California Berkeley

Number of study places 

Entry requirements 
Berkeley only accepts the best applicants, and NMBU nominates only those with the greatest chance of being admitted. The nomination therefore occurs after a comprehensive assessment of the applicant, based on grades and the student's motivation letter. 

Study level
All levels possible.

UC Extension

Students admitted through extension may only take courses with availability, and will not be given priority over grad students. Other restrictions may apply, such as not living on campus, etc.

Language requirements (English)

Upper Secondary school (‘videregående’ in Norwegian): Average minimum grade of 4. Some faculties might ask for a TOEFL test (score 230, computer based test).

Semester timing

Autumn semester: August – December.
Spring semester: January - May.

Recognition of study credits

12 units master level correspond to 30 NMBU credits.

15 units bachelor level correspond to 30 NMBU credits.

Exchange student must apply a so called "Concurrent Enrolment" to be able to get grades and credits.

Tuition fees
Tuition fees for Global Access Program can vary from USD $13.900 - $21.000 depending on actual program selection
Tuition fees for Concurrent Enrolment are USD $750/unit and approximately USD $1.000 in other fees.
Tuition fees for BISP vary from USD $8000 - $14000 depending on course selection. (Through the BISP program, students can take SOCIOL 299 Field Placement, ie job placement with a local company.)

Courses taken by previous students
Fundamental Design Studio
Sustainability Colloquium
LA227 Restoration of Rivers and Streams
The Process of Environmental Design
ARCH100 Fundamentals of Architectual Design
CYPLAN117 Urban and Community Health
LDARCH222 Hydrology for Planners

COMPSCI433 Introduction to Machine Learning Python
COMPSCI61A The Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
MECENG132 Dynamic Systems and Feedback
MECENG151 Convective Transport and Computational Methods

Visa / Residence permit
It is the student’s own responsibility to apply for a visa. A first step would therefore be to acquire information from the relevant country’s embassy.

Study visa: A student visa is necessary in order to study in the USA. You have to first receive a letter of acceptance from the host university before you can apply. The visum processing fee is currently USD $160, and the SEVIS registration fee is USD $350 for F-1 applicants and $220 for J-1 applicants.
The universities in the USA will issue a document for students to obtain either the F1 or the J1 visa. 
NOTE J1 visa: Be aware that this carries a clause whereby the applicant faces a two-year ‘quarantine’ period after the initial residence period, in which the applicant cannot apply for a permanent work or residence permit in the USA. However, this does only apply if the student received public funding, such as from Lånekassen.

More information: The US Embassy’s website 

Further note: The US universities with which NMBU has agreements with, require evidence which shows that you can finance your studies there. If you use Lånekassen, then they can issue a guarantee for you. Information about what you probably can get in support (in Norwegian).

Health Insurance in the US
American universities have strict requirements for students’ health insurance. All students are studying in the USA should expect to purchase private health insurance recommended by the host university. This health insurance might be in addition to other (travel) insurances purchases by the student in Norway or abroad. University health insurance plans range from USD$ 500-1200 but can cost more. Read more about what health benefits you might be entitled to while studying in the USA on exchange from a Norwegian institution on HelseNorge.  


If you consider to apply one of our partner universities in the US, be aware that the universities may require a financial guarantee as proof that you can finance your studies.

Published 13. January 2017 - 13:38 - Updated 3. January 2023 - 11:13