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Experience Norwegian culture while studying at Telemark University College in Bo , Norway. Students have the option to participate in one of five programs for international students: Scandinavian Studies in Telemark; Outdoor Life, Culture, and Ecophilosophy; Alpine Ecology and Environmental Management; International Tourism and Innovation; and Business Administration for Exchange Students. Because of the small class sizes and small-school atmosphere, students can benefit from an intercultural Scandinavian experience through engagement in class sessions, guided field trips, campus activities and student dorm life.
A two-hour train ride southwest of Oslo, the town of Bo is centrally located in Telemark and southern Norway. The university campus is located in the heart of the community, within walking distance of student housing, stores, and the train station. With only 5,000 residents and nearby beautiful rivers and canals, small industrial towns, and wild mountains, Bo is an attractive choice for students seeking an intimate Norwegian community and a spectacular natural environment.
The town of Bø is centrally located in Telemark, as well as in southern Norway, and has a population of 5,500. The trip from Oslo only takes two hours by train. The campus is located in the heart of the community, within walking distance of student housing, stores and the train station.
Getting to Your Program
Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation to Telemark but are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A passport valid for at least 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. U.S. citizens must apply for a residence permit before departure.You will apply for your own residence permit. IAP will provide you with residence permit information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Students participate in an orientation program upon arrival at Telemark University College that introduces them to the university's academic and administrative staff and provides them with practical information and advice for living in Bo. The program is designed to help participants settle into university life and their new environment as quickly and easily as possible.
Housing is included in the program fee. Telemark University College provides students with housing in furnished single rooms at one of several co-ed student dorms near campus. Students share common facilities with Norwegian and international students, and prepare their own meals in dormitory kitchens.
Excursions and Activities
Telemark University College offers participants the opportunity to meet Norwegian and other international students through many of its student activities, including student associations, local film clubs, music clubs, and a broad range of summer and winter sports and outdoor activities.
Bo is well-known both nationally and internationally for its folk music and concerts and festivals are popular around the town. The city of Bo's Gullbring Cultural Center has a large gymnasium and swimming pool, a climbing wall, a movie theatre, an art gallery and a concert hall, while the surrounding area provides excellent opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing and skiing.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
Use the links below to find out more information on academics, daily life and student impressions for this program.Bo Norway Program Handbook
(Fall - 2013-14)Bo Norway Program Handbook
(Year - 2013-14)Telemark Pre-Arrival Guide
(Spring - 2013-14)
Returned Student Network
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"Norway has given me many things. It has changed my perspective of the world and myself."
How to Apply
First complete the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary admissions decision from IAP. After you have completed the IAP Online Application, the following forms will become available to you through the application portal. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
Passport ID Page
Passport-Sized Photograph: 1
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary admissions decision. You will be notified of the admissions decision via email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final admissions decision.
Telemark University College is a fully accredited state college in Norway with more than 4,500 full-time students and 500 faculty and staff. Telemark's Bo campus is home to about 1,500 students, with over 100 international students from over 40 different countries.
Students have the option to participate in one of five programs for international students. The Scandinavian Studies program is based in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and provides a deeper understanding of Telemark and Norway today; the Outdoor Life program provides students with basic practical skills in a variety of Norwegian natural environments; the Alpine Ecology program develops a students' knowledge of biology, ecology and environmental management in Scandinavia; the Business Administration program provides students with insight into the social and ethical aspects of business studies; and the International Tourism and Innovation program explores how tourism contributes to innovative local, regional and national development strategies as well as issues of sustainability.
Courses are taught in English with many classes open to both international and Norwegian students. Students with advanced-level Norwegian language have the option of taking additional courses taught in Norwegian. Teaching methods alternate between lectures, group work, seminars, tutoring, field work, and independent study.
Telemark University College
Telemark study tracks
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