BI more international than ever

23 April 2009

BI Norwegian School of Management (BI) has seen a significant increase in interest from international students, both exchange and degree seeking.

”I am proud and happy to see that the number of international students at BI is increasing and that the BI campus in Oslo is on it’s way to becoming a truly international campus. This shows that BI’s international strategy is working and that BI is attractive in the highly competitive international market as well,” says President Tom Colbjørnsen of BI.

Degree seeking students

With respect to degree seeking students at the master level, particularly programmes such as Political Economy (125 percent), Business and Economics (106 percent) and Innovation and Entrepreneurship (73 percent) increased their share of international students.

At the Bachelor level, the Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) showed an increase of 35 percent. This is the only bachelor programme taught entirely in English.

Countries that showed the biggest increase are:, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Denmark, Great Britain, Sweden and China. Sweden and China represent the biggest groups of international applicants.

Exchange students

The number of exchange students at BI is also on the rise. This coming Fall, a record number of 350 are expected at BI for a study period of mostly one semester. Compared to the Fall of 2008 this is an increase of 32 %.  The exchange students come from 93 different partner institutions representing 34 countries

A new phenomenon amongst the exchange students is the double degree student. These students obtain two degrees, one from the home university and one from BI and stay at BI for a period of one academic year. BI currently has double degree agreements with six institutions in Europe and one in China. This Fall, BI will welcome a total of 25 double degree students.

Beneficial cooperation agreements in China

The big number of Chinese applicants doesn’t suprise president Tom Colbjørnsen:
”We’ve entered into a strategic alliance and cooperation agreements with Fudan University in Shanghai and most recently with Renmin University in Beijing, to make studying at BI in Norway more attractive to Chinese students. The increase in the number of international students is a consequence of  BI’s  international focus. Internationalization is increasingly important to BI in our effort to secure qualified candidates for both business life and society at large,”

In 2008, BI Norwegian School of Management received an award from EDUNIVERSAL as one of Europe’s 35 most influential international business schools. BI received top marks alongside schools such as London Business School, INSEAD and HEC School of Management.

Focus area




Number of international partners

148 (in 40 countries)

160 (in 45 countries)

12 / 8.1 %

International degree seeking students



145 / 18 %

Number of outgoing exchange students



52 / 17.3 %

Number of incoming exchange students



30 / 8.6 %



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