FAQ - Exchange Studies

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Application deadlines

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.

Application process

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 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.

Choosing courses

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.
  • 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.

Free movers

What is a free mover?

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

Can I come to NTNU just to write my master 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 any faculty can decide whether to find you a supervisor and arrange a project for you, you must fill out an application form.

You will be asked for the following information:

  • 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

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.

Financing and financial deposit

How much are the tuition and fees at NTNU?

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. 


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. 

Useful links

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:


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

Social media: Facebook
Web: ntnu.edu/international
FAQs: ntnu.edu/studies/faq