Oslo

Norway’s capital Oslo offers a wide range of activities which make it a fantastic place to live. Oslo has more than 50 museums and galleries, among them the famous Munch Museum, the Fram Museum and the National Gallery. Furthermore there is the famous Holmenkollen ski jump, where the ski flying world cup takes place every year.


Exchange students will be received with a warm welcome from a group of volunteers, who offer a social, cultural and sports programme to make the exchange students feel "at home" both on campus and in Oslo generally. Norwegian language classes will be offered and students will be guaranteed a room in the student accommodation.

The Norwegian Capital of Oslo

Oslo is the cultural, scientific, economic and governmental centre of Norway. The metropolitan area of Oslo has a population of 1.4 million. The population currently increases at a record rate of over 2% annually, making it one of the fastest growing cities in Europe. The Norwegian capital and its adjacent municipalities are built in a horseshoe shape along the shores of Oslofjord and are surrounded by hills and forests in most directions. Oslo offers a wide range of activities which make it a fantastic place to live. It has more than 50 museums and galleries, among them the famous Munch Museum, the Fram Museum and the National Gallery. Furthermore there is the famous Holmenkollen ski jump where the ski flying world cup takes place every year. At first the architecture may seem slightly dull because, unlike the Swedish capital Stockholm, downtown Oslo has only a few monumental buildings such as a Parliament-Palace axis (upper part of Karl Johan Street). However the charm of Oslo can certainly be found in the bustling inner-city suburbs of Frogner and Fagerborg as well as St. Hanshaugen park.

The Opera house close to the central station is said to be Norway's entry into the top league of modern architecture. Its shape resembles a glacier or a ship and the building seems to float by the inlet Bjørvika, giving a stunning impression. The Royal Palace is located at the end of Karl Johans gate, Olso's main avenue. Tours inside the palace are usually only available in the summer. Also located on Karl Johans gate is the Norwegian parliament (Storinget), which offers free guided tours both in Norwegian and in English. Akershus festning is a medieval castle and fortress built in 1299. It is located close to the city centre. There are several excellent viewpoints to the Oslofjord and surrounding areas. The stone walls create an exciting atmosphere and you are free to roam around in tight passages and staircases.

The ski jump Holmenkollen is located on the west side of Oslo and was first opened in 1892. Since then, it has been re-built 18 times. It has more than 1 million visitors every year, hence is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Norway. The arena has hosted countless Nordic skiing and biathlon world championships and the ski-jump competition is the second oldest in the world.

Universitetet i Oslo

The Universitetet i Oslo is the oldest, largest and most prestigious University in Norway. It was founded in 1811 as Royal Frederick University (Det Kongelige Frederiks Universitet). The University was originally named after King Frederick of Denmark and Norway and it only received its current name in 1939. Until its founding, the University of Copenhagen was the only University of Denmark-Norway. After the dissolution of the Dano-Norwegian union in 1814, close academic ties between the countries have been maintained. The University of Oslo was the only University in Norway until 1946 and therefore it was often informally referred to as "The University".

The University has faculties of Theology, Law, Medicine, Humanities, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Dentistry, Social Sciences and Education. The Faculty of Law is still located at the historic campus site on Karl Johans gate, in the vicinity of the Royal Palace, the National Theatre and the Parliament while many of the other faculties are located at a modern campus area of Blindern, built in the 1930s. The University has around 27,000 students and employs about 4,600 people. It is considered one of the leading Universities of Scandinavia. Consequently it is ranked amongst the world's top Universities. In 2007 the University of Oslo was ranked as the best University in Norway, the 19th best in Europe and 69th best in the world in the Academic Ranking of World Universities. The University of Oslo is home to five Nobel Prize winners and one of the Nobel Prizes. The Nobel Peace Prize is itself awarded in the city of Oslo close to the Faculty of Law.

Senter for rettsinformatikk - NRCCL

As IRI's counterpart in Norway, The Norwegian Research Centre for Computers and Law (Senter for rettsinformatikk or NRCCL) at the Universitetet i Oslo offers and coordinates the LL.M. degree programme in Information and Communication Technology Law and will host Eulisp students during their studies in Norway. It is the second-oldest academic institution in the world, working specifically with the interrelationship of law and information / communication technology. It was founded by Professor Knut S. Selmer and Professor Jon Bing. In 2001, Professor Olav Torvund became Chair of the NRCCL. Today, the NRCCL is one of the world leading institutions in the field of information/communication technology law. Its main areas of research are media law and Internet governance, legal technology, electronic commerce, data protection and e-Government. Norwegian language classes will be offered and students will be guaranteed a room in the student accommodation upon application.