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​​


​Semester package
Business and Innovation​

Public Sector Economy

SpringBusiness and Governance in the Arctic

​​Faculty of Biosciences ​and Aquaculture

​Semester package
Aquaculture and Environment

​Aquatic Biosciences

​Marine Ecology

​Aquatic Genomics
​​Livestock Farming and Nutrition 

Semester packages for exchange - bachelor level

​​​​​​​Faculty of
Education and Arts​


​ ​ ​ ​ ​

​Semester package

Adventure Knowledge

Experience English Language and Lit​erature

Advanced English Language and Literature

Nordic and international Perspectives on Teaching and Learning

​Autumn / spring / full year
Outdoor St​udies

Experience English Language and Literature 


Extreme Environments


Advanced English Language and Literature

​​Faculty of Social Sciences​

​Semester package

Nordic Politics and Society


Introduction to Norwegian Society, Welfare, Development and Language

​​Business School​

​Semester package



International Marketing

​​​Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture​
​ ​ ​

​Semester package

Molecular Biosciences

Aquaculture and Marine Biosciences


Ecology and Arctic Marine Biology


Placements for nursing students

The Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences offers clinical practice for nursing students from partner universities in their 4. or 5. semester.

You can choose between:

  • Clinical Practice, medical or surgical (12 ECTS)
  • Home nursing (12 ECTS)
  • Mental nursing (12 ECTS)
Please note that you are not guaranteed a placement, and that not all students will be granted their first choice of practice. 
Placement periods:
  • Autumn semester: week 36-51
  • Spring semester: week 9-21
All students will need to be nominated from their home university and follow the application proceedure provided.

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.
  2. Upon nomination the student will receive an invitation to apply online.
  3. Apply! 
  4. Send in all documentation as described.
  5. Exchange students will receive their result of admission within 4 – 6 weeks after the deadline.
  6. 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:

1. Copy of Passport/ID card (encrypted)​​

2. Online Learning Agreement (For Erasmus+ studies students only) 

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

Please write the International Coordinator at your faculty here at Nord University as responsible person in your Learning Agreement. 

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

Some courses might have addition requirements for admission. Please read more about this under "International programs and courses". 

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. 

Language 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

If you are a non- EU/EEA citizen 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. 

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.

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

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.​​​

Extending your study period   

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.​​

Free mover

Please contact the admissions office for more information on how to apply at​

Useful information 

Academic calender

The academic year consists of an autumn and a spring semester. The exact start and end date of each semester may vary from year to year and between the different study programmes and courses. You can find the exact dates that apply for you under the description of your study program or courses. 

Holidays in Norway

Winter holiday: This is normally in week 8. To find out if this applies to you, please check your time schedule.

Easter holiday: The Easter holiday is normally from the Monday after Palm Sunday until the Tuesday after Easter Sunday. 

Summer holiday: The summer holiday is normally from the middle of June to the middle of August. 

Autumn holiday: This is normally in week 41. To find out if this applies to you, please check your time schedule. 

Christmas holiday: The Christmas holiday is normally from the middle of December to early January.​

You can find and overview of public holidays in Norway here:

New student

Information about being a new student at Nord 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​

Erasm​us+ 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

International coordinators at Faculty.                                           
Business School:

Faculty of Education and Arts:

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture:

Faculty of Social Sciences:
Stian Hiis Berg​

Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences: