The Opening Ceremony!

University of Oslo has been an institution since the year 1813 and the International Summer School program was established in 1947. Since then, the program has been a way for students from all over the world to experience new cultures and meet friends from near and far, not to mention learn about Norwegian history, life, and society.

On Monday, June 22nd, the 68th session of the University of Oslo’s International Summer School began with an opening ceremony, which welcomed the new students and staff to the latest session.

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My new roommate Sydney and I in front of UIO’s central campus building, where the opening ceremony took place.

All students were present, we were ushered into the large and luxurious auditorium of the central campus building, where we were greeted by immense and glorious Munch murals on every wall. “This is the only place in the world where you will see Munch paintings in their original context…” Director of ISS, Einar Vannebo, informed us.

It was truly a spectacular sight that made every person in the room realize how special this school, and this program, really is.

We were then treated to some inspiring speeches and fantastic music. A marriage of traditional instruments and Norwegian melodies with electronic looping techniques.

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The musicians and the central mural, titled “The Sun.”

After the ceremony we were taken to Oslo’s city hall for a very “high end” reception… Which included a live band, fancy food and free champagne! Everyone mingled and enjoyed the amazing location, which is where the Nobel Peace Prize is presented every year.

There were even tours offered, where we could see the details of the historic building. We had the chance to explore all of its highly decorated rooms.

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Champagne and macarons!

I am so honored to be a part of a program with so much history and prestige. I am also humbled by the way that we were treated at the ceremony, like creative and talented individuals.

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Bird’s-eye view of the party after it had died down.

I hope that I can live up to UIO’s high standards and have fun doing so. I know that this will be a summer that I will remember forever.

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