BI Norwegian Business School


About BI Norwegian Business School

The ‘triple crown’ accredited BI is the destination for more than 500 exchange students each year! The reasons for this include the high quality of the teaching, the good English skills of Norwegians and the beauty of the country.

HSBA student Julia W. (summer semester 2014)

"Oslo and BI would be my first and definite choice if I were to go back."

HSBA student Vivian V. (winter semester 2014/2015)

"In Oslo, I found the second-best place in the world to live. I will always come back here!"

Key Facts

Country Norway
City Oslo
Language of instruction English
Places/Year 2
Study programmes Shipping Management, International Business
Termtime WS Mid Aug - Dec
Termtime SS Jan - Mid Jun
Cost of living 36% higher than in Hamburg (
Please note Bachelor students can choose up to four courses (=30 ECTS)
  For more details, see the Fact Sheet in the downloads.


Friendly and uncomplicated people, unique landscapes, bright summer nights and snowy winters make Norway a very special place. The high employment rate, low crime rate, clean air and widespread healthy lifestyle are all positive factors in the Kingdom of Norway, which The Economist has named the world’s most democratic state. Norway is especially ideal for outdoor pursuits such as mountain climbing, hiking, rafting, swimming, golf, sailing, skiing and cycling. You don’t have to be able to speak Norwegian in order to get by, as most of the approximately 5 million Norwegians can speak English.


Oslo is situated between woods and fjords, and is where more than one third of Norway’s population lives. There are lots of things you can do in Oslo, like breakfast on the beach, a city tour by helicopter, island hopping, a visit to the renaissance-style Akershus Palace, the Fine Art Gallery or Ekebargparken Sculpture Park. The Biathlon World Championships and the X Games will take place here in 2016, and the capital city’s town hall is where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded every year.


BI Norwegian Business School is the second-largest business school in Europe. It has the ranking of a university and has more than 180 partner universities worldwide! BI is the only business school in Norway with three international accreditations (EQUIS, AMBA, AACSB). The modern building not only houses a large library with a view over Oslo, but also has numerous places to study as well as cafés with student-friendly prices. The online tool “itslearning” is a central platform for learning and studying, in which lecturers provide materials, exercises, solutions and notes and thus help students to prepare for written exams in the best possible way. Although the main focus is of course on the study programme, BI places a strong emphasis on an active student life that allows students to develop further in other areas too. The university’s motto is: “active students are happy students”. The International Students Association (InSA) organises events such as film nights, parties, affordable trips in Oslo and beyond, museum visits, winter sports events etc. Students can work out in the university’s own gym for around EUR 45 per month.


The cost of living is significantly higher than in Hamburg, but the price of a furnished room in one of the three student halls is relatively affordable at between EUR 315 and EUR 570 per month (depending on the standard). BI guarantees its exchange students a place in the student halls. You receive the key and directions for getting there as part of the ‘Arrival Service’ when you arrive in Oslo.