Welcome to the Faculty of Social Sciences!

This information is aimed at international exchange students who have been admitted to studies at UiO, in order to prepare for their arrival and semester start. Are you looking for admission to UiO?

Orientaton Week and buddy activities for International students

The Orientation week for new international students is a week of events to help new students settle in, get to know Oslo, meet people and have fun! We highly recommend that you organize your travel to Oslo on time to take part in the events.

To help you feel settled and ‘at home’ as soon as possible, there are lots of social activities organised in this period. There will be buddy activities both during the day and in the evening so you will not be short of plans during your first week.

Orientation week: Program

NB: Please note that there may be changes to the program. We will try to let you know as best as we can, but please try to check this program regularly. 

You will find the PowerPoint presentation from the information meeting here!

Monday, January 6

10:00 - 16:00: Meet and Greet service

Place: Oslo airport and Oslo Central Station

17:00-18:30: Norway in a nutshell

A welcome event for all new international students at the University of Oslo.

Place: Auditorium 1, Georg Sverdrups hus.

18:30-23:00: First night in Oslo

Please remember to bring valid ID! A copy of your passport or national ID card is not valid. 

Place: Chateau Neuf

Tuesday, January 7

09:30-12:00: Orientation day for new international students at UiO

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.

Place: Auditorium 1, Georg Sverdrups hus

12:30 - 13:15: Welcome meeting

You will get information about the orientation week and be divided into buddy groups.

Place: Auditorium 7, Eilert Sundts hus

13:15-14:00: Introduction games

It is time to break the ice and put some names to all the new faces! We provide the games, all you need to do is bring yourself, a good spirit and your best memory!

Place: Eilert Sundts hus

14.00 - 18:00: Break

We`ll break for a few hours. If you don`t feel the need for stopping by at home, some of the buddies will hang out at a cafe.

Place: Meet outside of SV-info if you want to join the cafe

18:00 - 20:00 Buddy-group gathering

Hang out at a buddys house before the kick-off. Bring a drink or two, play some games and get in the spirit for the kick-off!

Place: Where to meet will be announced by your buddies

20.00 - : Kick-off at U1

We will start off the orientation week with a bang! With our fellow new students from psychology we will mingle, listen to good music and have a boogie. There will be sold alcohol-free drinks as well as alcoholic beverages. 

Remember to bring valid ID (passport, driving license or VISA- card with photo)

Place: U1 at Eilert Sundts hus

Wednesday, January 8

10:00 - 12:00: Police registration help for non-EU students (drop-in)

Place: TBA

10:00-12:00: How to become Norwegian

Wondering what a "vaffeljern" is or which is the cheapest grocery store? This is the event for you! Here you can ask all the questions you would not ask your lecturer. We will have a Kahoot and give you some friendly advice on how Norway works!

Place: Seminar room 120, 124, 132, 134, 138 and 140 in Harriet Holters hus

11:00 - 15:00: Registration help-Studentweb

If you need help to register for courses on Studentweb, please come by our registration help (drop-in).

Place: PC-room 350 in the third floor in Eilert Sundts hus.

14.30 - 15.30: Ice skating and activities at Tøyen

We`re going ice skating! Bring thick socks and puffy clothes to cushion the fall - because you will fall, but that`s half the fun. Hot chocolate is served at the ring.

Place: Ice rink: Rudolf Nilsens Plass.

15:30 - 20:00: Break

20:00- : International evening at Tijuana

Time to celebrate our new international exchange students and what better way to do it than at the best Mexican bar in town! There will be music, games and the possibility to buy food and drinks. Just bring yourself, your good mood and get ready to mingle and celebrate! 

Remember to bring valid ID (passport, driving license or VISA-card with photo).

Place: Thorvald Meyers gate 61, Grunerløkka

Thursday, January 9

10:15-12:00: Introduction to the Library and IT-services

Place: Auditorium 7, Eilert Sundts hus

12:30-16:00: Amazing Race

This is the perfect chance to get to know Oslo, your new town for the semester! It will be a race around the most significant places of the city. Your buddies will show you around and you will solve tasks together as you go. 

Remember to dress for the weather, Oslo can be cold!

Place: Nationalteateret, metro station

19:00 - 23:00: Norway Night

Lets kick it back and have a traditional evening at the Norwegian "hytte". We will be serving free waffles, have some drinks and play some boardgames. This is the perfect occasion to mingle with your fellow students and buddies, whilst unleashing your inner Norwegian. The bar at U1 will be open so remember to bring your valid ID (passport, driving license or VISA-card with photo).

Place: U1 in Eilert Sundts hus

Friday, January 10

11:15 - 12:00: Information meeting

SV-info will give you important information about you stay at UiO.

Place: Auditorium 7 in Eilert Sundt hus.

12:00 - 15:00: Winter Olympic Games

Have you always wanted to compete in the Winter Olympic? Well, this is your chance! There will be activities such as sliding down the hills on toboggans or snow tubes and other fun team-building activities. We will also be serving free lunch to everyone (vegetarian options available). Remember to dress after the weather and put enough clothes on so you are not cold. Be aware of changes in the program in case the weather is not on our side.

Place: Fysikkbakken, UiO

17.00 - 20:00: Get-together; tacos and tunes

It is traditional Norwegian taco-Friday! Meet at a buddys house where there will be served free taco for dinner and good company. Bring your own drinks, have some proper Norwegian tacos, listen to some good music and get ready for the big final party at U1!

Place: Where to meet will be announced by your buddies

20:00- : Battle night at U1

It is time to use all the team-building spirit you have built up as we go against the new students from psychology in an epic battle! There will be loads of fun games so bring you best team-spirit. Our team colour is white so put on something white and get ready! Afterwards there will be a party as one final hurrah to celebrate the end of the orientation week.

Remember to bring valid ID (passport, driving license or VISA-card with photo) 

Place: U1 in Eilert Sundts hus

Events for all international students

Knutepunktet - the International Student Reception also organize events for international students after Orientation Week. Go to events calendar.

Questions regarding Orientation Week?

Please contact SV-info for questions about the administrative events. 

Please contact your buddy coordinator for questions about the social activities:

Dina Kjølnes

  • Phone: +47 48892885
  • E-mail: dinakj@student.sv.uio.no
Published Aug. 14, 2019 1:37 PM - Last modified Jan. 15, 2020 2:17 PM