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International students in front of the Main Building

Orientation Week 2022

Orientation Week

NTNU organises an orientation programme for new international students every August and January.

August 2022

The welcome and information meetings for new students in the 2022 autumn semester will take place in the same week the semester starts, from Tuesday, August 16th, until Friday, August 19th.

Tuesday, August 16th

Welcome Meeting with registration, with introductions and presentations of central actors in student life in Trondheim

When: 10:00 a.m. on August 16th
Where: Scandic Hotel Lerkendal, Trondheim

Wednesday, August 17th

  • BBQ and "Get to know each other" activites
  • Orienteering games in the city.

Where: BBQ outside NTNU's International House, orienteering games at various places around the city.

When: Depends on which of the three groups you are allocated:
Group A - 11:00 - 12:30
Group B - 12:30 - 14:00
Group C - 14:00 - 15:30

You will be informed about which group you are in well before the Orientation Week.

Thursday, August 18th

  • Student Volunteerism Day on campus, where you can meet and greet the countless student associations and unions in Trondheim.
  • Information meetings for all new international students - Learn all you need to know to get started as a student in NTNU and resident in Norway.
    • Where: Auditorium F1, IT building, campus Gløshaugen:
    • When: At the following times.
      • Master's students from outside Europe:
        09:00 - 10:15
      • Master's students from Europe:
        10:30 - 11:45
      • Exchange students from outside Europe:
        12:15 - 13:15 
      • Exchange students from Europe:
        13:30 - 14:45
        15:00 - 16:15 
         Exchange students from Europe can choose between these two meetings.The meetings will be identical.

"Europe" = The EU/EEA/EFTA

Friday, August 19th

Hiking Day!

Students will be able to choose from multiple guided hikes of varying difficulty, or a a less demanding tour of the city. Registration to sign up for the hikes will be available soon.


Useful links and documents

Learn Norwegian

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

Contact the Office of International Relations

Contact the Office of International Relations

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

Student drop-in: Closed until further notice due to Covid-19

Exchange students:

Master's degree students:

Visiting address: Office G104, Teknologivegen 22, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway

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


Exchange students: 

Master’s degree students:


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 

Master’s degree students:

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.