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Safe & Sound - International Master Semester

  • Duration: August-December
  • Fall semester , Exchange student
  • ECTS 30 ECTS
  • Application period 01 February (students from INN University)

A change in the programme for fall 2021 is currently under development due to COVID-19. Updated information will be published on the webpage of University of Bergen.

INN University students must submit the online application form within 01 February 2021.


About the programme

The following programme is expected for fall 2022. For fall 2021, please view the webpage of the University of Bergen.

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, who will not partake in the exchange semester.

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

Application process

Students apply to their home institution for participating in the international semester. The deadline may vary.

INN University students must submit an online application form within 01 February. The following documents must be uploaded in the application:

  • Letter of motivation in English (max. 500 words)
  • Curriculum vitae in English (max.1 page)
  • Transcript of Academic Records in English
  • Copy of valid passport

Qualified applicants will be invited to an interview.

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 the Department of Health and Social Sciences at INN University, in collaboration with the 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 2022

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


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,-
  • Accommodation 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
  • Accommodation 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 collective transportation to the city centre and UiB. 

Further information on accommodation 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 webpage 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. 

Read more about admission

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.

What does it cost?

Free for exchange students
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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 knowledge. 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.

This study is offered by: Faculty of Social and Health Sciences