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Before arrival

International exchange student in front of Storhove student dormitory during winter

Application for exchange at INN University

What are the semester dates for the following semester?

Semester dates:

  • The semester dates are automatically updated in the web-page for incoming exchange students. Do note that other campuses might have different semester dates. If the semester dates are not yet published, please send an e-mail to the International Office at INN University, Campus Lillehammer. 

Orientation week:

  • The Orientation week is in the first week of the semester.

First day of classes:

  • First day of classes is during the first/second week of the semester. Please see the course time-schedule for more specific dates, or contact the International Office.

Exam period:

  • There are no specific exam periods. Depending on the courses, the exams are in the middle of the semester or towards the end of the semester.

When is the last day I need to be present at INN University?

This depends on when you have your last exam. Students can depart after they have completed all exams. Exam dates are published after 01 June (fall semester) and after 01 December (spring semester).

Where can I find the Academic Calendar? Are there any holidays during the semester(s)?

The Academic Calendar can be found in this link.

The vacation dates differs from year to year. Depending on your combination of courses, some students have more days off than others might. However, please be aware that having days off in Universities/Universities of Applied Sciences are to be interpreted as study days. The only exception are national holidays (specific dates).

Where can I find the course overview, course codes and the curriculum?

The complete course overview contains the offered courses for the following semester(s). Do remember to choose your level of studies (BA/MA) the semester you will be attending INN University. 

To find the course codes, choose a course in the overview. Click on the button with "Curriculum 2019/2020". The course code are written front of the course name. Contact the International Office if you have trouble finding it. 

You can find the curriculum (books, articles etc. needed for each course) by looking up your course in  the curriculum overview (website in Norwegian). Use the course names/codes to find them. Obligatorisk = mandatory. Anbefalt = recommended, but not mandatory. Do notice that the curriculum for the following semester might be published close to the start of the semester.

  • If you wish, the curriculum can be purchased prior to or after arrival. It can be purchased in the Campus Bookshop, online bookshops or through a second-hand Facebook group. For the Facebook group, ask for assistance from your Buddy, as most sales are done in Norwegian.

What is the address of Campus Lillehammer?

Postal address:
Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
Campus Lillehammer
P.O. Box 400
2418 Elverum

Visiting address:
Gudbrandsdalsvegen 350
2624 Lillehammer

Arrival in Lillehammer

When should I arrive in Lillehammer?

All students need to arrive prior to the Orientation Day, unless late arrival is approved. Due to closed stores, arrival on a Sunday is not recommended. As long as the Arrival Form is submitted, the assigned Buddy will pick up the student, no matter what time he/she arrives at the scheduled place in Lillehammer.

How do I get to Lillehammer from the Airport?

By train (VY). No Airport pickup is offered. 

Tickets are recommended to be purchased upon arrival in the Airport. If you book the ticket in while you are in one time zone, it might affect your ticket upon arriving in a different time zone.You can either purchase it by:

  • A: Downloading the VY app. Remember to register your user, and save your card information prior to arrival. Purchase the ticket according to the time you have. Please be aware that you may need to use data/roaming to access the app if the train WiFi is down. 
  • B: Ticket machines in the Airports. Find one and purchase your ticket with your card. 
  • C: In the train. Be aware that a small fee might be added. 

When will my buddy contact me?

The Buddies are assigned according to the information given in the Arrival Form. Students will be contacted after the deadline for submitting the Arrival Form. International Office will give information when the Buddies start contacting students.

How can I get my dorm key?

For students whom have submitted their Arrival Form, and who rent on-campus housing, their assigned Buddy will bring their dorm key upon the students arrival in Lillehammer. Students renting private housing, the owner will bring the key. 

Application for on-campus housing

When should I apply for on-campus housing? Can I decide whom I would like to live with?

SINN (the housing office) opens the housing application for incoming exchange students after the application deadline in a given semester. Students should wait until they have received the Admission Letter. This letter is given after the application deadline for INN University, Campus Lillehammer. To read more, please view the housing information for exchange students

Technically no. You can apply for the same dorm, but it is up to SINN whether you will get the same dorm/floor or not. Please contact SINN directly with these type of requests.

How do I apply for on-campus housing?

Admitted students will receive an e-mail together with their Admission Letter which includes information on how to apply. For more information, please view the SINN web-page.

Does SINN only offer dorms?

No, they do offer apartments, but these are mainly rented for one academical year. Exchange students might need to provide a special reason if they wish to rent apartments (if there are any available). Please contact SINN for more information.

What is the bedding set?

The Bedding set consists of a pillow and cover, duvet and cover, bedding sheet and curtains. The set will be in your room upon arrival. It costs NOK 500, a one-time fee included in your first invoice. Towels are not included. 

If you do not wish to have this set included, you need to notify SINN. Either in your application or by e-mail.

Do I need to pay a deposit for my key?

No. You will have to pay if you lose it. For more information, view SINN's web-page for lost keys.

What shared facilities are included in the dorms?

Each dorm has their own laundry room. Washing prices varies according to each dorm.

In most cases, SINN removes the left over kitchenware and cutlery. However, in some cases they do not. Students will need to buy what they need upon arrival. Students living together is recommended to share the costs buy purchasing equipment together. The assigned Buddy can assist and give recommendations on where to buy this the cheapest. There are options of second-hand stores, IKEA Ringsaker (1 hour away from Lillehammer) and other general stores. 

A vacuum cleaner and a broom will be at the students disposal. Soap and such must be bought by the residents.

My dorm application suddenly disappeared. What happened?

You need to renew your application. Please read the "Your application" part in SINN's web-page for information on renewing your application.

There is an error with my on-campus housing application. Whom should I contact?

Contact SINN at The International Office cannot be of help here.

Can I rent off-campus housing?

Yes. However, it is recommended to rent through SINN. The easiest option for off-campus housing will be informed by the International Office in the information e-mail after the application deadline. The off-campus housing options we offer are in collaboration with the students going abroad the parallel semester. Students can rent off-campus housing through other sites if wished (Airbnb or other). 

General questions

Which documents should I bring to Lillehammer?

Student ID from home Institution. Passport and/or Identification card (EU/EEA-citizens). Students from outside EU/EEA must bring their Passport. Health card (EU/EEA-citizens) or other documents with your insurance information. Credit/debit card (VISA/MasterCard/Maestro/American Express card) which has no fee per use. Check with your bank if they offer this. 

Which sports/student groups can I join at Campus Lillehammer?

There are many groups students can join during your exchange. Our web-page offers an overview of all groups and relevant information.

Can I send a parcel to the University with my stuff before I arrive?

No. Parcels must be sent directly to your dorm address and need to be present in Lillehammer to pick up the parcel. Make sure to write your full address. Parcels/letters with incomplete addresses might be sent in return. Remember to include your room number. Example for the Smestad dorm address: 

Name of receiver
Smestadvegen 14 (A/B/C/D) H (room number)
2619 Lillehammer

I plan on driving to Norway. How do I pay the Norwegian toll fees? Should I have summer & winter tires, or all-season tires?

Everyone driving with a car has to pay the Norwegian road toll. It is recommended that students whom are driving to Norway with their foreign car, register their vehicle with EPC plc (Euro Parking Collection) before the journey, in order to easily check and pay the invoice(s). It is recommended that students staying more than two months should register for an AutoPASS contract and toll tag; however, it is not necessary.

It is required to have winter tires in the winter due to the weather conditions. However, if you have all-season tires, it is not required. Remember to check their quality prior to departure to Norway. It is illegal to drive with summer tires during winter and winter tires during summer. Please view the Norwegian Public Roads Administration's web-page for more information on tire requirements and when the winter/summer tires must be used.