• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 3.0 cumulative GPA
• Previous Norwegian language study recommended but not required
• 3.0 cumulative GPA in all Norwegian language courses
• Open to UW-Madison degree-seeking students only
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Arts, humanities, social sciences

Classroom Language

Norwegian, English


Residence Hall

Program Duration

Academic Year: Mid August - Late May
Fall: Mid August - Mid December
Spring: Early January - Late May

Application Deadline(s)

TermApplication Deadline
Fall 2018-19  3/9/2018
Year 2018-19  3/9/2018
Spring 2018-19  9/7/2018

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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Norway, Bo
University College of Southeast Norway Exchange

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Experience Norwegian culture while studying at the University College of Southeast Norway (UCSN) in Bø, 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 Bø 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, Bø is an attractive choice for students seeking an intimate Norwegian community and a spectacular natural environment.

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Strengthen language skills
  • Navigate new educational systems, as well as new learning and teaching styles
  • Take advantage of academic strengths in:
    -Environmental Sciences
    -Scandinavian Studies
  • Observe Norwegian perspectives on academic disciplines