Oslo Summer School in Comparative Social Science Studies 2018
Monday Morning Registration
Registration takes place in Georg Sverdrup’s Hus (University of Oslo Library) at Blindern University Campus between 9.15 and 10.15 Monday 23rd of July, and/or Monday 30th of July. Please show up in due time!
Summer School Information Office
This is the main source of information during Oslo Summer School. The office is located just next to where the lectures are held, in the Georg Sverdrup’s Hus (The University of Oslo Library). Opening hours from 09.30 to 15.30, Monday to Friday. The Oslo Summer School staff will be present to provide you with information and assistance. Please stop by, at least once a day, for any news and updates, events, activities, and other relevant information.
Opening Hours - University of Oslo Library
The Library building has rather restricted opening hours during summer. Summer opening hours are as follows: Monday-Friday: 09.00 - 16.00. Thursday: 09.00-17.00. Saturday and Sunday: Closed.
Wireless access at the University of Oslo
Many of you will probably want to use the University of Oslo wireless network during and between classes. There are several options, but we recommend that those of you who have the possibility use eduroam, allowing you to connect to the campus wireless network using your home institution log-in credentials.
A second possibility is the conference option that is set up for the Oslo Summer School, and this wireless network is accessible in Georg Sverdrup’s hus (the University of Oslo Library). Username and password for this option will be given to you at our Information Office upon request. Read more about the wireless networks at University of Oslo here: http://www.uio.no/english/services/it/network/wireless/
Lunch and Social Events
Please see the lecture schedule here:
- Lunch is served Monday to Friday, 12.00-13.30 in the Faculty of Social Science Cafeteria, Eilert Sundts hus, Blindern campus.
- Monday Reception, 16.30-18.00 takes place in the Georg Morgenstiernes hus, Blindern campus.
- Tuesday Guided Bus Tour of Oslo, 16.00-19.00, departing from Blindern campus. Please sign up for the tour in our Information Office.
- Thursday 25th Anniversary Panel, 16.00 - 17.30, Auditorium 1, Eilert Sundts hus, Blindern campus.
- Friday Farewell Party, from 17.00 onwards, at Blindern campus. Remember to enlist by Wednesday at the latest.
The main campus at the University of Oslo, Blindern, is located on the western side of the city. Here you will find The Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, as well as the central administration for the University.
You will also find the campus bookstore Akademika where you can buy books and study materials for your courses. A pharmacy is located in the same building. A grocery store is open all summer in the Frederikke building on the main campus square as well.
For more information about campus services, please visit:
General Transport Information
Getting Here: Arriving Oslo by Plane
- First option, the airport express train (Flytoget) brings you to Oslo Central Station (Oslo S) comfortably in about twenty minutes time. Ordinary price is NOK 180, students aged 21-31 with a valid student ID pay NOK 90. Arriving at Oslo Central Station (Oslo S), you will enter the city at Jernbanetorget, which is also the name of Oslo downtown’s main transportation hub. For most of you, this is the most convenient option.
- The second option is shuttle buses, either SAS Flybussen or Flybuss-ekspressen. The buses can be less expensive than the train, but also less time-efficient, since they stop at a number of Oslo destinations: depending on where you stay in Oslo, this may be the best option. Tickets for SAS Flybussen are NOK 175, students under 31 years NOK 100. Tickets for Flybussekspressen are NOK 225, students under 30 years NOK 110.
- Finally, you have the option of taking a taxi. They are plentiful but the prices are very steep, ranging from NOK 500-1600 from the airport to downtown depending on which Taxi company and what time of the day/night.
Should your flight arrive at Torp Airport in Sandefjord rather than Gardermoen, expect an hour and a half in a shuttle bus before you reach Oslo. The ordinary airport bus ticket costs NOK 260 from Torp Airport to Oslo, students NOK 190. Using the airport bus from Torp, you will arrive at the Oslo Central Station, where you easily will find subway, bus and tram lines for further transportation.
Getting Around: Public Transportation in Oslo
Downtown Oslo is fairly small, and walking around is an enjoyable way to discover the city. Additionally, a well-developed public transportation system makes it easy getting around. You should get hold on a copy of the city transit map “Ruters Oslokart” showing all subway, tram, and bus lines in Oslo. The map is free at the transportation info centre Trafikanten (below the big clock tower in front of the Central Station). Here you also will be able to purchase all kinds of tickets. The Public Transit Agency Ruter also have a convenient mobile app called “RuterReise” available for iOS, Android, and Windows Phones that lets you view real-time service schedule and plan trips.
Subway, tram, bus and boat share the same ticket system within Oslo. Tickets are valid for one hour and allow transfer between all the four means of transportation. You can buy tickets at Narvesen, 7-eleven, and Deli de Luca convenience stores, found all around in the city. One ticket to the tram/subway/bus/boat costs NOK 30 if bought in advance, and NOK 50 if bought from the driver on the bus/tram. Oslo Summer School strongly recommends a 7-day ticket at the cost of NOK 240 as the best purchase. This ticket gives you unlimited access to all means of public transportation within Oslo for one week. To avoid fines, remember to validate the card the first time you use it.
Some travel agencies recommend the ”Oslo Pass” for tourists, which gives you free transportation and free access to some museums for NOK 335 for 24 hours. We do not recommend this, as it would be cheaper for most to buy the 7-day ticket and to pay entrance at the museums you wish to visit.
- The Tram in Oslo: The tram’s route network primarily covers the inner city, but have a couple of longer lines out to the residential areas west and south of the city centre.
- The Subway in Oslo: Oslo’s underground train network is called “T-bane” and signified by a blue circle around a large blue “T”. Most downtown stations are shared by all the lines, which makes it easy to find or change trains. Go to your closest subway station, find out where you are on the map, and make sure you’re travelling in the right direction.
- Buses in Oslo: Newcomers to Oslo will in most cases not have to rely on buses to get around the city. Travelling by bus nevertheless gives the opportunity to get to some of the museums, parks, and other places of interest around the city, such as the Bygdøy peninsula.
- Taxi in Oslo: Taxis are never a cheap alternative (and especially not in Norway), but it is of course more convenient and efficient than anything else. The vast majority of taxi drivers speak English. Your taxi should have a white Taxi-sign on the roof (indicating that it is official and registered) to ensure your own safety.
How to Get to the University of Oslo Blindern Campus
All Oslo Summer School events and lectures are located at the University of Oslo Blindern Campus. Blindern Campus and downtown Oslo is connected by both subway and tram, so getting here should not be a problem.
- By tram: At the main square outside Oslo Central Station you will find the tram stops, where lines 17 and 18 (westbound to “Rikshospitalet”) will bring you to Blindern Campus in about 20 minutes time. Exit at the stop named “Universitetet Blindern”. Both tram lines also passes the stop for Scandic Holberg Hotel for those staying there, the stop is named “Holbergs plass”. To get from the “Universitetet Blindern” tram stop to the Georg Sverdrups hus/Library, simply cross the tracks and walk through the campus area until you reach the big open square where you will see the University Library called “Georg Sverdrups hus” in black marble stones in front of you slightly to the left (it is the most modern looking building on campus).
- By subway: To reach Blindern Campus by subway, you can take either line 4 Ringen or line 6 Sognsvann westbound and exit at the stop called “Blindern.” When getting off the subway, simply walk straight ahead up the slope and you will see the University Library almost immediately. The subway ride from the Central Station takes about 10 minutes.
- By bus: While it is possible to get to the Campus by bus, none of the bus lines pass through the city centre. Oslo Summer School recommends the tram or subway!
Accommodation organized by Oslo Summer School
Oslo Summer School has pre-reserved a limited number of single rooms at Scandic Holberg Hotel, centrally located in downtown Oslo with easy access to public transportation that will take you to Blindern University Campus in 10 to 15 minutes.
For other accommodation alternatives you can consult:
Single Room Option at Scandic Holberg Hotel
The price for a single room, economy class is NOK 700 a night per person. NOTE! We only have a limited number of single rooms available, so if you are interested, enlist yourself by sending an e-mail to Oslo Summer School organizers as soon as possible, and no later than 15th of May 2018. You will have to provide correct arrival and departure dates in order to make the arrangement. Payment for the room should be done by yourself directly to the Scandic Holberg Hotel during your stay.
Transportation To and From the Scandic Holberg Hotel
If you choose to stay at Scandic Holberg Hotel, it may be convenient for you to take SAS Flybussen from the airport, as this bus will stop only 70 meters from the hotel. Exit the bus at Radisson SAS Scandinavia Hotel, and walk towards the Holberg square (“Holbergs plass”).
If you arrive Oslo Central Station by train, take the tram to Scandic Holberg Hotel. Find the tram stops on the main square outside of the Central Station and take tram line 17 or 18 westbound in the direction “Rikshospitalet”. Exit at “Holbergs plass” and you will find the hotel 50-60 meters further ahead.
In order to get to the Blindern Campus from the Scandic Holberg Hotel, the trams 17 and 18 run frequently and will take you to the campus in about 10 minutes. Take the trams going westbound headed for “Rikshospitalet”, and exit the tram at the stop “Universitetet Blindern”
Assignments and ECTS Credits
In order to obtain course approval and to receive a Course Certificate earning 10 ECTS credits, a written essay/assignment must be submitted after the course, unless otherwise is stated in your individual course plan. Your essay will be evaluated and commented on by the course lecturer.
Read more about assignments and ECTS here:
Some Useful Online Sources
- Oslo Transit Agency, Ruter provides essential information for getting around in Oslo.
- Visit Oslo is the official Oslo tourist guide and the best and most comprehensive source of information, covering a range of topics. Also look at their list of top 10 most visited attractions to visit while in Oslo.
- Visit Oslo provides a good overview of Bars and Nightlife in different areas of Oslo
- The area of Grünerløkka has numerous small parks, small cozy cafés, restaurants and bars that is definitely worth a visit.
- On a warm and sunny afternoon we can recommend taking the shuttle boats out to some of the beautiful small islands in the Oslo Fjord.
- One of the unique aspects of Oslo is its closeness to nature. Hop on the subway from almost anywhere, and in about 20 minutes time you could be on a hiking trail in the forests and hills of “Oslomarka.” A suggestion easily accessible from campus is the 45 min. hike around the Sognsvann lake. Simply take subway line 6 Sognsvann to its terminal stop and you’ll see it.