For the 74th time, the International Summer School at the University of Oslo saw close to 500 students take Bachelor and Master classes in Norwegian language, international peace and development issues. But this time was different, because it was the first time the ISS was completely digitalized. Why? Well, because of the pandemic of course.
The ISS Blog
ISS Director Nita Kapoor
Photo: UiO/Anders Lien
Welcome to the ISS blog, one of the dialogue platforms for the International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo. Along with colleagues and peers, I look forward to using this space for sharing reflections on topical themes in connection with the internationalization of higher education.
A special summer awaits all of those taking part in the very first digital International Summer School, which UiO will be presenting this year. I am impressed by the zeal and enthusiasm of the ISS team and the near 500 students worldwide who will be a part of this experience, and look forward to seeing the launch of the digital ISS on June 22nd.
How do we live up to our ideals in non-ideal situations? The Summer School was initiated and developed under decades of relative stability – until now.
In times of crisis we must care for our communities, and therefore we tend to retreat into the immediate and the local. This is nevertheless as much a transnational crisis as it is a local one. The Covid-19 pandemic reminds us that the world is closely interconnected, and that human bonds are also part of the solution.
As Chairman of the Board of the International Summer School at the University of Oslo, I have thought a lot about the importance of the ISS as an institution. The ISS plays several roles, locally as well as globally, that greatly benefit its students and the University as a whole, but also in a much wider sense.
This short article is dedicated to anyone who is considering a career in teaching Norwegian. One of the great things about being a Norwegian language expert abroad is that Norway has an image that attracts many people. Being familiar with Norwegian culture and speaking the language opened doors to places I did not know existed.
It’s January. The office is buzzing with activity. Even though I work at the International Summer School (the ISS), I am not enjoying any peace and quiet. On the contrary, the ISS is kick-starting the year and I see students everywhere! It’s peak season – again! 420 international students are about to start a new semester at the ISS, and they are all going to study Norwegian as a second language. Hurray!
I am very happy to see that international students find their way to Norway and The International Summer School at UiO for their personal and academic development." Harald Nybølet, Director General at Diku writes about his own time at the ISS.
The 2019 International Summer School flew by in an excited buzz, and we are already looking toward the next year. We know from experience how very fast the summer of 2020 is approaching. We spend the fall season thoroughly going through all the feedback we’ve been given from the students in an effort to improve the summer school even further.
“Learn, be curious and feed your longing”: Norwegian language teacher Erik Skuggevik passed on words of wisdom on behalf of the teachers to the Class of ISS 2019 at their Farewell Ceremony.
Today, we greet and meet 500 students from 87 different countries at the University of Oslo. We wish you all a warm welcome to the 73rd International Summer School!
Something rather magical happens every summer on Blindern campus. It is with great pleasure that we await the start of the 73rd International Summer School at the University of Oslo.
When thinking about my relationship with The International Summer School during the last 26 years that it has been a part of my life, I have to go way back to when I was a kid.
The International Summer School has a deep place in my heart for different reasons.
When asked why I return to teach the International Summer School at the University of Oslo, every summer for so many years, I thought of three different reasons why one might stay in the same job for a long period time: you might be lazy, you might be stupid, or there might be something to it.
As another year comes to its end and we symbolically wait for new beginnings, I reflect on how we humans deal with transitions and change.
Time flies. It is already December, and we have now opened our application portal for the International Summer School 2017.
The online application portal opened on 1 December, and we are now ready to receive applications for the ISS 2016. Our catalog has been distributed widely around the world, and it is also available on our website. I hope you find it easy to navigate, and that you find exciting courses that appeal to you and motivate you to apply.
When I tell people that I work at the Summer School, they sometimes wonder what I and my colleagues do the rest of the year. One would think we could do as the bears in the deep Norwegian forests: creep into our dens and hibernate till next summer. It is not, however, as simple as that.