UiO aims to increase the level of activity in the major EU programmes for research, innovation, and education. Norway participates fully both in the mobility programme Erasmus+ and EU’s framework programme for research and innovation, Horizon 2020.

The Horizon 2020 project MARmaED explores marine ecosystems under rapid environmental change, with focus on socio-economic consequenses. MARmaED is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Action Innovatiove Training Network coordinated by UiO, and will offer trans-disciplinary training to PhD candidates.

Student and staff mobility

UiO's educational activities in Europe are principally organised through all Key Actions of Erasmus+, the world's largest mobility programme within higher education.

Exchange agreements are administered on a local level at faculties and departments, and should be based on existing academic cooperation and the mutual interest of the two institutions.

Erasmus+ students

Nearly half of our outbound exchange students go to one of our partner institutions in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme. The three most popular destinations in Europe for UiO exchange students are Germany, the United Kingdom and France. Excluding our Scandinavian neighbours, this list corresponds to our top three European countries of UiO co-authorship.

The largest groups of incoming Erasmus+ students to UiO come from partner institutions in Germany, France and Spain.

An increasing number of UiO students also receive Erasmus+ funding for traineeships abroad, providing relevant work experience in an international environment.

Erasmus+ staff

Erasmus+ staff mobility grants enable both non-academic and academic staff, including PhD candidates, to travel to other European countries for training or teaching.

Erasmus+ beyond Europe

Our Erasmus+ engagement stretches beyond the borders of Europe as well: With the introduction of the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobilty in 2015, projects based on longstanding academic cooperation with non-European countries are now included in our Erasmus+ portfolio.

Enabling student mobility through digitisation

UiO is one of 11 consortium partners in an extensive Erasmus+ funded project called Erasmus Without Paper, whose aim is to develop and improve systems enabling electronic exchange of student data related to student exchange. UiO FSAT (National Centre for Student Administration and IT-Development) is in charge of the work concerning data modelling and standardisation. In addition, FSAT will implement the Norwegian part of the project, contributing to strengthening the digital integration of European universities.

FSAT is also involved in the ambitious Erasmus+ funded EMREX project, aiming to find the solution for electronic transfer of student records between higher education institutions in Europe. In the first phase the transfer will be set up between Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and Italy. FSAT leads the development and standardisation activities in this project.

Erasmus Mundus joint degrees

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree on Education Policies for Global Development, GLOBED, is offered by UiO in cooperation with three European universities. By bringing together research centres from all around Europe, and from different backgrounds and networks, GLOBED promotes an interdisciplinary approach to the field of education and development, and provides expertise from all regions of the world.

Read more about our joint, double and multiple degree offerings here.

Horizon 2020

UiO has participated in the EU Framework Programmes since 1991, and has been extensively involved in several hundred EU-funded projects.

Both the involvement and income have increased steadily throughout the period. UiO's participation has been most significant within the thematically free areas; especially those within the European Research Council (ERC), and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA).

ERC funds groundbreaking, innovative projects led by excellent researchers. UiO hosts around half of all ERC grants in Norway, and the projects are within a broad range of scientific disciplines. 

UiO wants to contribute to innovative, interdisciplinary research and to resolving the global challenges of today, and has ambitions of increased involvement with projects within the thematic areas of Horizon 2020.

EEA Grants and Norway Grants

Researchers and students at UiO participate in bilateral research and study cooperation through EEA Grants and Norway Grants. Since 2012 the UiO has been a partner in more than 150 projects coordinated by beneficiary country institutions. The largest area in terms of funding are bilateral research projects, while the scholarship programmes providing grants for exchanges and educational cooperation between the UiO and its partners have the biggest number of projects. The UiO has also participated in other programme areas such as public health, environmental, gender equality, and cultural heritage.

There will be opportunities for bilateral cooperation with funding from the EEA/Norway Grants in a renewed funding period, which will fund projects until 2024. More information will be published when available.

PhD network on EU's post-crisis legitimacy

UiO's Centre for European Studies, ARENA, coordinates a Marie Sklodowska-Curie European Training Network of 20 partners in nine European countries. The project PLATO (Post-Crisis Legitimacy of the European Union) forms an integrated research training network of PhD candidates.

Did you know that...

  • Norway participates in Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ under the same conditions as EU member countries?
  • UiO has more than 500 student exchange agreements with European institutions?
  • UiO has its own Centre for European studies, ARENA?

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