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  • Locations: Alesund, Norway; Estimated Travel Day to/from the US, -; Trondheim, Norway
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: OSU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.3
Housing Option: Dormitory Areas of Study: Molecular Genetics
Rank/Class Status: 1-First-year Student, 2-Second-year Student, 3-Third-year Student, 4-Fourth-year Student Program Type: Faculty-Led
Summer Session: 4W1 Four Week Session 1, Summer Academic Credit: Molecular Genetics
Ohio State Program Contact: Charlie J. Gbur
Program Description:



Program Trondbuss tab 1

This intensive program will focus on an introduction to biomedical laboratory sciences, aiming to provide students with an exposure to techniques used for analysis in medical laboratories from routine techniques used for analysis of biological samples to cutting-edge technology such as genome sequencing in a clinical setting.
By participating in this program, students will learn how to conduct analysis on biological samples and how genome sequencing is applied to medical genetics in the context of an university hospital. By participating in this program, students will learn to question/think critically about issues relating to practical laboratory work as well as ethical challenges associated with the use of genome sequencing at the clinic. 
We achieve these goals through a variety of course work, including but not limited to hands-on work at the bench, visit of medical facilities and direct interaction with healthcare professionals. The program is divided into three modules: fundamentals of laboratory techniques, evaluation of the methods of analysis and an introduction to genome sequencing in clinical practice with a particular focus on the practical and ethical challenges arising from the use of this technique in the medical diagnosis of patients.


This program is based in Trondheim Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). 


Students will stay in a dormitory or homestay that is easily accessible to campus by bus. 

Resident Directors

Patrice Hamel
Department of Molecular Genetics

Education Abroad Coordinator

Charlie Gbur



Courses and Credit Trondbuss tab 2

Admitted participants are required to register in three hours of MolGen 5797 (letter-graded course). 



Application Requirement Trondbuss tab 3

In order to be eligible to apply for this program, students must have taken MolGen 4500 or 4606 (or permission of instructor), a minimum 3.3 GPA. Students must also meet OIA's General Eligibility Requirements and Conditions for Participation. All students will also be required to participate in on-campus pre-departure orientations organized by the Office of International Affairs.

Please note that upon application, a $150 application fee will be assessed. The application fee will be refunded only if the applicant is not accepted or a written request to withdraw the application is submitted prior to the application deadline.


Passports are required for every Ohio State education abroad program. For many study abroad destinations, passport information is required to apply for an entry visa early as 6 months prior to departure). For information about apply for a passport, go to



Program Costs Trondbuss tab 4

Students are responsible for paying The Ohio State University tuition plus a $597.00 program fee.Program fee includes all program activities, some group meals, and lodging lodging while in Alesund. It is anticipated that students will receive a grant to cover the majority of the cost of lodging, from NTNU. Students are responsible for airfare, accommodations in Trondheim (either homestay or dorm stay), some meals, passport and immunizations. 

If students withdraw or become ineligible any time eleven days after the acceptance notification, they will be held responsible for a cancellation fee. Please refer to OIA's Cancellation Policy.


Student should begin researching funding opportunities before they have been accepted into a study abroad program. Grants and Scholarship deadlines may occur before the study abroad program application deadline.

Students who receive or are eligible to receive a Federal Pell Grant are encouraged to apply for the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. This program is Gilman eligible. Interested students should first verify their existing award package and make an appointment with Student Financial Aid as needed.  After researching the scholarship, students wishing to apply for the Gilman International Scholarship should be in touch with the listed education abroad coordinator to begin working on a competitive application.



Information Sessions Trondbuss tab 5

  • Tuesday, September 11, 100 Enarson Classroom Building, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, November 13, 522 Aronoff, 5:30 – 6:00 PM


U.S. Department of State: (travel advisories/country-specific safety information)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: (pre-travel health guidance)

Ohio State reserves the right to change without notice any statement contained herein, concerning but not limited to rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula and courses. In the event of a change to an existing U.S. Department of State Travel Advisory, CDC Travel Health Notice or other risk designated criteria, the Office of International Affairs reserves the right to cancel any program prior to departure or while in progress. Discrimination against any individual based upon protected status, which is defined as age, ancestry, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDS status, military status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status is prohibited.



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  • better understanding of how the US is viewed in European countries
  • understanding of how biomedical techniques are used in clinical laboratories
  • how student culture is different in Norway
  • time management skills and ability to read many scientific articles in a short period of time
     — Summer, 2017 Participant
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2019 01/03/2019 01/15/2019 05/02/2019 06/06/2019