How to apply in the UiO online application service

The University of Oslo (UiO) uses an online nomination and application system for exchange students coming to UiO (Søknadsweb).

Students who have been nominated by their home institution will receive an email with password and instructions on how to complete their application.

The deadline is 1 May for studies starting in August and 1 November for studies starting in January. The nomination and application for Spring 2020 will open in the middle of September.

How to log in

Use the link in the email sent to you to go to the online application service:

  • Log in with your registered email-address and password (sent in separate email).
  • If you did not receive the email with the password you may order a new password on the login page.

Step 1 : My profile (contact information)

Enter your correct postal address in your home country. Please make sure to enter your complete home address (and not address of your university):

  • Register your street address and number correctly in the field "Address Line 1".
  • Enter both postal code/zip code AND name of city in the field "Postal Code - City". Please also enter state/province.
  • Choose country from the menu.
  • Register mobile phone number.

Click on "OK - save" to continue. You will then be directed to the application page.

Please note: If it is not the first time you log in, you must go to the "My profile" section from the top menu.

Step 2: My application

To complete the application you must choose/confirm the faculty and the level for your exchange and list the courses you plan to take:

  • Faculty and level: Choose faculty and level (bachelor or master) from the menu towards the bottom of the page. The choices available will depend on the exchange agreement you are nominated on (some students will have only one choice).
  • List of courses: List the courses you wish to take in order of preference in the box at the bottom of the page called "Extra Information".
    Example: 1. ENG0111, 2. ARK2120, 3. NORINT0110 etc. (Click on "Change application" if you do not se the page with the box).
  • If you are a PhD-student, or a traineeship student, please indicate this in the text box (by writing "PhD/Research" or "traineeship").

Please note: If it is not the first time you log in you find the "My application" section in the top menu.

You may apply for courses at other faculties than the one you will be admitted to, and you may list more than three courses (or 30 ECTS). See the list of courses offered in English to find course codes etc.

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 enrolment can only be confirmed after your arrival and is dependent upon the timetabling of the courses and the number of places available in each course.

You will be able to register for more/other courses when the course registration opens in the beginning of December/June. See registrations for exchange students

Step 3: Upload documents

The first time you go through the application sequence, you come to the page called "Uploading documents" after choosing faculty/level and indicating course wishes as described above.

You upload documents by clicking on the grey button on the middle of the page (called "+ Choose New document", under the headline "Submission deadline").

Transcripts should be uploaded as "Transcript of Records or Diploma" (under Choose Document Type). You must also indicate relevant name of institution and date (where and when the document you are uploading is from). Documents may also be uploaded as "Other" (without indicating name of institution and start date).

Please note: If it is not the first time you log in, you must go to the "My documents" section in the top menu (the 'step by step' process is only active the first time you log in).

Problems with uploading? See our guidelines for uploading documents

Required documents for Erasmus+ and Nordplus/Nordlys students:

  • Transcript(s) of records in English (official document showing previous courses at university level).

Learning agreement / traineeship agreement for Erasmus+

Erasmus+ students may upload the Learning Agreement for studies with their online application or hand it in to their faculty/department when the semester starts. Please note: It is the faculty you are admitted to which signs the agreement.

Your faculty/department will sign the Learning agreement and return it to you when you have completed your course registration and have been admitted to courses at UiO. See registrations for exchange students

Students coming on a traineeship must upload their traineeship agreement. Please read about Erasmus+ traineeships on our website about Erasmus+

Required documents for Bilateral students (not Erasmus, Nordplus/Nordlys and EEA students):

  • Transcript(s) of records (official document showing previous courses at university level).
  • Translations of the transcripts in English or a Scandinavian language (if applicable).
  • Copy of English test (does not apply for native speakers), see English proficiency requirements for exchange students.
  • Statement of purpose/letter of intent (a few lines or maximum one page about yourself, your academic interests and why you wish to study at UiO).
  • Copy of the identification page of the Passport.


Applications should be completed online well before:

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

UiO's partner institutions must nominate students and upload their supporting documents in the University of Oslo online nomination system, preferably before 15 April and 15 October.

Submit the application

Please note that there is no button called "submit", and that you may log in again to change the application before the deadline.

Your application will have the status "Under consideration" until we have finalized the processing of all the applications (about one week after the deadline 1 May / 1 November).

Admission letter

Admission letters will be available for applicants who have complete applications about one week after the deadline (early May/November). The admission letter is electronically approved and valid without a signature, and must be downloaded from Søknadsweb. We do not send letters on paper.

PhD candidates

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.

Contact us

If you have problems with Søknadsweb or other questions about the application process, you may contact the Student Exchange Office at

Published Sep. 13, 2013 11:02 AM - Last modified Aug. 28, 2019 3:40 PM