FAQ - Exchange Studies

FAQ - Exchange Studies

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FAQ - Exchange Studies

When does my application need to be in?

  • Starting spring semester
    • All: 1 October
  • Starting autumn semester
    • Non-EU/non-EEA students: 1 April
    • EU/EEA students: 1 May

It is not possible to apply after the deadline.

You must submit your exchange application and upload all the required documents by the application deadline.

What confirmations can I expect during the application process?

  • The normal processing time is 8 weeks from after the official deadline has passed. This means that you might have to wait until the end of June / early July to get an offer of admission. This is considered normal processing time.
  • We do unfortunately not have the capacity to confirm the receipt of individual applications or documents. We will inform you if something is missing.
  • Selecting 'Early admission' on Søknadsweb will not affect the processing time of your application.
  • You can choose courses at different faculties/institutes, but note that this might make affect the processing time. 
  • Answer are sent on a rolling basis. This means that some students will get a response sooner than others. This also applies to students from the same university.
  • All students will be notified about the status of their application - also those who do not recieve admission. 
  • 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.

How do I choose 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 2018 will normally be available again autumn 2019.
  • 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.You can select courses from different study levels.
  • You can apply for "Doctoral degree level" courses, however exchange students are usually not admitted to these courses. It is therefore important that you have also selected enough "Foundation", "Intermediate" or "Third-year" courses.
  • 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 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.

NTNU does not accept free movers.

In order to apply for an exchange at NTNU, there needs to be an exchange agreement between your home institution and NTNU.

Can I come to NTNU just to write my thesis/do project work or be an intern?

In order to come to NTNU within this framework you must apply as an exchange student. You must find a supervisor on your own by contacting the relevant Department/faculty.

Please remember that the Departments receive many e-mails like yours, so you should be specific when writing, explaining what kind of internship you are looking for, and why they should be interested your placement.

Please include the following information under "comments" in the additional application form for exchange students: 

  • The name of your supervisor
  • Type of work/thesis: project/internship or bachelor/master's
    (the faculties do not usually have the capacity to 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?

What are the 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.

How much are the tuition and fees at NTNU?

There are no tuition fees at NTNU. 

Proof of financing for non-EU nationals

Exchange students who are citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA need to document a certain amount of money in a Norwegian bank account in order to be granted a student residence permit / visa to Norway. This amount is at present NOK 121 200,- for one academic year and NOK 60 000 for one semester (2019/20). The Norwegian Immigration Authorities (UDI) enforce this rule strictly and will not accept other means of documentation such as a bank statement from a bank in your home country or financial guarantees from relatives or others. Accepted student will receive more information from the NTNU International Office about this together with their invitation letter.

Please note that non-EU/non-EEA/non-EFTA citizens with Erasmus+ Scholarships from a European university will only need to enclose documentation for this scholarship when they apply for a student visa.

Housing for international students

Please visit the Life and housing section for more information.

Housing offers are sent when all students have received admission. This is normally at the beginning / middle of July. You will also be notified if you do not receive housing. 

What should I know as a new student?

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


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: exchange@st.ntnu.no

Master's degree students: admissions@st.ntnu.no


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

Exchange students: international@gjovik.ntnu.no 
Master’s degree students: opptak@ntnu.no


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 au@ntnu.no / Kristian Severeide kristian.severeide@ntnu.no
Master’s degree students: opptak@ntnu.no

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Web: ntnu.edu/international
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