Academic system



Academic system

Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the Bachelor, Master and Ph.D. structure has been successfully implemented, together with the ECTS credits system.


Lectures are the most common way of teaching at BI. Students will experience varying degrees of interaction between the Professor/lecturer (who is commonly addressed by his/her first name) and the students during the lectures. Classes normally meet once or twice a week, in 2 (or 3) x 45 minutes long lecturers. Classes vary in size. Students are expected to participate actively in class and provide their own points of view.

Group assignments are common. Some Bachelor-level courses have coursework requirements that must be passed in order to take the final exam. Master-level courses often have continuous assessment with mandatory assignments throughout the semester.

Assessment methods include:

• term papers (individual or in groups)
• final written examinations
• multiple choice tests
• oral examinations
• continuous assessment
• class participation
• presentations in class (individual or in groups)
• assignments to be handed in during the semester  


BI is at the forefront in digitalization of higher education. Faculty is encouraged to implement the use of modern information technology and innovative methods in their teaching. Interactive classrooms on the online learning platform It's learning supplement the lectures and seminars. The current project DIGIEX aims to digitalize exams.

Research-based teaching

As a research-based institution, teaching at BI focuses on developing the students' critical mindset.

Last Modified: 18/10/2016 13:51