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University College of Southeast Norway

University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) is the newest university in Norway, and with 18.000 students, USN becomes the fourth largest university in Norway. USN was established on the 4th of May 2018.

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.


To get accredited university status certain criterias related to education, research, maintenance, organization, infrastructure and facilities needs to be fulfilled

We know that high academic quality is attractive in itself and will enhance our ability to recruit students and good professionals. University status also gives increased self-determination and greater opportunity to develop our own study programmes in line with the needs of society. 


We have organised our strongest research environments into research groups and research centres that reflect our commercial profile and practical approach to research.

USN has particularly strong regional ties and a focus on applied research. All our programmes are research-based, and students are involved in research projects from the early stages of their education.

At USN, we conduct research that is closely linked to our academic programmes. Research is often linked to supervised professional training and the needs of business and industry in our region.


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

We offer around 2,300 different housing units at eight campuses; Bø, Drammen, Kongsberg, Notodden, Porsgrunn, Rauland, Ringerike and Vestfold. It is safe, social and inclusive to live in student accommodation. In most cases, both electricity and Internet access are included in the rent. We don't require a deposit and we only have a two-month notice period when you wish to move out. If you need help, this is never far away. We have both janitors and resident assistants who provide services for our student accommodation.

Library services

We have vast experience of the academic literature you need for your studies, and we make an effort to provide the best service to students, teachers and employees at the University of South-Eastern Norway. We have academic literature and books for all the syllabuses at USN and the technical college Tinius Olsen. The bookstores on campus are also open to all other customers.

ICT services

Whether you’re moving across campus or spending time studying or working at another research and education institution, eduroam gives you seamless internet connectivity.

Both students and employees must set up their portable devices before using Wireles network (Eduroam).

Medical services

SSN Health has therapists on every campus. Our door is always open, and no question or issue is too big or small. You can visit our therapists and psychologists for just a quick chat or a number of sessions.

  • Doctor
  • Psychologist
  • Outpatient treatment (hospital)
  • Medication with reimbursable prescription
  • Patient travel
  • X-ray examinations

Student Life

Campus life

The University of South-Eastern Norway is located at eight campuses: Bø, Drammen, Kongsberg, Notodden, Porsgrunn, Rauland, Ringerike and Vestfold.

Sports facilities

It's important to keep fit so you have the energy for the hectic life of a student. At our sports centres, you are guaranteed to find a fitness option and schedule to suit your study programme. The sports centres offer a full range of exercise facilities for students and employees at USN at reasonable prices. Contact us or pay us a visit at one of our sports centres to start getting fit today - we are here for you!

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