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HiOA welcomes new international students

Over 330 foreign students from 57 countries are due to start at Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) this semester.

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This includes international students registered for exchange courses, as well as foreign nationals due to begin a full degree programme taught in English.

Approximately one-third of these are due to take one of HiOA’s four international master’s programmes.

The majority of students will be embarking upon semester exchange courses which run for a minimum of three months from August.

Where are the international students from?

57 nationalities are represented in the new contingent, with students coming from as far away as Australia, Chile and Japan.

The top ten nations are:

  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Spain
  4. Nepal
  5. France
  6. United States
  7. Austria
  8. Bangladesh
  9. Canada
  10. Ethiopia

What is in store for you as a new student?

Fellow students will run an Arrival Service to meet and greet new arrivals at Oslo Central Station on Friday 11 August.

Having had the weekend to settle in, Monday 14 August is an Orientation Day at HiOA’s Pilestredet campus with a series of short introductions to support services and student life in Oslo. It will also be an opportunity to meet your Buddies, students who will take responsibility for showing you round during your first weeks. The day will culminate in a party at the student bar, Samfunnet Bislet.

On the following day, Tuesday 15 August, you can take part in the Welcome Ceremony for all of HiOA’s 7,500 new students in St. Hanshaugen park close to the Pilestredet campus. The event kicks off with speeches, followed by activities, games and food stalls as well as a concert.  

More on the Arrival Service, Orientation Day and Buddy Programme

Students describe the buddy experience


More pictures from last year’s welcome ceremony

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Opportunities for international students

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) offers many courses and programmes for international students. Application procedures vary according to what kind of courses or programmes you want to apply to.