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Survival Guide 2015/16



• BI at a glance


• Entry visa/study permit
• Checklist pre-departure
• Bank transfer to BI
• Health and travel insurance

• Business hours
• Groceries
• Things for your room
• Electricity
• Post packages to Norway
• Public holidays
• Norwegian law






• Checklist on arrival
• Student card
• Registration scheme EU/EEA
• Non-EU citizens
• National Registry
• General Practitioner
• Tuberculosis test
• Work permit and tax deduction card
• Open a bank account
• Mobile phone


• BI student union – SBIO
• Buddy system
• Students sports
• International Students Association – InSA
• Graduate Students’ Society – GSS
• Bachelor of Business Administration – BBA
• Chateau Neuf

• Workload
• Course descriptions
• Coursework requirements
• Continuous assessment
• Course registration
• Academic calendar
• Examinations
• Student portal @BI
• Tuition fees
• Norwegian language course

• Student Service Centre
• IT services
• Library
• Bookshop
• Food and drink
• Kroa
• BI Career Services
• Student gym – Nydalen Athletica
• Student health services
• Calculator
• Grading scale

• Student Partner
• Guidance and counselling
• University Chaplain
• Binner – International dinner
• Room of faith and reflection
• Special needs














• Addressing people
• Being late
• Social convention
• Common courtesy
• Service charge
• Climate and clothing



participate in student associations. At Oslo campus. In this Survival Guide you will find practical information about studying at BI. Master of Science in Leadership and Organisational Psychology Master of Science in Strategic Marketing Management Read more about BI at bi. Strategy. Bachelor of Business Administration (major in International Business. All international programmes are situated in Oslo. Master of Science in Business (major in Economics. we sincerely hope you will enjoy your stay. Business Law. as well as advice and guidelines for living in Norway. BI Norwegian Business School has developed into an internationally recognized and accredited research-oriented institution. but we leave it to you to make the most of it. the Bachelor Department and the MSc Department BI AT A GLANCE From a single-man-initiative in a private kitchen. Operations and Supply Chain Management. BI hosts one of Europe’s most productive academic environments in the areas of business economics and administration. Master of Science in Finance With a wide range of high-quality study programmes taught in English. . marketing and management. BI attracts international students from across the world. Leadership and 3 . as one of only 70 business schools world wide. Besides your studies. some 9 000 Norwegian and international students enjoy our state-of-the-art learning and teaching facilities. engaging faculty and close relations to the Norwegian business sector. Tax and Accounting. Logistics. get to know Oslo and explore the rest of Norway as well. Marketing. AMBA and AACSB make give BI the highly prestigious Triple Crown status. We will be here to support you along the way. Finance. Today. or International Business) OUR STUDY PROGRAMMES IN ENGLISH: Four study locations across Norway and close to 20 000 students make BI one of the largest higher education institutions in the country. or Finance) The three international accreditations EQUIS. Shipping Management.The International Office.WELCOME TO BI Congratulations on your decision to study at BI Norwegian Business School! Whether you are coming to Oslo for one semester or several years. we encourage you to be active .

no to learn about the application process. so you are advised to apply as soon as possible after receiving your Admission Letter/Study Contract from BI. 10) q booked a flight to Oslo! q valid health and travel insurance (p. but must register online when they arrive in Norway. EU/EEA AND SWISS CITIZENS PRE-DEPARTURE CHECKLIST Citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland can enter Norway on the basis of their Passport or EU Identity Card. See p. When you arrive in Norway you must report to the Police. 5) q signed up for the Arrival Service at Oslo Central Station q notified BI of my late arrival (if applicable) q started practicing my Norwegian (p. Finland. Visit udi. It is your responsibility to obtain the correct study permit (and entry visa). Different rules and procedures apply (see below). Case processing time is up to three months. I have… q checked that my personal information is correct in the Admission Letter (as written in my passport) q signed and returned my Study Contract (degree seeking students) q deposited money into the BI bank account (non-EU/EEA degree seeking students) (p. Please note that the procedures differ according to your country of citizenship as well as your current country of residence. 18) NON-EU/EEA CITIZENS Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA area must apply for a study permit (and entry visa is applicable) for Norway in advance. 8 (On Arrival Registrations) 4 . Sweden and Iceland.6) q signed and returned the housing contract to BSN/SiO q registered for courses (exchange students) (p. Use the Application Guide to find out how to apply for the correct permit. Read more about the procedures on p. Consult your Admission Letter/Study Contract for detailed information. *except for citizens of Denmark.ENTRY VISA AND STUDY PERMIT A permit is required for all students* who intend to stay in Norway for more than three months.5) q applied for a study permit (if applicable) (this page) q submitted the Pre-Application for Housing (if applicable) (p. They do not need to apply for å permit in advance. 8 for further information about the EU Registration Scheme.

and are to cover expenses related to your study period at BI Norwegian Business School. You must have valid health insurance for the total duration of your stay in Norway (European Health Insurance Card or equivalent). or on travels abroad.39838 Swift-/BIC code: DNBANOKKXXX IBAN number: NO1182000139838 Address: DNB Bank ASA. when you register your move to Norway (p. Your bank must confirm that the funds are personal. including your name on the transfer documents. Dental care and medicines or treatment of illnesses contracted before arrival in Norway are not covered. You are advised to have valid travel insurance from your home country covering the same period. Remember to mark the payment with your full name and BI study programme (MSc. Account number 8200. state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as Norwegian citizens. Some students may become members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme upon arrival. Please note that you are only covered in Norway – not while travelling to or from Norway. The SWIFT code and IBAN code can be used for electronic payments.and travel insurance during their stay in Norway. Norway How to open a bank account in Norway? See p. state-provided healthcare under the same conditions and at the same cost as Norwegian citizens. The money will be available for you upon arrival in Norway. In Norway for more than 12 months If you are staying in Norway for more than one year you will automatically become member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. Consult your Study Contract for further information. In Norway for less than 12 months If you are staying in Norway for less than three months you must obtain medical insurance from your home country for the total duration of your stay. 5 .01. You are not entitled to reimbursement of medical fees.AND TRAVEL INSURANCE Students are responsible for having valid health. All students must have valid travel insurance for the duration of their stay. 9 HEALTH.BANK TRANSFER TO BI Mandatory Degree seeking students from non-EU/EEA countries must deposit a given amount into the BI bank account for immigration purposes. Dental care and medicines or treatment of illnesses contracted before arrival in Norway are not covered. Voluntary The possibility to transfer money to the BI bank account is avail-able to other international students as well. Double Degree or Exchange). Norway. 0021 Oslo. Contact your local bank for details. Bank transfer details: BI Norwegian Business School Nydalsveien 37. 0442 Oslo. BBA. Please note that you are only covered in Norway – not while travelling to and from Norway. or transferred to a Norwegian bank account. It can be withdrawn by contacting your programme administration in C3. Please contact the International Office for further information on this opportunity. The European Health Insurance Card entitles you to medically necessary. 9) EU/EEA AND SWISS CITIZENS The membership entitles you to medically necessary. nor on travels abroad during your stay.

and can be difficult to find. Please read all the information carefully before submitting the pre-application form. On-site facilities include a squash court. you must fill in a pre-application for housing at bi. closets. You can also find useful information on Bring a cable Yes. 13 for information on where to purchase necessary items for your room. you will have to buy pots. You can search for private accommodation online: hybel. pillows & blankets Rooms Internet SiO (information in Norwegian only) SiO – The Foundation for Student Life in Oslo and Akershus SiO provides affordable student housing for students in Oslo. chair and desk Not provided Not provided Bed. Questions regarding housing can be directed to BI’s housing office: housing@bi. In addition. Expect to pay NOK 5 000–7 000 per month for a decent room. others are closer to the city centre. Private or shared bathroom and kitchen Apartment with two private bedrooms. See p. and offers housing primarily for BI students. Many students choose to share a flat with other students (usually 2-4 people).700 A 7 minute walk from campus NOK 4. from previous students in your room. Sometimes there are leftover kitchen utilities etc. Two people share kitchen and bathroom Yes. Student accommodation is usually the cheapest housing option in (information in English available) finn. PRIVATE ACCOMMODATION BI cooperates with two student housing providers: Private accommodation is usually more expensive than student dormitories. WHERE IS BI LOCATED? SIO VS BSN Website Location Rent Deposit Electricity Furniture Kitchenware Bed linen. or offer direct access to the nature areas surrounding Oslo. pans and cutlery. It is also a good way to meet other students. 3–15 minutes by public transport from campus NOK 2 500 – 7 500 per month NOK 3 000 – 5 000 Fixed or as consumed BSN bsn. The price for renting a one-bedroom apartment in Oslo is minimum NOK 7 000-10 000. chair and desk Not provided Not provided Private bedrooms. bookshelf. Prices and facilities vary (see table below). Dormitories are spread out across the city – some are situated close to campus. HOW IS MY ROOM EQUIPPED? You will have to bring your own pillow. To benefit from BI’s assistance.700 As consumed + fixed amount for hot water (NOK 120 per month) 6 .BSN Nydalen HOUSING BI Norwegian Business School assists exchange students and first year international degree seeking students with finding student accommodation. SiO has more than 7 500 rooms and apartments at different rates and locations across Oslo. bed sheets and towels. broadband Internet and cable-TV connection. a roof terrace. BSN Nydalen BSN Nydalen is located only a few minutes walk from campus. Bring a cable NOK 4.

7 . and is available for 30 days from the first validation.finn. and you will find yourself in front of the main entrance of BI. Students below 20 can purchase a monthly youth ticket for NOK 340. Kolsås 2014 Under reconstruction. HOW TO GET TO BI BI campus is situated in Nydalen. Vestli 5 Tog Railway Frognerseteren Utgave 2012-12 © Truls Lange Civitas 2010–12 GETTING THERE AND AROUND Kolsås A monthly student travel pass costs NOK 410. You can also purchase tickets with your smart phone with the app “RuterBillett”. Bicycles can be bought in all major sportswear stores and specialised bicycle stores. BIKING In spring. The ticket is only valid when used together with your valid student ID card (see p. The main international airport is Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL). and easily reached by metro. Tram: Lines 11. 7-Eleven and Deli de Luca. buses. ferry. Lines 3 Storo and 4 Ringen take you to Nydalen in approx. convenience stores and kiosks such as Narvesen. service points at various stations and the bus terminal. while buses arrive at Oslo Bus Terminal. The age limit is 30. All trains (including the Airport Express Train) arrive at Oslo Central Station (Oslo S). For a minor seasonal fee (NOK 100-150). Pick it up at one location and return it at another as you please. Look for the Ruter logo to find the nearest point of sale. ferries. Vestli 12 Trikkelinje Tram line Skogen Public transport is the most convenient way to travel within Oslo. 30 301 Andre utvalgte busslinjer Other selected bus lines Kringsjå Skådalen TICKETS AND RATES Stovner 361 63 62 31 20 Høyfrekvent bybusslinje High frequency city bus line Sognsvann Midtstuen See ruter. train.eller fjernbusser Bus terminal. regional or long distance services Voksenkollen Lillevann Sognsvann 6 Voksenlia Holmenkollen Besserud Lijordet Åsjordet Bjørnsletta 13 Jar Ringstabekk 142 143 Under ombygging. Kolsås 2014 Kolsås sj Tøyen Bekkestua Gjønnes Stortinget 20 Grønland 2 Gjønnes d Tveita 69 76 23 Høyenhall Godlia Manglerud Skøyenåsen Ryen Oppsal Brattlikollen Ulsrud Karlsrud Bøler Munch-museet 11 12 19 20 Nationaltheatret 13 19 31 54 30 32 21 37 Haugerud ru r ø en rg Ullernåsen Østerås Furuset Trosterud 17 20 21 31 ng ek Bo 23 Montebello 401 65 Lindeberg Carl Berners plass Majorstuen 32 Eiksmarka Ellingsrudåsen Hasle Blindern d llb ta es Sm en re lm ak Ho M et vs a Ho Rø Ek ra ve ie er n ke n Forskningsparken 17 18 Ellingsrudåsen 1 2 Risløkka Økern lle Frøen 23 21 He Steinerud 23 31 301 se Vinderen Sinsen 3 Storo fy 23 Storo 11 12 13 23 56 Ullevål stadion 37 yn Gaustad Veitvet Linderud Vollebekk Br Nydalen Ris 5 Østerås Ringen 6 4 Tåsen Berg Slemdal ls 34 23 Gråkammen 23 11 31 Jernbanetorget (Oslo S) 12 37 13 54 17 34 18 Sentrum 19 City centre Bergkrystallen 11 17 18 Lambertseter Bogerud Munkelia Skullerud 4 Bergkrystallen 71 Mortensrud 3 Mortensrud Metro (T-bane): Metro is the easiest way to reach BI from the city centre. Sweden and Denmark close to the city centre. M6in front M4 number 30M4 stops of the M4runM6 Both busses to and from the city centre (Jernbanetorget/Central Station).no for used bikes. or from the customer service centre outside the Central Station. TICKET CONTROLS AND FEES Please be aware that there are periodic controls on all public transportation. region. 8 for information about the student ID card). North of the city centre. A single ticket within Oslo is valid for one hour and costs NOK 30 (NOK 50 if purchased on board). Prices are subject to change.Oslo can be reached by car. T-bane Metro T-bane Metro Kun mandag–fredag 07–19 Monday–Friday 07–19 only Gulleråsen: Stopp bare i pilretningen Gulleråsen: Stop in direction of arrow only Frognerseteren 1 Forbindelser Connections Bussterminal. The extensive – but easily maneuvered – transport system includes trains. bus and tram. If you are caught without a valid ticked the fine is NOK 950 if you pay on the spot or NOK 1. you can switch between the means of transport as you please within a given period of time.150 if you need an invoice to be sent to you. Ferries arrive from Germany. the blue Oslo City Bikes (bysykkel) are available to you at more than 60 different locations in and around the city centre. 12 minutes. Tickets are available from ticket to plan your journey. Bus M4 M6 M6Eastern entrance (stop: Gullhaugveien). 12 and 13 take you to Storo. You can use any bike for up to three hours between 06:00-24:00 every day. 6 T1 T2 T9 2A 11 31 12 37 13 54 17 ++ 18 19 11 12 19 20 + Bus: Bus number 37 stops right outside BI’s main entrance. summer and autumn bicycle is a good option to get around Oslo. You can also check www. bus or plane. With a valid ticket. Remember to validate your ticket at the beginning of the journey! Carl Berners plass T17 20 21 31 4 Lørenskog Stovner STUDENT TICKET Ammerud Kalbakken He Gulleråsen Romsås Rødtvet Østhorn En PUBLIC TRANSPORT Rommen Grorud Holstein Vettakollen Tickets are best bought in advance to avoid an additional fee. The whole metro network is located within zone 1. trams (trikk) and metro (T-bane). 0484 Oslo. Cross the street. A 24 hour ticket is NOK 90. a five minute walk from BI. Make sure to always lock your bike carefully as theft is common. The address is Nydalsveien 37.

you need to book an appointment yourself. The Oslo Police will be present at BI on a given day in the Introduction Week to help you with the booking.Register your move to Norway from abroad and obtain a Norwegian identity number (fødselsnummer) (p. and present their papers to the Service Centre for Foreign Workers. Bring your BI Admission Letter in addition to the documents listed above to your appointment. To do so you need to book an appointment. 11) q Attend the welcome and information meetings q Check your schedule on @BI (p. The card is only valid with the correct semester tag.9) You must report to the Police in person when you arrive in Norway. 4 and this page) q Staying for more than six months? . STUDENT ID CARD Your personal BI student ID card is used as proof of identity at exams and with the BI administration. Please note that the student ID card is not valid as proof of identity outside of BI. You must book an appointment in advance by choosing the Service Centre for Foreign Workers in Oslo at the end of your online registration. It also makes you eligible for student discounts on public transport. desks no. If you did not apply for a study permit online. See p. If you arrive late. Address: Schweigaardsgate 15 B Phone: +47 22 34 21 00 (open Mon-Thurs 09:00-13:00 local time) You can submit your documents to the BI study administration within a given date at the beginning of the semester. for printing and copying. national registry. Address: Skatt Øst. Have your picture taken for your student ID card in the Student Service Centre in U1 on your first day at BI. 09:00 – 14:30 EU/EEA CITIZENS: REGISTRATION SCHEME Citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland must register online at https://selfservice. 9) .Choose a General Practitioner (p. you can book an appointment by logging into your application again. 9) q Have your picture taken for your student ID card (this page) q Update your address and mobile phone number on @BI Late arrivers: If you did not submit your documents to the study administration within the deadline. We will send the documents to the authorities so you do not have to go to the Service Centre in person. tax office. 11) q Take the mandatory Tuberculosis test (citizens of certain NON-EU/EEA CITIZENS countries when they arrive in Norway. you must go to the Service Centre for Foreign Workers in person (address below). SKATT ØST Service center for foreign workers. Information about this will be provided at the beginning of the semester. (p.11) q Log on to @BI to access your interactive classrooms on It’s Learning (p. 8 . Oslo. 22 – 25 Opening hours: Monday to Friday.ON ARRIVAL REGISTRATIONS Please submit the following documents within the given deadline: • Copy of valid EU identity card or passport (both sides) • European Health Insurance Card (both sides) or private health insurance documentation that is valid for the whole duration of your stay in Norway • hand written personal declaration stating that you have sufficient funds/financial means to support yourself during your stay in Norway ON ARRIVAL CHECKLIST q Register with the immigration authorities (p.udi. If you applied for a study permit online. you must call the Police to make an appointment (see contact information below).Open a bank account (p. OSLO POLICE. DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION Utlendingsavsnittet. 9) You will be notified when your Registration Certificate can be picked up from the BI student reception area in C3. which will be sent to BI. . You can use it to borrow books in the library on campus. to pay for snacks from the vending machines. Schweigaardsgate 17. At your appointment they will take your picture and finger prints for your Residence Card. where you can pick it up.

You need this number to open a bank account. Remember to bring your Residence Card/Registration Certificate and your passport. All students staying in Norway for more than 6 months must register with the National Registry (Folkeregisteret) once their Residence Card (non-EU/EEA) or Registration Certificate (EU/EEA) has been issued: • Fill out the form “Notification of move to Norway from abroad” (Available online or from the BI Student Reception area in C3) • Go to Skatt Øst (address below). and submit the following: . If you choose the Student Health Services in Oslo (SiO) as your GP. GP. You do not need to book an appointment in advance for this. The examination is free of charge. your best chances of finding a job is in the service sector (hotels.You can request a tax card from Skatt Øst (Oslo Tax Office) once you have a job offer.NATIONAL REGISTRY – ALL STUDENTS IN NORWAY FOR MORE THAN 6 MONTHS If you get a job. Note that some banks are unwilling to take on foreign students as customers. make sure you check the conditions for using your card abroad. After registering with the National Registry you will also receive a letter from HELFO (in Norwegian).Residence Card (non-EU/EEA) or Registration Certificate (EU/EEA) . To open a bank account. Read more on www. GENERAL PRACTITIONER Only applicable to students staying more than six months. by bringing your work contract and your Residence Card/Registration Certificate to their office. cafes and tourist shops). Please remember to register your Norwegian phone number on @BI. The tax deduction card shows how much your employer should deduct from your salary. into which they can transfer your salary. MOBILE PHONE If you have an unlocked GSM mobile phone. fastlege).BI Admission Letter . After registering. If you do not know any Norwegian. you may be eligible for a refund of certain medical expenses. or apply for a tax deduction card if you get a part time job (see p. restaurants. Nordea and Sparebank1 are usually helpful. the procedure is time-consuming. Further information will be provided upon arrival. Basic phones with a subscription or a pre-paid card are readily avail-able at a reasonable price. etc. you will receive a letter by post. 9 . Bring these documents as well as your passport to any bank. as the administration sometimes sends out text messages (SMS) to inform you of cancellations in your lecturers. As a full time student you are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week during the semester and full time during holidays.e staying in Norway for more than six months). It normally takes three to four weeks until your bank account is activated. bars. Pre-paid cards are easily available in kiosks and convenience stores like 7-Eleven and Narvesen. MANDATORY TUBERCULOSIS TEST Norwegian law requires citizens of certain countries with high occurrence of tuberculosis who will reside in Norway for more than three months to take a tuberculosis test and chest x-ray within two weeks of arrival.9). We recommend Nordea. 8. Mobile phones can be bought in stores that sell electrical equipment or in telecommunication stores. It is customary to give your bank account number to your employer upon employment. you may have a challenge finding a bank that is willing to go through this application process. WORK PERMIT AND TAX DEDUCTION CARD Your study permit is also a part-time work permit. However. you can bring it with you and purchase a Norwegian SIM card.Housing contract OPEN A BANK ACCOUNT In Norway for more than one semester? Students staying in Norway for more than one semester may choose to open a Norwegian bank account. In To open a bank account. A monthly subscription requires that you have a Norwegian ID-number (i. and it may be easier to use your card from home. your employer will expect you to have a Norwegian bank account. The bank must apply for a D-number for you in order to take you on as a customer.the form “Notification of move to Norway from abroad” . you must wait until you have your Residence Card or Registration Confirmation and your Norwegian Identity Number (fødselsnummer). stating your Norwegian identity number (fødselsnummer). you must wait until you have your Residence Card or Registration Confirmation. Before leaving for Norway. This is an inexpensive solution compared to using your foreign VISA or credit card for a longer period of time. requesting you to choose a General Practitioner (doctor. You are required to have a tax deduction card when you work in Norway.sio. In Norway for one semester only? You may open a bank account if you are staying in Norway for less than six months as well. Contact details: see p.

You will receive detailed information about this from the International Office. COURSE DESCRIPTIONS The course description serves as a “contract” between the student. This means that certain activities must be completed during the semester. BI is at the forefront in digitalization of higher education. The right to take an examination depends on fulfilled coursework requirements. required course material. The degree system based on the Bachelor. and in the right interactive classroom on itslearning (through the student portal @BI – see opposite page). Master level courses account for 6 ECTS credits. learning outcome. You are also responsible for submitting the coursework requirement within the given deadline. Continuous assessment Some Master level courses have continuous assessment. The course description will explain which activities the students must complete.5 ECTS credits. in order to receive a course grade. Classes vary in size. You forfeit the right to take an examination if the required coursework has not been completed and submitted by the set deadline. Lectures are the most common way of teaching at BI. 10 . and make sure they fulfil the prerequisites before signing up for a course. Students will experience varying degrees of interaction between the Professor/lecturer (who is commonly addressed by his/her first name) and the students during the lectures. as long as you fulfill the prerequisites. methods of teaching and assessment. Exchange students are required to read the course descriptions for each course carefully. and students are registered for courses automatically. Classes normally meet once or twice a week.D. the lecturer and the administration at BI. together with the ECTS credits system. Course descriptions for all courses can be found on @BI. Faculty is encouraged to implement the use of modern information technology and innovative methods in their teaching. in 2 or 3 x 45 minute long lecturers. Exchange students You can choose freely from the list of courses offered to exchange students (available on @BI). and exam support materials. COURSE REGISTRATION Degree-seeking students All courses are mandatory in the first year of the programme (Bachelor/ Master). A full-semester workload at BI is 30 ECTS credits. You register for courses online before the semester starts. Interactive classrooms on its learning supplement the lectures and seminars. The course descriptions contain information on coursework requirements.ACADEMICS WORK LOAD Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. Coursework requirements Most Bachelor level courses have assignments or tasks to be submitted during the semester. it describes what each of the three “parties” can expect from each other: course outline. For each course. structure has been successfully implemented. Most Bachelor level courses account for 7. pre-requisites. Master and Ph. or if the papers handed in are not approved.

11 . You will receive a personal username and password. The grade scale is A (highest) through F (fail). The invoice for the spring semester is issued in December. More information about the Norwegian language course will be provided at the beginning of the semester. The exam schedule for the autumn semester will be available online in September. and does not give any credits. The course is conluded with an oral and written exam. All students are required to keep up to date on information posted about their courses on its learning. Exam information online: atbi. This is also where you hand in (upload) your course assignments. ITS LEARNING Accessed through @BI. TUITION FEES CALCULATOR Degree seeking students will receive an invoice for the autumn semester tuition fees in August/September. Your personal exam schedule will be available on the student portal @ BI as well. Log in to access: • your BI student e-mail • your personal course list • your schedule • your interactive class rooms (its learning – see below) • exam – choose Student Information – Examination from the top menu. There are limited seats available. Exchange Students do not pay tuition fees to BI. will be posted here. An advanced calculator is permitted as supporting material for certain exams. or borrow one from the Student Service Centre on a daily basis. Course materials. and requires the online payment of a course fee of NOK 1800 (subject to change). The exam schedule for the spring semester is normally available in December/January. The only accepted advanced calculator for examinations at BI is the Texas Instruments BAII Plus (TIBA II Plus). Some examinations are graded with Pass/Fail. or change your examinations on @BI. dates and status • your grades • important information from the administration Autumn semester: 11 August to 22 December 2015 Spring semester: 5 January to 17 June 2016 EXAMINATIONS The exam periods are in November/December (autumn semester) and in May/June (spring semester). its learning provides interactive classrooms for each of your courses. with E as the lowest passing grade. NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE COURSE Learning the Norwegian language is the key to success in Norway! BI offers Norwegian language courses to international students each semester. You will automatically be registered for the exams of the courses you are enrolled in. please notify the International Office as early as possible. updates from the Professors and the administration. GRADING SCALE BI uses the ECTS grading system. as well as mandatory assignments. Exchange students: If you want to withdraw from a course or an exam. The deadline for making changes is 1 October in the autumn semester and 1 March in the spring semester. coursework requirements etc.ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2015-2016 STUDENT PORTAL @BI The academic year at BI Norwegian Business School is divided into two semesters: Autumn and Spring. The evaluation terms used for the grading scale are as follows: Registration is done online at the beginning of the semester. The course is not part of BI’s curriculum. A Excellent B Very good C Good D Satisfactory E Sufficient F Failed Teaching time is 2 hours and 45 minutes twice a week for eight weeks. Degree-seeking students: You can withdraw from. purchase one at the Akademika Bookshop on campus. Bring your own. The online student portal @BI is your main source of information at BI.

It is the perfect place for a break after a long day of studies. STUDENT GYM – NYDALEN ATHLETICA Located in for information about the full offer of the SiO Student Health Services. on Campus. ATM There is an ATM for cash withdrawals in Oasen (U1). STUDENT HEALTH SERVICES AND COUNSELLING SiO provides extensive health services to students in Oslo. With a range of connections between them. as well as comfortable chairs where you can relax and admire the view over Oslo. You can connect a laptop to BI’s network by wireless connection or a normal Ethernet card. However. THE STUDENT SERVICE CENTRE BOOKSHOP The Student Service Centre (SSC) is located in U1 (in Oasen). career days and more. For more information. you will soon feel at home and easily find your way. healthy and affordable food all day long. KROA – STUDENT PUB Since October 2013 Kroa has been the hang out and meeting place of BI students. See sio. THE LIBRARY BI’s library occupies 6500 sqare meters in the 5th and 6th floors of the BI building. B. • preliminary transcripts of grades • submissions of term 12 . for more information. call +47 23 21 53 90. stationary. as well as dental care are available at the SiO Student Health Services at the University of Oslo (Blindern). The building is covered by a glass ceiling and comprises four blocks on seven levels. Language Tandem Nights as well as other social gatherings.ON-CAMPUS FACILITIES FOOD AND DRINK The purpose-built building from 2005 provides an exciting and inspiring learning and teaching environment.and Master administration. see bi. in addition to 350 workstations in the library. call +47 23 21 53 80. whether they are in the process of applying for jobs or just curious on how to meet the labour market at the end of their studies. The SSC can help you with: • Student ID card • information about SiO (the Student Welfare Organisation in Oslo). BI CAREERS SERVICE IT SERVICES BI Careers Service offers comprehensive services to BI students. The BI Careers Services is located in C3. Unlimited access to the fitness studios and a variety of group lessons for one semester costs NOK 1350 (subject to change). For on-campus emergency medical assistance. Read more on bi. but on-campus kiosks. Please see sio. gift articles and more. Kroa is also the place for frequent Coffee Hours. All work stations are connected to laser printers. C or D) and the following number (0-7) will help you: For example. the first letter (A. Some of their services are CV and application check. the BI study administration (including the International Office. run by SiO. a large canteen and vending machines will help battle your hunger and thirst: August 2015 sees the opening of a brand new student canteen offering fresh. career counseling. job search course. BI does not offer a meal plan. They can also be contacted through the Facebook group “BIT Support” There are 200 workstations located in hallways and PC labs across campus. Exam Office and Careers Service) can be found in C3 – meaning C-block. Student IT advisors are located next to the Student Service Centre in U1 and in the Library. Nydalen Athletica is one of four student gyms in Oslo. coffee shops. 3rd floor. The 1400 study places include group rooms with AV equipment. To locate your destination. To make an appointment. Psychologist and psychiatrist services. The Library offers: • Books. papers and databases • 480 individual reading places • 320 open plan group workplaces for students • 46 group rooms and 8 AV rooms • 350 PC workplaces • Social zones with 250 seats • Courses and guidance The doctor’s office on BI campus (D2) is open Mon – Fri 08:15–15:00. Wireless network connection is also available. the building might come across as a modern maze. Akademika stocks all books on the compulsory literature lists in addition to fiction. periodicals. Akademika. projects and thesis • password and username • general student information There is a book shop.

you are expected to show your ID without being requested when buying alcohol. POST PACKAGES TO NORWAY Packages sent to Norway must have your accurate address with your street name. Drug offences may result in a jail sentence and deportation. Appliances rated US 110V need a transformer. but hours may vary. ELECTRICITY European continental style two-pin plugs are standard in Norway. DRUGS Please note that use of any kind of drugs/narcotics is illegal in Norway. with the exception of some smaller food stores and convenience stores/kiosks like 7-Eleven. toiletries. unexpected charges for clearing it through customs. It is also prohibited to smoke in restaurants. They offer a basic selection of groceries. Some have longer opening hours on Thursdays. flat/room number and preferably a phone number where you can be reached written on it. We do not recommend using express mail services for this purpose. On these days most commercial businesses are closed. Shops in major shopping areas (Karl Johans gate and Bogstadveien) are open until around 18:00 on weekdays (some have longer opening hours on Thursdays) and until 16:00 or 18:00 on Saturdays. Beer can be bought in food stores until 20:00 on weekdays and 18:00 on Saturdays. THINGS FOR YOUR ROOM IKEA is the largest and cheapest place to buy furniture. Do not expect to be reminded by signs. For declaration purposes through customs. be sure to list contents as “used personal belongings” when sending clothing. decorations. as there are rather steep. It is not allowed to purchase beer in shops on Sundays. bars and cafés all over Norway. Furuset is most convenient. Shops are closed on Sundays and on public holidays. Many museums are closed on Mondays. BEER. NATIONAL HOLIDAYS Norwegian national holidays may differ slightly from what you are used to. house number. Head for Grønland. called Vinmonopolet. A free shuttle bus service is available from the Central Station. fruit and international food at a low-price. 50 Hz. Goods with a value under NOK 200 and books of any value are exempt from tax and customs. cinemas. Shopping malls are normally open until 20:00 on weekdays and 18:00 on Saturdays. Narvesen and Deli de Luca. Please note that Norway is not part of the EU and goods bought online from any country and shipped to Norway can be subject to custom charges and 25% tax on top of the purchase price. cigarettes or alcohol should under no circumstances be sent by post. no newspapers are printed and you can expect to struggle with irregular public transport schedules. kitchenware. to find Turkish. For buying hard liquors the minimum age requirement is 20. textbooks etc. east of the city centre. Banks are normally open from 09:00-15:00 Monday-Friday. textiles and more. Supermarkets are normally open from 08:00 or 09:00 until 22:00 on weekdays and until 20:00 on Saturdays. The age limit for buying beer and wine is 18. New Year’s Day Palm Sunday Maundy Thursday Good Friday Easter Sunday Easter Monday Labour day Ascension Day Constitution Day Whit Sunday Whit Monday Christmas Day Boxing Day GROCERIES The least expensive grocery stores are Rema 1000 and Kiwi. There are two IKEA in the Oslo area – Furuset and Slependen. Government offices are normally open Mon-Fri between 09:00 and 15:00/16:00. If you are under 25. municipal offices. bed linen. Pakistani and south-east Asian grocery stores with good selections of vegetables. railway stations etc.PRACTICALITIES BUSINESS HOURS Medication. 13 . etc. If you live together with someone the address must include c/o and this person’s name as indicated on the mailbox. The law prohibits smoking in all public buildings like the BI Campus. controls the sale of wine and hard liquors. Voltage is 220 V AC. 2015 2016 1 January 19 March 20 March 2 April 24 March 3 April 25 March 5 April 27 March 6 April 28 Marchl 1 May 14 May 5 May 17 May 24 May 15 May 25 May 16 May 25 December 26 December SMOKING Opening hours at IKEA Furuset: Mon – Fri: 10:00 – 23:00 Saturday: 9:00 – 21:00 In Norway the law restricts smoking. WINE AND SPIRITS A state-owned monopoly chain.

health care and student This is a quiet space for reflection. mainly through our partnership with SiO – the Foundation for Student Life in Oslo. but we believe it will make you a better student as well. BI-NNER – INTERNATIONAL DINNER AT BI Initiated by the University Chaplain in his private apartment. illness or injury that requires special on-campus adaptations? Please contact Student Partner as early as possible. located in D1. See sio. STUDENT PARTNER Student Partner ensures your access to student welfare GUIDANCE AND COUNSELLING Student Partner also focuses on improving your student life through guidance and counselling. They offer courses on study techniques. the University Chaplain is here for you regardless of faith. which we then enjoy together. we now offer a free meal for up to 350 international and Norwegian students! Volunteers cook the meal. past and faith are all important parts of life. You can make an appointment by e-mail: studentprest@bi. the international dinner – BI-nner – has quickly grown into a successful tradition at BI.STUDENT LIFE Being a student is not only about your studies! The student environment at BI – and in Oslo – is active. SPECIAL NEEDS Do you have a disability. and advice to help you achieve your amibitions. and we will help you find the best solution to cover your needs. Once a month. inspiring and including. BI students are automatically members of SiO. UNIVERSITY CHAPLAIN Feelings. He knows about the different faith communities in Oslo and can help you find yours while you are here. future. ROOM OF FAITH AND REFLECTION BI students have access to the Room of Faith and Reflection. Their services include student sports and fitness centres. We encourage you to participate! It will not only enrichen your Norwegian experience. We invite you to “like” the page “BI-nner” on Facebook to receive updates about upcoming BI-nner events 14 . If you want to reflect upon your life. meditation or prayer.

rowing. special projects and events (career events. Oslo and each other. basketball and activities like dancing. Bachelor of Business Administration students have their own student organisation called BBA. but you will definitely get to know someone if you join a club or association. hunting. football. Through concerts. Join their trips around Norway and other Nordic countries. through various social activities.GET INVOLVED The best way to get to know local students. The MSc study programmes each have their own programme association as well. outdoor life). and offers a range of sports related activities for BI students. SBIO. and consists of a wide range of sub-groups and associations. See osi. business. parties and activities for full time and exchange Bachelor students alike. interest committees (sports.insa. New students will automatically be assigned a Buddy group at semester start. BI Athletics represents BI in various student championships and they have active teams in sports like lacrosse. is by joining a student society. 15 . GSS arranges various social events for students to get acquainted with each other. you may not get to know people on the bus. Many associations are open for international students. you will find a sub-group to join. They also provide opportunities to meet the Norwegian business community through business presentation for further information. movie nights. parties and other social activities students will get to know campus. Active members can join more than 30 associations and subgroups. parties. politics. Whichever sports activity you are interested in. Buddy programme for new students) and much more.sbio. Therefore. parties. sight-seeing in Oslo and other events to get to know your fellow students. Read more about SBIO online: sbio. GSS – GRADUATE STUDENTS’ SOCIETY GSS contributes to the social and academic life of Master of Science degree seeking and -exchange students at BI. plays. They organise BBA – BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION BUDDY SYSTEM FOR NEW STUDENTS The BI Buddy system for new Bachelor students is called Fadderullan. BI Athletics is part of SBIO. OSI is an overall sports association for Oslo students. SBIO – BI STUDENT UNION The BI student union. Read more about InSA on their website: www. kiting and scuba diving. and offers food and beverages as well as concerts. including academic associations (one for each study programme). The organisation is a liason between the administration and the students of the programme. build friendships and have fun during their stay at BI. During the first weeks of the semester experienced students volunteer as Buddies to welcome the new students. sports events. debates.Chateau Neuf is open Monday through Saturday. movies and much more at student friendly prices. INSA – INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ASSOCIATION InSA contributes to the integration of international and Norwegian students on campus. is created for and by students. Norwegians tend to socialize through organized activitites. CHATEAU NEUF STUDENT SPORTS The large concrete buidling situated at Majorstuen is home to the Norwegian Student Society (DNS).

Nobel Peace Centre and the National Gallery. Oslo is also a great city for festivals.DISCOVER OSLO Situated between the forest and the fjord. URBAN AREAS Nydalen BI campus is located in Nydalen. Grønland Head to Grønland (east of the city centre) to find international shops with fresh fruits and vegetables at lower prices. and at night sit around a bonfire with your friends in the woods overlooking the city. Learn more about Oslo on visitoslo. you will find other students with the same interests. with more than 60 restaurants. which may not be available in the main grocery stores. North of the city centre. and offers the perfect backdrop for you to lead an exciting and fulfilling student life. Karl Johans gate. Today it is an up-andcoming part of the city with modern architecture. www. Or maybe you want to take this opportunity to engage in something completely new and different? Grünerløkka Hip Grünerløkka is the place to go for a night out. it is lovely for an evening stroll. These shops may also have items from your home country. Jump on and off charming little islands at your own pace. enjoy the throbbing city life and vast arrays of cafés. great for islandhopping in the summer CONCERTS AND FESTIVALS If you enjoy live music. galleries and shopping facilities downtown during the day. Enjoy the view from Vettakollen or Frognerseteren. bike or on skis. RECREATIONAL AREAS Nordmarka This is where the inhabitants of Oslo find their peace. people watching or a swim (there is a city beach at the very end!). Frognerparken (with the sculptural park Vigelandsparken) and Sofienbergparken. The area surrounding it is home to other sights like the Akershus Fortress. It is also a good place for people-watching and shopping. or have a picnic by one of the lakes.Hanshaugen (sometimes with concerts on the open-air stage). and for visiting the brand new Astrup Fearnley Museum of Contemporary Art. Enjoy international acclaimed artists or discover new talents within any genre. the area attracts a lot of students. Storo Shopping Centre.billettservice. An old industrial area. as well as second-hand shops. Within a ten minutes walk in the opposite direction lies the beautiful Nordmarka. Grünerløkka is also the place to look out for small independent shops. restaurants. bars and cafees. runs East-West from the Central Station past the Parliament. City Hall and National Theatre to the Royal 16 . Victoria Nasjonal Jazzscene. the forest area surrounding Oslo to the North. You are even allowed to spend the night under the skies if you want to. Water temperatures can reach 22 degrees in summer. Parks As soon as the sun appears in spring. Explore this vast forest area surrounding Oslo by foot. the Cathedral. but still small enough for you to do it all in a day! The capital of Norway is home to some 60 000 students. an old industrial area located next to the river Akerselva. Torshovparken. thriving businesses and vast possibilities for shopping and leisure. City Centre The main street. A forty minute stroll along the mentioned Akerselva will take you through charming neighbourhoods down to the Oslo Fjord in the city centre. but go somewhere else for lunch/dinner/drinks to afford the rest of your stay… Oslo is big enough for all this to is a good page for tickets. has a range of shops to cover all your needs. Norwegians flock to the many parks across the city. Palace. Some of the them are even open on Sundays (including a flea market in Birkelunden and a handicraft/design market at Blå in Brenneriveien). Check out venues like Parkteatret. only a few minutes walk from BI. Blå. Rockefeller and the Norwegian Academy of Music. Different concert venues are located across the city. Aker Brygge and Tjuvholmen Aker Brygge and adjacent up-and-coming Tjuvholmen are the most expensive parts of town. Islands Your student ticket is also valid on public ferryboats. You can start the day eating breakfast on the beach while watching the sunrise. Oslo is definitely the city for you! Any day of the week is a good day for a musical experience in this capital of music. Oslo offers a great variety of activities and scenery. Nice ones include St. Whatever your passion.

mountain climbing. you can fly to Berlin in 1. many towns are served with a small airport. Each season has its own special features and charm. Rome in 4 hours… Low-fare airlines provide relatively cheap tickets. TRAIN Trains are a comfortable way to travel in Norway. and the prospects for economic growth are encouraging. it may not come as a surprise that Norway has one of the highest number of domestic flights in the world. A healthy living style is widely encouraged and promoted. Between the mountains and the fjords. unique scenery. English is widely spoken. skiing – the choice is yours! Breathtaking views of fjords and mountain landscapes are easily accessible at no cost. and its environment and air are amongst the cleanest. shipbuilding and fishing are the most significant industries. Read more: toll. pulp and paper products. London in 2 hours. Norway offers vast possibilities for extraordinary experiences. Relax and enjoy the view along the way. cycling. In 2012 the population of Norway reached 5 million. AIRPLANE Stretching 1 800 km from the South to the North. and coping with day-today life in Norway does not require proficiency in Use this opportunity to explore this long stretched land of the North! With its four seasons and diverse landscapes. They can take you as far north as Bodø. It is easy for a foreigner to feel at home in this widespread and diverse corner of the world. oil and and Read more about Norway on visitnorway.5 hours. rafting. Norway is a very safe country to live in. down-to-earth people. For the cheapest tickets. International students are allowed to work part-time during their studies. by the island group of Lofoten. Shipping. Employment rates remain currently high. swimming. as the train takes you up and over the mountains and down through the narrow valleys. The spectacular Norwegian nature offers exciting opportunities for outdoor activities all year round: hiking. NonEU citizens are allowed to use a foreign driving license for up to three months before exchanging it for a Norwegian licence. The train ride from Oslo to Bergen is particularly beautiful. the rest of Europe is never far away: if you need some new impulses during your stay. DRIVING IN NORWAY EU citizens can use their original driving license while in Norway. “Minipris” are non-refundable. but often cheaper than discounted student tickets. hunting. chemicals. sailing. and well worth your time. At the same time. golf. 17 .EXPLORE NORWAY Friendly. Students who bring their own car must get a driving permission from the customs. Its crime rate is amongst the lowest in the world. summer nights bright as day and delightful snowy winters make Norway a very special country. plan ahead and look for “minipris” tickets at nsb.

English is widely spoken and you can manage quite well in Norway without knowing any Norwegian. a member of the Finno-Ugric branch of languages is a minority language used by the indigenous Sami people.NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE NORWEGIAN LANGUAGE USEFUL WORDS AND PHRASES Norway has three official written languages: Bokmål. Nynorsk and Sami. The phrase “Takk for maten” means “Thank you for the food”. Bokmål and Nynorsk have been accorded equal status. although Bokmål is more widely used in Oslo and the larger towns. Officially. However. and vice versa. which was the official language in Norway for several hundred years. Hello Hei Goodbye Ha det bra Yes Ja No Nei Please Vær så snill Thanks (Tusen) takk You are welcome Værsågod How are you? Hvordan har du det? I’m fine Bra takk My name is… Jeg heter… Where is…? Hvor er…? Sorry Unnskyld Excuse me Unnskyld meg Cheers Skål I’m a vegetarian Jeg er vegetarianer How much is it? Hvor mye kostedet? I don’t understand Jeg forstår ikke Do you speak English? Snakker du engelsk? Can you help me? Kan du hjelpe meg? Numbers 1 En 2 To 3 Tre 4 Fire 5 Fem 6 Seks 7 Syv 8 Åtte 9 Ni 10 Ti 50 Femti 100 Hundre 1000 Tusen 18 Food and drinks Bread Brød Cheese Ost Eggs Egg Full fat milk Helmelk Low fat milk Lettmelk Chicken Kylling Fish Fisk Salmon Laks Fruit Frukt Vegetable Grønnsak Coffee Kaffe Tea Te Beer Øl Wine Vin Soft drinks Mineralvann (Brus) Water Vann . and is a compilation and combination of some regional dialects (mainly from the Western part of the country). Sami. If you are invited to lunch or dinner it is customary to thank the host for the meal when you leave the table. if you understand Bokmål you can understand Nynorsk fairly easily. Nynorsk was created in the 1850s by linguist Ivar Aasen. Bokmål is based on written Danish. Generally. The most important word is “takk” – “thank you”. knowing a few words and phrases may be useful.

Being late is considered impolite. and you can feel the warmth of the sun on good days.CULTURAL ADVICE ADDRESSING PEOPLE You might find that some Norwegians may not agree with or follow these guidelines. be aware that what some might consider a light dress code is not necessarily meant to attract attention. However. The white snow makes up for some of the darkness. and snow usually arrives in time for Christmas. By mid-November winter sets in. The weather is constantly changing. January and February are the best months for skiing and other winter activities. only on very formal occasions. However. It is also appreciated if you help people with a baby carriage onto the bus or tram. Mrs. while spring and autumn connect the two in between. Women expect to be treated with a more gender neutral attitude than in many other parts of the world. Being 10–15 minutes late is quite common. you will often get a positive response if you initiate contact • Norwegians are also known for their directness. summers (June – August) are considered warm (according to Norwegian standards). It is quite dark and cold in the months from November until the end of February. BEING LATE CLIMATE AND CLOTHING • Be on time when going to work and school. • On social occasions Norwegians are more flexible. but around 10% might be given if you are pleased with the service given. • Do not cut in line. the days are already noticeably longer. Outdoor cafés will be packed with people as soon as the temperatures rise above the freezing point. 19 . You will usually find a garbage can somewhere nearby. but you may find them reserved. are generally not used. Norwegians are considered to be easy going and informal. • Do not litter on the floor or ground. COMMON COURTESY • It is always nice to hold the door for someone. but this is not intentional. • Do not chat with your friends during meetings and presentations etc. cinemas and lecture halls. This is the time when Oslo comes alive again after its “winter sleep”.. Long. when the speaker is talking. From September it gets gradually colder (and darker). but normally winters (Dec – March) are cold. • You should shake hands in formal situations. Tipping is not expected. Also. In bars and cafes people will often leave some change. but the autumn can be nice with sunny days. Parallel to the seasons. • Be discrete when looking at people and don’t stare. The first sign of spring is Norwegians taking to the streets. regardless of whether they are men or women. Oslo and Norway have four distinct seasons. and Ms. First names are commonly used. Expect bathing tempe ratures of 17-22 degrees Celsius in the fjord and lakes. However. • Old people and pregnant women appreciate it if you let them have your seat on a crowded bus. light evenings and nights are best spent in a park together with friends. SOCIAL CONVENTION • Norwegians are friendly. • Among students and friends hand shaking is not expected. In March. • The egalitarian values at the root of the welfare state also manifest themselves throughout Norwegian society in many ways – for instance in the field of gender equality. Prefixes like Mr. SERVICE CHARGE Service charge and tips are included in restaurant bills and taxi fares. generally observing these will help you integrate into Norwegian culture. so bring warm clothes and warm boots. • Switch your mobile phone to silent mode in the library. enjoying the sunshine. Some find this rude. or on the beach. Summer temperatures vary from 10 degrees Celsius on rainy days to 30 degrees Celsius on nice summer days. reflecting the little light there is. the number of daylight hours varies from 6 hours in mid-December to 20 hours in mid-June. when being introduced for the first time to someone your age it is common to shake hands and say your name.

no (in Norwegian only) Fire: 110 Police: 112 Ambulance: 113 See also Student Health Services. You will find all of us in the student reception area in March 2015 EMERGENCY MEDICAL ASSISTANCE On campus: +47 23 21 53 90 (SiO Student Health Services) Notify the BI Reception as well: 06600 .no Phone: +47 46 41 02 27 Ambulance: 113 Tannlegevakt: +47 22 56 40 00 (Majorstua). 12 If you or your fellow student is involved in an accident or need Phone: +47 46 41 00 02 EMERGENCY NUMBERS IN NORWAY Exchange students: International Office E-mail: international. please notify your contact person in the BI Phone: +47 46 10 00 06 EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE Master of Science students: Master administration E-mail: msc@bi.IN CASE OF EMERGENCY Outside campus: +47 22 93 22 93 (Emergency ward – bi. Address: Storgata 40) WHO TO CONTACT AT BI? BBA and Bachelor Double Degree students: Bachelor administration E-mail: bachelor@bi. +47 22 65 33 88 (Årvoll) Open all days 08:00-18:00 atbi. p.