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About USN

USN is the second largest University College in Norway

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The University College of Southeast Norway (USN) is the country’s second largest state-owned university college, measured in the total number of students, and larger than several of Norway’s universities.  

USN is headed by Rector Petter Aasen.

The rector reports to USN's Board, which is chaired by Professor Rune Nilsen. 

We are approximately 18,000 students and 1,500 staff, spread over eight campuses: Drammen, Vestfold, Kongsberg, Ringerike, Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland.

The University College of Southeast Norway aims to have a regional foundation, and with eight campuses, we have a strong and clear presence in one of Norway’s most exciting and dynamic regions.

The University College of Southeast Norway was established on 1 January 2016, when Buskerud and Vestfold University College merged with Telemark University College.

The University College of Southeast Norway is an accredited higher education institution.

The controlling authority for higher education institutions in Norway is NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education).

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USN aims to be a progressive university college, where pedagogical use of IT, e-learning and online course material is a natural and important part of the way we teach.

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USN for Refugees

University College of Southeast Norway wishes to contribute to the successful integration process. Our staff and students are strongly engaged to do our part in making you feel welcome in Norway. In these pages you will find information about higher education in Norway, open lectures at USN and spesial events or actions relevant to refugees in Norway.