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Program Description:


Location: Volda, Norway


Volda, a city of about 8,000 inhabitants in west central Norway, has a spectacular natural setting on two fjords surrounded by mountains.  Known primarily as an academic and cultural center, Volda is host to several annual festivals which include a documentary film festival, a student festival, and a national ski festival.

Volda University College in Volda, Norway has 3,000 students including about 150 from 30 different countries.  It specializes in training teachers, animators and journalists.  The school offers international students a welcoming environment which includes a buddy program and various social activities.

Volda Campus



Courses available in:

  • Humanities and Education

  • Arts and Physical Education

  • Social Sciences and History

  • Media and Journalism

List of courses
Academic Calendar

Practical Information



Volda January

Accommodations and Campus Life



Housing Information

There is a spacious and light canteen in the Berte Kanutte building where  hot and cold food is served, today’s dinner course and and à la carte menu. There is also a small canteen in the Kaarstad building, and a limited selection of food and drink in the bookstore.

Life on Campus
The student house "Rokken" is at the centre of many of the events for students. Rokken arranges a series of social events such as conserts, theme parties, quizzes, open mic nights, live sport broadcastings and other cultural programmes. Most international students volunteer at Rokken, which gives you discounts or free access to most events!

The International Office runs the meeting place "Pangaia" for all students. Pangaia is located in the main building on campus and allows students to stop by for a chat, a cup of tea, or just to meet other international or Norwegian students.

Students at VUC can also choose to join a wide variety of student organizations such as Student TV, Student Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, sports, choir, orchestra and various other organizations.

Volda is also known as the venue for the annual X2 Extreme Sport Festival, and the Documentary Film Festival in the spring semester, and the Animation Festival in the autumn semester. These festivals sements VUC's reputation as a leading school for media studies and also brings international participants and attention to our college. Volunteering at a festival is a great way to make Norwegian friends!





Room and board expenses will be around $3,200-$3,600 ($800 - $900 per month).




For general questions about the program and application process, contact Margaret Anderson at or stop by the CGEE office in the basement of Anderson Residential Hall, Suite 23.

For more detailed information about courses, housing, etc at Volda . you may contact:
Iulia Beleuta
International Officer

For students with special needs/accommodations, you may contact Ingun Blindheim at


Application Process

Application Process

Once you have completed the Augsburg University approval process, Augsburg will nominate you as an exchange student. You will then need to complete a separate application for Volda: 

For Fall semester: November 15
For Spring semester: May 15 



Visa Information

Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for student visa/residence permit prior to coming to Norway. In order to be eligible for a student visa/residence permit, non-EU/EEA citizens need to guarantee they are financially capable of living in Norway. This means showing to an amount of approximately 110 000-nok/academic year, in a Norwegian account (appx. $14,000 year/$7,000 semester). You can read more about this on The Norwegian Directorate for Immigration's website.

Cost: approximately $75
Other fees:  $31

You must print out this checklist, fill it in, and bring it with you when you hand in the application documents:

Norway visa process

If you plan to spend some time studying in Norway, you may need to apply for a student visa, otherwise known as a student residence permit.

Requirements to get a student visa for Norway
In order to be granted a student visa for Norway, you must have been admitted to a field of study at a college or university (with some exemptions). After you’ve received your letter of admission you should contact your nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate for information on the study permit application procedure, and apply from your country of origin.

While some candidates can apply online from within Norway or through a Norwegian embassy, most students will need to hand in a paper application form to their closest Norwegian embassy or consulate.

When you hand in your student residence permit application form, you must also provide your passport, along with other necessary documentation. You’ll need to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • Receipt of having paid the application fee (NOK 3,200, which is roughly US$370)
  • A valid travel document (i.e. passport)
  • Two recent passport-sized photos with a white background
  • Evidence of admittance to an approved full-time education program
  • Evidence of sufficient financial funds for the entire period of study, including funds to support any accompanying family, which should be in a Norwegian bank account (it can be difficult to open an account in a Norwegian bank without a Norwegian personal number, so you can usually deposit the required amount into an account established by your educational institution). You need to prove you have access to NOK 111,657 for each academic year (10 months), which is approximately US$13,000.
  • Evidence that you have somewhere to live (such as a house, apartment, bedsit or room in a hall of residence)
  • Evidence that you will leave Norway when your residence permit expires (usually in the form of a return ticket)
  • Completed and signed UDI document checklist, which you should print off and hand in along with your other documents
  • Processing times for student residence permits will vary and may take two months or so, therefore it is advisable to apply as soon as you are able. If your application is granted, you must then obtain a residence card. This is proof that you have the right to live in Norway and is issued by your local police station in Norway. You’re required to visit the police station within seven days of your arrival in Norway. You’ll have your fingerprints and photo taken and will be sent your residence card by post within 10 working days.

Where to Bring your Visa Application
VFS Services USA Inc.
564 W Randolph Street, 2nd Floor
Chicago IL  60661

Submission of Applications: 8:00am-3:00pm (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)

Collection of Passports: 3:00 – 4:00pm (Monday – Friday except declared holidays)


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/03/2019 06/17/2019
Fall Semester 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.