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New international student

International students in front of the Main Building

Orientation Week 

We strongly encourage all new international students to attend Orientation Week 13 to 19 August. After the official Orientation Week program is over, there are also other activities and events, some of which are mandatory.

More details will be published closer to the date.

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 be missed.

Sign up to participate

It is free to participate in Orientation Week, but you are required to sign up. You will receive an email in July with more details. 

Orientation Week Programme

13 August - Registration

Registration and welcome at Scandic Lerkendal

  • 09:00 Registration
  • 11:00 Welcome meeting
  • 12:30 We walk together to campus Gløshaugen to take a group photo
  • 13:15 Provided lunch 
  • 14:00 Trondheim Games

14 August - Matriculation and info meetings

Matriculation + Information meetings 

Time Activity Student category Location
09:00 Matriculation ceremony All students On the lawn behind the Main Building
11:30 Information meetings, distribution of bank cards (for non-EU students) and arrival confirmations All exchange students Scandic Lerkendal / more information to come
11:45 Matriculation part II Most master's degree students More information to come

15 August - Info meetings and 63 Degrees North

Information meetings + 63 Degrees North

Master's degree students
Meet outside R1

  • 09:00 Distribution of bank cards for non-EU master's degree students, group I
  • 10:00 Information meeting for all master's degree students
  • 12:00 Distribution of bank cards for non-EU master's degree students, group II

Exchange students

63 degrees North at Festningen. Meet at 11:00 in the garden of International House


16 August - Hiking


You will be able to choose the lenght of your hike when you sign up for Orientation Week. Make sure you select a hike suited to your fitness skills and equipment. 

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

Meeting point

All hikes leave from outside the Main Building. The buses will leave on time, so please arrive 15 minutes ahead of your scheduled departure. End times are approximate. 

Getting home

You will have to get home on your own. Note that it will 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 50).

Full day hike, Bymarka

Departure times: 9:00 and 10:00

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.

Half-day hike, Bymarka

Departure time: 11:00

Distance: 9 – 11 km
Duration: 4 – 5 hours
Terrain: Trail/off-trail, some wetlands. Some (steep) uphill. Chance of getting wet and muddy.

Short hike, Ladestien

Departure time: 12:00

Distance: 7 – 8 km
Duration: 2 – 3 hours
Terrain: A scenic walk along the fjord on a gravel path.


17 August - BBQ

09:30 - 10:30 in BS31: Information meeting for exchange students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences

BBQ for all 

18 - 19 August

More information to come

After Orientation Week

20 August onward - Faculty meetings

Some faculties have meetings during Orientation Week

Monday 20 August

Tuesday 21 August

Wednesday 22 August

21 August onward - Police Appointments

This information is tentative - changes may occur

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

You must meet directly at the Police Station at Gryta 4, for your police appointment. Do not go to the Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA), even if that is what your confirmation email from the police says. 

Non-EU / non-EEA students

You will be assigned an appointment based on your master's degree or exchange programme - more information to come, including times for non-EU / non-EEA exchange students. 


21 August

22 August

23 August

Non-EU / non-EEA students


Master's degree students from faculty of:

Master's degree students from faculty of:

Master's degree students from faculty of:


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Master's degree students from faculty of:



EU / EEA / Swiss students*

Your meeting date and time will be based on the first letter in your surname - you must go to your scheduled appointment. Specific time slots to come. 

EU /EEA students

6 September

Master's degree students and exchange students staying 2 semesters

13 September

Exchange students, 1 semester, surnames A-K

20 September

 Exchange students, 1 semester, surnames L-Z

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

Exchange students, 1 semester, surnames

22 August - Meet student organisations

Looking for social activities or volunteering opportunities in Trondheim? Check out what NTNU and Trondheim have to offer!

Time: 17:00 - 19:00, 22 August
Location: Outside R1

You do not need to sign up to participate in this event. 

25 August - RBK Soccer match

Soccer game: watch Trondheim's soccer team Rosenborg

Saturday 25 August

The game starts at 18:00 at Lerkendal stadion. Tickets will be handed out at during the pre-game activities. Time and location to be determined. 



September - 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

Find your way around NTNU with MazeMap


Questions regarding Orientation Week? Please email

All other questions: 

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 are guaranteed short-term accommodation at a discount through "Roof over your head".

Local bus to NTNU

NTNU bus stops

  • Studentersamfundet: Student Society
  • Høgskoleringen or Gløshaugen Nord: 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 50/trip). Cheaper one-way tickets can be bought from a ticket machine or by using Mobillett on your phone.