University of Tromsø
Founded in 1962, the University of Tromsø (UT) is the world’s northernmost university, at a latitude of nearly 70 degrees north latitude. UT specializes in polar and arctic studies, given its unique location, allowing students to use several field stations, a modern instrument park, and research vessels to conduct their studies. The University offers a wide range of study options for its 16,747 students, with studies in marine science, biomedicine, telemedicine, physics, linguistics, multiculturalism, and Saami studies (indigenous peoples of Nordic countries).
The language of instruction for international students at UT is English. The University offers courses in English in over 100 different programs from the following faculties: Social Sciences, Law, Humanities, Medicine, and the Norwegian College of Fishering Science.
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Housing & Meals
Students can stay in student hostels, which are single furnished rooms with common kitchen and laundry facilities. Meals can be cooked at home or purchased on campus at the school cafeteria.
Students pay their regular tuition to UM and their room and board in Norway. Estimated cost of living in Tromsø is NOK 8,290 per month. Student hostels cost NOK 15,000 per semester, and food costs are estimated at NOK 12,000 per semester. Students should also budget for clothing suitable for the area’s artic weather. UM financial aid can be applied to tuition, living and travel expenses while on this program.
Students will register for classes upon arrival at UT. The minimum full time load at UT is 24 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits per semester, which transfers to 12 UM credits per semester.
Semester 1: early August to late December
Semester 2: early January to mid June
Tromsø is the largest Norwegian city that lies north of the Arctic Circle and is often referred to as the “Arctic City”. The city is located on a small island that is connected to the mainland by a bridge, and boasts having the northernmost university and brewery in the world. Tromsø is a very important fishing port for the region, particularly for its role as the last stop for whaling and sealing vessels before they set out into the Arctic, which adds a global feel to the city. Tromsø is also home to an observatory used for the study of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), and as the main meteorological station in Northern Norway.
The city hosts several unique festivals during the year including the Tromsø International Film Festival, the Northern Lights Festival, several outdoor music festivals, and a midnight- sun marathon festival.
Northern Norway has plenty to offer outdoor adventure seekers including hiking, biking, skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, climbing, rafting, kayaking, fishing, and dog sledding. This is one of just a few places in the world to explore and enjoy the northern Arctic at all times of year.
Exchange levels: undergraduate, graduate
Language of instruction: English, Norwegian
Language Requirement: none
University website: http://en.uit.no/inenglish
Length of exchange: semester or academic year
Tromsø at a Glance
Temperate, cold and high precipitation (rain and snow). Average winter temperature is 24°F and average summer temperature is 53°F.
Oslo: 1,610 km
St. Petersburg: 1,208 km
Stockholm: 1,150 km