International students

Orientation Days

The orientation days take place at the beginning of each semester.  During these days we make sure that you get all the necessary information about being a student at HVL.

The official semester start of the spring semester 2023 will be January 3rd. The semester programmes Geohazards and Climate Change and Outdoor Education and Nordic Friluftsliv starts on January 16.

The first part of the orientation days will be an online event on Zoom on December 21st. The digital orientation will provide you with all the information you need for a semester in Norway. It will be an opportunity to get practical support, ask questions, see other exchange students and meet the student assistants from each campus. The digital orientation will focus on access to computer systems, course registration, police registration, basic campus information, time schedule and printing, and more.

Zoom meeting (December 21 - 14:00) - Recording:

The Powerpoint presentation can be downloaded here (pdf-format)


Programme for the Orientation Days

Campus Sogndal


Wednesday 21 December:

Digital orientation 

Tuesday 3 January:

15:00: Digital meeting with the student assistant.

Monday 23 January

12.00: Free bread lunch in the Student Cafeteria

13.30: Orientations from the student welfare organisation (Saman): Welcome to Sogndal, tips/offers for new students and intro to Norwegian culture  - Place: Brage building, Classroom Idun 1/2


Campus Bergen


Wednesday 21 December

Digital orientation

Wednesday 4 January

10:00: Meet in Global Lounge, main entrance "A" (you will find Global Lounge on the left hand of the Service center)

Welcome to International exchange students. Meet the international student assistant Kristine and the Buddies

10:30: Practical information: Student cards, meet the student advisors from each faculty, more - Place: Kronstad, entrance "M syd", room M207

11:30 Campus tour with the student assistant

Thursday 5 January

Place: Kronstad, entrance "M syd", Room M309

10:00 – 11:00: Meeting the locals, by Sammen (The student welfare organisation)

11:00 – 11:30: Survival kit, by Sammen

12:00-13:00: Lunch

13:00-14:00: Library service

14:00:   City walk by the student assistant and buddies


Campus Stord


Wednesday December 21

Digital orientation.


Physical orientation. Meet the student assistant, study advisers and student welfare organisation ("Sammen"). Visit the library and Global Lounge 

Date and time to be announced.

Campus Haugesund


Wednesday December 21:

Digital orientation

Physical Orientations:

International students arrive in four groups. Attend the physical orientation in the first week of your stay.

Tuesday January 24. 12-14:30

Tuesday February 7. 12-14:30

Tuesday February 28. 12-14:30

Tuesday March 21. 12-14:30

Programme: Meet the student assistant, visit the library, Global Lounge and Sammen. Lunch with the student assistant.


Contact the Division of research, internationalisation and innovation