Exchange students

How to apply

The information on this page applies to:

  • Exchange students or free movers planning to take courses at NTNU
  • Students doing project work or an internship, or writing their master's thesis

Placement students: see separate how to apply instructions. 

Application deadlines

Starting spring semester

  • All: 1 October

Starting autumn semester

  • Non-EU/non-EEA students: 1 April
  • EU/EEA students: 1 May

Admission requirements

Language requirements

NTNU requires all international students to have a good command of English at an academic level and you may need to provide TOEFL/IELTS test scores. If you wish to take courses taught in Norwegian, you will in most cases have to document Norwegian proficiency

Exchange students from outside the EU

Non-EU students are required to document their English proficiency:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 90 points on the internet based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5

Exchange students from the EU

There are no formal language requirements for students from EU countries, but you are expected to have a good command of the English language that enables you to communicate well at an academic level. The level of English proficiency should be at least B2, preferably C1, using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages scale.

For architecture students

Architecture 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.

Please note that only students from universities where we have an agreement specifically within Architecture can apply for a semester / year within architecture. Nominated architecture students should not choose courses when they apply. They will receive a list with courses to choose from once the faculty has decided which courses to offer in the upcoming semester.

For engineering students in Trondheim

In Trondheim, it can be difficult to find engineering courses taught in English at the bachelor level. It is therefore recommended that students have completed at least three years of a bachelor degree if they wish to apply for master level courses. In these subject areas NTNU normally cannot supervise any bachelor thesis work, unless there is an existing agreement with your home institution that specifically says so.

For free movers

You may apply to study at NTNU for a maximum of one academic year as a free mover if

  • Your home university has an exchange agreement with NTNU, but you have not been nominated as an exchange student, or
  • Your home university does not have a formal exchange agreement with NTNU

Admission requirements

  • You must have the necessary background and prerequisites for the courses you wish to follow
  • You must supply a confirmation letter from your home institution that your planned stay at NTNU is a part of your degree programme 
  • Fulfil all of NTNU's other admission requirements for exchange students

Spring semester admission - Trondheim

  • In Trondheim, only students from NTNU's partner institutions will be considered for student housing in the autumn semester. This is because the student villages are at full capacity in autumn
  • If you wish to come to Trondheim as a free mover, it is strongly recommend that you apply for the spring semester, as there is more capacity in they student villages then

Application procedures

Step 1: Find courses

You should figure out which courses you want to take before starting your application.

Courses in Trondheim

You can easily find courses taught in English by using the Online course catalog. Some study areas also provide lists over the courses they offer in English.

All courses

Almost all of NTNU's courses are listed in the Online course catalog, remember to check the boxes "taught in English" and "Trondheim"

Norwegian language courses

Courses to learn Norwegian as a second language

Economics and Management

Economics and management studies

Humanities and Music Studies

Humanities and music studies

Information Technology, Electrical Engineering and Mathematics Studies

Information technology, electrical engineering and mathematics studies

Medical and Health Sciences 

Medical and health Sciences 

Social Sciences

Social sciences

Courses in Gjøvik

Courses in English offered at NTNU in Gjøvik:

Bachelor courses

Master courses

Degree programmes taught in English at NTNU in Gjøvik are listed below. Please check the programme pages for more information about the courses:

Master's thesis: 

  • IMT 4461 Project work for exchange master's students (30 ECTS credits)
  • IMT 4471 Project work for exchange master's students (20 ECTS credits)

Note that for IMT4461 and IMT4471, as well as for bachelor thesis and project work, you will need to contact and make an appointment with a supervisor at NTNU in Gjøvik prior to application.

The first and third semesters are autumn semesters (A); the second and fourth semesters are spring semesters (S). Some courses are only available one semester each year. 

Courses in Ålesund

Courses in English offered at NTNU in Ålesund:

Bachelor level courses

Master level courses

Degree programmes taught in English at NTNU Ålesund are listed below. Please check the programme pages for more information about the courses:

Tips for choosing and changing courses

Almost all  of NTNU's courses can be found using the online course catalogue. Below are some tips to guide you to select courses: 

  • Check the box 'taught in English' and select the correct city under "Teaching location".
  • Courses listed for autumn 2016 will normally be available again autumn 2017.
  • 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.
  • If a course is project based it can normally be supervised in English, even though the language of instruction is Norwegian.
  • 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 your 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.

Step 2: Apply online and upload required documentation

Instructions for how to apply online through the application portal Søknadsweb. 

Instructions for how to apply

  1. Go to the application portal Søknadsweb.
  2. Select language in the top right corner where it says "Norsk bokmål".
  3. Click on "International Applicant".
  4. Click on "Register new international applicant".
  5. Answer the questions. The answer to your question will in no way affect your application, assuming you are considered eligible to apply.
  6. On the question regarding financing, please note that all students who are non-European citizens must have a way to finance their stay in order to receive a residence permit to Norway.
  7. You have now reached the actual application form. Please register as an applicant using your full name as it is written in your passport, but note that you cannot use letters that are not in the English alphabet.
  8. You will receive your password by e-mail.
  9. Log on to Søknadsweb with your e-mail address and password, and fill in the application details.
  10. Choose 'Select' under 'Exchange student'. Please note that selecting 'Early admission' will not affect the processing time of your application.
  11. In the ‘Extra information' field please fill in the information below in the following order:
    1. Home institution
    2. Courses which you would like to apply to at NTNU. Fill in both the course code and the name of the course. Use course search to find courses. If you wish to do a thesis or project work, please indicate this.
  12. Upload the documents listed in `Required documents´. 

Please note that there is no "submit button" in Søknadsweb. 

Required documents

The following documents must be uploaded to Søknadsweb: 

  1. Official grade transcripts for all university studies (including grade transcript and diploma from bachelor degree studies)
    • French students should also submit grade transcripts from Les classes préparatoires aux grandes écoles (CPGE)
  2. Translation of grade transcripts if originally in another language than English
  3. A list of the courses you are currently taking (you can write it yourself)
  4. The personal identification page of your passport 
  5. Documentation of English proficiency, if required
  6. A short CV
  7. Additional form for exchange students 

Step 3: Learning Agreements

Learning Agreements

Students who will study at campus Gjøvik:
You can send your Learning Agreement to your NTNU exchange coordinator as soon as it is ready. 

Procedures for students in Trondheim

Students who will study in Trondheim are asked to follow the procedures listed below. 

If your institution requires a signed Learning Agreement (LA):

  • Email it to the person you received an offer of admission from. This is also the person you should list under "responsible person at the receiving institution"
  • Wait until the end of June before you email your LA, even if you receive your offer of admission earlier
  • You will received a signed copy of your LA by email in late June / early July

Making changes to your LA

If you need to make changes to your signed LA, you will have to wait until after you have arrived at NTNU and Orientation Week is over. Make sure you have made your final course selection before you get it signed. Please bring a hard copy of your LA to the Office of International Relations or send it by e-mail to your exchange coordinator. 


A good starting point is our FAQ for prospective exchange students.

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Trondheim - Office of International Relations

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

Student visiting hours: 

  • 12:30 - 14:30

Gjøvik - Office of International Relations

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

Ålesund - International Office

Postal address: P.O. box 1517, 6025 Ålesund, Norway
Visiting address: Larsgårdsvegen 2, 6009 Ålesund  
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