Arrival in Trondheim

Arrival in Trondheim

Arriving in Trondheim

Join our welcome program

Orientation Week

Every semester, we welcome new international students with the NTNU Orientation Week (O-week). This is our welcome programme, with information meetings and social activities, meant for your to get to know NTNU, Trondheim and fellow students. Participation is not mandatory, but new students are strongly encouraged to participate.
Find a place to live


Most student housing in Trondheim is owned and operated by the Student Welfare Organization, known as Sit. There is limited Sit housing available, so only certain groups of students are guaranteed an offer of housing. Those who do not will have to find housing on the private market, where there are many good options, including comercially owned student villages. Trondheim has a 'Roof over your head' guarantee to ensure you will not be left on the street, even if you arrive before you have found housing.
Register with authorities

Immigration formalities

As a new resident in Norway there are some immigration formalities you are obliged to go through. Depending on your nationality and the duration of your stay, you may need to register with the police and/or Tax Authority, or complete a screening for tuberculosis. NTNU coordinates the booking of these appointments for our students.
Get your courses approved

Learning Agreement (LA)

Preparing and getting your learning agreement signed is an important part of your exchange stay, and ensures your are able to obtain the credits needed in your studies. Your home institution will let you know if you need a Learning Agreement, how to submit one, and which procedures you need to follow for them to approve on their end. In addition, we have a step-by-step guide to help you fill out your LA correctly in order to get it approved by NTNU.

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Contact NTNU

Visiting address: International House, O. S. Bragstads plass 3, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Student drop-in:

Tuesdays: 09:00-11:30

Thursdays: 13:00-15:00

All other times by appointment only.

Exchange students:

Master's degree applicants: 

Joint degree students (Erasmus Mundus, Nordic5Tech):

Questions about housing:

Visiting address: Office G211 & G209 Teknologivegen 22, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway

Postal address: P.O. box 191, 2802 Gjøvik, Norway


Exchange students: 

Master’s degree applicants:


Visiting address: K-building, office numbers KP-245 and KP-246, Larsgårdsvegen 2, 6009 Ålesund

Postal address: P.O. Box 1517, 6025 Ålesund, Norway


Exchange students:

Master’s degree applicants:

Starting your NTNU studies

Starting your NTNU studies

All student need to register/confirm each semester in Studentweb. 

New students withouth an NTNU user name ned to log into Studentweb with an 11 digit ID number and pin. All international students will recieve their 11 digit ID number and pin in two separate emails to the adress they have used to log into the application portal. In these emails a step by step instruction on how to get your user account and student systems up and running is provided. 

Please remember to check your spam folder if you have not recieved those two emails.

Here you can find our Arrival checklist for new international students.

Be aware of scams!

Be aware of scams!

Be aware that there are several facebook groups in which attempts are made to scam international students with false offers of cheap housing or events.

NTNU does not host any social media groups for our international students. Show extra vigliance in any facebook groups etc. aimed at international students at NTNU or in Trondheim. Be wary of any posts in such groups that advertise housing, events or other transactions/purchases.

Some facebook or Whatsapp groups may request your e-mail address in order to join. This has been linked to phishing/scam attempts, and we recommend you do not provide your contact info. 

  • The Erasmus Student Network is a valid organization, and has their own facebook pages, screened and moderated by them.
  • The International Student Union (ISU) was legitimate, but is no longer operational.
  • The International Student Network (ISN) is confirmed to be a fake/fraudulent organization.

The following pages are confirmed to be run by fake accounts and/or illegitimate actors:


We advise against membership in these groups. Please take precautions.

Which category student am I?

Which category student am I?

Depending on what studies you are undertaking at NTNU, we have different categories:

This is the category for most of the international students. You are:

  • Staying for one, or maybe two, semesters
  • Taking courses that will be recognized by your home institution as part of your degree.
  • You have been nominated for the exchange by your home institution
  • You will not recieve a full degree diploma from NTNU when you leave*
  • You are an exchange student if this applies to you, regardless of your current degree level.

See our Procedures for exchange students.

TIME students, see below.

Masters degree students are enrolled at NTNU for a full degree course. You will normally be at NTNU for 2 years for the duration of your programme, and you will recieve a degree diploma upon completion of your degree.

This is students on a collaboratory degree programme between two or more universities, like Nordic5Tech or Erasmus Mundus programmes,

Students are enrolled in a masters programme, and will spend one or more semesters at NTNU, and other semesters with one or more of the collaboratorive partner institutions.

This is a sub-gouping of the "Masters students" category. 

Students in this category are taking part in a set course collaboration between NTNU and an international partner, bur the format of the collaboration often differs from project to project.

In most cases, students in this sub-group will be categorized as "exchange students" (due to administrative processes),. If you are unsure if this applies to you, please get in touch.

TIME students are comming to NTNU as exchange students from a partner university, and are nominated spesifically to the TIME programme. Students will follow courses within their chosen degree programme, and will during the second semester of their stay be admitted to their intended masters programme, on the condition that they have fulfilled the requirements of their courses up until this point. 

Students coming to NTNU to write their thesis, undertake a project supervised by a professor, or do lab work - and will not recieve credits from NTNU. 

Placement students are categorized as exchange students, regardless of degree level.

Visa and police appointments

Visa and police appointments

Students from non-EU/EEA countries will require a valid student visa, obtained in advance, in order to be allowed Norway. EU/EEA citizens do not need a visa before arrival. In order to be eligible for a student visa you need to document:

Self-financed students must deposit the required amount to NTNU’s deposit account and submit the confirmation of deposit with their visa application.

Exchange students who are not EU/EEA citizens, but who will be going to NTNU through an Erasmus+ agreement, may apply for a visa upon arrival in Norway, as long as they have a valid Schengen visa. Exchange students with an Erasmus+ scholarship do not need to transfer money to NTNU's deposit account. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Exchange officer:

Visa applications are continuously being processed by the Directorate for Immigration (UDI) -  see UDIs webpages for further information about visa application.


NTNU books group appointments with the police for all students, and students should attend these instedad of booking their arrival registration themselves. You will receive further information upon completing the arrival registration.

Your visa letter may state that you must make the police appointment within a week - please disregard this. This is a standardized message which does not apply to international students - book your appointment via NTNU as described.

Ålesund and Gjøvik

Students at NTNU in Ålesund and Gjøvik will receive separate information regarding visa appointments at the police later.



Campus Trondheim

Only applies to students who have deposited money to the NTNU deposit account (non-EU/EEA students).

You will get all, or parts, of your deposit available on a cash card once you arrive. The card can be used as a debit card in Norwegian shops and ATMs, in addition to pay rent for Sit student housing via their card terminals, but not for online purchases. Students eligible should therefore make arrangements to open a Norwegian bank account.

The following amount will be deposited on your card: 

Students staying one semester:

A cash card with NOK 60.000 has been prepared for you, and can be picked up at the Office of International Relations.

Students staying longer than one semester:

A cash card with NOK 40.000 has been prepared for you. Once you have been able to open a Norwegian bank account, you should fill out this form to have the remainder of your deposit transferred there.


Campus Gjøvik/Ålesund

Please contact the respective international offices.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries staying in Norway for more than 12 months will automatically be covered by the Norwegian National Health Insurance scheme from the moment they arrive in Norway.

It is however important that you arrangee your own travel insurance before going to Norway. This should be done well in advance of your journey. Please note that there may be special circumstances concerning the corona situation in terms of insurance policies.

Students from EU/EEA countries must bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).* 
If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card,you must have private insurance.

*Exemption: Nordic citizens are entitled to medical care under the National Health Insurance Scheme without any insurance documentation.

For more information on insurance, see this page.

On NTNUs e-learning platform Blackboard, you will find complete overviews of your courses and their learning materials, including any messages from course administrators/teachers. You log in to Blackboard with your NTNU credentials and password through NTNU's intraweb: Innsida. (You may not receive this log-in info until shortly before the semester starts).