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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:

  • The first day of classes is during the first/second week of the semester. Please see the course 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?

The final exam/mandatory lecture. Some exams are campus exams, and others are home exams (do not require a presence at INN University). The exam dates are published after 01 June (fall semester) and 01 December (spring semester). The percentage of mandatory lectures may vary from course to course, and campus to campus. 

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 number of vacation dates varies from year to year. Depending on the combination of courses, some students have more days off than others might. However, be aware that having days without lectures are to be interpreted as study days. The only exception is national holidays (specific dates).

Where can I find the course overview and curriculum?

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

You can find the curriculum (books, articles etc. needed for each course) by searching for a specific course in the curriculum overview (Norwegian website). Enter the course name/code. Obligatorisk = mandatory. Anbefalt = recommended, but not required. Do notice that the following semester's curriculum might be published close to the start of the semester.

  • If you wish, the curriculum can be purchased before or after arrival 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 made 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:
Vormstuguvegen 2
2624 Lillehammer

Arrival in Lillehammer

When should I arrive in Lillehammer?

All students need to arrive before the Orientation Day unless late arrival is approved. Due to closed stores, arrival in Lillehammer 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.

If changes happen to the suggested time of arrival, it might be required that a different buddy assists with the pick-up.

How do I get to Lillehammer from the Airport?

By train, either through VY or SJ. No Airport pickup is offered. Chose the R10 train (VY) to Lillehammer, as it does not require a seat placement, and have much more space for suitcases. SJ trains are regional trains, need a seat placement, and have limited space for many bags (not recommended to choose).

Purchase the ticket after arrival in Norway. If you book the ticket in while you are in a different time zone, it might affect your ticket upon arriving in Norway. You can either purchase it by:

  • A: Downloading the VY app. Remember to register your (student) user, and save your card information before arrival. Please be aware that you may need to use data/roaming to access the app if the train/airport WiFi is down. Purchase a ticket before you board the train. It is not possible to book a ticket for a train whose departure time has passed. 
  • B: Ticket machines in the Airport. Find one and purchase a ticket with your bank card. 
  • C: In the train (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 reaching out to the students.

How can I get my dorm key?

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

General questions

Which documents should I bring to Lillehammer?

  • Student ID from home Institution.
  • Passport and/or Identification card (EU/EEA-citizens).
  • Health card (EU/EEA-citizens) or other documents with your insurance information.
  • Credit/debit card (VISA/MasterCard/Maestro/American Express card) with no fee peruse. Check with your bank if this is offered.
  • And other specific documents which may be necessary during your stay. 

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 who are driving to Norway with their foreign car, register their vehicle with EPC plc (Euro Parking Collection) before the journey to check and pay the invoice(s) quickly. 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 before 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.