This is how the autumn semester at USN will be

Concert at semester start campus Vestfold 2017. Photo: Audun Ibenholt.
To avoid having too many people congregated in too small a space, the official start of the semester will take place in several rounds. This is from a "traditional" semester start at USN.

All students will be taught on campus, but some digital teaching will also be necessary. New students will be given the most time on campus during the first few weeks of the autumn semester. Supervised practical training is planned to proceed as normal.

Note: this does not apply to exchange students and incoming full degree students.

Monday 10 August, the autumn semester begins at USN. The infection control rules mean that the autumn semester will not be entirely normal. Nevertheless, there will be activity on all campuses.

"We are planning the autumn semester based on the infection control rules that are currently in effect. The onemetre distance rule means that there will not be enough room to accommodate as many students as we normally do in classrooms and auditoriums, which is why some teaching must be carried out digitally. Nevertheless, everyone will be allowed to come to campus", Director of Studies Vibeke Bredahl says.

If the national infection control rules change during the summer, USN will make corresponding changes.

See your campus on 9 August

Would you like to look around in advance? Sunday 9 August between the hours of 12 and 3 p.m., all our campuses, except Rauland, are open to new students. Come and familiarise yourself with the hallways, meet some students and have a chat with a study supervisor. All at a distance of one metre, of course.

Starting dates for studies

The starting dates for studies for first-year students at bachelor's and master's degree level are between 10 and 19 August. Check for further information on the specific study programme you will be attending. The starting date for students at Campus Rauland is 24 August.

To avoid having too many people congregated in too small a space, the official start of the semester will take place in several rounds. There will be a digital ceremony with a concert and greeting from the Rector and student leader. The video will be shown several times and will be a part of the opening ceremony for each study programme.

Students will be given information on where and when to meet. The ceremony can also be watched online on computers elsewhere.


Students will be taught in classrooms, auditoriums and digital rooms this autumn, and they will be provided help to find their way to the digital rooms where teaching takes place. When on campus, you will be a member of a permanent group so that you will meet the same fellow students in a number of contexts.

We want to offer as much teaching and guidance as possible on campus, but the infection control rules mean that we don't have enough space to accommodate as many students in each room. Students who are in a risk category and should not participate in classroom teaching will be offered alternatives to on-campus teaching.

You will get help!

Are you anxious about starting student life? We have many people on campus who are ready to help you understand how to manage your studies and how to engage in social life outside your studies.  Staff and experienced students are ready to help you.

Supervised practical training

Practical training in schools, kindergartens and health institutions is an important part of the educational programme for many students at USN, and practical training will proceed as normal this autumn.


Exams are a long way off, but we've already started thinking about them. There will be digital exams in almost all courses, either take-home or on campus – with proper social distancing.

Everything is open, but remember the infection control rules

The library, bookstore, eateries, fitness centre and other services on campus will be open when the autumn semester begins, and the infection control rules will be complied with. We remind students to keep your distance from others, wash your hands frequently and avoid coughing or sneezing directly at others.