Admission for Erasmus+ students
Students from universities which have an Erasmus+ agreement with University of Oslo (UiO) may spend one or two semesters at UiO as part of their studies.
How to apply
Please contact your university's Erasmus coordinator or international office to find out if you are eligible for exchange to the University of Oslo. You must apply through your home university and the procedures and deadlines will vary according to each institution.
- UiO's partner institutions must nominate students in the University of Oslo online nomination system.
- Nominated students will then be invited to complete their application for exchange in the online application service for students (Søknadsweb).
Erasmus+ students must fill out the Erasmus+ Learning Agreement for studies:
Students who have not uploaded the LA with their online application must remember to hand it in to their faculty/department when the semester starts.
English proficiency requirements
Incoming Erasmus students to the University of Oslo do not need to document English language proficiency tests such as IELTS or TOEFL (with a few exceptions). We do however strongly recommend that students have a good command of English – a minimum of level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – in order to follow courses taught in English.
The University of Oslo expects that all nominated Erasmus students have been evaluated according to the CEFR framework at their home institution. Please contact the Erasmus coordinator at your home institution for specific information about requirements on the agreement in question.
Erasmus Free movers
The University of Oslo does not admit Erasmus Free Movers.
Students on PhD level
Please note that exchange students on the PhD level will not be given student status at the University of Oslo, but are treated as guest researchers. These students will not receive the regular admission letter but must contact their host department for academic and practical follow up.
The application must be completed in the University of Oslo online application service "Søknadsweb" before:
- 1 May for the autumn semester (August - December)
- 1 November for the spring semester (January - June)
Letters of admission will be available online in May for the autumn semester and in November for the spring semester.
UiO does not offer many opportunities for traineeships/internships for incoming Erasmus students, and only applications from partner universities and between departments with existing Erasmus agreements, are considered. Enquiries about traineeships should be made by the student's home university to the relevant partner department at UiO.
The international office or Erasmus coordinator at your home university must contact their partner department at UiO well in advance of the planned exchange. If the department agrees to host you, an individual work plan (Learning Agreement for traineeship) must be made for each stay:
Erasmus+ traineeship students who are not nominated online must send the signed Learning Agreeement and the transcript of records to their host department, preferably before the deadline for applications: 1 May/1 November.
As a traineeship student you will have access to student housing for international students if you apply within the deadlines, but please note that the rent must be paid from the start of the semester even if you plan to arrive at a later date.
Students who contact professors or academic staff directly about placements without involving administrative staff risk having their applications rejected.
Courses in English
Erasmus students may choose from more than 800 courses offered in English.
The course descriptions give detailed information about each course, course content, when it's taught etc. The list is updated for the coming semester in late November/mid-May.
Erasmus students who wish to follow courses that are not included in the agreement they apply through, must ensure that their home institution will recognize such courses as part of their degree. The students must also contact the department/faculty they are applying to, to ensure that they are permitted to follow courses at other departments/faculties. If permission is granted, that department/faculty will facilitate contact between the student and the other department/faculty.
For questions concerning courses offered in other foreign languages than English, please contact the local international coordinator at your home university.
Norwegian language courses
Erasmus 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 in the summer through the International Summer School (ISS) at the University of Oslo. For further information, see The International Summer School (ISS)
- Free online, four-week, introductory foreign language course: Introduction to Norwegian
Student housing, arrival and orientation
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.
Most questions regarding practical issues are answered on our web pages for new international students.
For questions regarding courses and other academic matters, please contact the department or faculty with which your institution has an agreement, see contact information under questions about studies.
For general information about the Erasmus+ programme, see information on the European Commission's website Erasmus+ Student mobility