University of South-Eastern Norway – Bø campus

The University of South-Eastern Norway (USN), or Høgskolen i Sørøst, is comprised of 8 campuses located in different communities across southern Norway.

Minot State has a parntnership with the USN- Bø campus. It is located in Telemark county near Minot’s Norwegian sister city, Skien. Campus Bø provides a campus community where it is easy to make friends; the faculty and staff are open and helpful; and the facilities are state of the art. It's a great fit for Minot State students!

Pro tip: Bø is pronounced “book” without the "k."

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Minot State students can participate in the bachelor level exchange programs offered in Business Administration, Scandinavian Studies and a variety of Sports and Outdoor Life options. These programs are all taught in English.

The classes you are able to take will be determined by the program you have chosen. Within some programs, there will be mandatory classes and a few optional classes to choose from.

Search here for programs that will be offered during your semester abroad.

See a list of courses that have been pre-approved to replace MSU degree requirements or electives.

Make sure to speak with your academic advisor at Minot State to get their help in choosing the most appropriate courses to while you are abroad!

You will need to enroll in 24 – 30 ECTS per semester; this is equivalent to 12-15 U.S. credits. ECTS stands for the European Credit Transfer System. According to Minot State policy, 2 ECTS credits are equivalent to 1 credit earned at Minot State.

Each class in your program will be graded by a comprehensive final exam. This different from most American classes where more emphasis is placed on weekly homework and tests throughout the semester.

The grades you receive in Norway will be evaluated according to World Education Services (WES) grading standards published on the WES website and converted to an equivalent U.S. grade. Conversions can be accessed by selecting ECTS from the drop-down box.

Student housing units are located within walking distance from the main campuses. Each student enjoys a private, furnished room. All rooms have internet access. Fully equipped kitchens and dining rooms are shared between 2-6 students. There is a TV room and a laundry room in each building. Minot State recommends that our students choose the Studentboliger "Gullbring" building due to its proximity to campus Bø.

On-campus student cafeterias serve breakfast, lunch and dinner but most often students cook their own food in their residence.

Visit the Students Association (SiTel) website for more information.

Minot State students attend USN as exchange students. Here is an estimate of the total program cost based off of 2023 prices.

Tuition (12 credits @ Minot State) $4,316
Minot State study abroad fee $50
Mandatory health and emergency evacuation insurance $230
Norwegian residence permit $633
Meals $2,000
Housing $3,000
Books and materials $300

* These figures are estimates, provided for informational purposes only. Everyone's expenses will differ slightly according to your personal expenses, preferences and spending habits. The exchange rate at the time of your program will also impact the cost of living in Norway. You will be provided with an updated budget breakdown once you are admitted into the program.

Your completed Minot State Study Abroad Application and all supplemental documentation must be submitted in one packet to the Minot State Office of International Programs by the appropriate deadline.

  • Fall Programs: March 15
  • Spring Programs: October 15

If you are admitted into study abroad by Minot State, you will be invited to complete the USN exchange student application.

More information on the study abroad application process.

All North American exchange students going to USN must apply for a residence permit to study in Norway. Please follow the instructions given by the closest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

After your final admission into the program, you will receive an acceptance letter from University of South-Eastern Norway which will provide pertinent information needed for your residence permit application, as well as detailed instructions. Questions on the process should be addressed to the program coordinator in Bø.


Last updated August 22, 2023 (ml)