Planning your trip

Admitted applicants are asked to wait to pay any program fees or book flights

The emerging public health concern involving the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating a lot of uncertainty about scheduled activities all around the world. At the moment, we are preparing for the summer school to take place as planned, and at the same time monitoring the situation very closely as it evolves before we finalize any decision about the implementation of ISS 2020.

Therefore, currently we are asking that our admitted applicants wait to pay any program fees or book flights until further notice. Our payment deadline has been postponed until April 25, we ask you to not pay the fee until April 20.

Passport

Your passport must be valid six months beyond your travel period. 

Making travel arrangements

  • 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 19: Dorm opens at 09:00 in the morning
  • June 20: Registration day
  • June 22: First day of class. See the course schedule for course times and dates.
  • July 09-12: Long weekend, no classes
  • July 30: Last day of exams, Farewell party
  • July 31: Dorm closes at 12:00 noon

Lost luggage

  • Inform the Arrival Service in the baggage claim hall about the loss of your luggage. Give the following delivery address for your luggage:

Blindern Studenterhjem
Blindernveien 41, (entrance from Problemveien)
0371 Oslo

Phone number to the reception at Blindern Studenterhjem: 23331000

  • 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.

Currency

  • 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. 

Cash Withdrawal

  • 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.

Tips from experienced travelers

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.

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Published Oct. 7, 2016 10:35 PM - Last modified Mar. 19, 2020 11:20 AM