approximately 800 courses are available in English.  Please use the link provided above to determine what ‘may’ be offered in the semester for which you are applying.  There is no guarantee that you will be placed in a particular class.  You must be flexible and have backup courses in mind.  Please see your advisor in OIS if you need to find out what is going to be offered. 

Please be aware that Goucher cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course even though it is listed in their catalog, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you should correspond with the program directly during the application period.
 
Please select courses that begin with 0, 1, 2 or 3, as classes in the 4000 level and above are Masters level. Two ECTS credits are equal to 1 US credit.
 
The Norwegian education system emphasizes to a large degree independent study and individual planning.  You must be able to be responsible for your own progress and the teaching staff trusts that you follow the course plan yourself.  Some lectures are mandatory to attend.  More information on readings and assignments is given by the faculty and department upon arrival.
 
Courses are taught by lecture with complete study guide and tutorial sessions and support. 
 
Grading Conversion:

Host University US Equivalency
A A
B B
C  B-
D C
E D
F F
   

Credit and Grade Translations

Goucher will transfer grades and credits as reported on the USAC transcript.  Grades will be recorded on the Goucher transcript and will factor into the GPA.


Academic Policies

  • Grades count toward a Goucher GPA

  • Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis

  • Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits

  • All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.

  • Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad


Language Skills and Language of Instruction

There are classes offered in English for International Students


Program Costs

Budget Sheet

Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program.  Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program.  You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.


Financial Aid/Scholarships

Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program.  In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.

10 to 12 OIS scholarships ranging from $1500 - $2000 are available to students applying to programs in Ghana, Japan, and USAC programs in India, Korea, Oslo Norway, Sweden, Thailand, and China.

To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program  through the following application:

OIS Scholarships

 


Payment

A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees.  Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.


Cancellation

The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.

If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.


Housing

Students will apply and pay for housing directly to USAC or the host university abroad.

Residence Halls - USAC students live in student villages at the University of Oslo.  Most students are housed in one of the two largest student residences: Sogn or Kringsja, which are situated less than one mile from campus.  Students live in single rooms and share bathrooms, kitchens, halls and telephones with 4-8 other students.  Rooms are typically furnished with a sofa-type bed, desk, chair, bookshelf and table.


Will I have a meal plan?

No, however cooking facilities are included in the apartments as well as numerous on-campus restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops.


Location

Oslo, Norway 

Orientations

A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation.   Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad.  Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.


Additional Information and Links

Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources

Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs.  Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program.  Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S.  Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports

Health and Safety


You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad.  Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance: 

U S Embassy - Norway

Visa


A student visa is official permission by a foreign government to live and study in that country. In the case of Norway, all semester and yearlong students must obtain a visa or study permit prior to departure.

Further information will be posted to your USAC Student Gateway account in the USAC Visa Guide, which you will receive after you have been accepted into your USAC program (typically 4 months prior to your program start). Program Advisors in the Central Office are also available to answer any visa questions you may have.

Student will be required to apply for their study permit in person at a VFS/Travisa visa application center. There are currently centers in New York City, Washington D.C., Houston, San Francisco, and Chicago. All costs related to obtaining a visa, including travel, are your responsibility.

Non-US Citizens must check with your home country embassy or consulate, as well as the Norwegian Consulate regarding visa/study permit requirements. Non-US students should visit the UDI webpage to see if their country is on the list of visa-free countries. It is your responsibility to determine specific study permit or visa requirements and acquire your study permit prior to the start of your program.

Permanent residents of the US should check with US Immigration, as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status. Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.

Study Abroad Insurance

All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Goucher will pay for this insurance for every student on Goucher semester programs, and Goucher ICAs. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.

Students with Disabilities

Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad.  OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have.  However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests.  More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website. 

Student Identity

Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.

On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.

Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.