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Before reading any further, please make yourself acquainted with the information on NTNUs official pages for exchange students "Utenlandsstudier for studenter" on Innsida.


This page contains additional information that you will need when getting ready to study abroad such as: 

  • who to contact 
  • what your application forms should look like 
  • how to proceed with your pre-approval and post-approval 
  • the requirements you must meet 
  • links to other sites containing information. 

In order not to delay the processing of applications, we require that you have read, understood, and act according to what is described here. 

Make sure that your application form is filled in according to the description and example given in the section “Pre-approval and Post-approval”.  


Table of contens 

1) Requirements and recommendations 

2) Pre-approval and Post-approval

2.1) Study program specific application processes requirements

2.2) Applying to second choice schools

2.3) Filling in the pre-approval form

2.4) During your stay abroad

2.5) Post-approval after returning

3) Application deadlines 

4) Do you have questions?  

5) Useful links 


1) Requirements and recommendations

All students who want to study abroad must fulfill these requirements: 

  • You must apply for courses, make sure they are being taught when you are visiting and have the courses approved by us. More information about this approval can be found under your study program’s requirement and under “Applications”. 
  • The courses must amount to at least 30 credits in average for each semester. For more information about converting credits see the GNAG database

Requirements for Computer science (MTDT and MIDT) – master (5 years)

  • 2nd and 3rd year students: 
    • Find courses that correspond to your obligatory courses (O) 
    • Add enough courses so that you have at least 30 credits per semester 
  • 4th year students 
    • Find two courses that correspond to the 2 obligatory courses that are part of your specialization. 
    • EiT and Customer Driven Project (TDT4290) will be approved if all your courses together correspond to at least 20 credits of group projects and group work. Out of these, 50% must be group projects and 2/3 must be computer oriented. 
    • Courses outside your specialization 
      • The complimentary course (K-emne) should be replaced with courses that are similar to the courses on the complimentary courses list. 
      • Instead of “Ingeniøremne annet studieprogram” you can choose any other engineering course except one about IT. 
    • Add other computer engineer courses until you have at least 30 credits for each semester. 

Requirements for Informatics (MSIT) – master (2 years)

  • 2nd semester 
    • Find 2 courses that are equivalent to the 2 obligatory courses in your specialization 
    • Add other computer engineer courses that cover the same subjects as IT3010 and Experts in Teamwork (EiT) 
  • NB! IT3010 is a course that focuses om methods that is used in informatics research. The course you are choosing to replace it with must therefore contain something research related. Group work does not qualify as research related. 
  • Note that there is a limit for how many undergraduate courses you can have in your degree. The Student Assistants and academic supervisors will help you make sure you meet this requirement. Read more about the specific limit for your apecialization at Innsida: Emnevalg for master i informatikk.

Requirements for engineering in Computer Science (BIDATA), Digital Business Development (ITBAITBEDR), Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security (BDIGSEC), Information Technology (ITBAINFO) and Digital Collaboration (ITMAIKTSA)

  • For these study programs it is recommended that you go abroad during the 5th semester. The 5th semester has been adapted to make studying abroad easier. 
  • You must find courses that correspond to the obligatory courses you have the semester you are studying abroad 
  • Elective courses are more flexible. 
  • NB! No courses can overlap with courses you have already done or are going to do when you come back. 




2) Pre-approval and Post-approval 

When you study abroad you must go through a formal application process in order for your courses to be approved as part of your degree. This process consists of: 

  1. Applying for pre-approval 
  2. Going abroad to study
  3. Applying for post-approval

For more information about pre-approval see:

2.1) Study program specific application processes requirements: 

Engineering in Computer Science (BIDATA), Digital Business development (ITBAITBEDR), Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security (BDIGSEC), Information Technology (ITBAINFO), Digital Collaboration (ITMAIKTSA)

Computer Science (MTDT) and Informatics (MSIT):

Be aware that NTNU’s standard application form does not ask for all the information that we at IDI need for a smooth application process. Please make sure that the form includes: 

  • your specialization/profile. You must write this after specifying your study program, either on the same line or after your email address. 
  • an explicit mapping between your expected NTNU courses and the courses you plan to take abroad. One NTNU course may map to (parts of) several courses at your exchange university, but we need to see how your set of courses abroad map to the courses you would have taken at NTNU: 
    • In the pre-approval form, add the corresponding NTNU course after the exchange course (section 3) - see example below.  
    • In the post-approval form, use the Comments field (Ev. kommentarer) for the corresponding NTNU course - see example below 


2.2) Applying to second choice schools 

You can apply to a second-choice school in Søknadsweb, but the application for pre-appoval of your second choice cannot be sent in at the same time as your first choice. 

Your first choice must be rejected before you can apply for pre-approval of another school abroad. Please ask the faculty advisors if you have questions about this. 


2.3) Filling in the pre-approval form 

Apply for pre-approval before you go to study abroad. This will make sure that the courses you take at your exchange university will be approved as part of your degree.  

To get an overview of which NTNU courses you need to replace, see your study plan:

Pre-approval step-by-step:

1. Decide on a university and make sure it has the courses you need. You can find information about this on Innsida: Studiested i utlandet.

2. Make sure this university offers courses which can map properly to the courses in your study plan. Check the requirements sections on this page for more details. 

A. Go to confluence wiki and log in using your student username and password. This wiki is a database of already approved mappings of NTNU courses to exchange courses.

B. Go to the menu to the left. Click om the right continent, then country, then university. Now you will find a table and comments of previously approved courses. Choose the one you want and repeat this for all relevant courses.

  • Is the course you are mapping not there?

1. Create a table like the ones already present and insert the new course. Remember to link the course description on the website of the exchange university.

2. Fill in which NTNU course this exchange course corresponds to and how many credits it is worth at the exchange university (NB! Do not convert them to NTNU credits)

See the GNAG DB for a list of universities with their course credits corresponding to NTNU (ECTS) credits. 

NB! This database may not always be 100% updated. Additionally, some universities make a difference between credit points for bachelor and master courses, in the sense that bachelor courses are 'worth less' than master courses. This may imply that you must select more courses at a bachelor level than at a master level in order to achieve the necessary ECTS/NTNU credit points. 

3. Download the pre-approval form. To download it: 

A. The pre-approval form Søknad om forhåndsgodkjenning is linked to on Innsida: Godkjenning av utenlandsopphold ved IE-fakultetet 

B. Go to the form and fill it in. You can find a link to it in the button below. The information you fill in here should be the same as the information on confluence wiki.

C. Press "send inn skjema". Now you should be able to download it. 

4. If you are a student at Informatics (BIT, MSIT) or Computer science (MTDT, MIDT), you must add some additional information to this form. This may done through editing the downloaded PDF. Most PDF reading software has options for this.

  • Under "Study programme at NTNU", please provide your specialization. Example: "Datateknologi master 5 år, Trondheim spesialisering: databaser og søk"
  • Provide a mapping of the courses in section 3, to the courses from NTNU. Example: "Software Engineering           TDT4242"
  • Explain what kind of course the NTNU courses in section 4 are, and potentially how many credits you are taking at your exhange university. Example: "Avansert programvaredesign      Valgemne"

5. Send the form to

  • If the form is filled in incorrectly, a student advisor will guide you to correctly filling in the form
  • If the form is filled in correctly, it will be sent to an exhange advisor, who will check if your course mapping is OK.
    • If your courses get apporved the scientific advisor will return the signed form to you
    • If your courses are not apporved, you will be contacted by the exchange advisor, and guided to what you must change.

6. When you get your signed pre-approval form, you upload it to Søknadsweb

Here is an example of a filled-in form, in the way IDI expects it: Example of filled-in form 

See example of a finished pre-approval form (pdf) 

See list over previously approved courses 

Go to pre-approval form


2.4) During your stay abroad

During your stay abroad it is not uncommon that you have to take a different course then what you planned. When you contact the Student assistants and academic advisors remember to always inform about your IDI study program and specialization is your contact point when you are aborad as well as when applying for pre-approval and post-approval.


2.5) Post-approval after returning 

Once you have returned home from the foreign educational institution, you must:  

  • received all your transcript from your exchange university 
  • contact IDI again to get a post-approval with a signature.  
    • It is important that you send/bring your pre-approval form at the same time.  
    • Also remember to tell us your specialization/profile.  
    • If you have made changes from your pre-approval form, they should be explained in the Comments field.  
    • Please include documentation of changes that have been approved by advisors during your study abroad. E-mails exchanged between you and your advisor will suffice. 
  • You get a post-approval signature in one of two ways depending on your study program: 

Are you attending the study programs computer science or informatics?

  1. Send your transcripts, your pre-approval form and your post-approval form to, where Student Assistants and an academic advisors will look at them. 
  2. If your courses are approved, your form will be signed and sent back to you together with the rest. Next step is to send the form for pre-approval, the transcripts and the signed form for post-approval to the faculty at Here it will be entered into NTNUs systems. Entering your transcripts into NTNUs systems might take some time and you will get an e-mail when it is done. 

Are you attending any other study program? (Bachelor of engineering in Computer Science (BIDATA), bachelor’s in Digital Business development (ITBAITBEDR), bachelor’s in Digital Infrastructure and cyber security (BDIGSEC), bachelor’s in Information Technology (ITBAINFO), master’s in Digital Collaboration (ITMAIKTSA)) 

  1. If the courses you have taken are the same as those on your pre-approval form, send the form for post-approval and your transcripts to Ingrid Island
  2. If you have had to change some courses, your academic advisor must sign your form for post-approval before you can send it to Ingrid Island.


You can find more information on post-approval and a link to the post-approval form on the web-page "Endelig godkjennig av utenlandsk utdanning" on Innsida


Example of finished post approval form

Go to post approval form 



3) Application deadlines 

For an overview of the deadlines see Innsida: Søknadsfrister for utenlandsstudier. 



4) Do you have questions? 

You can send all your questions to The academic supervisors will answer questions you have about course content.  

The department of Computer Science’s administrative advisors are happy to help with any questions you should have that are not about courses. You can send these questions to or you could drop by the reception. You may also send questions directly to the Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering's advisors.  


The department of Computer Science’s (IDI) administrative advisor is: 

Get in touch with the student assistant and advisors at        


The Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering (IE) advisors are:

Bilde av Julie E. Takacs

Julie E. Takacs (Computer science) 

Bilde av Suzan Bulduk

Suzan Bulduk (Informatics) 

Bilde av Ingrid Island

Ingrid Island (engineering in Computer Science, Digital Business Development, Digital Infrastructure and Cyber Security, Information Technology and Digital Collaboration) 


Useful links: 

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