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 or Barents plus.

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

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​How to apply

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 and study permit

Required documents for students:

Copy of Passport/ID card (encrypted)

Learning Agreement (For Erasmus+ students only)

Official Transcript of records from home institution (encrypted)

These must be sent to after submitting the application.

Language proficiency requirements:

Have a good command of English, B1 or B2 depending on the exchange agreement between Nord University and your home institution, and in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Certificate for English proficiency is not required.

Study permit and study load:

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 visa/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 visa/residence permit you need the admission letter from Nord University. There is a fee connected to the visa process.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are a citizen of one of the countries on this list you can apply for visa (as soon as possible) after your arrival to Norway. If your nationality is not on the list, you need to apply for visa to Norway from your home country.

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 (2) consecutive semesters.

After admission

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.

Free movers

We are not accepting freemovers for spring semester 2021. 

More information will come during spring 2021.

Semester packages and courses

Semester packages for exchange - master level

Business School

Digitalization and Innovation

Autumn // Bodø

Business and Governance

Spring // Bodø

Semester packages for exchange - bachelor level

Single courses

Find single courses in English

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.


International Office

Telephone: +47 75 51 78 70

Nord University
International Office
Post box 1490
8049 Bodø

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

Programme memberships


Erasmus+ and Erasmus Charter