As a student at NTNU, you have good opportunities to complete parts of your studies abroad. On this page, you will find a step-by-step guide to going on exchange.
1. Choose a country and institution
You should start planning your exchange semester as early as possible, preferably one year before you want to go. You need to have completed at least 60 ETCS credits at NTNU before going, and the subjects and/or practices you will take abroad must fit into your study plan at NTNU.
- Check the student report database to read about other students’ experiences with going on exchange.
- See NTNU’s guidance framework for exchange.
- Seek information about disabilities accommodation while on exchange if you have need of it.
- Check the options for financing your exchange. NTNU has multiple favorable stipend schemes for exchange.
2. How to apply
- Step 1: Find subjects at the foreign place of study, and apply for pre-approval of subjects.
- Step 2: File an application for exhance in Søknadsweb by:
- 1 February (Departure in the autumn semester, or for a whole year)
- 15 September (Departure in the spring semester)
- NB: Some countries and institutions in Asia and North America have earlier deadlines.
- Step 3: Apply to the foreign institution.
3. Before departure
- Stay tuned via email. All information about your application and exchange stay will be sent to your NTNU e-mail address.
- Do language preparations. Get aquanited with the local language, and check whether you will need to take a language test.
- Have you been admitted? The admission letter from the foreign institution must be uploaded in Søknadsweb. Afterwards, you will receive an offer for an exchange spot and any applicable stipends from NTNU.
- Apply to Lånekassen. When you have accepted the offer for an exchange spot from NTNU, we will let the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) know that you are going on exchange. Wait to apply for support from Lånekassen until you have gotten a confirmation from the Office of International Relations.
- Check the rules for visa, vaccinations and insurance. Familiarize yourself with what rules apply for the country you are travelling to.
- Find housing for your stay. Your host institution abroad will commonly be able to advise you on how to find housing.
- Pay the semester fee and register for the semester as usual. You still need to be registered as a student at NTNU for the period you’ll be on exchange, but remember to withdraw from any exams you won’t be taking at NTNU while you’re abroad
4. During your stay
5. After your stay
- 1 February (departure in the Autumn semester, or for a whole year)
- 15 September (departure in the spring semester).
- Some countries and institutions in Asia and North America have earlier deadlines.
Expected case processing time for exchange applications is 4-8 weeks.
Personal Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and exchange
As part of processing your application, NTNU will have to share personal information about you with the institution abroad you intend to exchange to. Different institutions have different information requirements – what information is shared may therefore vary.
Cf. GDPR, NTNU works at any given time to ensure that our handling of personal information is as limited and secure as practically possible.