Planning your trip
After you have received your admission letter, you must make sure that your passport and travel arrangement are in order.
Your passport must be valid six months beyond your travel period.
- Make your travel arrangements as soon as possible whether you have received a scholarship or if you are a self-financed student.
- If you have been awarded a travel grant as part of your scholarship, then the ISS will book your ticket for you.
- All students must cover transportation costs to and from the airport.
Review airline regulations for luggage
- Security regulations at airports are subject to change. Take the time to review what is permissible and what is forbidden to pack in your carry-on and in your luggage.
- For example, you cannot bring liquid containers larger than 100 ml with you on the plane. This includes cosmetics, hand creams, water bottles, etc.
- Be sure to check with your airline regarding luggage and weight allowances. Overweight fines can be expensive.
- Consider purchasing travel insurance for you or your luggage through your travel agency or booking agent.
Important dates for travel planning:
- June 22: Dorm opens at 09:00 in the morning
- June 23: Registration day
- June 25: First day of class. See the course schedule for course times and dates.
- July 12-15: Long weekend, no classes
- August 2: Last day of exams, Farewell party
- August 3: Dorm closes at 12:00 noon
- Inform the Arrival Service in the baggage claim hall about the loss of your luggage. Give the following delivery address for your luggage:
Blindernveien 41, (entrance from Problemveien)
Phone number to the reception at Blindern Studenterhjem: 23331008
- Do not have your luggage delivered to the ISS Office! The office is closed after 15:00 on weekdays and on the weekend. Do not lose the written report and reference number issued by the airport's customer service.
- After you arrive at Blindern Dormitory, inform the Residential Managers about the loss of your luggage and give them the written report and the reference number. The Residential Managers will follow up with the appropriate airline’s luggage service.
- You can either exchange money at home or at the airport once you arrive in Norway.
- Be sure to exchange money to the Norwegian krone and not to the Euro. We recommend that you travel with at least NOK 1000 in cash to cover fares, tickets and emergency purchases.
- The Norwegian krone tends to be strong against other currencies and the cost of goods to be expensive, so plan your budget accordingly.
- ATMs (called Minibanker in Norway) are readily available and are located in shopping areas, kiosks, convenience stores and major bank offices. The ATMs at the airport accept most cards.
- As is the case around the world, the banks apply a surcharge for every transaction. Contact your bank to find out what surcharges to expect.
Seasoned travelers have found that hand luggage (carry-on) is the best place to keep items safe and close at hand. It is recommended that you pack these items in your hand luggage:
- Copies of all important documents: Letter of Admission from ISS, Passport, other formal ID, Health Certificate, etc.
- A “survival kit” that includes a towel, some personal toiletries, and a change of clothes.
- Other irreplaceable or valuable items: electronics, cash, research material, etc.
- All prescription medications. Be sure the medicines are clearly labeled and that you have documentation from your physician with you.
Call the airline or check your local airport website for any flight changes or delays 24 hours before your scheduled departure.