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Carlson School Exchange in Norway: BI Norwegian Business School Summer Program

Undergraduate Global Immersion

Program Dates:

Summer 2024: 

Application opens: December 1, 2023

Priority deadline: February 1, 2024

Start date: June 24, 2024

End date: July 12, 2024

BI Norway
BI Norway
Oslo School
Oslo School
Living Area
Living Area
BI Norway
BI Norway
Oslo School
Oslo School
Living Area
Living Area

Program Details

    • BI Norwegian Business School is an internationally recognized and accredited private institution located in Oslo, the capital of Norway. BI is one of Europe's largest and most productive academic environments in the areas of business, economics, marketing, finance, and management. 
    • Oslo offers a great variety of activities and scenery, from the throbbing city life full of cafes, restaurants, galleries, and shopping centers to outdoor activities in the mountains and woods.
    • Oslo has more than 600,000 inhabitants, making the city big enough to benefit from everything a big city has to offer, but small enough to be a safe place to live
    • BI provides accommodations for ISU participants for the duration of the ISU program
    • All accommodations are within walking distance to the BI campus
    • Applications instructions, cost information, housing options and arrival information can be found on the ISU website
    • The Carlson Global Institute strongly encourages students to live in the on-campus housing options as those are affiliated with and vetted by the partner institutions.
    • Students should check the host university website and fact sheet for specific accommodations information including on-campus and off-campus options, application process and deadline, and cost information.
    • Students complete one course worth 4 UMN credits. 
    • Credit earned on this program will come back as transfer credit on the official UMN transcript. Transfer credit does not affect overall GPA.  
    • Each summer course will include: lectures by highly qualified BI faculty members, insights to Norwegian industries through guest lectures and company visits, and social and cultural activities, sightseeing and outdoor activities (hiking, climbing, barbecues etc.) 
    • No host country language skills required
    • Preferred minimum GPA of 3.0
    • Students are held to business course prerequisites of the host institution
    • CGI strongly recommends that students completed both semesters of I-CORE prior to participating on a business exchange program, although it is not required. For students who want to participate on a business exchange program prior to completing both I-CORE semesters:
      • Students pursuing a Marketing, MIS, or ACCT major need to have completed MAROON I-CORE prior to participating on a business exchange program
      • Students pursuing a Finance, Entre, SCO, or HRIR major need to have completed GOLD I-CORE prior to participating on a business exchange program
    • Although not required, we encourage students to complete some more major courses prior to participating on a business exchange program.  Students should plan closely with their academic advisers prior to participating on a business exchange program.
    • The University of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
    • All Carlson students are responsible for obtaining a passport before they participate on a study abroad program
    • All students participating on a summer program will be responsible for obtaining a visa or residence permit if required by their host country.  The Carlson Global Institute does not process visa applications for students participating on exchange programs


    Students must use their UMN email address when creating their application account with UMN, as well as when they apply directly to the host university abroad. Students will be charged a $50 application fee. Applications will be reviewed and students will be informed of their application status within two weeks of submission. 

    Applications will only be reviewed when the following is complete: 

    1. ) Application essay addressing the following questions. The total essay cannot exceed 500 words:
      • Why is this particular summer program and host university a good fit for you? Please list 2 examples specific to your host institution. It can relate to your academics, personal goals, or professional goals. Additionally, how do you plan to engage in the communities in your host school? 
      • Summer exchange programs require students to demonstrate a great deal of flexibility and adaptability. Many Carlson students find the adjustment to a new academic environment to be challenging. Please share a personal example of a time when you did not agree with the outcome. What did you learn from this experience and how will it help you be successful on this program?
    2. ) Resume
    3. ) Course selection

    Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Please visit "Financial Aid" and "Scholarships" for more information.

Cost Estimate (Summary)

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 host country consulate.

Program administration and international medical, security, and evacuation insurance are included in the program fee. Flight, apartment-style dorms near campus (and bedding), meals, personal expenses, and the activities fee are not included. 

Summer 2024:
Carlson School Tuition (charged to UMN student account) $2,230
Program Fee (charged to UMN student account) $750
Transportation (to and from program site) $1,100
Documentation (passport, visa, immunization) $165
Books & Materials $50
Food & Housing $1200
Essential Daily Living Expenses $100
Miscellaneous $100
Total $5,695


Grade & Credit Conversion Chart
Academic term(s)
Summer Term
Degree level
Host School
BI Norwegian Business School
Carlson Global Institute (CGI)
Program Model
Partner University Business Exchange