Life and housing in Gjøvik

New International Students


August 12. - 16. 2019

Orientation Week in Gjøvik

We strongly encourage all new international students to attend the orientation days. It is an ideal opportunity to get to know NTNU and Gjøvik, and to make friends before you start your studies. 

Orientation Day(s) for new international students is organised twice a year;

  • in the middle of August for students starting in the autumn semester
  • in the beginning of January for students starting in the spring semester

Upon arrival, you will be met by one of our student assistants at the train/bus station in Gjøvik and taken to the student accommodation. They will help you with practical matters at the start of the semester.


12 August - Information Seminar and Welcome Reception

Information Seminar* 

Auditorium to be announced



 by Vice Rector Jørn Wroldsen       



Introduction of the International Relations Office Team
by Bente Gaalaas Rønningen Bolme



Information about the Norwegian educational system, NTNU etc.
by Director of academic affairs Gunn Rognstad



Introduction of the Student Information Centre
by Kari Solfrid Lauritzen



Information from SiT – The Student Welfare Organization for students in Gjøvik, Ålesund and Trondheim
by Marte Tidemand Skappel



Short break



Information about the Library
by Karen Marie Øvern





Information from the faculties: 

Department of Computer Science (IDI), Department of Information Security and Communication technology (IIK), Department of Design (ID), Department of Electronic Systems (IES) by the Advisers Hilde Bakke and Tonje Strøm Trønnes

Department of Manufacturing and Civil Engineering (IVB) by adviser Tron H. Torneby



Residence permit requirements etc.
by the International Relations Office



Norwegian Lunch (in the cafeteria, Gneis-building)



Information about the buddy week 
by the buddies



Introduction to learning management systems

Checklist, Studentweb, timetable by Nina S. H. Zachariassen at International Relations Office 

Blackboard by Steinar Hov at Education Quality Division



Go to the Photo box to take your picture for the student ID card
Foyer, ground floor A-building



Welcome Reception by the City Hall

The Mayor welcomes all new international students to the city of Gjøvik

Venue: The City Hall is currently beeing renovated, so the venue for this evening is the Quality Hotel Gjøvik. Address: Elvegata 2-4, 2815 Gjøvik

Programme subject to change

13 August - Matriculation ceremony and information seminar continues

10:30   Matriculation Ceremony
      Location: Outdoor Scene outside the student House (address: studenthuset 14)


Information Seminar continues
Auditorium K102



Go by the cafeteria to get something to eat


Information about the International Student Union (ISU)
by Joakim P. Berg at International Relations Office



Introduction to University Chaplain services
by student chaplain Anne Anker Bolstad



Medical Care in Norway
by the International Relations Office



Short break



“How to survive in Gjøvik? – from a student’s perspective”
 by the student assistants at International Relations Office



Short introduction to Norway
 by Joakim P. Berg at International Relations Office



Admission, Study and Examination regulations at NTNU

by Director of Academic Affairs Gunn Rognstad


14 August -

15 August - Hiking

Hiking to “Bergstoppen”

Picture of Bergstoppen

Optional event. Please sign up by sending an e-mail to within Tuesday 14th of August.



We will meet at the university, outside the Gneis building. The hiking trip will take approximately 1,5 – 2 hours, depending on how fast the group move.



Bring your own lunch you can eat at Bergstoppen with a beautiful view of Gjøvik.



Public transport (bus) can take you back to the city centre twice an hour. The bus ticket costs NOK 30 (with student discount, so bring your student ID card and the student ID app



16 August - Norwegian language course

10:00 - 13:00                                            


Crash course in Norwegian Language

14:00 - 17:00 


Student assisoaction event.

Get to know the student association connected to your study programme. Please find more information on Facebook:




Tuberculosis test

Immigration regulations require that citizens of some countries must be tested for tuberculosis if they are staying more than three months in Norway. The test is free. If you are required to take the test but fail to do so, the police will be notified and it may compromise your residence permit. You can see who are required to take the test at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Students who are required to take the test will receive an email with more information from the Office of International Relations after Orientation Week is over. The appointments will be during the month of September. There will be set appointment times, but you will be able to choose the one that suits you. 

Useful links and documents

How to go to Gjøvik?

By Air

Please note that the closest airport to Gjøvik is Oslo Airport Gardermoen. Please note that other airports as Oslo Torp and Oslo Rygge are located in Sandefjord and Moss – far south of Oslo and further away from Gjøvik.

Bus from airport

There is no direct train to Gjøvik from the airport, so take the bus. You will find the bus just outside the terminal building. Please note that you buy the bus tickets on the bus.

By train

You can take the train from Oslo City Centre. You can find information on schedules, tickets etc here.