In-person Exchange program details
Areas of Study: NIH offers a variety of Kinesiology courses in English in several "course packages". Exchange students are required to choose 1 package and can only take courses from within that package. Course packages are divided by semester; most are offered in the fall. The packages currently available are:
- Autumn semester: Exercise, Health & Performance; Outdoor Studies; and Sport Management & Coaching
- Spring semester: Sport Management & Coaching
For more details about these course packages, consult NIH's website here.
There are other unique opportunities available at NIH. General information is listed below, however please contact the UCalgary exchange advisor to discuss your specific plans.
- Students who will be in their 4th year during the exchange may be eligible to take Masters courses on a case-by-case basis.
- There is an independent research course offered in both the fall and spring semester. This can be used to substitute one of the courses in the course package and pursue research during your exchange. (All course packages except Outdoor Studies are eligible.)
- An internship placement may be available for students doing a full-year exchange. Students must take the Sport Management & Coaching course package in the fall, followed by a spring internship.
In Europe, a full-time course load is typically 30 ECTS (European credits). 6 ECTS = 3 UCalgary units (1 half-course). Exchange students at NIH are required to take 30 ECTS per semester.
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! Here is a rough cost estimate for a semester at NIH:
Student Housing 15,000-17,500 NOK
Food 12,000-15,000 NOK
Books & Supplies 5000 NOK
Transit 2500 NOK
Other expenses 12,000 NOK
Total semester cost 46,500-52,000 NOK (approx. $6000-7000 CAD)
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 course package, you may need to budget more due to the amount of excursions - it is recommended to bring the relevant equipment from home where possible (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.
The UCalgary Faculty of Kinesiology has a study abroad award specifically for Kinesiology students attending exchanges at NIH! This is a faculty-nominated award worth $1000. Please click here for more information.
In addition, our office administers several awards, including the Global Access Fund (based on a funding-first model where students apply prior to committing to a global learning program) and the Global Learning Award (students apply after being accepted to a global learning program; the amount varies year-to-year as the money is split among chosen recipients). Students may only receive these awards once. Please see the funding page, linked below, 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 undergraduate 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 2.7 (B-).
Please note: a minimum 3.0 GPA is required to be considered for the Kinesiology study abroad award, mentioned in the Costs & Funding section above.
No knowledge of Norwegian is required, as all courses offered on this program are taught in English.
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 and support services at campuses across Europe, please check out Inclusive Mobility. 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.
Online Exchange program details
If you are unable to travel to Norway or can't fit a full semester exchange into your degree, you can still access unique sport science courses through this online exchange option!
- Fall semester - August to December 2023
- Spring (Winter) semester - January to June 2024
- SPM 104: Sport and Sustainability - 10 ECTS
- SPM 120: Performance-enhancement and anti-doping in sport - 5 ECTS
- SPM 121: Sustaining sport for development and peace programs - 10 ECTS
- SPM 123: International organization of sport - 10 ECTS (new course beginning January 2024)
Students can apply for either semester, and can take one or more courses. The courses are module-based, meaning that you can pace yourself in completing online modules throughout the semester. All assessments (assignments, exams) are done online.
6 ECTS = one regular 3-unit course at UCalgary. This means that 10 ECTS at NIH will earn you credit for one course at UCalgary, 15 ECTS is two UCalgary courses, 20 ECTS is 3 UCalgary courses, 25 ECTS is 4 UCalgary courses, and 30 ECTS is 5 UCalgary courses.
All of the online courses offered at NIH have been pre-assessed by the UCalgary Kinesiology Faculty and will transfer back as senior KNES credit!
You will be charged tuition at UCalgary at your normal tuition rate. Tuition is assessed according to the number of NIH courses you attend (e.g. if taking 2 10-ECTS courses at NIH, you will be charged tuition for 2 courses, even though this transfers back to UCalgary as credit for 3 courses).
There are no other costs to participate. All course materials are provided online.
Although online programs are not eligible for Study Abroad funding, any of the other UCalgary funding options that you are normally eligible for can be used towards your online program - for example, awards/scholarships, student loans, etc. Click here to browse the UCalgary awards database
This program is open to Kinesiology undergraduate students. Minimum cumulative GPA 2.7.
How to apply:
- After you log in, use the Study Programs tab to search for the application. You can just search by program name: Norwegian School of Sport Sciences - there is no need to add any other search filters. Make sure to select the Online Exchange application.
- The "Statement of Purpose" section of the online application is where you write a short statement of why you are applying.
- In the "Course List" section, list your desired course(s).
- The application will prompt you to read the Norway consular affairs report and enter the report date. You do not need to do this - to skip this question, just enter a random date in the text field.
- No reference letter or other documents are required.
Applications are non-competitive. This means everyone who is eligible can be accepted to the online exchange!
Once your application has been accepted, you will be nominated to NIH. You will then receive instructions to fill out a secondary application form and sign up for your desired course(s).
The application deadline for Fall semester is June 20, 2023, and for Winter semester is November 8, 2023.
Do I have to speak Norwegian?
All of the online courses are taught in English.
Can I take UCalgary courses in the same semester?
Yes, it is allowed to take regular UCalgary courses alongside your NIH online courses! Closer to the start of your semester, your exchange advisor will contact you to check how many courses you plan to take from NIH and from UCalgary, and they will ensure your tuition is set up correctly. If you wish to overload your semester (taking more than 5 courses in a semester) please contact the exchange advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org for guidance.