Exchange through bilateral agreements

Students at University of Oslo’s international partner institutions may apply to become bilateral exchange students (bachelor or master level) for one or two semesters.

How to apply as a bilateral student

All students have to be nominated by their university.

To find out if you may be nominated as a bilateral student to the University of Oslo (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.


Applications should be completed online well before:

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

Letters of Admission will be available online for students with complete applications in the middle of May for the autumn semester and in late October for the spring semester.

Courses in English

Bilateral students at the University of Oslo may choose from a wide range of courses offered in English.

Exchange students at UiO may take courses across faculties and levels, according to their background. The course descriptions give detailed information about each course; course content, when it's taught, the syllabus, examination form, exam dates, etc. The list is fully updated with details for the coming semester in late November/mid-May.

Questions regarding courses must be directed to the relevant faculty or department. 

See our website  about registration for exchange students for further information and contact points.

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 in the summer offered 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: Free online course: Introduction to Norwegian (MOOC)

Residence permit

  • Applying for a student residence permit in Norway may take up to two months, so please start this process early.
  • If you are not an EU/EEA citizen you should apply for a student residence permit immediately after you have received your admission letter. Remember that you may also have to apply for a visa to enter Norway.

For further information about visa and student residence permit procedures, please see website about residence permit

Student housing, arrival and orientation

Student housing must be booked before 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 November for the spring semester. We advise students to apply as early as possible to be prioritized for housing in one of the SiO student residences.

Exchange students should arrive in Oslo the week before the start of the semester to ensure that they will be present for the orientation for new students. Please also see the academic calendar.

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

Published Mar. 20, 2015 3:25 PM - Last modified Jan. 3, 2022 1:45 PM