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University College of Southeast Norway

The University College of Southeast Norway (USN) is the country’s second largest state-owned university college, measured in the total number of students, and larger than several of Norway’s universities.

PhD Programmes

Business & Management (1)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Medicine & Health (1)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (1)
Social Sciences (1)



The University College of Southeast Norway was established on 1 January 2016, when Buskerud and Vestfold University College merged with Telemark University College.


TUC has campuses in Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and at Rauland, and offers a broad range of academic opportunities at bachelor's, master's and Ph.D-level.

The three pillars of the TUC activities are education, research and dissemination

TUC's main ambition is to be granted full university accreditation before 2016. This will add to the wealth of academic and research opportunities in Telemark.


TUC currently offers three PhD programmes; Process-, Energy- and Automation Engineering, Ecology and Culture studies.Research at the TUC is tied closely to our three phd programs.

The research is organized in research groups and research centers. TUC has since 2009 more than fivefold the number of publication points and continue to focus on strengthening our research and development.

  • 226 Publication points 2014
  • 61 Phd students 2015
  • 8 Dissertations 2014


Student services

International Relations Office is working to facilitate and support the development of international education and exchange. The International Relations Office is working with:

  • International partnerships and networking
  • Managing and administrating our international agreements
  • Facilitating the exchange of students and staff
  • Promotion of exchange opportunities for our own students and for students and staff at our partner institutions
  • Supporting academic staff in developing international projects and applying for funding for international educational cooperation - within and outside the EU

Housing services

The Campus Notodden offers student housing with free wireless internet access. It is also possible to rent a house together with friends, via the private market. You can choose to live close to the campus or close to the city centre, near StuA, bars, cafés, galleries and the movie theatre.

Library services

All the library's resources are freely available to staff and students on campus. Students and staff can get access to the library's electronic resources off campus.

Contact the library if you need help in finding information or in citing and referencing.

ICT services


  • Office 365
  • Wireless network access
  • Software
  • File storage and access
  • Email
  • Printers - Follow-me
  • IT-helpdesk
  • User account and password
  • Home sites
  • Loan of computers

Student Life

Campus life

Living in Telemark is great. Telemark can offer diverse scenery, a rich work life, exciting culture, and nice people.

Telemark University College has campuses in:

  • Bø: There are numerous clubs including: a book club, a photo club, a film club, a jazz club, a student newspaper, a choir, a student radio station and multiple intermural sports clubs. There is also an annual student organized week called VIKO which includes a wide variety of fun activies.
  • Notodden: Here you can engage in snowboarding, beach volleyball, kroki or take a walk in picturesque surroundings far from big city noise and hectic lives.
  • Porsgrunn
  • Rauland og Drammen.

Sports facilities

The Campus Notodden has a swimming pool, a large gymnasium with an indoor-climbing wall, and offers plenty of outdoor activities.

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