Address when residing at Evenstad: Your name, Campus Evenstad, Anne Evenstadsvei 80, NO-2480 Koppang, NORWAY. Postal mail can be picked up in the post boxes in the main building. You can post your letters at the reception desk in the main building.
Books and readings: Most of the courses are based on copied material, and text books are available in the library. Do not expect high costs for text books. For the Norwegian language course you will have to buy an exercise book.
Children: If you bring along your family, we will try to find appropriate housing for you. Please contact us in good time in advance. Closest kindergarten and school for children from 0-12 years of age is at Opphus, 12 km south of Evenstad. Secondary school (13-16) and high school (>16 years) at Koppang. There are school buses. For more information, contact the municipality (www.stor-elvdal.kommune.no).
Climate: Evenstad is situated in the inland of Norway. We have a continental climate with many sunny days, dry summers with high midday temperatures, but coolish during the nights, and dry and cold winters. We have snow from November to April, so be prepared for a long winter! It can be freezing cold, with temperatures all the way down to -30 C! Normal temperatures are around -5 to -15 C during winter. In June, you may like to go for a swim in the small lakes in the forest. Those can have temperatures above 20 C! Weather forecast for Evenstad: www.yr.no. During the summer months, nights will not get dark, but be prepared for very short days in November-January!
Clothes: Please bring warm clothes! Normal temperatures are around -5 to -15 C in the winter months. In June-August, you may like to go for a swim in the Glomma river, so bring your swim suit. There will be at least one big party per semester where students will come very well dressed, so if you like, bring a nice dress along as well. But you definitely need mittens, warm cap, woollen or thermo underwear, woollen socks, warm boots, warm sweater, maybe ski trousers. You may also buy clothes in Koppang, the closest village. Though prices are high in Norway! Consider bringing hiking boots as well for the last weeks. It is nice to hike in the close surroundings. There are small cabins where you can sleep over. So if you like hiking, bring along your sleeping bag as well. And maybe a tent for the individualists?
Custom: Remember that Norway is not in the EU. If you buy things through internet in another country, you will have to pay import duty and tax for goods worth more than NOK 200. Don’t let your friends send you any alcohol because it is going to be stopped in the custom. More about import on http://www.toll.no/.
Driving license: We advise you to bring your driving license. Most driving licenses are allowed in Norway. If you stay for more than one year however, non-EU driving licences expire. You can change it to a Norwegian driving licence for free if you change it within your first year of residence, see http://www.vegvesen.no/.
E-mail address: You will receive a student e-mail address upon registration. All official information will be sent to this address. If you still want to use your private mail address, make sure that you forward the student mails to this address. You can log on to your student mail through http://www.hihm.no/ -> link Student, or through Fronter.
Food: You can prepare your own food in the kitchen belonging to you apartment. This is cheapest! But we also have a very good canteen that is serving warm and cold dishes for reasonable prices. Open from 08:30-15:30 and every 3rd Sunday afternoon. To buy food, there is a shop on the other side of Glomma river, about 10 minutes walk in the summer. In winter you can walk over the ice on Glomma river, and so it is just 5 minutes to get to the shop.
Fronter: This is the name of our web-based e-learning system. As soon as you are registered and have paid your semester fee (applies for degree students only), you will be able to log in with your student number and a password. This platform will give you access to all the courses and teaching material.
Health: There is a municipal health centre at Koppang with medical doctors, nurses and a dentist. Call in advance to make an appointment (+47 62463400). In case of emergencies, call the ambulance at phone number 113.
Housing: Check the accommodation link for more information and application.
Hunting and fishing: You are welcome to hunt if you have a hunting licence. Small game is open for foreign hunters. For big game hunting, you have to hire a Norwegian guide. Find out more on www.visitnorway.com/en. Fishing does not need a special licence, but you have to buy local fishing cards. Those are usually available at shops and fuel stations. Ice-fishing is free.
Internet: There is free wireless internet (Eduroam) all over the campus.
IT services: Any problems connected to the PCs in the datalab are processed by the IT support. Call +47 62430499 or send a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to access all IT services, you have to register yourself here (hihm.no, Student, IT for students, Activation of IT account). We will help you with this registration on your first days after arrival.
Money: We have Norwegian kroners (NOK) in Norway. You cannot pay in Euros. So bring some change, or change money in the airport after arrival. All shops and transport accept credit cards. The closest bank is in Koppang (20 km north of Evenstad). If you want to take out money on your bank card, you will always have to pay some fee, so cheapest is to bring quite some cash in the start. For paying bills, we recommend you to use internet banking. Don’t consider to open a bank account in Norway because it will take several months to get this done.
Pets: We allow students to bring along pets in their dormitories, and students can rent dog kennels. Many of our students have dogs, so cats will have a hard time. It is however not easy to import pets to Norway. Dogs and cats from all EU countries except Sweden must have pet passports, ID marking, valid rabies vaccination, and valid blood-test documentation. Dogs and cats must also be given approved tapeworm treatment during the week before and the week after importation. If you are allergic to pets, please let us know in the online registration form for student housing.
Phone: Bring along your cell phone. You may consider buying a Norwegian pre-paid SIM-card for cheaper communication within the country. You can buy those SIM-cards in Koppang or Rena or any other place.
Print-outs: You can print from the PCs in the datalab or from your private labtop. There is a printer/scanner/copy machine available for students in the datalab.
Residence permit: All non-Nordic students staying in Norway for more than 3 months will have to apply for residence permit. European students can apply for free after they have arrived at Evenstad. You need to bring with you the following documents: 1 passport picture (not digital), your passport or id-card, a copy of your health insurance, a copy of your Erasmus scholarship (or a document showing who is paying for your stay in Norway). Non-Europeans have to apply through the closest Norwegian embassy in good time in advance before travelling. If you plan to come in August, you will have to apply within end of May. Find more information and forms on http://www.udi.no/.
Rules and regulations: Browse through the English websites of http://www.hihm.no/ to get familiar with rules and regulations regarding your studies, exams, and rights.
Sauna and hot tub: Enjoy an evening with your friends in the sauna! Free to use.
Semester and copy fee: Degree students have to pay a fee of NOK 635 per semester to cover print-outs and contribute to the student welfare organization. You will receive a bill, and the money has to be transferred to a Norwegian bank account. You cannot pay in cash. First after having paid this bill, you will get access to the IT-system and the study platform Fronter.
Skis: We have some pairs of cross-country skis that you can borrow for free from the library. But we won’t have enough skis for everybody. If you have the possibility to bring your own-ones, please do so. There is a tiny ski resort for downhill skiing 40 km south of Evenstad (http://www.digerasen.no/), and there is Norway’s largest ski resort at Trysil, about 100 km from Evenstad (http://www.trysil.com/). You can rent skis and snow boards at those resorts. But more common and free of costs is cross-country skiing.
Sports: There is an outdoor football field for the summer months. We also have a small gym hall on campus and a training room, all free to use! There are sports organisations and larger sports halls at Koppang and Rena.
Stor-Elvdalmunicipality: Evenstad is situated in Stor-Elvdal municipality. You find out more about this municipality on www.stor-elvdal.kommune.no. Use the English flag to the right. Koppang is the municipality centre with food stores, a sport shop that gives 10% discount for Evenstad students, a phone shop, a book store, a sports centre. Åmot municipality is the closest municipality to the south, with Rena as centre (http://www.amot.kommune.no/). Rena is even bigger than Koppang. There is also a swimming hall.
Student ID card: On the first days, we will take a picture and order your ID-card. The student ID card is at the same time the key card for all campus buildings. With the ID card, you will get student discount when travelling with bus and train in Norway If you loose your ID-card, a new card will be issued for NOK 250 unless it had been stolen and you can provide a copy of the police report.
Student life: There will be a group of students who will take care of you, and they will organize some activities. Usually there is a party every Tuesday night in the Biotope (the student pub on Campus). Evenstad is not connected to any village or city, so there is no cinema or restaurant close by. Bring along books to read, or use our library to burrow books or dvd’s. You may also participate in student parties and concerts at Campus Rena (40 km south of Evenstad). At Koppang (20 km north of Evenstad) and Rena, there are several local clubs and organisations that are happy to welcome new members (sports, music).
StudentWeb: StudentWeb is an internet-based gateway where you can administer your own personal information. Among other things, you can change your address and phone number here, change your password, approve your education plan, register for exams and receive your grades after sitting an examination. Find the log-in on http://www.hihm.no/ -> link Student.
Study counselling: Each study program has appointed a study counsellor who will help you with any questions related to the program. Ask at the reception desk!
Study loans and grants: Hedmark University College does not give any grants or loans to students. Find the rules of the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund on http://www.lanekassen.no/. Most foreigners need to have studied for at least 3 years fulltime in Norway before they qualify for a loan. Find out if your home country can provide a grant.
Time plan: Time schedules for programs to come are published on the web site of the study program (link Studies). Time schedules of running programs are published on our student platform (Fronter, access via the Norwegian homepage http://www.hihm.no/ -> link Student, access only for registered students).
Transport at Evenstad and surroundings: Evenstad is not connected to any town or village, and the closest village is 20 km apart. There is however a shop in 10 minutes walking distance. You may burrow one of the student bikes that are free to use for everybody. There are a few local buses each day to Rena and Koppang. If you can afford it, we recommend you to bring your own car because it makes you more mobile, and you can use it to explore the mountains and Nationalparks during week-ends. You will probably also find some Norwegian students who may bring you along to Koppang, the closest village, for shopping.
Transport to and from Evenstad: Check the link ‘Whereabouts’ -> Transportation.