The International Summer School (ISS) 2018 in Oslo, Norway

The International Summer School (ISS) 2018 in Oslo, Norway


The International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo offers intensive Master’s and Bachelor’s courses each summer, from 23 June 2018 to 3 August 2018. Every year ISS welcome over 550 students from about 90 countries.

The ISS is an academic center for learning in an international context, and a forum for fostering intercultural understanding. It aims at developing and conveying knowledge and at promoting understanding between people from different cultures. This dual purpose is reflected in the ISS motto: ”Six Weeks of Academic Achievement and International Good Will“.


In order to be a successful ISS scholarship recipient, you must demonstrate:

  • that your academic background is relevant to the course you apply for;
  • that your professional background is relevant to the course you apply for;
  • your financial need.

The ISS offers scholarships to applicants from certain countries:

  • Bachelor’s courses scholarships are intended to applicants from: the Caucasus or the Balkans, Asia, Oceania, Africa and South America, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, USA, Canada, EU and EEA countries.
  • Master’s courses scholarships are intended to applicants from: developing countries, the Caucasus or the Balkans, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe,  USA or Canada.


By accepting your offer of admission you are agreeing to the terms and conditions.


  • The value of the scholarship is not payable in cash.
  • Scholarships awarded are non-negotiable.
  • If you apply for both a scholarship and a travel grant, it is not guaranteed you will be awarded both. You might only get a scholarship, but not a travel grant.
  • You may be asked to write a report or letter to the scholarship donor.
  • The donor has the right to request your final grades from the ISS.
  • You are responsible for covering expenses that are not included in the scholarship (for example: travel costs to and from the airport, visa application fees, personal costs, etc).
  • It is the recipient’s responsibility to evaluate if they can afford participation at the ISS after reviewing the costs and what is not covered by the scholarship.


  • You must meet the attendance requirements.
  • You must submit all mandatory assignments.
  • You must attend all exams.

Failure to meet the above academic requirements will result in a failing grade for the course and possible expulsion from the ISS program, early deportation from Norway and/or a duty to repay the ISS for the monetary value of your scholarship.

ISS Scholarship covers:

Recipients from USA and Canada (on-campus students only)

  • all or part of the On-Campus Basic Fee

For all other recipients (both on- and off-campus students)

The Basic Fee

Covers class participation, health insurance, extracurricular activities, and one weekend excursion. The On-Campus Basic Fee also covers room and board. Choose either on-campus or off-campus when applying in the Application Portal.

Reading materials

The ISS Office orders and provides all course textbooks and reading materials for scholarship recipients. Course textbooks and reading materials will be given to recipients after arrival.

NOTE: The ISS does not reimburse recipients if they obtain and pay for their own course textbooks/reading materials in advance of the course.

Oslo transportation card

The ISS Office orders and provides an Oslo transportation card for the duration of the program (43 days). The transportation card will be given to recipients after arrival.

NOTE: The ISS does not reimburse recipients if they obtain and pay for their own Oslo transportation card. The ISS does not replace lost cards.

ISS Scholarships DO NOT cover:

  • Pocket money (per diem)
  • Visa application fees
  • Any other personal costs

Travel grant

  • The travel grant covers plane tickets to/from Oslo
  • It does not cover travel to/from airport or visa fees.
  • The ISS Office books all plane tickets for scholarship recipients who receive travel grants.
  • The ISS does not reimburse recipients if they obtain and pay for their own plane tickets to/from Oslo.

Arrival and departure

Dates of arrival/departure are:

  • Arrival in Oslo: Friday, June 22
  • Departure from Oslo: Friday, August 3

The ISS Office decides the arrival/departure dates based on the lowest fare. These dates cannot be negotiated.


In order to apply please fill the online application.

Scholarship applicants must submit the following documents:

  • Copy of passport;
  • Documentation of English language proficiency;
  • Copies of transcripts/diplomas;
  • Statement of purpose;
  • Letter of recommendation;
  • ISS scholarship form;
  • CV/resume.

For more information please visit the official web page.

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