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Orientation Week January 2021

Orientation Week

NTNU organises an orientation programme for new international students every August and January.  

Digital programme January 2021

The orientation activities for international students will be online. The Office of International Relations will organise online information meetings and Q&As. These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience.

The Coronavirus pandemic makes it difficult for the Office of International Relations to arrange the usual kind of meetings and activites associated with Orientation Week - however, we are hard at work finding alternatives. Your faculty may be able to arrange smaller physical meetings if it is safe to do so. 

All new international students will have to go into quarantine upon arrival in Norway. In order to make this a little easier, The Office of International Relations has put together the NTNU Quarantine Calendar, through which students will recieve one e-mail per day from NTNU throughout quarantine, with fun tips and tricks, challenges and learning opportunities about Norway. In addition, we are opening the NTNU International Students' Digital Café on Zoom, where students in quarantine will be able to drop by and have a chat with their fellow expats.

More information will be provided soon.

Digital activities August 2020

The Matriculation ceremony is NTNU's offcial welcome for all new students.

Due to the Corona virus, this year's matriculation ceremony will be live-streamed. It will also be possible to watch the ceremony at a later time.

More information about the Matriculation ceremony

Matriculation part II

Most faculties will organise online activities after the meeting. More information will be made available on your study programme during the summer.

This information meeting is for all new international students.

The Office of International Relations will organise information meetings and online Q&As about how to register for courses, exams and other practical NTNU matters. These sessions will be live-streamed, but it will also be possible to watch them later at your convenience (see link below).


12:00 - 12:15: Welcome to NTNU! We will introduce ourselves and have a few getting-to-know-each-other games.

12:15 - 13:00: Information video with information about how to get started as an international student at NTNU.

13:00 - 13:30: Presentations of different student associations (ESN and ISU) and SiT.

13:30 - 14:30: Q&A. We will answer all the questions you may have. It will be possible to send in your questions beforehand or through the chat function in the zoom meeting

14:30: Summary and end of meeting

Important links

Information meeting 11 August (zoom)


Did you have any questions during the information meeting?

Click any of the topics in this list below for answers.


I have not yet received my ID number and PIN code. What should I do?

Please send an e-mail to and we will send it out to you.

After paying the semester fee, do I need to send the receipt by e-mail?

No. The payment will be registered automatically.

Can a friend of mine who is living in Norway pay my semester fee via his Norwegian bank?

Yes, just remember to include the KID in the transfer.

What is the confirmation that the semester fee has been deposited successfully?

It will show up on Studentweb once this has gone through.

What is the confirmation that we have been registered for both courses and exams?

You can check this under "my active courses" on Studentweb

At the moment, do we only need to register for the first semester?


Is the "Offer of admission" letter (available in Søknadsweb) the same as the "Acceptance letter" or are these two separate documents?

These two are the same.

If we cannot complete all of the coursework for a 2-year master's degree within 2 years due to the pandemic, could we add on an extra semester or year to our studies?

It is possible to extend a master's degree by a semester, however, we do hope that it should be possible to complete the full degree in two years as normal for all students.

What is the current COVID-19 situation in Norway?

While we have a very low number of infected, the numbers are moving slightly upwards currently, mainly due to vacationing abroad. We hope this trend will lessen as the autumn semester starts and are taking several measures to contain the spread. You can read more here.

What will be done in the case of students who cannot fly to Norway even after December due to the COVID-19 situation in their country?

We are continuously monitoring this situation and will make a decision regarding this when the semester is coming closer as the COVID-19 situation is impossible to predict so far ahead of time.

If, for any reason, I could not travel. Will I be able to get the money from the account back?

Yes, you will, however, please note that an international transfer can take up to three weeks.

Is it possible to come earlier? In November or October?

We cannot guarantee accommodation earlier, however, if you have accommodation and have obtained a residence permit by then, you are welcome to come.

If we can come earlier, can we stay in another city? I want to learn Norwegian in Norway but I prefer to stay in Oslo and follow my lectures online.

All courses for the autumn semester will be given online, and so you do not need to be in Trondheim in the Autumn semester.

Overview of "Red countries" and restrictions

What is the welcome package? Are we yet to receive it?

A welcome package was sent out to all new international students. It has been sent by post (to the address you registered your application with), which means some of you may receive it soon, while it may take some time for others depending on your postal system.

Is ESN only for Erasmus students or for all international students?

ESN is for everyone!

Is it too late to apply for exchange studies at other universities this semester?


Should we register for a personal doctor from now although we will only arrive in January 2021?

You cannot register for a personal doctor before you have arrived and have received an ID number.

How is the job market responding to the COVID-19 impact on the economy?

The job market has taken a slight hit in Norway, like most other countries, however, the unemployment has gone down since the virus hit in March.

Is there an opportunity to be introduced to companies or offices as a master's student to experience an internship during our master's programme?

Most degrees at NTNU do not offer internship or work placement for the students, this will be mainly up to you to find yourself.

What is the most efficient way to learn Norwegian?

Join a student organization or other groups which contain Norwegians and practice with them. From abroad, you can look at our online course, Norwegian on the web, and you are welcome to apply for one of our Norwegian language courses for the semester you will be attending NTNU physically.

How will we be able to apply for a visa before booking accommodation?

You will receive a housing guarantee before you receive a housing contract. You will be able to use the housing guarantee for your visa application. You will receive updated information regarding this matter soon.

Do we need to provide a deposit for housing?

Sit requires a 5000 NOK housing deposit.

You will find more information here.


Useful links and documents

Learn Norwegian

Learn Norwegian

NTNU has various part-time classes to help you learn Norwegian as a second language, including a free online course.

Exchange students can join a 3-week intensive summer course in August. The course includes several day-trips in the surroundings of Trondheim, and a weekend-excursion to nearby mountains


Contact the Office of International Relations


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

Student drop-in: Due to Corona-measures, drop-in is currently not available. 

Exchange students:

Master's degree students:


Visiting address: Office G104, Teknologivegen 22, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway
Postal address: P.O. box 191, 2802 Gjøvik, Norway

Exchange students: 
Master’s degree students:


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: Anne Ulla / Kristian Severeide
Master’s degree students:

Social media: Facebook

Roof over your head

Roof over your head

Scandic HotelHave you not found a place to live? New students arriving in Trondheim in the spring semester can apply for short-term accommodation at a discount through "Roof over your head".

Find your way around NTNU with MazeMap

Find your way around NTNU with MazeMap

Airport transport

Airport transport

How to get from the airport to Trondheim and the student villages. 

Who can participate

About 1400 international students participate in Orientation Week every August, and around 400 in January. International students who are eligible to participate in Orientation Week will receive further details by email from the NTNU International Office.

Students who are eligible to participate

  • All new exchange students and free movers
  • New International students enrolled in a master’s degree taught in English
  • New International Erasmus Mundus and Joint Nordic master’s degree students
  • Students doing placements or internship stays at NTNU are usually considered on an individual basis. In some cases, PhD students doing an exchange stay at NTNU are eligible to participate. Please email for further information.

Students who are not eligible

  • International students enrolled in a degree programme taught in Norwegian
  • Norwegian students enrolled in a master’s degree taught in English
  • International PhD students doing the majority of their PhD at NTNU
  • Friends and family of participating students

Local bus to NTNU

Local bus to NTNU

NTNU bus stops

  • Studentersamfundet: Student Society
  • Høgskoleringen: Main Administration Building, Matriculation Ceremony, International House
  • Gløshaugen Syd or Lerkendal gård: Natural Science Building (Realfagbygget)

Use ATB's travel planner to get specific route information.

Fares and tickets

Buying a ticket on the bus is expensive (NOK 60/trip). Cheaper one-way tickets can be bought from a ticket machine or by using Mobillett on your phone.