Study Abroad in Oslo, Norway

Fall Semester Program
Norway’s capital is teeming with active and politically engaged citizens. Home to the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, scenic beauty and outdoor life, Oslo is an ideal setting for deep exploration into the field of peace and conflict resolution. An urban campus, Bjørknes College has young, exciting scholars who are dedicated to the field and teaching. Alongside Norwegian and International students, you will study Norway’s approach to conflict mediation and peace building, relationships with developing nations, and the role of the media, religion, and government institutions in society.

Why Norway?
First, the country’s small size and population belie its large role in international affairs. Norway’s involvement in peace mediation in Sudan, and its efforts to create dialogue between traditionally tension-laden groups such as Israelis and Palestinians, and groups in the Balkans are well known. Second, as a rapidly changing culture and society, Norway is actively engaged in defining and redefining its roles internationally and within its borders. This is a dynamic discussion that includes European integration and the EU, and multiculturalism in Norwegian communities and schools. Third, the experience in Norwegian culture challenges our perceptions of the “sameness” of Western societies in their cultural and political approaches. Encounters with the perspectives of a small Nordic country and its culture will be part of your experience. Finally, the college’s size and central location offer an interactive and hands-on access to the study of Norwegian approaches to contemporary issues.


Communication, Peace and Conflict Resolution, Political Science and Global Studies. Students take courses at Bjørknes College with Norwegian students to earn up to 16 credits. All courses are taught in English by Bjørknes professors.


Students choose three of four courses at Bjørknes:

Fall 2016

  • War and Peace in the Middle East
  • Global Violence
  • Africa Then and Now
  • TBD

Fall 2015

*Read more about the Peace and Conflict Studies Program at Bjørknes.

PLU Course Equivalency

Use the online Interactive Guide to see how students have used study away credit from the Oslo Gateway Program at PLU. This tool serves as a starting point for academic planning. If a course equivalency is not listed, it may be requested from the appropriate academic department. Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement. Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

Fall Study Tours

Orientation to Bjorknes and Peace & Conflict Studies – Bjorknes faculty, staff and students prepare PLU students for coursework and living in Oslo during the Bjørknes orientation and course content workshop.

Bus Pass – a local bus pass is provided for transportation to the college and local events hosted by PRIO and other local NGOs.

Residence Hall

You will live in student housing in the city where you will meet Norwegian and other international students. You will have a single bedroom with your own bathroom and shower, and a shared kitchen. You are provided with a monthly stipend for food, which gives you the freedom to cook using local ingredients and occasionally explore the local restaurants.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall semester covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, and visa fees). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Roundtrip air travel, books, personal excursions, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

Global Scholar Award

All PLU Gateway & Featured Programs are Global Scholar Award eligible. This need-based award can cover out-of-pocket expenses up to $2,500 on PLU Gateway and Featured semester programs. For non-PLU students, please check with your home institution or sponsoring study abroad organization on program cost.

Scandinavian Cultural Center Endowed Awards

SCC Endowed Awards are available to all full-time PLU students.

External Scholarships

For more outside scholarship opportunities, please visit our Funding webpage.

Contact Us

Peter Grosvenor
Associate Professor of Political Science
Director, Oslo Program

Tanya Ulsted
Study Away Coordinator & Gateway Program Manager


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.7 or higher G.P.A. (3.0 preferred). Must be a student in good standing. No previous Norwegian language required. All courses are taught in English.

Application Deadline

Fall 2016 applications are due March 14, 2016

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application. A $300 non-refundable program payment to confirm participation is required within 10 days of acceptance.

Application Components

  • Online application
  • Short essays
  • 2 recommendation forms (1 faculty, 1 professional)
  • Application fee

Lute Featured on Bjørknes Website
Check our this great quote from PLU student Martha Spieker, about her experience studying at Bjørknes during Fall Semester 2014.

Faculty At the Forefront of Peace Studies
Dr. Henrik Syse, a member of the Executive Board at Bjørknes University College, Professor and Head of “The Ethics of War and Peace” course has been nominated and accepted for membership onto the Nobel Peace Prize Committee.

Mark Jensen, Associate Professor of French, co-founded and contributes to the popular blog United for Peace of Pierce County.

Reflections on the Program
Learn about PLU student Sarah Smith’s experience studying in Oslo as a Political Science and Global Studies double major.

Photo Gallery
Check out our Flickr Photo Gallery to see pictures from past participants in the Oslo program.

Program Highlights

  • Fall Semester program (mid-August to mid-December)
  • Coursework taught in English
  • Nobel Peace Prize announced during program
  • Live in politically and peacefully active Capital City