Buskerud and Vestfold University College

The University College of Southeast Norway (USN) is the country’s second largest state-owned university college, measured in the total number of students, and larger than several of Norway’s universities. The University College of Southeast Norway was established on 1 January 2016, when Buskerud and Vestfold University College merged with Telemark University College.

Master's Programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Business & Management (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Humanities (1)
Law (1)
Medicine & Health (1)



All students who are admitted to study at least 60 credits or more at USN will receive an individual Education Plan. Education Plans are mutually committed to the student and USN. It is not legally binding, but will contain provisions on the institution's responsibility and obligations to the student and the student's obligations to the college and fellow students.

Students enrolled in programmes less than 60 credits, international exchange students, candidates and students who only follow single courses do not receive the individual Education Plans.

The general section is confirmed by each student after their first registration at StudentWeb.


We have organised our strongest research environments into research groups and research centres that reflect our commercial profile and practical approach to research.

USN has particularly strong regional ties and a focus on applied research. All our programmes are research-based, and students are involved in research projects from the early stages of their education.

At USN, we conduct research that is closely linked to our academic programmes. Research is often linked to supervised professional training and the needs of business and industry in our region.


The career centre at Campus Vestfold offers a crash course on how to apply for a job when you are a student in Norway.


Student services

SSN is the Student Welfare Organisation of Southeast Norway, and we offer services to students at different campuses in this region. Our main task is to provide safety and wellbeing to the life around your studies.

The Student Welfare Organisation offers student counselling at all campuses connected to HSN. The counselling service is open to everyone, it is free and confidential.

We have professional counsellors with long experience in helping students, attached to all our campuses.
Once a month you can see a legal advisor at Campus Vestfold, she is also available at email and phone.

As a student connected to the Student Welfare Organization of Southeast-Norway, you have access to different benefits.

Housing services

We offer over 2000 different living units at eight campuses; Kongsberg, Drammen, Ringerike, Vestfold, Bø, Porsgrunn, Rauland and Notodden. We shall strive to offer the same services at every campus.

Private rooms, many of them with private bathrooms, and private or shared kitchens are available for all incoming international exchange students, international full degree students as well as local Norwegian students through SSN. In the student houses there is provided Internet access, cable TV and use of laundry services. Please be aware that SSN cannot accommodate several students per room.

Library services

The Library is a resource for students and employees at the University College of Southeast Norway. You can find a library at each of our campuses in Bø, Drammen, Kongsberg, Notodden, Porsgrunn, Rauland, Ringerike and Vestfold.

ICT services

The data connection in your room/apartment is a service that is accessible through collaboration between SSN and HSN. The setup of own computer and use of this is the individual resident's responsibility. We note that without prior notice there can be short breaks in network connection due to repairs etc. involving no right to compensation for each tenant.

Medical services

Everyone who is resident in a Norwegian municipality is entitled to be registered as a patient with a primary doctor (GP).

Studentsamskipnaden (SSN) offers a variety of health services for students at USN. Mainly mental health services. 

SSN also have professional counsellors with long experience in helping students, attached to all our campuses.

Student Life

Campus life

  • Campus Drammen
Located in Papirbredden – Drammen Knowledge Park, right by the river, in the centre of Drammen, just a few hundred metres from the train station.
  • Campus Kongsberg
When you study in Kongsberg, you are right in the middle of Norway’s technological hub
  • Campus Hønefoss
  • Campus Horten 

Sports facilities

The Student Welfare Organization runs two sports centers - one at Campus Vestfold and one in Drammen.

Students and staff at HSN can get a membership at an affordable price at our sports centers. Please contact or visit one of our sports centers to start exercising today - we are here for you!

At Kongsberg and Ringerike there are various activities at the college.

  • You can do alpine skiing and snowboarding in Drammen skiing center
  • In Kongsberg there are several fitness clubs, such as Life, and SENSE; these often provide student-friendly offers.
  • Swimming - public indoor swimming pool, town centre, address - Glabak 14
  • Indoor and outdoor climbing
  • Trekking and hiking, tracks for cross-country skiing - outdoor activities

Student clubs

ISU - International Student Union 

ISU is an independent, democratic, non-profit, non-partisan organization run for and by international students. The organization is similar to The student union. You can also become a member of one of the groups that helps organize the different social activities.

The Student Union - Studentsamfunnet

The Student Union (Studentsamfunnet) organizes sports activities which vary from soccer, volleyball, shuffleboard, bowling, mountain climbing to swimming and so on. Since the students organize these activities, there are variations from year to year. A membership costs approx. NOK 300/year (NOK 150/semester). The membership gives discounts to activities, trips, concerts and more.


The University College of Southeast Norway is an accredited higher education institution.