About USN



Welcome to the University of South-Eastern Norway! 

We employ 1,900 people and offers an education to about 17,000 students. We offer profession- and business-focused educational programmes, research and knowledge dissemination to high international standards.  

Students at USN can study full-time, part-time, on campus or by means of online learning. We offer more than 300 bachelor’s and master’s degree courses, including ‘business bachelor’ and ‘industry master’ degrees, which combine studies with salaried work. USN offers doctoral (PhD) study programmes in eight subject fields. USN also offers a number of supplementary and further education programmes for those who may be looking for re-training opportunities or who want to build on their existing qualifications.   

You will encounter challenging study programmes and innovative teaching approaches that are closely linked to the demands of business and the needs of wider society.  

USN is located across three Norwegian counties, with campuses in Bø, Drammen, Horten, Kongsberg, Notodden, Porsgrunn, Ringerike and Rauland.  

USN was founded following the merger of a number of former university colleges. The University College of South-Eastern Norway was founded on 1 January 2016 when the University College of Buskerud and Vestfold merged with the University College of Telemark. The college was subsequently granted university status by Royal Decree on 4 May 2018. USN is currently headed by Pia Cecilie Bing-Jonsson. 

Our campuses


Life as a student in Drammen is fantastic. You study in a modern campus located in the centre of the city and you are part of a growing student community in a big city that has just about everything a young person looking for


With its own student tavern on campus, student society, own student sports club and student associations that go on trips both domestically and internationally, it's hard not to be taken by Campus Ringerike’s vibrant student community.


In Norway's oldest industrial city, young people from all over the country gather to embark on studies surrounded by wild nature and high-tech companies.


Notodden offers a dense urban environment with everything you need in the way of cafés, art galleries and cultural activities.


In one of South-Eastern Norway’s largest city regions, you can live an idyllic student life near the archipelago.


Campus Rauland is so small that just about every student knows each other. Here you never feel alone.

Bø is both urban and rural, and offers a wide range of music, sports and cultural activities. Bø has been named the country’s best cultural municipality and the student centre has been voted best concert venue.


Close to several of Vestfold's historic Viking tombs, you will find a highly vibrant and modern campus, renowned for its inclusive student community.

Focus areas

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