The MN Faculty welcomes new exchange students

We hope your stay in Norway and at the University of Oslo will be a fun, meaningful and important learning experience.

Buddy group

The buddy system starts Tuesday 7th of January 2020. You will be placed in a buddy group with other new exchange students. The buddies are both Norwegian and international students at our Faculty.

The buddy program student coordinator is Tania-Adelina Bulz and Marcus Steen Nitschke and they have written a welcome letter just for you!

There is a Facebook group just for you, make sure you check it out!

We hope that you will arrive in Oslo on Monday 6th of January, to take advantage of the Meet and Greet and the other activities that take place that day, and be able to meet up with us at the orientation meeting on Tuesday. If you arrive later than this we will be happy for you to join us at any of the other activities later in the week, just turn up or get in touch.

The presentation from the orientation meeting on Tuesday.

Changes may occur to the program below, and we will update it shortly with information about where to meet up for the different activities.

First week schedule

The timetable shows the activities organised for all exchange students at UiO, and local events at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences.


Monday 6 January





Meet & Greet

Student from UiO are welcoming new international students both at Gardermoen International Airport and Oslo Central Station

You can sign up for the Meet and Greet. The form is not a mandatory or binding registration. The International Student Reception made this to get an overview over the arrival of new international students 6 January, so they can make your arrival in Oslo a comfortable experience.

Oslo Central Station & Oslo Airport


Norway in a nutshell

The University of Oslo would like to welcome all new international students with a fun introduction to student life in Norway.

Georg Sverdrups hus, Auditorium 1


First night in Oslo

Just arrived in Oslo? We wish to welcome you to the University of Oslo and have a fun start to your adventure in Norway.

Remember to bring valid ID! Your passport or national ID card are valid IDs. 

Chateau Neuf

Tuesday 7 January





Orientation Day

At the Orientation Day we will provide you with important information about studying at UiO, student life at UiO and in Oslo, and how to register with the Police. 

Sign up for the event

Meeting point: 09:45 at Chateau NeufMeeting point: 09:45 at Chateau Neuf

Georg Svedrups hus


Orientation Meeting MN students

Welcome to Norway! Here you will receive information about the University, life in Oslo and the upcoming buddy week.

Meeting point: Vilhelm Bjerknes' hus aud. 1 at 12:45

Vilhelm Bjerknes' hus, Aud. 1


Meet Your Buddy Group

You will be assigned to your buddy groups in the Orientation meeting. We will have some fun activities so you get to know each other!

Meeting point: Vilhelm Bjerknes' hus

Vilhelm Bjerknes' hus


Grilling at Vilhelm Bjerknes hus 🌭

We will provide sausages and vegetarian alternatives

Meeting point: 16:00 at Vilhelm Bjerknes hus

Vilhelm Bjerknes' hus

Get to know each other evening at RF

Remember to bring valid ID. Please note that student ID is not accepted

Vilhelm Bjerknes’ hus, RF Basement

Wednesday 8 January





Police registration for non-EU students

The Oslo Police Department will be present at UiO and assist students that are non-EU citizens to register that you have arrived in Norway and to book an appointment.

Meeting point: 09:45 at Chateau NeufMeeting point: 09:45 at Chateau Neuf

Eilert Sundts hus A


Ice Skating and activities at Tøyen

Join in for some traditional Norwegian ice skating and fun activities at Tøyen. Hot chocolate will be served at the ice rink.

Skate rental is free, but the facilities are limited. There are no toilets near the rink. Dress according to the weather – remember that it is cold in Norway.

Meeting point: arrange a meeting point with your buddy group or contact me directly to let you know where to meet. As we only go on the ice from 14:30, some groups might be meeting earlier to go to the museums and some might only start at 14:30. 

Rudolf Nilsens plass

Quiz night

Remember to bring valid ID. Please note that student ID is not accepted

Frederikke spiseri

Thursday 9 January





Breakfast at Abelsutsikt 🍳 🥞 🥓

We will provide breakfast food including vegetarian alternatives

Meeting point: in front of Niels Henrik Abels hus at 11:00

Niels Henrik Abels hus


Oslo Sightseeing by bus

On the tour you will get to see the Opera house, Holmenkollen and Vigelandsparken. We might even throw in a few surprises on the way!

Enlist for the tour here! 

Meeting point: in front of Knutepunktet at 12:30



Boardgames and pizza evening at Escape ♠️ ♣️ ♥️ ♦️ 🃏

We will provide pizza and boardgames.

Remember to bring valid ID. Please note that student ID is not accepted

Meeting point: 18:00 at Escape

Ole Johan Dahls hus, basement

Friday 10 January





Ski Day! ⛷ 

Cross-country ski day!

We will ski at Lillomarka Arena as they have artificial snow at the moment. In order to get to Lillomarka Arena, you have to take Tbane 4 or 5 to GRORUD and walk from there for about 20 min. Keep in touch with your groups about meeting times and places, but I recommend you all meet at Grorud around 12:00. I will be waiting for you with the skis at our destination. After skiing for a bit, we will go outside the arena and make a bonfire and eat some sausages. Our budget is getting low, so we do not have a lot of food left, so if you want, bring a Kvikk Lunsj with you.

Dress warm, and layer up!

We will provide skis, but be aware that as it is difficult to get equipment suited for each person, some skis might be a bit short. That is not a problem if you are a beginer, but if you are an experienced cross-country skier you might want to bring your own skis. 

Meeting point: Grorud T-bane stop at 12:00. Try to be on time


Published May 31, 2019 3:27 PM - Last modified Jan. 9, 2020 7:19 PM