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University of South-Eastern Norway USN School of Business

What are you doing this summer? Develop international competence, expand your network, and earn credits at the University of South-Eastern Norway (USN) International Summer School!


Drammen Kongsberg


Notodden Bø

Vestfold Porsgrunn

Did you know? USN is spread over eight campuses: Drammen, Vestfold, Kongsberg, Ringerike, Bø, Notodden, Porsgrunn and Rauland.

University of South-Eastern Norway (USN): USN is Norway’s newest public university with 1,600 staff members and 19,000 students. The University received full-fledged accreditation in 2018 following the successful merger of Buskerud and Vestfold ­University College and Telemark University College. Today, the USN is a multi-­campus institution with regional roots in its study locations in Buskerud, Vestfold, and Telemark. USN is recognized for its industry and business involvement and close collaboration with local communities. USN International Summer School, Campus Ringerike: Each year about 60 students from North America, Europe, Asia and Norway gather at the USN International Summer School for a challenging and life-enhancing experience. International students work closely with ­students from USN to gain new perspectives and cultural insights, often with a Scandinavian twist. The USN International Summer School is a product of longstanding ­partnership b ­ etween the USN School of Business and the Jerry S. Rawls College of Business, Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock, Texas, USA. TTU is an accredited and well-recognized institution offering 150 undergraduate, 100 graduate degrees, and 50 doctoral degrees to 37,000 students. ­Professors from USN and TTU have taught courses and managed the ­program for the past twenty years. The program takes place at USN Campus Ringerike in Hønefoss where approximately 1,450 students attend classes during the regular academic year. Campus Ringerike is known for its friendly and stimulating learning environment with faculty and staff who work closely with students. Hønefoss is a peaceful and safe city (pop. 14,000) located in the midst of spectacular scenery. Most shopping and recreational ­activities are within walking distance of the Campus Ringerike and Oslo is only a 60-minute drive from USN. Hønefoss is a great base for adventurous ­students who want to explore beautiful Norwegian mountains and fjords as well as travelers who want to visit other parts of Scandinavia and the Baltics.

Courses: The program offers courses in International Management (IMA3000) and International Marketing (MAR327) with learning activities that include lectures, discussions, and group work. In addition to in-class learning activities, company visits and guest lecturers are carefully chosen to complement the academic learning in the classrooms. Students can enroll in either one or both classes.

International Management (7,5 ECTS/3 US credits) This course helps to prepare students to cope with management ­challenges from an uncertain and rapidly changing global business environment. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: • Recognize environmental factors that influence management decisions in international companies. • Describe the most common approaches to ethics and corporate social responsibility in international business. • Interpret how the role of culture influences management style, and ­communication in international organizations. • Analyze situations that often arise in international management

International Marketing (7,5 ECTS/3 US credits) This course emphasizes the role that marketing managers play in designing marketing strategies to cope with the cultural, social, ­economic, political, and legal differences found in the international marketplace. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: • Define challenges faced by international marketing managers. • Recognize factors that affect international marketing decisions. • Identify basic marketplace indicators of international marketing opportunities. • Analyze situations commonly faced by international marketing managers. • Develop simple international marketing plans.

Social gatherings: The program offers social gatherings and cultural activities during the evenings and weekends as well as membership in the local Campus ­Ringerike training center. Social activities include a welcome barbeque, traditional Norwegian dinner and dance, campus pub events, local sports events, hiking, and a farewell dinner. Students have the opportunity to visit some of Norway’s most famous cultural attractions such as the Viking Ship Museum and the Norwegian Opera. Weekend trips: Weekend trips to Copenhagen (Denmark) and Bergen (Norway) are two of the program highlights. Students travel by bus, railroad, and boat through Norway’s majestic fjords and mountains to Bergen where they stay for a couple of nights. The trip to wonderful Copenhagen consists of a mini-­cruise with two nights on a ship and a full day to explore the beautiful city.

Program calendar Preliminary calendar for 2020 May 27th to May 29th

International student arrival and orientation

May 30th to June 1st

Trip to Bergen, Norway

June 2st

Opening - USN International Summer School

June 3rd to June 4th


June 8th to June 11th


June 11th to June 14th

Mini-cruise to Copenhagen, Denmark

June 15th to June 18th


June 22nd to June 25rd


June 27th

Closing – USN International Summer School

(Please be aware there might be changes in this schedule.)

Housing Campus housing is available for both local and international students. Students live in single rooms ranging in size from 13 to 20 square meters. All rooms have private baths. Each floor has a shared kitchen and recreational area. USN provides bedding and kitchen equipment. The housing fee includes lunch served by the USN cafeteria served on Monday through Thursdays between classes.

Fees The total cost for the program from May 26th to June 27th is USD 2,400. This fee includes: • Housing (includes bedding and kitchen equipment) • Partial board (lunch Monday to Thursday and meals in connection with special events) • Trip to Bergen and Norway in a Nutshell • Trip to Copenhagen • Social activities • Membership in USN training center • Airport pick-up Students do not pay tuition for USN courses because the Norwegian ­government provides public funding. The program fee does not include transportation to Norway, meals (except school lunches), recreational travel, books, travel and health insurance, and personal expenses. Eligibility The USN International Summer School is open to students from USN’s partner institutions. The courses are suitable for students enrolled in an undergraduate program in business administration or a related field of study. Applicants should have completed at least one year of academic studies with a GPA 2.75 or higher. Students should consult with the International Office of their home institution before applying.

Application: The application and form is available at The application deadline is March 15th. The fee for the entire program is due by May 1st. Questions: Contact Program Director,

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International Summer School Ringerike  

Interested in International Management and International Marketing? Every summer international students gather with Norwegian students for a...

International Summer School Ringerike  

Interested in International Management and International Marketing? Every summer international students gather with Norwegian students for a...