Study Abroad in Vestfold, Norway
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
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.
Course and study tour offerings are subject to change.
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.
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.
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.
Associate Professor of Biology
Director, USN Program
Gateway Program Manager and Study Away Advisor
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.
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.
- Online application
- Short essays
- 2 recommendation forms (1 faculty, 1 professional)
- Application fee
- 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