University College of Southeast Norway from 1.1.2016


General information for students

* Travelling to Telemark - how to get here!
* Cost of Living
* Accommodation
* Meals
* Medical facilities
* Facilites for Special Needs Students
* Insurance
* Financial Support for Students
* Students Affairs Office
* Learning facilities
* International Programmes
* Practical Information for Mobile Students
* Language Courses
* Internships
* Sports Facilities and Extra-mural & Leisure Activities
* Students Associations

Travelling to Telemark - how to get here!

Air: Both Sandefjord Torp and Oslo Gardermoen airports are convenient. There are bus and/or train connections to all campuses from these airports. More detailed travel information can be found here.

Cost of Living

Most foreign students find Norway to be quite expensive. Eating out at restaurants is costly. Items like alcohol and tobacco are highly taxed.

There is no tuition fee for ERASMUS students. Other estimated expenses

Semester registration fee: 800 NOK (approx.)
Estimated living costs for Norwegian students are NOK 97,850 per year (2014 figure). For students outside the EU/EEA-area this is also the sum (NOK 97,850 for one academic year, 2014 figure) that they will have to deposit in a Norwegian account before the immigration authorities issue a student residence permit.

Please expect to pay for the following:

  • Travel to and from the host institution
  • Books, stationery, etc
  • Travel documentation, visas, etc
  • Extra fee for The Individual, Environs and Society (Friluftsliv)
  • Personal travel and personal expenses (including travel insurance)
  • Food
  • Personal copying fees
  • Membership in campus organizations
  • Membership at local gyms or health studios
  • Participation in community activities, classes or clubs
  • Some mandatory day trips
  • Optional trips


Student Halls of Residence Telemark University College will provide students with housing in single rooms at one of the several mixed halls of residence. Students share facilities with other Norwegian students and international students near campus. Students cook their own food. The same regulations will pertain to international students as to Norwegian students. All rooms have internet connections. Please note that there is limited telephone access from the halls of residence. Most students bring along their own mobile phones. The Students Association (SiTel) operates the accommodation service, and further information on accommodation available on each campus can be found here.


All students halls of residence are self catering. Each campus also has a cantine which sells reasonable priced hot and cold food to both students and staff.

Medical facilities

Telemark University College offers consultation from psychological, social and religious services provided by the college to all its students. A councilor and a student priest are available for consultations if students need someone to talk to or have problems related to mental health. The councilor or student priest will be able to help you with how to proceed if you need further medical assistance. Medical and dental services are available in the local health centre. Students who are full-time students for one year or more are covered by the Norwegian National Health Scheme (a small patient’s fee must be paid). Students from the EU/EEA-area must have an EU Health Insurance identity card. The health scheme does not cover visits to opticians or dentists.

Facilites for Special Needs Students

Ability to accommodate students with disabilities Telemark University College offers easy physical access to its facilities for physically challenged students: planed entry, elevators, etc. However, not all of the accomodation is easily accessible for students with disabilities. The Individual, Environs and Society course (Friluftsliv) and Physical Education courses cannot accommodate students with physical disabilities.


Students staying for one full year or more in Norway are covered under the National Health Insurance Scheme. Students who stay for less than one year will have to bring insurance from their home country, or apply for a voluntary membership in the National Health Insurance Scheme. European students will be covered under the European Health Insurance Card.

The student is responsible for travel insurance coverage for travel to and from Norway and for optional trips within Norway or Europe.

For practical placements, other insurances may or may not be mandatory, for instance accident insurance for workplaces and liability insurance or other work-specific insurances.

The International contact persons can help with questions related to insurance.

Financial Support for Students

Financial support from Lånekassen, the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (NSELF) , is primarily directed to Norwegian citizens, however, some foreign citizens may be eligible for support if students have stayed and worked in Norway for a number of years or have family ties to Norway for example.

Quota Scheme

These places are available for students from cooperating universities only and are communicated directly to the universities in question. This programme is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Government to students from developing countries (non-EU countries, Central-Asia and developing countries in the rest of the world). Students obtain a loan from the Norwegian Student Loan Board for the period of their study (degree programmes only). The Loan is transferred into a grant, provided the student returns to his/her home country upon completion of the study programme. Read more about the quota scheme here.

Students Affairs Office

Student welfare is the responsibility of the local Student Association, for more information (click on the British flag in the middle of the page).

Academic Issues: contact the Faculty ECTS co-ordinators.

Learning facilities

We have a functional technical infrastructure to support our academic activities, including well equiped science laboratories, sports facilities, practice rooms for nursing and extensive computer laboratories. We have modern, practical buildings, a well organised library, and a system for electronic communication. Wireless net is available on all campuses, and there is free internet access in all students halls of residence.

Library Service

IT Services

International Programmes

Please note that the official language of teaching at TUC is Norwegian. However, our M.Sc. degrees in Engineering and the master's degree in Environmental Health and Science and a number of shorter programmes (one semester - one year) are taught in English. These programmes are open to international students. The short-term programmes are mainly aimed at exchange students from partner universities.For an overview of our programmes taught in English and detailed information on the content of these programmes, click here.

Practical Information for mobile students

  • All Faculties at TUC have arranged for an introduction week, where students get basic information about their stay in Norway, practical details. Students will also have a student "buddy", who will show them around, help them with practical issues and introduce them to the social activities at TUC.
  • Bank Accounts: Foreign students staying only for one semester will usually not be approved for opening a Norwegian bank account. Our current group of students choose to use their credit and ATM/debit cards from home. Check with your bank to see what they charge for using your ATM/debit or credit card abroad, and that you can use your card in Norway.
  • Working in Norway: Students can work part time. Students are usually allowed to work up to 20 hours a week, as long as it does not interfere with their studies. In holidays and vacations, students can work full-time.TUC does not have a work-study programme.
  • Climate: Telemark is located in the southeastern part of Norway and can offer some of the best climatic conditions in Norway. Each of the four seasons is distinctive in temperature, scenery and sunlight conditions. The need for preparation is likewise appropriate. Summer: August: Temperatures from 15 to 25 degrees centigrade; sunny, rainy, light nights. Autumn: September/October/November: Temperatures from 1 to 15 degrees centigrade; rainy, breezy, gray, less sun; autumn equinox September 23. Winter: December: Temperatures from -20 to1degrees centigrade; cold, snowy, windy, icy, dusky; winter equinox: December 22.

Language Courses

There is a full time language programme for those students wishing to apply to study in Norwegian. The University College also provides very basic Norwegian language courses for the students that are studying in English. These language courses will run in the same semester as the particular study programme that is chosen.


TUC does have sometimes have some internships available for students. In other instances, companies in our region may be willing to hire students for placements. We encourage students to enquire is this is of interest.

Sports Facilities and Extra-mural & Leisure Activites

The University College consists of four campuses which are all well integrated in their respective local communities. There is access to wide variety of activities including:

  • sports facilities including sports halls, swimming pools, gyms, athletics tracks,
  • skiing and skating (in the winter).
  • The is a wide variety of sports clubs including those run by the student body, and those in the local community.
  • The student assocation also organises a variety of other clubs and social events.
  • In all four campuses there are organisations that will arrange concerts and other cultural activities.
  • Porsgrunn arranges the International Theatre Festival in June each year.
  • Notodden stages one of the largest blues festivals in Northern Europe in the summer.
  • Bø and the surrounding area has several music festivals in the summer.
  • In Rauland there is an active Folk Music scene all year-round.

Students Associations

The local students assocation has some information in English on their activities (including accommodation provision). Student Assocation in Telemark (click on the British flag in the middle of the page).

The Student Organisation in Telemark (SoT) is also known as the student parliament. There is an annual election to select student respresentatives, and the organisation is concerned with protecting students rights during their period of study.

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