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Refugees and asylum seekers in Norway

What can the university do?

The refugee crisis in Europe is a challenge for the individual refugee as well as the societies she or he arrive in. Academia may contribute to solve some of these challenges. Our staff has knowledge and experience that may give understanding of the background for the crisis, aid the government and help refugees to create new lives in Norway.

The University of Oslo has therefore made a call for an academic dugnad - an extraordinary effort to welcome refugees and asylum seekers into our society. Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences has been our partner from the very beginning. More universities and colleges have joined us since.

Academic practice

The University of Oslo and the Municipality of Oslo have developed an internship scheme for refugees with an academic background, called Academic Practice. Refugees with at least one higher degree may apply for an internship in an academic environment similar to the one they have left, as part of the introduction programme offered to all newly settled refugees in Norway.

Academic Network

Refugees and asylum seekers get to know local students to from a similar academic background to begin building networks in Norway.

Events (in Norwegian)

"På flukt" – open lectures: Through the lecture and discussion series "On the run" researchers at the University of Oslo goes behind the news and invite to knowledge and dialogue about the important social challenge we face right now - the refugee situation.

Dugnad elsewhere

What is a dugnad?

Dugnad derives from the Old Norse ”dugnad”, meaning help, good deed. It describes a group of people doing voluntary work together for a common good, as an extraordinary effort to create something of lasting value. The dugnad spirit is considered an important part of Norwegian culture.

Refugees and asylum seekers in Norway

Are you a refugee in Norway, looking to learn?

There are a lot of on-line resources that can help you learn the language and do follow-up studies. Why not try our new MOOC: Introduction to Norwegian?