New international Student in Trondheim

Life and studies in Trondheim

New international student

International NTNU students during Orientation Week.
Photo: NTNU / Per Kristian Røkkum Berget

Orientation Week (O-Week)

Orientation Week (O-Week)

Every semester, NTNU organises a welcome programme for new international students, called Orientation Week (O-Week). The O-Week consists of both both informational and social activities. Participation is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

Programme  |  O-Week January 2024

Welcome Day

Get to know NTNU, Trondheim and your fellow students, and get your welcome bag!

When What Where
10:00 Welcome meeting for all new international students TBA
12:00 Lunch (provided) TBA
12:30 Get your welcome bag from NTNU TBA

Information meetings and Snow Day

Information meetings for all new international students. And Snow Day activites!

Information meetings: 

Join our staff for a walkthrough of everything you need to know to get started at NTNU and to get settled in Trondheim:

Time Student group Where
10:00 Exchange students from the EU/EEA/EFTA Auditorium R1, Realfagsbygget, campus Gløshaugen
10:00 Exchange students from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA Auditorium R8, Realfagsbygget, campus Gløshaugen
10:00 Master's degree students Auditorium R9, Realfagsbygget, campus Gløshaugen

All meetings will be streamed live and recorded for later viewing

Snow day ❄

On campus Gløshaugen

Join us for an afternoon in the snow and race down the hillsides of Gløshaugen campus, or parttake in the competition for building the best snowman! Hot beverages will be provided. Dress warmly!


Hiking Day and Movie Night

10:00 | 11:30 | 13:00 - Hiking!
Sign up for one of several different hikes in the mountains and forests around Trondheim. Proper warm clothes and shoes required.

18:00 - Movie night!
We close off the O-week with an old tradition: a movie night on campus, with a Norwegian movie. Beverages and snacks provided.

In addition to the Orientation Week programme, each faculty at NTNU usually has their own welcome- and/or information meetings for new international students. You should attend these meetings as well.

A list of meetings will be published here soon.

Useful Documents

Useful links and documents for new students

Learn Norwegian

Learn Norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course.

Students coming in the autumn semester can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend excursion to nearby mountains.

Contact NTNU

Contact NTNU

International House, O. S. Bragstads plass 3, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Student drop-in (September and October)

Monday Only by appointment
Tuesday Only by appointment
Wednesday 09:30-11:30 + 13:00-15:00
Thursday 09:30-11:30 + 13:00-15:00
Friday Only by appointment


Master's degree applicants: 

Exchange students:

Joint degree students (Erasmus Mundus, Nordic5Tech):


Visiting address: Office G211 & G209 Teknologivegen 22, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway

Postal address: P.O. box 191, 2802 Gjøvik, Norway


Exchange students: 

Master’s degree applicants:


Visiting address: K-building, office numbers KP-245 and KP-246, Larsgårdsvegen 2, 6009 Ålesund

Postal address: P.O. Box 1517, 6025 Ålesund, Norway


Exchange students:

Master’s degree applicants:

Roof over your head

Roof over your head

Scandic HotelHave you not found a place to live? New students arriving in Trondheim in the spring semester can apply for short-term accommodation at a discount through "Roof over your head".

Find your way around NTNU with MazeMap

Find your way around NTNU with MazeMap

Airport transport

Airport transport

How to get from the airport to Trondheim and the student villages. 

Who can participate

About 1400 international students participate in Orientation Week every August, and around 400 in January. International students who are eligible to participate in Orientation Week will receive further details by email from the NTNU International Office.

Students who are eligible to participate

  • All new exchange students and free movers
  • New International students enrolled in a master’s degree taught in English
  • New International Erasmus Mundus and Joint Nordic master’s degree students
  • Students doing placements or internship stays at NTNU are usually considered on an individual basis. In some cases, PhD students doing an exchange stay at NTNU are eligible to participate. Please email for further information.

Students who are not eligible

  • International students enrolled in a degree programme taught in Norwegian
  • Norwegian students enrolled in a master’s degree taught in English
  • International PhD students doing the majority of their PhD at NTNU
  • Friends and family of participating students

Local bus to NTNU

Local bus to NTNU

NTNU bus stops

  • Studentersamfundet: Student Society
  • Høgskoleringen: Main Administration Building, Matriculation Ceremony, International House
  • Gløshaugen Syd or Lerkendal gård: Natural Science Building (Realfagbygget)

Use ATB's travel planner to get specific route information.

Fares and tickets

Buying a ticket on the bus is expensive (NOK 60/trip). Cheaper one-way tickets can be bought from a ticket machine or by using Mobillett on your phone. (jira II-3403 / NTNU0828537)