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


Orientation Week (O-week)

Orientation Week (O-week)

NTNU organises an Orientation Week for new international students at the beginning of every semester, with both informational and social activities. The O-week is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended that new students attend.


Orientation Week August 2023

Welcome week programme

(Doors open at 10:30)
Welcome meeting for all new international students Scandic Hotel Lerkendal
12:30 Lunch International House, Gløshaugen
14:00 Matriculation ceremony for all new students Central lawn, Campus Gløshaugen
14:00 - 17:00 Buddy Week Kick-Off (arranged by the Student Society) Elgeseter Park

Information meetings 

Join our staff and learn everything you need to know as a new student at NTNU, and new resident in Norway.

All meetings are recorded - recordings will be available online.

09:00 EU/EEA Exchange students  Auditoriums F1, S3, S6 and S7, campus Gløshaugen
11:30 EU/EEA Degree students Auditorium S7, campus Gløshaugen
11:30 Non-EU/EEA Exchange students Auditorium S6, campus Gløshaugen 
13:15 Non-EU/EEEA Degree students Auditorium S7,campus Gløshaugen

No programme from the Office of International Relations on this day, but there are two information meetings for students at the relevant faculties. See an overview of faculty meetings below.

Hiking day!

Join us for one of many different hikes - on the mountain, by the fjord or in the forest.

Registration will be sent out at the beginning of the Orientation Week.

11:00 / 12:30 / 14:00    International BBQ!

Join us on campus for BBQ and activities! In your welcome package, you will you find your ticket telling you when to show up!

On August 21 at 16:00-18:00 you are invited to the Great Hall in the Student Society (Studentersamfundet), for the traditional Info Night for international students.

Trondheim is bustling with student activity, with more associations and organizations than you can count, for all manners of interests. During the Info Night, you will get to know many of them.
Check out the various organizations and consider which ones you might want to join!

Info Night is arranged by the Student Parliament at NTNU and Welfare Council in Trondheim, sponsored by the NTNU Office of Admissions and International Relations.

Each faculty at NTNU and most study programmes also have their own welcome- and/or information meetings for new international students. You should attend these. If their time overlaps with one of the Orientation Week meetings, you should prioritize your study programme meeting and faculty meeting.

Degree students will receive an email about the time and place of their study programme meeting.

These are the times and place for faculty meetings:

Faculty welcome- and information meetings
Faculty When Where

Engineering (IV)

Natural Sciences (NV)

Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE)

Wednesday, August 16, 10:30

Thursday, August 24, 10:30

Both meetings are identitcal. Attend the one that suits you.

Auditorium F1, Campus Gløshaugen

Medicine and Health Sciences Wednesday, August 16, 13:00 Auditorium MTA, Fred Kavli-building, Campus Øya
Humanities and Social Sciences Thursday August 24, 14:30 Auditorium D10,
Campus Dragvoll
Architecture and Design Tuesday, August 15,
Tegnesal 320, Sentralbygg 1,
Campus Gløshaugen
Economics and Administration (ØK) Monday, August 21, 14:15 Auditorium A32,
Adolf Øien Building,
NTNU Business School



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 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)