BI Norwegian Business Summer School: Oslo

Undergraduate Global Immersion in Norway

June 29 - July 24, 2015

Oslo, Norway Slideshow

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Oslo School

Staircase in school

Oslo School

Kitchen and dining area

Living Area

Building and seating area in Oslo


Norway in the daytime


To provide students with an overview of research on intercultural marketing and management and to apply this knowledge creatively in the Scandinavian/Norwegian context.

Program schedule

An empathic understanding of how people from different parts of the world differ when it comes to opinions, attitudes, and beliefs or even what it takes to develop motivated and committed employees, is crucial for marketers and managers in today’s global world. The assumption that national cultures are still playing important roles in forming people’s values and attitudes, more than indicates that definitions and concepts of culture and cultural differences at national, organizational, and managerial level should be covered during a course like this.

One aspect of the course focuses on the importance of national culture in determining consumers’ behaviour. The course provides an overview of culture, how it affects consumption and brand experience and how different cultures may be compared with each other. This will be accomplished through lectures, guest speakers from the industry, visit to leading Norwegian companies to see Scandinavian management in practice, workshop on applying key concepts to a Norwegian case/company, and presentations.

The other aspect focuses on the so called ‘Scandinavian Model’ where gender and economic equality dominate and specific employment rules and rights must be applied. In particular, the ”Norwegian Working Environment Act” is covered.

Specific global industries where Norwegian firms have excelled such as shipping, oil and gas, and energy will also be investigated during the course.

Normally, each day will be structured so as the lectures will take place before lunch, while the afternoon will consist of other course-related activities. For more information on the detailed schedule, visit 2013 International Summer Programme. (Listed under "Program Structure" on page.)

Application and Admissions

To apply, please visit the Apply page. You will be charged a $50 application fee for each term that you apply for a program. If you apply for two programs in Fall semester you will be charged $50. If you apply for one program in Fall semester and one in Spring semester you will be charged $100. The priority deadline for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 is February 1, 2016. Applications for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 will open on September 8th, 2015. Applications for programs that do not fill by the priority deadline will be accepted on a rolling basis until full. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their status within 6 weeks of the priority deadline.


This program is open to Carlson students with sophomore standing with a GPA of 2.5 at the time of application.

Location details

The capital Oslo is situated in surroundings of which very few other major cities can boast, about, bounded by the Oslo Fjord in the south and unspoiled natural woodlands to the north and east. With a population of about half a million, Oslo is also the cultural capital of Norway, with a rich and varied cultural scene. Norway's per capita income rank among the world’s highest which gives the Norwegians a high quality of life. Oil and gas are the cornerstones of the Norwegian economy. Other major industries are fish, pulp and paper, forestry, mining, manufacturing and shipping.

The 'Land of the Midnight Sun' has delightfully long summer days and the temperature can vary from plus 15 up to plus 30 degrees plus Celcius. It drops to plus 5 to minus 15 degrees Celsius during the winter, but each season has its own special features and charm. The contrasts are great and the scenery is ever changing all year round.

During the last decades Norway has drawn the attention of the rest of the world through its innovative ideas and technologies, its booming oil and gas industry and active participation in areas like environmental protection and peace brokerage.

BI Norwegian Business School offers housing for the majority of students at BSN Dormitory during the summer session. BSN was completed in 2011 and offers modern, comfortable housing for BI students. All rooms are furnished and have a wired internet connection. Kitchens are not fully equipped with cooking utensils, however BI International Office will provide summer students with basic pots, pans, utensils and cutlery. Pillows, linens and bedding are not provided by BSN. However, BI International Office can purchase these items for you upon request, at an extra cost, and they will be available upon your arrival.

Cost estimate (Summary)

**Program Fee includes program administration and international health insurance. Does NOT include flight, apartment-style dorms near campus, bedding, meals, personal expenses, and activities fee ($294).

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. Visa and passport costs are subject to change. Please verify current documentation costs with the Consulate.​

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. See Costs & Billing for additional information on financial aid and scholarships.


  • Carlson undergraduate students
  • Classes will be a mix of international students

Academics and credits

  • 5 elective credits
  • Grading is S-N basis
  • IBUS 5103

Cost table

Estimated Expenses Summer 2015
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account)Per-credit tuition rate for 5 credits
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account)**$1500
Transportation (to and from program site)$1100
Daily Living Expenses$400
Additional Housing/Meals$1300
Social Activities$294
Total$4734 + tuition costs

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