Study Abroad in Vestfold, Norway

Fall Semester

The University of Southeastern Norway in Vestfold provides the opportunity to study in the natural landscape, engage in an active campus community, and experience the rich natural heritage of Norway. The Vestfold campus includes stunning gym and pool facilities that allow students to continue exploring the theoretical components of their coursework in a practical atmosphere.


Kinesiology, Exercise Science

Courses are taught by University of Southeastern Norway (USN) faculty at the Vestfold campus. Courses are taught in English. No previous language required. Students typically take 2 classes per semester, for a total of 15-17 credits.

Study Exercise & Health Management

Exercise and Health Management (Fall)

PLU Course Equivalency

Use the online Interactive Guide to see how students have used study away credit from the the University of Southeastern Norway Gateway Program at PLU. The link above includes classes from both USN campuses. 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.

Note: USN offers coursework that fulfill PHED requirements at PLU. However, the GenEd PHED requirement is based on the number of PE courses you take, not the number of credits you earn. 

Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.

Residence Hall

You will live in a student residence hall among Norwegians and other international students. The trendy residence halls have huge shared kitchens and are very close to campus. You are provided with a monthly stipend for food, which gives you the freedom to prepare your own food.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee for Fall or Spring semester covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing and meal stipend, study tours, study abroad insurance, visa fees, and a $750 flight credit). 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

Some air travel, books/supplies, personal excursions, domestic travel*/postage for visa processing, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

*Be sure to research your visa requirements as you may have to go in-person to a consulate or visa processing center. Depending on the country, there may or may not be a local consulate, and you may have to fly to another US state.

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.

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

Michael Behrens
Associate Professor of Biology
Director, USN Program

Brynn Smith
Semester 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 study required. Courses are taught in English.

Application Deadline

Fall applications are due March 15

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.

NOTE: Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Application Components

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

Norway and PLU
Click here to learn about all of our study away offerings in Norway, our partner institutions, and a brief history of PLU’s connection to this Scandinavian country.

Program Highlights

  • Fall (mid-August to mid-December), Spring (early January to mid-June) or Full Year
  • Coursework taught in English
  • Examine Norwegian health system and work life
  • Active campus community with an integrated natural landscape