EAS4900 – The International Project term Europe - America

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You will, for one term, be associated with an institution in the geographical area relevant to your programme option, such as a Norwegian embassy or consulate, a company or an NGO. Read our Interpro blog!

The International Project Term will give you professional experience within your chosen field of study and geographical area. Your time will be divided between tasks for the institution and your own writing of a term paper (12-18 hours per week). Your other work tasks will be varied and give you insight into the daily workings of the institution.Your term paper will normally be of relevance to the institution’s field of activity and needs. The topic of the paper will be decided in collaboration between the institution, yourself and your supervisor at The University of Oslo. Topic and supervisor is best decided before the start of the semester.

If you fulfil the formal requirements, you may:

  • Apply for an internship at a consulate or an embassy through an agreement between The University of Oslo and The ministry of foreign affairs. You may not contact an embassy or a consulate on you own - all inquiries must be directed through the programme.
  • Apply for other internships announced by the programme.
  • Organise an agreement on your own - with a company, an NGO or a voluntary organisation. The agreement must be approved by the programme.

Learning outcome

  • Experience of working in a team in an institution abroad
  • Planning, executing and completing a professional project
  • Increased awareness of your own competence, in particular the connection between theory and practice
  • Working independently with a minor term paper


Who may apply?

You may apply if EAS4900 – The International Project term Europe - America (continued) is an optional course in your programme. The International Project Term must fit as the second or third term of your master's degree.

Admission to the embassies and consulates is limited by available openings, and the course can only be offered to you if a relevant institution is found and the institution can accommodate you during the relevant term. The institution will have the final word regarding acceptance, and it may decide on its own procedures – including interviews – before agreeing or accepting you.

Application deadline is

  • 1 October for the spring semester.
  • 1 March for the autumn semester.

Information meetings are held before both deadlines, and all applicants are highly encouraged to participate, even those who plan to organise their own internships.

How to apply

  • To apply for an internship at an embassy or a consulate, fill out the application form (in Norwegian only) and write a one-page individual motivation letter, and attach your CV and exam transcript. All papers should be .pdf documents in English.
  • To apply if you organise your own internship agreement, fill out the application form and make sure the institution is approved by the programme. Please contact Lisbeth Larsen with any questions.

The department will if necessary write a cover letter for your application to potential intitutions unfamiliar with The International Project Semester. If you organise your own internship, please remember that you are responsible for obtaining a visa for your stay.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Having passed at least 30 credits of your master's level course work.

Recommended previous knowledge

A semester as an exchange student as part of your bachelor's degree.


Supervision will be given in Norwegian or the language relevant to your study option. You will receive supervision by e-mail or phone. You hand in an outline and drafts to the supervisor for guidance and comments.

Please feel free to contact the department teacher you would like to be your  supervisor for the term paper. If you can not find one on your own, you will be assigned a supervisor.

The University of Oslo is responsible for the quality of the topic and content of the term paper.


The final evaluation is based on a term paper. You can write one paper of approx. 20 pages, or two or three papers which together make up a minimum of 20 pages. In addition to this, you must turn in a 1-3 page abstract of thepaper/s.

You turn in the paper/s in Fronter. Read about the submission procedures here.

The term paper is graded on the basis of an examiner instruction.

Language of examination

The term paper will be written in the language used in the relevant programme option.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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Spring and autumn


Spring and autumn