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Exchange through bilateral agreements

Students currently studying at one of the University of Oslo’s international partner institutions may apply to become bilateral exchange students for one or two semesters.

How to apply

To find out if you may apply to become a bilateral student at UiO, you must contact the international office at your home institution. You have to apply through your home university. Local procedures and deadlines will vary according to each institution.

Specifications about English language requirements at the University of Oslo are available on our web page about English proficiency requirements.

UiO's partner institutions must nominate students and upload their supporting documents in the University of Oslo online nomination system.

Nominated students will then be invited to complete their application for exchange to UiO in the online application service for students, "Søknadsweb". Nominated students will receive an email with instructions on how to apply. Please also see How to apply in the UiO online application service "Søknadsweb"


Applications should be completed online well before:

  • 1 May for the autumn semester (August - December)
  • 1 November for the spring semester (January - June)

To ensure that admitted students have enough time to prepare for their exchange, we recommend that the applications are completed 2-4 weeks before these deadlines. Late applications will not be considered.

Courses in English

Bilateral students may choose from more than 800 courses offered in English. In the application you must make a list of the courses you are interested in taking during your first semester at UiO.

The course descriptions give detailed information about each course, course content, when it's taught, the syllabus, examination form, etc. The list is updated for the coming semester in late November/mid-May. Please note that questions regarding courses must be directed to the relevant department or faculty. Contact information can be found at the bottom of the relevant course description.

The University of Oslo will make effort to enrol you into the selected courses. However, the availability of all courses that you request at the time of admission can not be guaranteed. The enrollment can only be confirmed after your arrival and is dependant upon the timetabling of the courses and the number of places available in each course.

The University of Oslo uses the ECTS credit system where a full semester work load should give 30 credits. For further information see academic system.

For questions concerning courses offered in other foreign languages than English, please contact the local international coordinator at your home university.

Norwegian language courses

Bilateral students at the University of Oslo may apply for Norwegian Language Courses on foundation and advanced level:

Norwegian Language Courses at the Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies. The credit value of these courses may be incorporated into a degree, if the courses are recognized by your home institution.

• Intensive Norwegian Language Courses offered through the International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo. The courses have a fee and are accredited with 15-20 ECTS credits. For further information about academics and admission, see The International Summer School (ISS)

Residence permit

Applying for a student residence permit in Norway may take up to two months. It is therefore important that you start this process early. Students who are not EU/EEA citizens must apply for a student residence permit immediately after they have received their letter of acceptance from the University of Oslo. They may also need to apply for a visa to enter Norway. As a rule, students who enter Norway without the necessary permits will not be allowed to remain in Norway.

If you for some reason are unable to start this process more than two months prior to your arrival, please note that bilateral exchange students to the University of Oslo may apply for a student residence permit within 7 days after arrival in Norway. However, you may still need to apply for a visa before you arrive, depending on your citizenship. For further information about visa and student residence permit procedures, please see residence permit

After admission

Letters of Admission will be available online in Søknadsweb from the middle of May for the Autumn semester and from the middle of November for the Spring semester.

Student housing must be booked before 1 June for the Autumn semester and 1 November for the Spring semester. Exchange students who follow the directions are guaranteed housing in one of the student residences. See student housing

Erasmus students should arrive in Oslo the week before the start of a semester to ensure that they will be present for the Orientation Week for new students. Please also see the Academic Calendar.

Most questions regarding practical issues are answered on our web pages for new international students.

Contact information

For questions regarding courses and other academic matters, please contact the department or faculty with which your institution has an agreement, see list of units at the university of Oslo.

Published Dec 20, 2012 10:27 AM - Last modified Jun 30, 2014 09:24 AM