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.

O-week  |  2024 autumn semester

The Orientation week for 2024 autumn semester will be held August 12th to August 16th 2024.

A detailed program will be announced within summer.

Who can participate

About 1500 international students participate in Orientation Week every August, and around 600 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
  • New international students enrolled in an NTNU master’s degree
  • New international Erasmus Mundus and Joint Nordic master’s degree students
  • Students doing placements or internship stays at NTNU and arrive before the semester starts. In general, PhD candidates are not eligible to participate, since they are counted as staff, not students.

Students who are not eligible

  • International students who arrived the previous semester or earlier
  • 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

Useful Documents

Useful links and documents for new students


Checklist for International Students Essential information and step-by-step instructions for new international students in Trondheim
Trondheim in your pocket A quick guide to the city of Trondheim
Erasmus Student Network Organization for all international students
How to get started as a student at NTNU A nine-step overview to get started
NTNU's academic Calendar Overview of important semester dates, holidays, start and end of exam period etc.
Library services for NTNU students  Get help with academic writing, find sources and learn to cite them correctly
Course timetables Set up your own timetable to structure your weeks
REstore Get used and upcycled furniture and utilities for free, and trade in what you don't need
NTNUI Bumerang Free rental of sports equipment for students, located at Moholt studentby
"Koiene" (Student cabins) How to book and spend time at the student cabins in the forests and mountains 
"Going for a walk" An introduction to Norwegian hiking culture

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 - MAIN

Contact NTNU

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

Student drop-in:

Tuesdays: 09:00-11:30

Thursdays: 13:00-15:00

All other times by appointment only.

Exchange students:

Master's degree applicants: 

Joint degree students (Erasmus Mundus, Nordic5Tech):

Questions about housing:

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. 

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)