Coursework Approval

Whether you are travelling on your own, or through one of our exchange programs, you must get your coursework from abroad approved. The acceptance ensures that the courses are to be integrated in your degree at NMBU. We distinguish between pre-approval and final approval. 

The pre-approval proves that your studies abroad will be accepted as part of your degree at NMBU when you return home. If you receive support from the Norwegian Loan Fund (Lånekassen), this pre-approval must be registered to receive funding for your studies abroad. 

Studies Abroad through NMBU

Students must first apply for exchange and receive a nomination for exchange before the application for pre-approval of coursework is submitted. 

Studies Abroad as a Free-Mover

If you choose to study abroad outside of the NMBU agreements as a free-mover, the studies abroad must be registered in the student database (FS) before the application for pre-approval of coursework is submitted. To do this please send a copy of your admission letter to 

Application for Pre-Approval

You apply for Pre-Approval of Coursework to your faculty, and the need for documentation varies. Ask the study advisor at your faculty about what kind of documentation they will need.

Examples of documentation that may be required:

  • Study plan with course descriptions and an overview of teaching and examination methods
  • Reading lists and general information about the university you want to study at

Lack of documentation can lead to longer processing times.

Main Rules for Approval

  • The studies cannot overlap with previous courses.
  • A one year full-time study abroad shall equal one year of study at NMBU (60 credits). If you receive Lånekassen support, they only provides financing for full-time studies. Also note that full-time studies means prescribed studies (full credit load). You will find the normal length of the studies by calculating how many credits (studiepoeng, units, créditos etc.) are needed to obtain a degree, and then divide it by the number of the semesters needed to achieve the degree (normal length). At some foreign universities you are considered as a full-time student even if you do not take a full credit load. If you take fewer credits than the norm, you usually get that amount of credits approved by NMBU.
  • If you are going to the US, Latin America, or some countries in Africa or Asia, the first year of courses will normally not be accepted. The first year of education for countries in these areas are typically not recognized as higher education in Norway.
  • Remember to tell your study advisor if you end up taking other subjects than the ones you have gotten pre-approved. 

Final Approval: After Studies Abroad

You apply for Final Approval of Coursework  when you have returned to Norway. This approval is also necessary to add the coursework to your NMBU degree and to get part of the student loan converted into a grant if you receive support through the Norwegian Loan Fund (Lånekassen). 

An official transcript must be uploaded with the application for Approval of External Courses.

Forms - application for exchange and approval



Published 31. August 2016 - 13:25 - Updated 26. January 2022 - 14:46