IMPORTANT: The agreement with SDSU is under renegotiation.
Exchange to SDSU is temporarily on hold for autumn 2023, but may resume spring 2024 if the agreement is finalized.

Number of study places

Several Study Abroad spots available


Autumn: mid August – December.

Spring: mid January - May.

Selection of applicants

Minimum C in average is recommended

Level of studies

Bachelor (undergraduate) and Master courses (graduate).

American Language Institute

NMBU students will be enrolled at the American Language Institute and can choose from Semester at SDSU General Courses or Semester as SDSU Business Courses. Some business course are made specifically for international students.

Language requirements

4 in English from Norwegian 'videregående', or

TOEFL iBT score 80, or

IELTS score 6.5.

Recognition of study credits

One semester full time studies Bachelor level: 15.

One semester full time studies Master level: 9.

Courses previous students have taken:

GEOG340 Geography of Food
POL333 Politics of Race Ethnicity
POL380 Human Rights Global Perspective
SUSTN334 Politics of Environment
POL425 Psychology of Politics
PYS101 Introductory Psychology
SOC320 Sex and Gender in Contemporary Society
SUSTN353 Sustainability and Culture

ECON360 International Economic Problem
ECON460 Economics of Financial Crises
EUROP101 Introduction to European Studies

BA310 Foundations of Business in a Global Environment
BA350 Management and Organizational Behavior
CSP300 Stress Management and Life Planning
MGT352 Human Resource Management
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology
SOC102 Introduction to Social Problems

CHEM100 Introduction to General Chemistry
CONE330 Principles of Engineering Economy
ECON101 Principles of Economics
STAT119 Elementary Statistics Business

CONE330 Principles of Engineering Economy
CS107 Introduction to Computer Programming
ECON321 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory
GEOL303 Natural Disasters

AE340 Fluid Mechanics
AE341 Fluid Mechanics Lab
CIVE445 Applied Hydrology
OCEAN100 Ocean Planet

Course Catalogue

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Tuition fees

Tuition fees are approximately USD 7 800/semester

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.  


Various options available.

Visa / Residence permit

Visa: 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 

Published 10. April 2017 - 13:18 - Updated 3. January 2023 - 11:15