During your studies
Here are some questions and answers about matters that may arise during your studies.
Here are some questions and answers about matters that may arise during your studies.
All students are advised to have a valid insurance covering the duration of their stay – including travel to and from Norway.
USN strongly emphasizes that it is the student’s own responsibility to make insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from, or in any way connected with, the study period in Norway.
In addition to health insurance (see below), all students must have a valid travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Norway.
Autumn semester: August 10th* – December 16th, 2020
Spring semester: January 7th* – June 18th, 2021
Some of the programmes taught in English might have a later start-up date in the Spring semester. Contact the program administration for information specific to your study programme.
Do not hesitate to contact your study advisor if you have questions pertaining to your study program. You will find her/his name on the study program page. Your study advisor processes applications for study leave and reduced study progression, explains regulations and helps to device individual study plans, among many other things.
Do you need to polish your study skills a bit? We provide advice to help you study smarter. We have offices on campus Vestfold, Kongsberg, Drammen and Ringerike, but we are also available on Skype. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have special needs and need support, send an email to email@example.com for appointment.
Do you struggle with motivation? Our career advisors are ready to help you sort your thoughts about the career choices you have taken and, of course, help you to polish your job-seeking skills.
USN Career has offices at Campus Vestfold but is of course also available on Skype.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSN Health offers professional help for those who just need to talk to someone. Sometimes everything feels a little ... rough. There can be times when your energy is low, the motivation is missing and it is hard to concentrate. There may be several explanations. Maybe something unusual happened in your life, or maybe you are just going through a period where everything just feels a little heavier than usual. SSN Health is present on all campuses. The door is open to everyone. Our services are available regardless of whether you need a short talk or help over time. The offer is free of charge and, of course, confidential.
Select your campus to book an appointment.
Sometimes life is like a maze it seems impossible to find your way through. Either you are struggling with a broken heart, feel lonely or wander about choices and big questions, sometimes a talk can make things easier. Student chaplains have extensive experience in talking with people in different phases of life. No issues are too small or too big. All campuses: email@example.com.
International Office provides you with the practical information only international students need, such as information on visa, social security number, UDI, residence permit, insurance, personal doctor and work permit. The doors are always open for any questions you might have. Send an email to; firstname.lastname@example.org.
(except online students)
|Semester fee to the Student Welfare Organization||NOK 550||NOK 550|
|Kopinor and printservices (50 NOK for printing)||NOK 339||NOK 179 (Only kopinor fee)|
|SAIH (optional)||NOK 40||NOK 40|
|Semester fee||NOK 929||NOK 769|
Concerning online programmes, only students on programmes without meetings are considered to be online-only students.
The semester fee is a statutory fee for all students. The semester fee covers the operation of the student organization and expenses for copying and printing. It also includes a voluntary SAIH fee that you can choose whether you want to pay.
Anyone that register for exams must pay the semester fee. There are some exceptions from this rule:
The invoice for the semester fee can be found in Studentweb. See below for more information about the various fees charged.
It can take as much as four days from you pay your semester fee until your payment is confirmed in Studenweb.
The same deadlines apply to any refund of the semester fee. If you have already paid a semester fee to another educational institution, or if you withdraw from studies at USN, you are entitled, upon request, to a refund. If you withdraw from studies you get a refund of the complete amount. If you have paid a semester fee to another educational institution, you only get the student welfare organisation fee refunded.
Student Association of Southeast Norway (SSN) is the welfare/service organization for students in Southeast Norway.
Through the Kopinor Agreement students and employees can take photocopies, prints and digital copies. USN requires additionally a fee to cover photocopies used for teaching (print services). The student printing fee (100 NOK) covers the students' own print quota at USN.
Note: The online students only pay Kopinor fee.
Students 'and Academics' International Assistance Fund (SAIH) is a politically independent organization. Ever since SAIH was founded in 1961, Norwegian students supported SAIH work through giving a coin of 10 NOK each to the SAIH. In addition to long-term development work, the SAIH works to get political influence in Norway and internationally, to improve the framework conditions for education and development globally.
In case you do not want to support SAIH, you may deduct the amount of the invoice when paying.
We have a library on all of our campuses.
For physical lending, you need a student ID card. You can access the library's online databases via your user name and password.
Check out the library web-page for opening hours and contact information for the different campus libraries
NB! During the examination period there will be extended opening hours on Saturdays and some weekdays.
Yes, for teaching and digital examinations at USN, students are required to have their own laptop PC.
Some study programmes use special software, this may affect what kind of computer you need. Check with the faculty you are studying.
You must have your own laptop computer (PC or Mac). Digital exam can not be performed with a tablet, hybrid PC or Chromebook. Remember to bring a charger and mouse.
Note: Some programmes at USN are based on Window Software, which means that when purchasing a Mac computer, a Windows installation must be established on the machine using Parallels, Oracle Virtualbox or similar systems that allow both Windows operating system and Mac operating system to be installed on the machine at the same time. Check with the faculty you are studying.
8 GB - or more
Integrated wireless network adapter
For online programmes, the minimum requirements mentioned earlier in the article, including the following minimum requirements:
All students are obligated to be sufficiently informed about the rules and regulations that apply to their studies at USN. For an overview of the relevant areas of consideration – please see:
If you have a disability or health problem that will put you at a significant disadvantage in an exam situation, you may apply for special exam arrangements to be made by 15 September or 15 February.
After becoming a student, an electronic form is available for you on our student intranet (my.usn.no).
Students are responsible for getting acquainted with our instructions for examination candidates. Please note that students may withdraw from their exams. The deadlines for withdrawal are publicised under your course schedules in StudentWeb.
Examination at USN will be conducted in accordiance with your semester plan.
The students are obligated to acquire knowledge about rules for examination support material and quotations and reference to sources. Cheating is considered a violation of academic credibility. Academic credibility means that the students should be honest when considering if thoughts and reflections are their own, or obtained from other sources.
The following are considered cheating or attempted cheating:
When cheating or attempted cheating is revealed it may have serious consequences for the student.
The University College of Southeast Norway has stipulated procedures when considering suspected cheating. The procedures also give information about the rights for those students suspected of cheating.
The Appeals Committee at The University College of Southeast Norway makes decisions in cases regarding cheating and suspected cheating. The Appeals Committee determines reactions in each case individually.
We encourage our international students to subscribe to the online Norwegian class offered by the University of Oslo. More information can be found here.
or the online Norwegian course offered by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU): www.futurelearn.com/courses/norwegian-for-beginners
Currently, USN does not offer any language courses for international students, but the institution is working on developing courses for the future.
There are volunteer organizations and private/public organizations that offer language classes to foreign citizens. In general, most providers charge a fee from students.
You may check out https://www.folkeuniversitetet.no/eng/Language-courses or check with the local community in your area.
In order to have access to Canvas, you have to be registered for teaching. You only have access to the courses for which you have registered for teaching. Check your study plan (individual education plan) in StudentWeb.
If the registration deadline has expired, or you have registered for teaching, but still do not have access, please contact your program administrator.
You may withdraw from assessment of a course before the announced deadline for withdrawal, or no later than two weeks before the examination date. You can do this in StudentWeb.
NB: For Bachelor and Master’s assignments, the withdrawal deadline is four weeks and you must inform the faculty in writing of your withdrawal.
Norway is a high-cost country. Though USN does not charge tuition fees, it is still quite expensive to get your education in Norway because of high living expenses.
As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 7000-9000 per month in order to cover your basic expenses.
To give you an idea of the living expenses for a student in Norway, we have put together a modest budget for one month (all numbers are approximate):
NOK 3000-6000 NOK (incl. elect./heating)
Books & Supplies
NOK 500- 3000
Transport (local bus)
Bicycle rental (with helmet)
In addition, all full degree students have to pay semester fee. Exchange students are exempted from paying the semester fee as they will pay to their home institution.
Eating out is quite expensive in Norway compared to other countries.
Main course in a budget restaurant (Chinese or pizza restaurant): NOK 120-200
Main course in a more upmarket restaurant: NOK 200-300
A bottle of beer in a bar: NOK 65-85
A glass of beer (varies between 0.4 and 0.5 l) in a pub/bar: NOK 65-85
A bottle of wine in restaurant: from NOK 350
1l of milk: NOK 15-20
1 l apple juice: NOK 8-25
A loaf of bread: NOK 10-30
A bag of coffee: NOK 25-30
100 grams of ham: NOK 15-30
1 1/2 l of mineral water: NOK 6-25
A bottle of red wine (from the Vinmonopolet): from NOK 95
* Brands like Eldorado, First Price, and Rema1000, usually offers the cheapest choice.
Discounts can be obtained from providers of these types of goods and services:
- transport companies: express buses and train (VY and Airport Express)
- fitness centres and gyms, outdoor activities (e.g. skiing resorts)
- local cafes and restaurants
- local business community (hairdressers, beauty shops, sports equipment shops, etc.)
- newspaper and magazine subscriptions
- telecommunications services
It's a good idea to always ask if they have a student discount or not.