Norwegian School of Sport Sciences - Kines Only
Located in Oslo, this university campus is the perfect place to experience Friluftsliv ("free air life") - living life close to nature, an integral part of Norwegian culture.
Established in 1870, the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (called NIH or "Norges idrettshøgskole" in Norwegian) is a scientific university that specializes in research and education within the field of sport sciences. Located in Oslo, the capital city of Norway and Green Capital of Europe (2019), NIH is located just 25 min to the city centre by train, and metres from the wooded, serene Sognsvann Lake.
Spend your breaks swimming or skating on the lake, or take a half-hour between classes to jog around the lake's perimeter, and experience Friluftsliv ("free air life") - living life close to nature, an integral part of Norwegian culture.
First come, first considered for remaining spaces until full or:
Mar. 15 (Fall, full year)
Sep. 21 (Winter)
University-specific additional requirements
One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.
Opens November 1, 2020
Areas of Study: NIH offers a variety of Kinesiology courses in English in Sport Management, Outdoor studies (including experiential learning courses) and in Sport Biology, Health, & Psychology. Students in their 4th year may be eligible to take Masters courses, on a case-by-case basis.
Research opportunities may also be available: please contact the exchange advisor for information.
In Europe, full-time course load is typically 30 ECTS (European credits), and exchange students are typically expected to take 24-30 credits per semester. 6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course).
The amount of credits each course is worth corresponds to the workload/contact hours, and usually vary from 10-30 ECTS per course, so please be mindful of this in your selection.
The academic year is divided into 2 semesters. This exchange program is limited to one semester only.
- Autumn semester runs from mid-August to late December
- Spring semester runs from early January to mid-June.
Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider.
While Norway can be expensive, as a student it is a little more afjordable. A rough cost estimate for a 5-month semester at NIH looks like this:
Cost (in Krone)
Books & Supplies
46,500 - 52000
It's recommended that students budget a minimum of NOK 10,500 per month to pay for accommodation and living expenses. If you plan to register in the Outdoor Studies program, you may need to budget more due to the amount of excursions as a part of the program - it is recommended to bring as much relevant equipment from home that you can (contact exchange advisor for info on this). More financial information can be found online.
Oslo cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here
Student Tips: "Eating out and food/beverages overall were expensive, but exponentially cheaper from the grocery store, and rent is comparable to UCalgary. Also, only consider opening a Norwegian bank account if you will be there for a full year, as it takes considerable time (months) to set it up. I would recommend looking into the rates your bank will give you on foreign withdrawal/credit charges."
Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.
Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.
Student Tips: "Buy a student transit pass in the first week - you will need to use your student acceptance letter for this. To and from the airport, just add a zone onto your student pass. Your student pass also works for the islands on Oslo fjord. Visit the west coast early in the fall or summer if you plan to go: some of the most beautiful/famous hikes are only available in summer/early fall. The Grønland district has cheaper produce markets than anywhere else. Walk onto the roof of the Oslo Opera house, visit the Viking Ship Museum, and always have your student card - many activities/museums are cheaper for students!"
Housing at NIH is run in partnership with the Foundation for Student life in Oslo (SiO). Students accepted to this program by UCalgary must then submit an independent application to SiO's housing application. It is recommended that students stay in student housing due to cost and location.
SiO has many student housing units in Oslo and the surrounding areas, but it is strongly recommended to apply for Kringsjå, Fjellbirkeland or Sogn Student Villages (in that order), as they are the closest to NIH. In fact, Kringsjå student village is located only 100 meters from campus. Housing contracts for exchange students are normally issued for the entire semester, and students will need to provide their own duvets, pillows, kitchen utensils, and possibly lamps. For more info on housing, refer to the NIH page on housing.
SiO also offers a good selection of adapted homes for various types of disabilities. Once you are nominated, please speak with the exchange advisor on any needs so that they are submitted in your application to NIH to allow sufficient time to arrange this for you.
This exchange is open to regular, full-time undergrad or graduate students in the Faculty of Kinesiology at UCalgary, who have completed at least 24 units (8 courses) at the post-secondary level at the time of application, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B). No knowledge of Norwegian is required.
Do I have to speak Norwegian?
No prior knowledge of Norwegian is required for this exchange. NIH offers a selection of Kines courses in English.
How can I learn or improve my Norwegian?
Har du lyst til å lære norsk? NIH offers 20 hours of Norwegian language instruction for beginner learners, free of charge for exchange students. The course is coordinated with other courses for exchange students so it does not overlap with regular classes. Students who attend 80%+ of the course will be given a participation diploma (however no credits are awarded). You will be able to sign up with your application to NIH, if nominated to this exchange by UCalgary International.
What's special about Oslo?
Surrounded by dense forest and opening onto the expansive, island-spotted Oslofjord, it's easy to imagine how Norway's capital city has evolved in its 1000+ years of settlement. Here, it's easy to take a brief escape from the urban hum and delve into the natural surroundings. Catch a ferry to explore the fjord's multitude of small islands, travel out of the city to try your hand at climbing and bouldering, or round the corner and spot a waterfall while walking down riverside streets. In Oslo, ski jumping ('ski' is Norwegian for "piece of wood") is a popular sport, with competitions held at Holmenkollen, the world's most modern jump. For more information on life in Norway, please visit the Study In Norway site for their information on "Living in Norway"
What resources are available for new students?
NIH organizes a Buddy Week for new incoming students at the start of the semester, which includes things like BBQs, hikes, campus tours, social quiz/bingo, pizza nights, etc.
GiGass is a club at NIH for anyone interested in participating in affordable social trips to ski the Alps, go on a ski/snowboard trip to nearby Hemsedal, surf trips, climbing trips, longboarding, figure skating, cake fighting, slakkline, and more. No experience required, and membership is only 60 Krones!
NIH also has good fitness facilities for students, including a swimming pool and rental equipment. Next door is Toppidrettssenteret, the elite training centre operated by the Norwegian Olympic Committee for Norway's top athletes, which gives students the opportunity to learn and interact with top athletes, trainers, and coaches - students can get access here for a fee (est. $70/month).
What supports or services are available at NIH?
NIH's UPT team offers support to students with any physical and mental accessibility needs or support, and for individual learning or exam needs. Students who require exam arrangements should notify the exchange advisor early in the application process in order to meet NIH's deadlines on special arrangements. NIH is affiliated with SiO, which arranges housing - they offer a good selection of adapted homes for various types of disabilities. Advanced training facilities for paralympic athletes is also available.
For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.
Study Abroad 101
Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.
Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).
After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.
Study Abroad Advising
If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.
1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.
How to Apply
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This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.
Identify three programs of interest
We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.
Check requirements and deadlines
These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.
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Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.
International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.
For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.
Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.