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.

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

As a general rule, incoming Erasmus+ students to the University of Oslo do not need to document English language proficiency with 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 if you have questions 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:

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

Letters of admission will be available online in early May for the autumn semester and in late October for the spring semester.

Erasmus+ traineeships

UiO does not offer many opportunities for traineeships/internships for incoming Erasmus+ students, and applications from partner universities with existing Erasmus+ agreements are prioritized. Enquiries about traineeships should be made directly to the relevant partner department at UiO, and preferably by the student's home university.

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 / 15 October.

Courses in English

Erasmus+ students may choose from a wide range of 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.

Course registration and Learning Agreement

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. We advice students to apply as early as possible to be guaranteed housing in one of the student residences. See website about student housing for details.

Erasmus+ students should arrive in Oslo the week before the start of the lectures 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.

Contact information

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 registration and documents for exchange students.

For general information about the Erasmus+ programme, see information on the European Commission's website Erasmus+ Student mobility

Published Mar. 20, 2015 4:04 PM - Last modified Oct. 14, 2020 2:01 PM