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Safe & Sound - International Master Semester

  • Duration: August-December
  • Fall semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 30 ECTS
  • Application period 15 February (students from INN University)
  • You wish to gain an increased global understanding
  • You wish to learn about the health and development of children in an international perspective
  • You wish to cooperate with students from different backgrounds

About the programme

The Safe & Sound international master semester is tailored to provide students with knowledge and information about how adverse and adaptive childhood experiences influence health and sustainable development. Children need nurturing care and protection from harm to grow and thrive. Knowledge is power. It is our responsibility to create, share and spread knowledge in empowering ways.


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This semester provides students with knowledge and experience with cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary aspects of child development, adverse and adaptive conditions of childhood, and the impact on health and well-being. The program will support and supplement existing study programs in terms of 1) increased internationalization and awareness of the global agendas for health and sustainable development, 2) facilitate a joint child and family focus between the master programs in social work with children and youth, environmental psychology and public health, and 3) provide opportunities for a limited number of students to learn and practice abroad.

It consists of three interlinked 10 ECTS courses, each held at different institutions in Norway and Vietnam. An extended version of course 2 (15 ECTS) is specifically tailored to students at INN University, whom will not parttake in the exchange semester.

For more information, please check out the official web-page or view the Safe & Sound brochure.

Application process

Who can apply:

This programme is only open for students from Vietnam National University - University of Education, University of Bergen and Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences.

How to apply:

Students whom have been chosen by their home institutions need to submit an online application form.

Application deadline:

INN University students: 15 February

VNU & UiB students: 15 April

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Why study the Safe & Sound semester

By participating in the Safe & Sound semester, students will learn how culture is embedded in human behaviour, and be able to reflect critically about local and global knowlege. Abuse, neglect, malnourishment, and natural disasters constitute serious threats to the healthy development of children. The adverse effects are not only at an individual level, but also threaten the building blocks and structure of society. It is therefore essential to learn how to provide psychosocial support during crisis and disasters.

You will not only gain knowledge on how Early Childhood Development (ECD) impacts the sustainability of societies, but also how to contribute to a safe and sound environment, that is necessary for child and family well-being.

Study start information

The official semester dates of the Safe & Sound semester are 17 August 2020 - 18 December 2020. The first course will begin in Bergen on Monday 17 August 2020.

An Introduction Week will be held prior to the first course in Bergen. Recommended arrival dates will be provided by e-mail to accepted applicants. For more information regarding the different study sites during the fall semester, please view the "Practical information".

Practical information

About the programme

Safe & Sound is a Norwegian Partnership Programme for Global Academic Cooperation (NORPART). Organized as a full-time study over one semester with flexible learning in terms of digital resources and tasks. The program is developed by INN University, department of Health and Social Sciences in collaboration with University of Bergen, Center for Crisis Psychology and Vietnam National University - University of Education in Hanoi. The aim is to enhance the quality of higher education in Norway and developing countries through academic cooperation and mutual student mobility. The program is funded by DIKU, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education.


Study sites fall 2020

Course number Institution Location Course Dates
1 University of Bergen (UiB) Bergen,
PSY381 Crisis Psychology and disaster response (10 ECTS) 17 August - 20 September 2020
2 Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences
(INN University)
Lillehammer, Norway ACE3000 ACE, Health and sustainable development (10 ECTS) 05 October - 06 November 2020
3 Vietnam National University (VNU) -
University of Education
ACE3002 Safe & Sound Global Child Mental Health and Social Work (10 ECTS) 11 November - 18 December 2020


Financial funding (Nordpart scholarship)

The scholarship provides the necessary funding to cover the cost of mobility between Vietnam and Norway for 5 students from VNU National University, 2 students from University of Bergen, and 2 students from Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. 


The Scholarship for Vietnamese students covers the following:
  • Travel costs up to NOK 10.000,-
  • Accomodation and living costs up to NOK 10.825,- per months for three months
  • Costs for visa and residence permit up to NOK 6.800,-


The Scholarship for Norwegian students are granted the following:
  • NOK 6.000,- for travel costs
  • Accomodation and living costs up to NOK 10.000,- for one month
  • Costs for visa and vaccination up to NOK 6.800,-

Norwegian students can, in addition, apply for mobility and funding from the State Education Loan Fund (Statens Lånekasse) for the Field course and practicum in Vietnam.



Students will be staying in one of the student dormitories in Bergen during the first course. The dormitory is located within 10 minute walking distance to UiB. There is a good offer with collective transportation to both the city centre and UiB from the dormitory. For more information about the dormitory in general, view the Haukelandsbakken Studentheim's web-page.

There is a good offer within the collective transportation to the city centre and UiB. 

Further information on accomodation at VNU and INN University will be provided later. 


Study Permit / visa

All students from Vietnam must apply for a Study Permit, as they will be staying in Norway for more than 90 days. For further information on how to apply, including the costs of a Study Permit, please view our informative web-page

Students from University of Bergen and INN University need to apply for a 3-month visa for visiting Vietnam. It can either be done at the Embassy in Oslo, or online (visa on arrival). If students would like to visit other neighbouring countries during their stay, a multiple entry visa is recommended. For more information, please view the visa application process in the web-page for Vietnam's Embassies. Do notice that your passport must be valid for six months beyond your planned stay, and you must have at least one blank visa page.

Admission requirements

Master students need to fulfil one of the criteria listed below:

  • minimum 2 years of study in psychology (in an integrated master program), or be registered as master students in either MA in Health, MA in Social Work, MA in psychology or MA in Environmental Psychology
  • Adequate proficiency in English to read, write and speak at an academic level equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR)

These criteria adhere to all course descriptions in this programme. 

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Supervised professional training

The final course "Global Child Mental Health and Social Work Practicum" is a 10 ECTS supervised professional training course in Vietnam. Students are given the opportunity to experience, develop an understanding of, and reflect critically on professional/academic practice in an international setting. This objective is reached through observation of the daily operations and interaction with social welfare and health care providers and NGO’s working with childhood adversity and mental health issues in Vietnam. The student will take part in different learning experiences and perform duties agreed to in an outplacement agreement with the host institution.

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Free for exchange students
This study is offered by: Faculty of Social and Health Sciences