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ISEP Exchange - Vestfold University College
Vestfold, Norway (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Year (SH)
Host University Website: Click to visit
Program Sponsor: ISEP 
Cost Estimate Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2016 03/01/2016 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Eligibility: Graduate, Junior, Senior Housing Options: Residence Halls
Faculty Led: No Exchange Program: Yes
Program Description:
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Buskerud and Vestfold University College
Vestfold County is the smallest county in area in Norway with its 2 215 Square kilometres. There are seven towns, all located by the coastal line, and a total of 226,000 inhabitants.

Vestfold County is a popular tourist destination, especially in the summer months. There are over one hundred beaches and beautiful skerries which makes swimming and boating excursions popular activities. If fishing is a favourite activity the river “Lågen” offers possibilities for fishing salmon, otherwise the local lakes or the sea is full of tasteful seafood. During winter there are great opportunities to go skiing, either cross country or down hill.

The Viking traditions are still alive in Vestfold today, and almost every month there are new archaeological findings in the County. Well known archaeological finding in this part of Norway is for example Oseberg and Gokstad Royal mound. Norway has a well developed public transportation system. You can easily take a bus or train to your chosen destination.

The closest towns to Campus, Tønsberg and Horten, have both many cafés and restaurants, as well as bars and discos if you like to go out to have a good time. If you prefer going to the movies or museums you also find a large variety. The University College is situated one hour south from Norway’s capitol, Oslo.

NOTE: Sandefjord Airport Torp situated in Vestfold county offers many cheap flights to all the major cities in Europe. Why not explore Europe in weekends and holidays when you are staying with us? See

Informative links

Traveling in Vestfold:
ISEP Exchange: undergraduate programs available for an academic year or a semester

ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
Program Dates
Semester 1 (Fall): mid-August to mid-December. Semester 2 (Spring): early January to mid-June.
Fast Facts
Vestfold, Norway (pop. 227,798)
Student Enrollment: 4,200
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
University Home Page
Programs and Courses Offered in English
Faculty of Health and Science:
Bachelors in Nursing;
Post-Bachelor (Advanced) programs: Mental Health*, Gerontology, Supervision and Coaching, Rehabilitation and Recovery, Health Education;
Advanced studies requiring a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing: Midwifery, Oncology Nursing, Anaesthesia Nursing, Intensive Care Nursing, Perioperative Nursing

Faculty of Education and Humanities: Teacher Training (4 years), Bachelors in Early Childhood Training*, and in Lingual- and Cultural Subjects

Faculty of Technology and Maritime Science: Bachelors in Electronics, Electrical and Automation Engineering, Product Design, Computer Science and Microsystems Technology* (engineering degrees).
Bachelors in Marine Engineering, Nautical Science, and Shipping and Logistics

Faculty of Economics and Social Science: Bachelors in Information Systems, Sociology, History, Business Administration 
Courses taught in English

All faculties are open to exchange students and will tailor programs to students’ needs if they are particularly interested in some programs not taught in English. Check here for available courses taught in English. NOTE: 30 ECTS = Full-time, semester-long course.

The modules taught in English may vary from year to year – kindly contact for more details.

Academic Notes
Buskerud and Vestfold University College has had strong focus in research and development especially in the following areas: Microsystems Technology (MST), Health Promotion, Pedagogical texts and learning processes and Kindergarten Development. Norway is famous for its maritime industry - Buskerud and Vestfold University College houses the largest, oldest and the most complete Maritime Faculty of its kind in Norway.


Transcript issued for Semester 1: Within one month after the final exam
Transcript issued for Semester Within one month after the final exam
Transcript issued for Full Yea Within one month after the final exam

Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student’s home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations.
Language Notes
Norwegian is the language of instruction but some courses are taught in English in all faculties. A beginning-level Norwegian language course is offered every semester.
Hints for Researching Courses
See: Programs and Courses Offered in English.
Housing and Meals
Exchange students will live in housing facilities near the university campuses. Students will have their own room but will often share a kitchen, bathroom and a common area with other students. A meal stipend will be provided to cover groceries for cooking. For more information on student housing, see SIV/bolig


$200-400/month. The first month is more expensive due to the need of buying books and additional clothes,NOK 500 - 1000. Please note that most of the students elect to buy a bus card costing approximately 50 USD per month. Norway is a high cost country. Alcohol, cigarettes and dining out at restaurants are more expensive in Norway than in the USA. However, there are many activities that are affordable. The student organizations arrange all kinds of sport and cultural activities - the costs for a student are kept as low as possible.The students get discounts on bus fares as well.

Please, make sure that you have a valid credit card with you. ATMs are easily available. If you are staying more than six months you should open a bank account in Norway. In order to open such an account you must apply for a Norwegian Social Security number. This process can take up to four weeks.

We recommend that you buy a Norwegian SIM-card to your cellular phone.
A typical orientation day includes the following: Welcome by University College officials. Registering the students and getting their ID cards and access to computer facilities. Orientation about culture, academic culture and campus facilities. Instructions about the immigration procedures at the police station. Intruction about banks, grocery stores, bicycle rental and public transportation. Presentation of student activities available for international students. Presentation of the services available at the International Relations Office. Introduction to the student group in charge of international activities. The Orientation Day is offered only in the beginning of the Fall semester but all the above information is provided for the students coming for the Spring as well.

Host will provide arrival directions with acceptance packet.
Student Activities
The Student Society has different sports groups international students can participate in - from mountain climbing to dance. Vestfold has several golf courses, both 18 holes and 9 holes. There are many ski slopes in the district or perhaps you’d like to learn cross-country? The international students get many opportunities to enjoy snow and games at the cabin owned by The Student Welfare Organization. They own a sailboat you may rent as well. The International Relations Office is responsible for a wide range of social activities for international students. These activities include cabin trips, pizza nights, and sightseeing tours to Oslo and to the local towns. Many of these activities are sponsored by the University College.
Buskerud and Vestfold University College is a medium-sized Norwegian university college with approximately 4200 students. It is small enough for your teacher to attend to your individual academic needs, and for you to be able to study in an intimate environment. However, the university college is large enough to offer wide variety of student activities. While not the largest of institutions we have a dedicated and highly professional staff and hard-working students. Our teachers and researchers provide the best possible conditions for your professional and personal development. The university college is located in modern buildings in beautiful surroundings in Vestfold County on the east coast of Norway - approximately one hour from Norway’s capitol, Oslo. The campus is located in Horten (Borre), just outside one of Vestfold’s seven towns. Tønsberg, a town close to the campus is Norway "s oldest town and famous for its Viking heritage. The Norwegians have good language skills especially in English making yours foreign experience with us easier than in many other European countries.