Undergraduate Global Immersion in Norway

Oslo, Norway: BI Norwegian Business School

Program Type

This is a semester exchange program, where students take classes (in English or Norwegian) directly at a partner university and substitute that semester for a semester at the University of Minnesota. The partner university will send one of their students to the Carlson School of Management to take classes in their place.

Exchanges often require students to demonstrate a high degree of independence, adaptability, and flexibility because support and service may be different from a US university. Examples of differences that exchange students should be prepared to encounter include varying housing options, the amount and timing of program details, grading based less on assignments and more on final exams, and an academic calendar that may differ significantly from the University of Minnesota.

Location and Host School

Norway holds the top international ranking in the human development index, with an abundance of key natural resources. Traditionally focused on sea transport and shipping, industries have expanded to include petroleum, hydropower and advanced information technology innovations. The capital of Oslo is devoutly international with more than 20% of the population foreign born. Much of the wide reaching city is covered in protected forest and as one strolls down the pedestrian shopping streets they are only moments away from isolated wilderness. Situated at the very tip of Oslofjord, the city is surrounded by more than 1,000 kilometers of downhill and cross-country ski trails in every direction.

BI is one of Norway’s largest institutions, and with 60% market share of business and industry education, it is the largest single provider of applied business knowledge in the country. BI leads in delivering quality, relevance, and—with ultra-modern learning facilities—an inspiring learning environment. It is ranked in top 20 schools in Europe by Eduniversal, an international business school ranking authority. BI educational focus is to develop competencies that promote value creation and innovation. BI attracts many of the country's leading faculty in economics, management, strategy, marketing. and finance. Extensive links with the majority of Norway’s key enterprises build relationships that serve Carlson School students throughout their careers.

Academic Calendar

Fall semester: August to December

Spring semester: January to June

When selecting a semester exchange program, students should take note of academic calendars that differ significantly from the University of Minnesota. Consider potential conflicts such as holidays, family events, graduation ceremonies, and summer jobs/internships early in the selection process.

Work with Education Abroad Advisers and the Carlson Business Career Center for support addressing challenges.

Language and Academics

Students are enrolled in 15 Carlson School S/N International Business (IBUS 5100) credits for a semester at BI and take a total of 30 ECTS credits at BI to meet the minimum requirements. This amounts to approximately five classes, depending on the course.

Classes at BI are offered in both English and Norwegian, with a substantial catalog of classes in English. Carlson School exchange students are able to choose from a variety of subjects, including:

  • Organizational Psychology & Management
  • Financial Accounting
  • Norwegian Culture & History
  • International Commercial Law
  • Cross-Cultural Management
  • Consumer Behavior
  • Service Marketing & Customer Loyalty
  • Scandinavian Worklife & Management
  • Information Technology Management
  • Business to Business Marketing
  • Organizations & Change
  • Market Planning & Product Management
  • International Business
  • International Marketing


BI assists students in finding housing close to campus. There are 2 primary options available: Kringsja, 20 minutes from campus by train; BN is close to campus and somewhat more expensive, a newer building with modern amenities similar to on-campus apartments at the University of Minnesota.

Budget Estimate 2013 - 2014

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs.

2013-2014 Tuition $6,530
Program Fee (includes program administration and intl health insurance*) $2,500
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,100
Documentation** (passport, visa, immunization) $360
Books and Materials $200
Room and/or Board $5,000
Essential Daily Living Expenses $3,000
Miscellaneous $500
Total $19,190

*Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad.

**Subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. In addition, University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Scholarships and Finances for additional information, and Costs and Billing for budget planning and cost comparison tools.


To be eligible for this education abroad program, you must be:

  • A University of Minnesota student who has successfully completed the I-Core curriculum or equivalent coursework
  • In good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Additional criteria may apply and meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance

The University of Minnesota is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, or sexual orientation.

Application and Selection

Application materials include the online application form, a resume, and essay. Submit a completed application by the February 28th priority deadline prior to the academic year in which you wish to participate. Programs that do not fill following the priority deadline will be reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

Admission to all programs is based on review of your application by the study abroad selection committee, and selection notifications are sent out within one month of the priority deadline or receipt of application during rolling admission. Once selected, students are given the opportunity to confirm acceptance, at which point they are subject to Education Abroad policies

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Global Immersion
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CSOM 2-210
Phone: 612-625-9361
Fax: 612-624-8248

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