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Talk to an international student in Ålesund

The International Students’ Union of Norway is committed to the social, academic and political
interests of all international students studying in Norway. The International Students’ Union was
formed in the late 1970s when a small group of dedicated student activists put their efforts in
protecting the welfare and academic situation of international students in Norway.

Eventually, in 1981, this became a unified effort and the ISA (International Students
Association) was born. The organization grew – establishing member branches at all the
universities in Norway. During its history, the organization has come to be known under different
names; first it changed to FSA (Foreign Students Association), then to FSU (Foreign Students
Union), and finally to the current name, ISU (International Students’ Union).

Currently, ISU has local member organizations at 28 different institutions of higher education in
Norway, with the national office in Oslo. Each member organization has a president, who is
responsible for the operation of the branch. The branches are to a large extent autonomous and
must be approved into the organization by at least two thirds of the National Assembly’s vote.

ISU at Ålesund create social events for the International and Norwegian students and try to make
students life more interesting. Further more , it helps International Students when they arrive in
Norway for the first time by sharing important information with respect to study , jobs and other