Norway mass killer wants to go back to school

Breivik's college ambitions test Norway's resolve to treat mass killer same as other prisoners

STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Convicted mass killer Anders Behring Breivik has applied for admission to the University of Oslo, testing the limits of Norway's commitment to rehabilitate criminals rather than punish them.

The right-wing extremist, who killed 77 people in bomb and gun attacks two years ago, wants to study political science, and prison and university officials say he could conduct self-studies in his cell if admitted to the school.

University rector Ole Petter Ottersen told The Associated Press on Thursday that inmates are judged by the same criteria as other applicants. If admitted they are provided learning materials for studying on their own.

Others, including Education Minister Kristin Halvorsen, have said Breivik is a special case who shouldn't enjoy the same rights as other prisoners.

The admissions process will be completed this month.