FAQ - Exchange Studies

General information for prospective exchange students and free movers at NTNU. Not the information you were looking for? Consult our other FAQs here.

Welcome meeting for new students at the main building

Application deadlines

  • Spring semester: 1st of October
  • Autumn semester: 1st of May

It is not possible to apply after the deadline.

You must submit your exchange application and send us your transcript of records by the application deadline.

Application process

  • We do unfortunately not have the capacity to confirm the receipt of individual applications or documents. We will inform you if something is missing.
  • It might take a couple weeks before you can check the status of your application online. Please note that you will not be able to find any information before your application has been formally registered. This normally takes from 4 to 8 weeks.
  • Once the faculty has accepted you, the Office will e-mail you a welcome letter and information about housing.
  • If you apply for courses belonging to different faculties, the answers regarding your selection of courses might not be available online at the same time.
  • We understand that the waiting period can be frustrating and that might affect students that need an admission confirmation before they can get a scholarship. This is unfortunate, but your application needs to be evaluated and accepted by several different people at NTNU, so the process takes time. We hope that you understand and we apologize for any inconvenience.

Application attachments

  • Please add to your application a *certified copy of your passport/national ID.

    *A certified/notarized copy: the copy has to have a stamp and signature confirming that the copy is a true copy of the original. The copy may be certified by your university / international office or by a notary public

  • We advise you to add a list of the courses you intend to take in your application.

Choosing courses

You should figure out which courses you want to take before starting your application. List the courses you would like to take in your application - this will act as a guideline for the faculties. Tips for selecting courses:

  • Consult the course catalogue. Make sure you check the box 'English lectures'. Courses listed for autumn 2014 will normally be available again autumn 2015.
  • If a course is project based it can normally be supervised in English, even though the language of instruction is Norwegian.
  • Bachelor courses are normally called  "Foundation", "Intermediate" or "Third-year" courses, Master's level courses are called "Second degree level" and PhD courses are called "Doctoral degree level". Some variations of these names may occur.
  • Are you eligible? Check if the course requires previous knowledge, the language of instruction, study level, ect. 
  • You can choose courses at different faculties/institutes. You can also choose master's courses if you are a bachelor student and vice versa.
  • You are not guaranteed entry to the courses you select. It is the faculty/institute that have the final say in whether you get admission to a course.

Changing you courses
If the course you list is not offered or you are not eligible for admission, you will get the opportunity to pick new courses after arrival at NTNU. Also, if you change your mind about the courses you would like to take; it is usually not a problem to change your courses after arrival.

Information for Architecture and Engineering students

Architecture and Engineering students must have completed a minimum of three years at their home institution (bachelor) prior to arrival in Trondheim. Only courses at a master's level (year 4 and 5) are offered in English. In these subject areas we are also not able to supervise any bachelor's thesis work.

Free movers

If your university does not have a formal exchange agreement with NTNU, you may apply to study at NTNU for a maximum of one academic year as a free mover.

Coming to NTNU to write your master's thesis

In order to write your master thesis at NTNU you must apply as an exchange student. You can either find a supervisor on your own by contacting the relevant institute/faculty, or you can ask NTNU to find a supervisor for you in the application form for exchange students. It is however more difficult to be accepted without a supervisor at the time of applying.

Before the faculty can decide whether to find you a supervisor and arrange a project for you, you must fill in the following information in the application form:

  • Is this your master thesis (the faculties do not offer help with a project/thesis at a bachelor level)?
  • Is the project/thesis going to be graded at NTNU or at your home university?
  • How many credits is the project/thesis?
  • The faculty also needs a brief outline of what you are planning to work on in the project/thesis.
  • If you find a supervisor, please state his or her name in the application.

Language requirements

We require all international students to have a good command of English at an academic level and you may need to provide TOEFL/IELTS test scores. Students taking courses in English are not required to have any Norwegian language knowledge.

Financing and financial deposit

There are no tuition fees at NTNU.  However, all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to document that they have enough funding to live in Norway while attending university. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the minimum amount that you must document for the authorities is NOK 94,400 (approximately US $16,000).


Please visit the Housing webpage for more information.

Useful links

We encourage you to find information and do research about NTNU and Trondheim on your own. Here is a list of links it might be worth taking a closer look at:

Contact information

Please contact us at international@sa.ntnu.no if you cannot find the information you are looking for in the FAQ section or on our website. You can also contact us on our Facebook page. However, please note that we do not have the capacity to respond to questions that are already answered in the FAQ section.

Office of International Relations

International House
Gløshaugen campus
O. S. Bragstads plass 3
NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

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