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New international student

International students in front of the Main Building


Orientation Week 

NTNU organises an Orientation programme for new international students every August and January. Orientation Week is a lot of fun and an excellent way for you to get to know NTNU and Trondheim. Orientation Week is something not to be missed.

13 to 16 August 2019

For students starting in the autumn semester, Orientation Week will take place from 13 to 16 August. The information on this page will be updated throughout the summer, so make sure you come back to get the latest updates. You will receive more information about Orientation Week closer to the event.

Sign up to participate

It is free to participate in Orientation Week, but you must register to participate. Registration information will be made available towards the end of July.

Who can participate in Orientation Week

About 1200 international students participate in Orientation Week every August, and around 300 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
  • International students enrolled in a master’s degree taught in English
  • International Erasmus Mundus and Joint Nordic master’s degree students
     
  • Students doings placement 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 orientation@st.ntnu.no 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

12 August: Matriculation ceremony

Matriculation ceremony and Matriculation part II 

 

Faculty of Architecture and Design (AD)
Master's programme Time Location
Industrial Design 13:00-15:00 Room 324, Central Building 1
Sustainable Architecture  13:00-15:00 Room 324, Central Building 1
Urban Ecological Planning 13:00-15:00 Room 324, Central Building 1
Fine Art 13:00-15:00 Room 324, Central Building 1

 

 

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)
Master's programme Time  Location
Communication Technology 11.00-14:00 Room A276, Electrical Engineering Building

 

Faculty of Engineering (IV)
Master's programme Time Location
Natural Gas Technology 14:30-15:00 Room B521, Thermal Energy Building
Sustainable Energy 14:30 Room B602, Thermal Energy Building
Master of Science in Circular Economy 12:00 Room R10, Natural Science Building
Industrial Ecology 12:00 Room R10, Natural Science Building
Cold Climate Engineering 12:00 Room S1, Central Building
Environmental Engineering 12:00 Room S1, Central Building
Global Manufacturing Management 12:00 Room S1, Central Building
Geotechnics and Geohazards 12:00 Room S1, Central Building
Hydropower Development 12:00 Room S1, Central Building
Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety 12:00 Room S1, Central Building
Petroleum Geosciences 12:00 Room S7, Central Building
Petroleum Engineering 12:00 Room S7, Central Building
Maritime Engineering 12:15-13:00 Room T2, Marine Technology Center
14:00-15:00 Room T3, Marine Technology Center
Marine Technology 12:15-13:00 Room T2, Marine Technology Center
14:00-15:00 Room T3, Marine Technology Center

 

Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences (SU)
Master's programme Time Location
Globalization and Sustainable Development 12:30 Bambus cafeteria, Dragvoll
Natural Resources Management, Geography 12:30 Bambus cafeteria, Dragvoll
Childhood Studies 12:00-13:30 room 202 in pavilion D, Dragvoll

 

13 August: Registration and welcome meeting

Registration and welcome meeting at Scandic Lerkendal

Location: Scandic Lerkendal, Klæbuveien 127, 7031 Trondheim

  • 09:00 Registration for exchange students (Remember to bring your ID)
  • 10:15 Registration for master’s degree students (Remember to bring your ID)
  • 11:00 Welcome Meeting
  • 12:30 We walk together to Gløshaugen campus to take a group photo

 

Trondheim Games NB! POSTPONED TO WEDNESDAY 14th at 17:00

  • 13:15 – 17:00 Trondheim Games

After the group photo, it is time to explore the city centre of Trondheim. Form a group of 10 people, go to the garden of International House, pick up the instructions and a bag with snacks for your team – and let the Games begin!

This is a great opportunity to make friends and get to know the city. This is an outdoor activity; please dress according to the weather.

14 August: Information day + Trondheim Games

Information day at Scandic Lerkendal

Location: Scandic Lerkendal, Klæbuveien 127, 7031 Trondheim.
It is important that you attend your information meeting, as we will discuss essential information that will help you during your first weeks in Trondheim.

  • 08:30-14:15 Registration for latecomers
  • 11:00-14:15 Information stands by student organizations
EU/EEA/Swiss exchange students 
  • 09:00 Information meeting for EU/EEA/Swiss exchange students
  • 10:15 Presentations from student organizations 
  • 11:00 Distribution of arrival confirmations for EU/EEA/Swiss exchange students 
Non-EU/EEA exchange students 
  • 09:30 Distribution of bank cards and arrival confirmations for non-EU/EEA exchange students  
  • 10:15 Presentations from student organizations 
  • 11:15 Information meeting for non EU/EEA exchange students 
Master’s degree students 
  • 13:00 Distribution of bank cards for non-EU/EEA Master’s degree students 
  • 14:15 Information meeting for all master’s degree students, followed by presentations from student organizations. 

TRONDHEIM GAMES

  • 17:00 Group photo on the lawn behind the main building 

  • 17:15 Get snackbags and group instructions

After the group photo, it is time to explore the city centre of Trondheim. Form a group of 10 people, go to the garden of International House, pick up the instructions and a bag with snacks for your team – and let the Games begin!

This is a great opportunity to make friends and get to know the city. This is an outdoor activity; please dress according to the weather.

15 August: Hiking

  • 08:00 – 13:00 Registration for latecomers, International House


HIKING

Information about the different hikes are listed below the notes on clothing and safety. You can choose one hike when you register for Orientation Week.

WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING

  • Sneakers or hiking shoes; note that some paths may be muddy and wet
  • A wind and water proof jacket
  • A warm sweater
  • A packed lunch and something to drink
  • A small backpack

GETTING HOME

You will have to get home on your own. Note that it will not be possible to walk home from all locations. This means you will need to bring a pre-filled AtB bus card / app, or enough cash to buy a one-way ticket (NOK 60).

SAFETY

There are no dangerous animals in Norway, but please be aware of the following:

Ticks: Tiny black/brown insects that bite and cling to your skin. Most ticks do not carry disease and most bites are harmless. However, it is important to remove a tick as soon as possible if you find one on your skin.

Viper: A snake that has a small amount of poison.

Mushrooms in Norway can be poisonous. Do NOT eat mushrooms!

THE HIKES

You can sign up for one of the hikes when you register for Orientation Week. If you would like to change your hike later, you will need to find someone to swap with.

Note that the hikes leave from different locations; see details for each hike below. We will leave on time, so please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure.  

Full day hike, Bymarka

Departure time: 09:00 and 10:00
Departure (by bus) from outside the Main Building, Gløshaugen campus
Distance: 12 – 15 km
Duration: 6 – 7 hours
Terrain: Trail/off-trail and wetlands. Steep uphill, some rough terrain. Your feet will get wet and muddy.

Full day hike, Bymarka

Departure time: 09:00
Departure (on foot) from Trondheim Spektrum at Øya
Distance: 12 – 15 km
Duration: 6 – 7 hours
Terrain: Trail/off-trail, some wetlands. Steep uphill, some rough terrain. Chance of getting wet and muddy.

Half-day hike, Bymarka

Departure time: 11:00
Departure (by bus) from outside the Main Building, Gløshaugen campus
Distance: 9 – 11 km
Duration: 4 – 5 hours
Terrain: Trail/off-trail, some wetlands. Some (steep) uphill. Chance of getting wet and muddy.

Half-day hike, Estenstadmarka

Departure time: 11:00
Departure (on foot) from outside the Sports centre at Dragvoll campus
Distance: 9 – 11 km
Duration: 4 – 5 hours roundtrip
Terrain: Trail/off-trail, some wetlands. Some (steep) uphill. Chance of getting wet and muddy.

Short hike, Ladestien

Departure time: 12:30
Departure (by bus) from outside the Main Building, Gløshaugen campus 
Distance: 7 – 8 km
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Terrain: A scenic walk along the fjord on a gravel path

Hike for Global Health master’s degree students

Departure from Øya helsehus at 10:00
Duration: 3 hours
Dress according to the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes
Possibility to swim
Lunch is provided

16 August: BBQ

BBQ in the garden of International House

  • 09:30 – 10:30 Registration for latecomers, International House
  • 11:00 *BBQ group I
  • 12:00 *BBQ group II
  • 13:00 *BBQ group III

Please bring your BBQ and pancake coupons.

  • 14:30 Yoga and circuit training organized by Sit, meet-up outside the main building. Please note there is limited number of places for these activities. Plase sign up in the registration form beforehand.

24 August: Rosenborg Football Match and pre-game activities

All new international students are invited to join us to attend a match with Trondheims - and also Norways - biggest football team Rosenborg at their home stadium Lerkendal. They will be facing Stabæk, from right outside the norwegian capital, Oslo. We meet up at the international house for pre-game activities and face painting, and walk down to the stadium together. Sign up for this event in the registration form, and bring your football match coupon to the meet-up. Please note that you must attend the meet-up and pre-game activities to get a valid ticket to the football match. 

  • 16:15 meet-up for pre-game activities and face paint
  • 17:15 We walk together down to Lerkendal
  • 18:00 Football match starts

Police appointments

Police appointments

NTNU organises group appointments for all international students* to register at the police station. It is mandatory to meet at your group appointment; you should not book an appointment to see the police on your own. 

* Students with Nordic citizenship do not need to register at the police station.


Dates

If you cannot make it to your scheduled appointment, you will need to find another student to swap with. EU/EEA students can only swap with other EU/EEA students. Non-EU/non-EEA students can only swap with other non-EU/non-EEA students. 

Group appointments for non-EU/non-EEA Citizens
Date Time Student category
28 August 08:30

IV faculty Master’s degree students, Petroleum Engineering

Exchange students with surnames A - I

12:00 IV faculty master's degree students
29 August 08:30

NV faculty master's degree students

Exchange students with surnames J - L

12:00

IE faculty master's degree students

Exchange students with surnames M - R

30 August 08:30 MH faculty and AD faculty master's degree students 
12:00

HF faculty, SU faculty and ØK faculty master's degree students

Exchange students with surnames S - Z

 

Group appointments for EU/EEA/Swiss citizens
Date Time Student category
5 September 08:30 Master’s degree students 
12:00 Exchange students staying for 2 semesters
12 September 08:30 Exchange students staying for 1 semester, with surnames A - C
12:00 Exchange students staying for 1 semester, with surnames D - GO
19 September 08:30 Exchange students staying for 1 semester, with surnames GR - K
12:00 Exchange students staying for 1 semester, with surnames L - O
26 September 08:30 Exchange students staying for 1 semester, with surnames P – SC
12:00 Exchange students staying for 1 semester, with surnames SE – Z

 

Tuberculosis test

Tuberculosis test 

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 in September, and you will be able to choose between several dates.

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.

Faculty information meetings for exchange students

Faculty of Economics and Management (ØK):
Friday 16 August, 09:00 – 10:30, auditorium A3, NTNU Business School/Rustbygget (Address: Klæbuveien 72). 

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (MH):
Friday 16 August, 13:00 – 14:00, room MTA, Norwegian Brain Centre, Øya campus. 

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE): 

Monday 19 August, 09:15 – 10:15, room EL6, Gløshaugen campus

Faculty of Natural Sciences (NV):
Tuesday 20 August, 13:15 – 15:00, Auditorium R5, Realfagsbygget.

Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences and Faculty of Humanities (SU and HF):
Thursday 22 August, 14:15, D3, Dragvoll campus.

Faculty of Engineering (IV):
No information meeting.  

Faculty of Architecture and Design (AD):
No information meeting.

Meetings for international master's programmes

*Please note that some master's programmes have more that one meeting and that meetings can be mandatory.

 

Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Master programme

Date and time

Location
Electric Power Engineering

14 August,  14:00-15:30

Room E151, Electrical Engineering Building
Mathematical Sciences

16 August,  09:00-13:00

To be anounced
Informatics - Software Engineering 16 August,  13:15 Room 454, IT Building
Informatics - Databases & Search 16 August,  12:15 Room 454, IT Building
Informatics - Interaction design, Game & Learning Tech. 16 August,  13:15 Room 454, IT Building
Informatics - Artificial Intelligence 16 August,  11:15 Room 454, IT Building

 

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Master programme

Date and time

Location
Physical Activity and Health, Movement Science

19 August, 09:00

Room KA12, The Knowledge Centre

19 August, 11:15 Room BS31, The Mobility Centre
Physical Activity and Health, Occupational Science

19 August, 09:00

Room KA12, The Knowledge Centre

19 August, 11:15 Room BS31, The Mobility Centre
Physical Activity and Health, Exercise Physiology

19 August, 09:00

Room KA12, The Knowledge Centre

19 August, 11:15 Room BS31, The Mobility Centre
Neuroscience

19 August, 09:00

Room KA12, The Knowledge Centre

19 August, 11:00 Room MTS11, MTFS - Medisinteknisk forskningssenter
Molecular Medicine

19 August, 09:00

Room KA12, The Knowledge Centre

19 August, 10:15 Room LS42, The Laboratory Centre
Global Health

19 August, 09:00

Room KA12, The Knowledge Centre

19 August, 11:00 Room MTS22, MTFS - Medisinteknisk forskningssenter

 

 

Faculty of Natural Sciences
Master programme

Date and time

Location
Material Science and Engi., Metal Production and Recycling 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Biology - Physiology 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Material Science and Engi., Materials for Energy Tecnology  15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Natural Resources Management, Biology  15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Material Science and Engi., Material Development and Use 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Biology - Cell and Molecular Biology 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Ocean Resources 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Chemistry 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Physics 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Biology - Ecology, Behavior, Evolution and Biosystematics 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Biotechnology 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building
Chemical Engineering 15 August, 08:45-12:00 * Room R1, Natural Science Building
16 August, 08:00-15:30 ** Room R7, Natural Science Building

* Mandatory meeting. Registration from 08:15. 

** Mandatory HSE, Security training course.

Each study programe will also have a seperate meeting. More information will come.

 

Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences
Master programme

Date and time

Location
Childhood Studies 21 August, 14:15-16:00 Room D156, Dragvoll campus
Globalization and Sustainable Development 21 August, 14:15-16:00 Room D156, Dragvoll campus

 

Faculty of Economics and Management
Master programme

Date and time

Location
Project Management  19 August, 17:00-20:00 Gamle Fysikk 217 (F5)

 

Faculty of Humanities

Master programme

Date and time

Location
European Studies 15 August, 09:00-10:00 Room D107, Dragvoll campus
15 August, 10:00-16:00 * Room D107, Dragvoll campus
19. August, 10:15-11:00 Room D102, Dragvoll campus

* EU crash course. Lunch will be served between the meetings. 

 

 

Student associations (Linjeforeninger)

Do you want to get to know the local students at NTNU who study the same thing as you?

A lot of the social and academic life at NTNU revolves around “linjeforeninger”, meaning something like “study-specific student associations”.  These are social and inclusive communities which bring together students who follow the same (or similar) studies, and many students make most of their acquaintances through these. 

A number of our linjeforeninger want to get to know our international brothers and sisters, however, we have no official means of contacting you. We therefore invite you to fill out the following form, which will allow the linjeforening associated to your study to contact you with relevant information (for example about social events and other opportunities to get to know the local students): https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Ai-eu2gDgDlfTeqWyRk8f35XqYLvSFKS7YD_rsmao7g


Useful links and documents

Find your way around NTNU with MazeMap

Contact 

Trondheim - Office of International Relations

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

Student drop-in: 13:00 - 14:30

Closed: 22 July to 18 August

Exchange students: exchange@st.ntnu.no
Master's degree students: admissions@st.ntnu.no


Gjøvik - Office of International Relations

Visiting address: Office G104, Teknologivegen 22, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway
Postal address: P.O. box 191, 2802 Gjøvik, Norway

Exchange students: international@gjovik.ntnu.no 
Master’s degree students: opptak@ntnu.no


Ålesund -  Office of International Relations 

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: Anne Ulla au@ntnu.no / Kristian Severeide kristian.severeide@ntnu.no
Master’s degree students: opptak@ntnu.no


Social media: Facebook
Web: ntnu.edu/international
FAQs: ntnu.edu/studies/faq

Airport transport

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

Learn Norwegian

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

Exchange students 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.

Roof over your head

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

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.