Important information

Useful information for international students coming to NIH as an exchange student.

Important dates, Timetable, How to get to Norway, How to get to NIH, Public transportation, SIM card for mobile phone, Part-time work and Work Permit, Doctor/ medical

Important dates

Fall 2018:
(week 33 - 51)

  • Week 33: Welcome week
  • August 13: Orientation meeting for all new, international students (students must arrive Oslo no later than August 12)
  • Week 34: First week of classes

Spring 2019:
(week 1 - 23)

  • January 7: Orientation meeting for new, international students taking the spring semester at NIH (program)
    (students must arrive Oslo no later than January 6)
  • Week 2: First week of classes for courses in English
  • April 15-23: No classes

Timetable for the 2018-19 academic year

The timetable for classes and exams will be available early July. You an serach for your courses here. Note that the search page is only in Norwegian, but here is a crash course in Norwegian:

  • Emne = course
  • Foreleser = Lecturer
  • Rom = Room
  • Eksamen = Exam

Above the search field, make sure you set the date parameter you wish to search within. Use the course codes (i.e. SPM325, EXFLL1) when you serach. Once you find what you are looking for under "Søkeresultat" (search results), click on it, and it will move to "Mine valg" (my choices). Then click "Vis timeplan" (show timetable).

How to get to Norway

Most international flights arrive at Oslo’s main airport, Oslo Airport (OSL), located about 50 km outside of Oslo. There are several means of transportation from Oslo Airport to Oslo. The main ones are:

  • regular local trains (NSB) - approx 25 minutes
  • airport express train (Flytoget) - approx 20 minutes
  • airport buses (Flybussen) - approx 45 minutes

Although we recommend you to fly to Oslo Airport, it is also possible to fly into Torp Airport Sandefjord (TRF). This is a smaller airport, about 120km south of Oslo. They have a shuttle bus system into Oslo Bus Terminal, but the buses do not go quite as often as from Oslo Airport.

If you are travelling to Oslo by train, you should get off at Oslo central station (Oslo S) and switch to other means of transportation. Those arriving by the international buses should get off at Oslo Bussterminal, Galleriet.

How to get to NIH

The easiest way to get to NIH or Kringsjå once arrived at Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) or Oslo Bus Terminal, is to catch the metro line 5, westbound towards “Sognsvann” from Jernbanetorget station. Look for signs that lead you to the "T-bane". It is located under the central train station.

Kringsjå is the second to last stop, and Sognsvann (where NIH is located) is the last stop. Check out for more information and timetables.

Public transportation

Oslo has a good system for getting around the city. Ruter is the company that runs the transit system, and you can use the same ticket for the following modes of transportation within the city limits:

  • Underground/ metro (t-bane)
  • buses
  • trams/ light rail (trikk)
  • Ferries (for some local ferries you will have to purchase a separate ticket)

We recommend that you purchase a month pass, as this is a cheaper option than purchasing single tickets. As a student you can purchase a student pass. Make sure you have downloaded the Student ID app (iTunes, Google Play Store) before purchasing the student pass.

You can also purchase tickets at the metro stations on vending machines, or at kiosks (Narvesen, 7 eleven and Deli de Luca).

Ruter has two apps we recommend students to download:

Sim card for mobile phone

More information to come.

Part-time work and Work Permit

Your student Residence Permit entitles you to take part time employment for up to 20 hours a week. In addition, you may work full time during holidays, but requires that you follow regular student progression, and complete 30 ECTS credits each semester.

To work, you will need a tax card issued by the Tax Administration (Skatteetaten) located in Schweigaards gate 17.

Doctor/ medical

If you need to see a doctor, you can use SiO, or you can go to the Emergency Room (Legevakten). In the event of life-threatening illness or injury, which requires immediate help, use the emergency number 113. The medical expertise will then assess how to handle the situation (e.g. to get an ambulance for transportation to a hospital).

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