Student exchange to Nord University

Information for exchange students who have been nominated by one of Nord University's partner institutions or who are enrolled at member institutions of north2north.

​​​​​Semester packages and courses​​

Semester packages for exchange - master level

Business School

Business and Innovation​

Autumn // Bodø

Public Sector Economy

Spring // Bodø

Business and Governance in the Arctic

Spring // Bodø

Semester packages for exchange - bachelor level

Single courses

If you choose to select individual courses from the course overview, please be aware that teaching timetables and examination times may overlap. 

 We recommend contacting one of our study advisers if you wish to take courses not available as a semester package. ​​

How to ap​ply​

Application process

  1. The student must be nominated by their home institution through an electronic form
  2. Upon nomination the student will receive an invitation to apply online by email from Nord University. 
  3. Use Nord University's online application form to apply.
  4. Exchange students will receive their result of admission within 4 – 6 weeks after the admission period has ended
  5. The student will receive practical information about studying at Nord University and preparing for their stay in Norway by e-mail only.

Letter of admission:
If the application is successful, the student will receive a Letter of admission 4 – 6 weeks after the application period has ended. This document must be used when applying for a study permit for students outside EU/EEA. 

NOTE: Exchange students will be invited by email to fill in the online application shortly after the nomination from their home institution. Please be aware that some e-mail addresses, particularly Hotmail, have very efficient firewalls. Some students never receive the e-mail invitation to apply online. If you don't receive the invitation within one week from Nord University, please contact our international office at

Admission requirements

Required documents for students:

Copy of Passport/ID card (encrypted)​​

Online Learning Agreement (For Erasmus+ studies students only) 

Learning Agreement​ traineeships (For Erasmus+ traineeship students only)​

Official Transcript of records from home institution in English​ (encrypted)​​

Language proficiency requirements

The language requirements do not apply to students with English as their first language. 

​Courses for exchange students are carried out in English and we expect that you have sufficient fluency in English in order to cope with your courses from the start. 

Level B2 required

You are required to have a minimum of level B2 (CEFR) for all courses offered to exchange students.

Level B2 (CEFR) is equivalent to IELTS minimum score: 5.0 or TOEFL minimum score: 60.

How to document your English proficiency

We consider your nomination by your home university as confirmation of your English proficiency at level B2.​

Exchange students who would like to apply for degree studies at Nord must be able to meet the language requirements. 
More information about language requirements for degree studies:

If you are planning to apply for courses taught in Norwegian, please contact International Office for more information.​

Study permit

EU/EEA students do not have to apply for a residence permit, but do have to register with the police if staying in Norway for more than 3 months.

 If you come from a non EU/EEA country you need a study permit/or a residence permit. You are advised to contact the Norwegian Embassy or Consulate General in your home country for information on procedures or check the webpage of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration. For the study permit/residence permit you need the admission letter from Nord University. There is a fee connected to the visa process.​

The processing time for a study permit for non-EU/EEA citizen is 2-3 months. 

Full time studies are 30 ECTS per semester in Norway.​

International programmes and courses

A semester package comprises a pre-defined group of courses targeted at exchange students studying within a given field​.

Use the overview below to get an idea of which courses you would like to study at Nord University.

You can also look at our degree programmes for more inspiration.

 Course descriptions provide information about:

  • Academic content
  • Mode of delivery (face-to-face/online/combined)
  • Course literature
  • Prerequisites
  • Responsible faculty

If you have questions about academic content, teaching modes or the course structure, please contact the study advisers at the relevant faculty.

You can only choose courses from one of our study locations as there is a long distance between the locations.

Exchange periods are maximum of two consecutive semesters. 

Exchange students at Nord University can apply to extend their study period with one semester. The exchange period is limited to maximum two semesters. In order to extend your stay you will need to be nominated by your home institution again. After you have been nominated you will receive more information about how to apply. The deadline for applying is October 1st for the Autumn semester and April 15th for the Spring semester.​​

After admission

Apply for housing

Apply for study permit

Plan your trip

Settle in


StudentiNord is a welfare organisation for students at Nord University offering services within housing, food and beverage, kindergartens, health, counselling, book shop and more for students on campus.

Exchange students spending one semester at Nord University sign semester long contracts. A deposit of one month rent and cleaning deposit must be paid before arriving to their study location.

You may pay a non-refundable fee to rent kitchen utensils and bed linens.​​​

Application deadlines for extending your study period     

​April 15 - Autumn semester                                                                         

October 1 - Spring semester

Exchange students at Nord University can apply to extend their study period with one semester. The exchange period is limited to maximum two semesters.​​ To apply for extention you need to be renominated from your home university. ​​     

Nomination deadlines for exchange students

April 1 - Autumn semester and year-long exchange

September 15 - Spring semester​

Partner institutions can request a link to the nomination form by email to

Application deadlines for exchange students​

April 15 - Autumn semester and year-long exchange

October 1 - Spring semester​

Programme memberships​

Erasmus+ and Erasmus Charter


International Office
Telephone: +47 75 51 78 70

Nord University
International Office
Post box 1490
8049 Bodø

Visiting and telephone hours:
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 10am - 2pm