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Fast Facts:
Fast Facts:
Program Type: Outgoing Exchange Subject(s): Finance, Legal Studies in Business, Management, Marketing
Language(s) of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Language Prerequisite: None
Click here for a definition of this term Secondary Application Required: Yes Click here for a definition of this term Student Visa Required: Yes
Program Description:
Program Description | Academic Details | Eligibility | Application
Financial Details | Housing | Helpful Links | Contact Participants

Program Description


The University
BI Norwegian Business School is an internationally recognized and accredited private institution located in Oslo, the capital of Norway. It is the largest business school in Norway and the second largest in all of Europe. BI is known as one of Europe's largest and most productive academic environments in the areas of business, economics, marketing, finance, and management. BI has the coveted Triple Crown accreditation status, meaning it has been accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA. In 2013, approximately 70 business schools out of 15 500 world wide could pride themselves with a Triple Crown status.

BI is currently ranked 33rd in the Financial Times ranking of European Business Schools. In 2009, BI was ranked by Eduniversal as the 35th most influential business school in the world.

BI has four campuses. More than 14,000 students attend classes at the campus in Oslo. BI welcomes students from all over the world, including 1,300 incoming international students and 650 incoming exchange students every year. With students representing 93 different nationalities, you will join a diverse and international student campus. 




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. 

Over the years, Oslo, the capital of Norway, has grown from a sprawling country town into the sophisticated metropolis it is today. Fueled by oil money from the "black gold" of the North Sea, Oslo today is permeated with a Nordic joie de vivre in contrast to its staid, dull reputation of yesteryear.

Along with population growth, urban development has come to Oslo. But Oslo still manages, in spite of its growing numbers, to have more green belts than any other European capital. There are still virgin forests in Oslo and hundreds of hiking trails that lead you to fjords or mountains.

No slouch in the cultural department, either, Oslo has some of the greatest museums in all of northern Europe. Once known only for hot dogs and high prices, Oslo’s culinary scene is currently enjoying a Neo Nordic moment in the sun, and has become a culinary destination in its own right. This delicious change takes in everything from the most northern three-Michelin-starred restaurant in the world (Maaemo) to its deservedly hyped neighbourhood coffee scene and fabulous fusion cuisine, to the celebration of traditional favorites such as peel-and-eat shrimp, and, yes, even polse (hot dogs). The city also has a penchant for sushi and pizza, both of which can now compete on the world stage. For activities after dinner, Oslo has become Scandinavia's late-night party hot spot. Whether it's working your way through a list of the latest natural wine from Burgenland or Sicily, getting your hands in the air with local DJ acts or an international indie band, connecting with colleagues over cocktails made from foraged spruce or Arctic seaweed, you'll notice that, with a wilder, realer edge than Copenhagen or Stockholm, this is certainly a city that knows how to have fun.

Student Life
Student life at BI is a lot more than lectures and auditoriums. It can be the best, most challenging, stressful, and rewarding period of your college career. You will meet new people, find new interests, and develop yourself both socially and academically.

There are many events and opportunities available through the Student Union at BI Norwegian Business School (SBIO). Being an active students at BI means getting involved in the student union. As an active student, you will meet people outside your class and regular social group. You can build a large network of friends and contacts, and use your new knowledge in practical situations.You will also get more opportunities to engage with potential employers. By being an active member of the student union, you will enrich your student life!

Fadderullan is the name of the Buddy Weeks at BI. The purpose of Fadderullan is to create a big event for all new student to be well received and to get a wonderful start to their student life at BI in Oslo.

BI's International Students Association (InSA) arranges various social activities for BI students. Exchange students can join their excursions, movie nights, parties, sightseeing in Oslo and other events to get to know your fellow students. 

BI's Student Life website you can read more about the different societies, projects, academic associations and functions:

Academic Details 

Academic Calendar
The Autumn Term at BI runs from mid-August to December. The Spring Term runs from January to mid-June. 
Ranking and Rigor
Top 51 - 100 bracket in the world for Business and Management - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject. 
Top 151 - 200 in the world for Accounting and Finance - 2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

Business Courses
Freeman students choose courses from BI's English-taught BBA and MSc programs as well as English taught elective courses. A full semester workload is four classes. 
For a list of sample courses offered at BI and their Tulane equivalents, please see Sample Courses Offered.
Actual courses offered will vary from semester to semester and year to year. For a an up-to-date list of course offerings, please see
Language Courses
In order to give international students at BI an opportunity to learn Norwegian and get a better grasp of Norwegian culture, BI offers Norwegian language courses to international students. Language courses are offered for an additional fee and are non-credit bearing. 

Students register online for courses. The registration deadline is approximately one month before the semester begins. Before registering classes, students should pre-approve their courses with Freeman and check to make sure they have satisfied all pre-requisites for the courses they plan to take abroad. 

Academic Culture
BI has a strong connection to the business world. In fact, one in four Norwegian business leaders graduated from BI. That is more than any other school in Norway. So if you are planning a career in Norway, chances are high that someone who understands your education will interview you. It also means that BI gets a lot of input on how they can make its teaching more relevant. What challenges are businesses facing? What competencies are needed to succeed? Where is the job market headed? At BI you will work with real cases and business challenges. However, the approach to teaching and learning will be differ in significant ways from what you have experienced in the U.S. Norwegian academic culture is characterized by a relatively low level of hierarchy and quite informal relations between academic staff and students. At the same time, students are given a relatively great amount of freedom in shaping their academic texts and exams. They are also expected to develop their own critical assessment and reasoning without relying too much on input from the teaching staff. 

Different classes are graded differently. BI uses the following assessment types: active class participation, multiple choice examinations, oral examinations, and written assignments. As is common in Europe, a large portion of the final grade may be determined by one final at the end of the semester. 

Grading Scale and Conversion Guide
BI Norwegian Business School uses a grading scale based on the ECTS grading scale. A-E are passing grades, F is fail. Tulane works with World Education Services (WES) for credit evaluation and grade conversion. 

bi norway grading


Eligibility Requirements
For Freeman semester abroad programs, students must:
  • complete their lower division business core requirements prior to their semester abroad;
  • earn a 2.5 GPA in the lower division business core courses;
  • be in good academic, financial and disciplinary standing.

Students who are on disciplinary probation, academic probation and/or honor board probation during the semester or term in which they intend to study abroad are not eligible to participate in a Tulane study abroad program. Approvals are revoked for students who are placed on probation after being approved to study abroad.
Students on disciplinary, academic and/or honor board probation during time of application are considered only if the probation period ends prior to departure for study abroad. Such applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by Study Abroad & Exchange in consultation with Tulane's Division of Student Affairs and/or Academic Affairs. If the application is approved, the host institution will be notified of the probationary status. It is within the discretion of the host institution and/or Tulane to place additional restrictions on a recently-disciplined student's participation in a study abroad program. 


Freeman Semester Abroad Application
To access the Freeman semester abroad application, please attend a Semester Abroad Info Session. 

Some exchange programs are more competitive than others. Students can list up to 10 school on the semester abroad application, in order of preference. All qualified applications are reviewed on a competitive basis based on GPA; completion of 3010s; academic, personal and professional relevance of study abroad programs; and academic, linguistic, personal and cultural preparation. 

Secondary Application
Upon nomination to BI, exchange participants are required to submit secondary application materials to the host university. You will submit your application materials, including a transcript, via the BI's online application portal. You will receive application instructions by email from BI once you have been nominated to the program. 

Financial Details

Program Cost
Exchange program participants pay their regular Tulane tuition plus a $1200 study abroad fee but do not pay Reily Center, Health Center or Student Activities fees. Housing is not charged by Tulane University but rather paid directly to the housing provider abroad. Students are responsible for additional expenses, including international airfare, passport, visa, meals, local transportation, books and supplies, and personal expenses. See the budget sheet for more information. 

Some countries (e.g., Australia, France, Hong Kong, Switzerland) require that students participating in study abroad programs purchase local health insurance in that country. Students are responsible for purchasing this insurance if it is a requirement for the country where they will be studying. The estimated cost is included in the budget sheet. 


BI Guaranteed Housing for International Students
BI is proud to offer a housing guarantee for international students. In cooperation with three different student housing providers, international students can choose from apartments all over Oslo. Fore more information on BI housing for international students, visit

Independent Housing
Students that prefer to arrange housing through the private market can check or (in Norwegian).

Note: Study Abroad & Exchange does not endorse any of the housing listed on the above links. Students are responsible for checking the condition of the property before signing a lease or making a deposit.

Helpful Links

BI Fact sheet_20192020.pdf
BI Electronic Information Package_Nov 2018.pdf
BI Incoming Exchange Student Website
Program Reviews on Abroad101
Visa Information
U.S. Department of State Travel Advisories

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/05/2019 09/15/2019 01/06/2020 06/19/2020
NOTE: NOTE: All dates are subject to change.