Despite being a small country at the "edge of the world", for decades Norway has played a major role in many difficult conflicts far away from Scandinavia. Being the home of the renowned Nobel Peace Prize has also inspired vibrant discussions on issues of peace and conflict among policy makers, scholars and students. This legacy has created an academic environment with world-leading research in the fields related to International Relations and Peace and Conflict Studies.


iStockAre you interested in expanding your horizons by learning more about international issues and how the world works? Bjørknes University College, situated in Norway’s capital Oslo, offers a unique study experience for both Norwegian and international students in a small and intimate college setting. The programme draws on expertise from Norway’s renowned peace research community. Students will be challenged to discuss and analyse both historical and current international issues and receive advanced academic training. As the first educational institution in Norway offering Peace and Conflict Studies at an undergraduate level, we are confident that you will find your Oslo semester to be a life changing one.



International Focus

Bjørknes is a small university college with a broad international focus and network. In addition to collaborating with a number of international institutions, we facilitate study trips and exchange programmes to the United States, Tanzania, the Middle East, South Africa, Ethiopia, Australia and Svalbard. Each autumn we invite international students to spend an exciting semester with us in Oslo.


Electives for International Students

The range of courses which are offered in English during the autumn semester are revised annually. Students take three courses, which make up a full semester’s workload (30 ECTS credits). The following courses are offer in the fall of 2020:


Other courses previously offered to international students include Geopolitics of the ArcticWar and Peace in the Middle East, Understanding Global Violence, Introduction to Migration and Refugee Studies, and The Nobel Peace Prize.


Distinguished Lecturers

With our strong and dedicated team of academics, we can guarantee an interesting and thought-provoking academic experience. Our staff have extensive international experience and come from a variety of academic disciplines. Their enthusiasm to share this with our students in the classroom makes for a one-of-a-kind semester.

Our teaching staff includes Professor Henrik Syse (member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee and research professor at PRIO), Professor Bernt Hagtvet (one of Norway’s most renowned political scientists and former professor at Yale Univeristy), Associate Professor Hilde Restad (US foreign policy expert, PhD from the University of Virginia), Associate Professor Christopher White (specialist in political theory and British politics, PhD from London School of Economics, LSE), Professor Kjetil Tronvoll (Africa expert and formerly professor of human rights at the University of Oslo). For more information about our staff, see our staff presentation.

Our college also draws on human resources from various sectors, such as the NGO community, the peace research sector, from the military as well as from politics. Each semester we welcome international guest lecturers. Lectures has been given by Jan Egeland (Director of NRC and former UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs), Kjell Magne Bondevik (former Prime Minister of Norway), Shamil Idriss (CEO of Search for Common Ground), Kai Eide (Ambassador and former UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan), Erik Møse (Supreme Court Justice of Norway and former President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda), Professor Raymond Apthorpe (LSE, SOAS), and Barry White (former US Ambassador to Norway) amongst others.

Institutional Links

Over the years, Bjørknes University College has established strong institutional links with other academic and research institutions, such as the renowned Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), The Nobel Institute, Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI), The Oslo Center and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC). We are have institutional partnerships with Mekelle University in Ethiopia and the State University of Zanzibar in Tanzania.

Bjørknes University College, Oslo, Norway

HøyskolenBjørknes University College is the first and only institution in Norway to offer an undergraduate programme in Peace and Conflict Studies, and we host study abroad students on our campus in the centre of Oslo every year. The college has a staff of young, enthusiastic scholars who are dedicated to the field and teaching. Courses in Peace and Conflict Studies and International Relations are offered in English during the autumn semester (August-December) in an international teaching environment together with Norwegian students. The semester represents a highly attractive opportunity for students looking for a unique study abroad experience.

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