NHH summer school

NHH summer school

Interact with students from all over the world while being taught by NHH faculty and leading experts in the various academic fields. NHH is Norway’s leading business school and the number one choice for Norwegian students.

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Join the NHH Summer School and choose from two different courses depending on your academic interests.

The dates for NHH Summer School 2018: June 18 - 29

Experience the vibrant city of Bergen, the gateway to the fjords and the historic hub for commerce and trade in Norway at its most beautiful in June while it boasts 24 hours of daylight and brimming with opportunities to explore the area.

  • ELE427 Social Entrepreneurship

    ELE427 Social Entrepreneurship

    This course is designed to provide a socially relevant academic experience in order to help students gain in-depth insights into economic and social value creation across a number of sectors/areas, including poverty alleviation, energy, health, and sustainability.

    Social Entrepreneurship is a summer course open to graduate students from NHH partner schools. 

    Through readings, guest speakers, case discussions, lectures, and student presentations, students will learn to think strategically and act opportunistically with a socially-conscious business mindset. The close collaboration with Impact Hub in Bergen, which is a platform for supporting social entrepreneurship activities, and Ferd, an investment company that invest in social entrepreneurship, means that students can link theory to practice as they are exposed to real social entrepreneurship activities.

    Read the full course description

    Programme for ELE427 (subject to change)

    Friday 15 June Arrival and welcome
    Saturday 16 June

    Free day

    Evening: Welcome dinner

    Sunday 17 June Guided tour of Bergen and free day
    Monday 18 June
    • Introduction to the course, the major themes and the assignment(s)
    • Entrepreneurship. Include GEM entrepreneurship study and Norway
    • Entrepreneurial teams
    Tuesday 19 June
    • Theories of social entrepreneurship
    • Who are social entrepreneurs? How do social entrepreneurs differ from commercial/traditional entrepreneurs?
    • Creative process of social entrepreneurship
    • Guest lecture: social entrepreneurship in Norway
    Wednesday 20 June
    • Social entrepreneurship and ethics
    • Developing the social enterprise
    • Business plans
    Thursday 21 June
    • Social entrepreneurship and business models
    • Measuring social value
    • Earned income
    Friday 22 June
    • Clean start: Starting a social venture (simulation)
    Saturday 23 June


    Sunday 24 June Free day
    Monday 25 June
    • Entrepreneurial Finance
    • Donations, government income and entrepreneurial fundraising
    • Case: financing of social entreprenurship
    Tuesday 26 June
    • Launch, growth, and goal attainment
    • Public policy shifts
    • Case
    Wednesday 27 June Study day
    Thursday 28 June Excursion
    Friday 29 June
    • Student presentations of project/group works and discussion

    Evening: Farewell dinner

    Saturday 30 June Departure
    Monday 9 July Deadline for handing in the written group paper
  • ELE428 Natural Resource Management and Policy: the Norwegian Model

    ELE428 Natural Resource Management and Policy: the Norwegian Model

    Learn how to manage natural resources from experts in the field.

    Natural resource management and policy: The Norwegian model is a summer course open to graduate students from NHH partner schools. 

    The programme has been developed and organised by NHH faculty in partnership with a range of companies active in the industries examined in the course. Company visits and case studies form a major part of the course schedule.

    Read the full course description

    Programme for ELE428

    Friday 15 June Arrival and welcome
    Saturday 16 June

    Free day

    Evening: Welcome dinner

    Sunday 17 June Guided tour of Bergen and free day
    Monday 18 June


    • International trade and political aspects
    • A historical perspective on management of natural resources
    • Practical information
    Tuesday 19 June

    Non-renewable resources

    • Status and prospects for the Norwegian continental shelf
    • Managing non-renewable resources
    Wednesday 20 June

    Aquaculture - excursion

    • Company visit: Lerøy
    • Managing aquaculture
    Thursday 21 June


    • Environmental policy
    • The physical markets, market integration and market changes
    • Markets and regulations
    Friday 22 June

    Policy instruments

    • Financial Instruments
    • Can renewable energy reduce the need for energy?
    • EU's emissions trading system
    Saturday 23 June Excursion: Hardanger AKVA center
    Sunday 24 June Free day
    Monday 25 June


    • Energy, economic growth and climate change
    • Corporate social responsibility
    Tuesday 26 June

    Resource management

    • Managing renewable resources
    • Active or passive investment strategy
    Wednesday 27 June

    Petroleum - excursion

    • Norwegian macroeconomic policy and the petroleum fund
    • Statoil visit
    Thursday 28 June

    Exam preparation

    • Deforestation
    Friday 29 June

    Exam day

    • Student presentations: parallel sessions with presentations of group work

    Evening: Farewell dinner

    Saturday 30 June Departure
  • Application and admission

    Application and admission

    Application deadline

    The application deadline is 15 March.

    Online application

    To apply for admission, please complete the online application form, and submit electronic copies of the following documents:

    • Transcript of records from every college or university attended 
    • Letter of motivation    
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)

    Online Application Form

    If the link does not take you directly to Søknadsweb for Norges Handelshøyskole/Norwegian School of Economics, you can click on the menu with the different schools and select Norges Handelshøyskole. You can also change the language to English in the top right corner of the page. Select the option titled "International Applicant" and "Register new international applicant" to register your contact information and receive a login password by e-mail.

    If you apply for more than one course, please prioritise the courses in your application.

    Applications are not considered complete until all required paperwork has been submitted. Incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

    Admission requirements

    • Graduate students shall have completed an undergraduate degree prior to participation in the summer school
    • Good academic standing
    • Excellent command of the English language
    • A nomination from your home university

    Only students coming from NHH’s partner universities will be considered for admission. You may submit a confirmation from your home university as proof of nomination, otherwise, NHH will contact the coordinator at your home university and ask for a confirmation. If slots become available, NHH students applying for admission may also be admitted. 

    Applicants will be ranked based on the following criteria: grade point average and motivation letter.

    Tuition, fees and financing

    As a public university institution, NHH does not charge any application, admission or tuition fees to international students. Students are required to cover travel costs to and from Bergen and they are expected to have sufficient funds to cover housing, meals, a contribution towards the social part of the course programme, incidental expenses, and extra-curricular activities.

  • Summer School dates and class information

    Summer School dates and class information

    Dates: All courses run from June 18 – 29. We recommend all students to arrive in Bergen on June 15 to be able to join the welcome programme during the first weekend.

    Language of instruction: All courses are taught in English.

    Credits: All courses are worth 6 ECTS

    Grading: Grading scale A - F

    Class format: Lectures and discussions, often based on case preparation.

    Attendance: Class attendance is mandatory.

    Participation: Active class participation is expected in presentations, coursework, and group work

    Course approval: The students must have completed the required assignments set by the course instructor (course approval). Final grade is based on the written paper and a presentation of a group project.

    Examinations: Having received course approval, the students hand in a written paper.

  • Practical information

    Practical information


    Housing will be provided at a reasonable cost to all students accepted into the Summer School at Hatleberg Student Accommodation.

    Arrival and welcome

    Upon arrival in Bergen, a pick-up service will be provided for all Summer School students.

    A special programme of events will be provided during the initial weekend, with a focus on information, sightseeing, social events, integration, and parties. More information about the welcome programme will be sent out directly to successfully admitted students well in advance of their arrival in Bergen.

    Residence permits and visas

    Students joining the Summer School do not require a residence permit, and most will not require a visa to visit Norway for the duration of the summer school.

    A list of countries exempted from visa requirements.

    Information on health insurance in Norway.

    Living costs

    Approximate costs, excluded travel cost to and from Bergen and meals are 5000 NOK.

    What you get:

    • Single bedroom with private bathroom close to NHH (WiFi included)
    • Welcome and farewell dinner
    • A guided tour at Bryggen (UNESCO's World Heritage site)
    • Company visits
    • Social programme