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University of Tromso
Tromso, Norway (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall,
Spring
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Restrictions: UM applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Requirement: None
Minimum GPA: 2.8
Program Description:
University of Tromso

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Founded in 1962, the University of Tromso (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 9,000 students, with studies in marine science, biomedicine, telemedicine, physics, linguistics, multiculturalism and Saami studies (indigenous peoples of Nordic countries).        

Academics
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. 

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.   

Cost Information
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.  

Credit Transfer
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.   
Program Dates
Semester 1: early August to late  December
Semester 2: early January to mid  June

The City
Tromso is the largest Norwegian city that lies north of the Artic Circle and is often referred to as the “Artic 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 Artic, 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 Tromso 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 Artic at all times of year.     

Fast Facts
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

Tromso at a Glance
Population
64,782

Climate
Temperate, cold and high precipitation (rain and snow). Average winter temperature is 24?F and average summer temperature is 53?F. 

Proximity to
Oslo: 1,610 km
St. Petersburg: 1,208 km
Stockholm: 1,150 km

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 09/12/2014 10/01/2014 01/01/2015 06/15/2015
 NOTE: Program dates are approximate. Official program dates are provided by the host institution upon acceptance.