UC Davis

Number of study places 


Entry requirements

The applicants with the best average grade at the time of application. The applicant should have average grade B. UC Davis is relatively strict about who they admit, so the nomination from NMBU therefore occurs after a comprehensive assessment of the applicant, based on grades and the student's motivation letter.

Study level

Bachelor and Master.

About the Agreement

Students admitted through through this agreement may only take courses with availability, and will not be given priority over degree 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, or

TOEFL score 230 (computer based test), or

IELTS score 6.5.

Semester timing

The academic year at UC Davis consists of three quarters.

Fall quarter: September – December.

Winter quarter: January - March.

Spring quarter: March - June.

Summer Session II: August - mid September.

NOTE: If you choose to go during NMBUs autumn semester (UC Davis fall quarter), you can only take 20 credits. It will be easier to go during the winter and spring quarters. Alternatively you can do the Summer Session combined with the fall quarter and thereby achieve30 credits.

Recognition of study credits

Bachelor: Every quarter corresponds to 15 quarter credits. 1 Davis credit corresponds to 1,33 NMBU credits. Recommended: 15 credits corresponding to 20 NMBU credits.

Master: 1 Davis credit equals 1,54 NMBU credits. Recommended: 13.

Courses taken previously by NMBU students

BIS2A Introduction to Biology 
ESP100 General Ecology 
EVE189 Introduction to Biological Research 
LIN24 Structures in Academic Writing 
UWR18 Style in the Essay

BIS104 Cell Biology 
BIT160 Plant Biotechnology 
BIT161B Plant Genetics & Biotech Lab 
EVE131 Human Genetic Variation 
FST204 Advanced Food Microbiology 
MIC162 General Virology 
MIC170 Yeast Molecular Genetics 
UWP19 Writing Research Papers 

FST198 Directed GP Study 
FST104 Food Microbiology 
FST104L Food Micro Lab 
FST123 Intro Enzymology 
LIN24 Structures in Academic Writing

ARE139 Futures and Options Market
DRA198 Directed Group Study
ECN102 Analysis of Economic Data
ECN162 International Economic Relations
ECN240 Time Series Econometrics
EDU198 Directed Group Study
UWP24 English Structures and Strategies in Academic Writing

ARE144 Real Estate Economics
ECI003 Civil Infrastructure & Society

ENH006 Introduction to Environmental Plants
ENV170 Conservation Biology Policy
GEL9 Geology Field Experience

GEL17 Earthquakes
GEL25 Geology National Parks
GEL120 Big Bang to Today
GEL131 Risk: Natural Hazards
LDA1 Introduction to Environmental Design

DRA198 Presentation Skills 
ECS30 Programming and Problem Solving 
ENG102 Dynamics 
ENG103 Fluid Mechanics 
ESP110 Principles of Environmental Science 
GEL18 Energy and Environment 
GEL10 Global Environmental Change 
MAT168 Optimization 
NSC287A Topics in Theoretical Neuroscience 
PHYS160 Environmental Physics and Society
PHYS204A Methods of Mathematical Physics 
PHYS204B Methods of Mathematical Physics 
PHY250 Special Topics 
PHY256 Natural Computation and Self Organization 
PSC100 Cognitive Psychology 
STA106 Variance Analysis

ESP155 Wetland Ecology 
WFC10 Wildlife Ecology 
WFC154 Conservation Biology 
WFC198 Directed GP Study

ENH105 Taxonomy & Ecology Plant Families
LDA60 Landform and Grading Studio 
LDA140 Green Building, Design, and Materials 
LDA210 Advanced Studio 
LDA171 Urban Planning and Design 
LDA198 Directed Group Study in Landscape Architecture 

ARE157 Analysis for Operations and Production Management 
ARE171B Financial Management
ECN100 Intermediate Economic Theory 
ECN134 Financial Economics 
ECN135 Money & Banking 
ECN140 Econometrics 
ECN160A International Microeconomics 
ECN160B International Macroeconomics

ECN100 Intermediate Microeconomic Theory 
ECN134 Financial Economics 
ECN160A International Microeconomics 
ECN160B International Macroeconomics 
ENG105 Thermodynamics 
ENG106 Engineering Economics 
PHY9 Classical Physics 


ATM60 Introduction to Atmospheric Science 
ECN1A Principles of Microeconomics 
HYD144 Groundwater Hydrology 

ECI130 Structural Analysis 
ENG103 Fluid Mechanics

Tuition fees
Students must pay tuition fees at a reduced rate.

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.  

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. 
The universities in the USA require that students use 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 can be found here (in Norwegian).


Berkeley accepts the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme (den norske Folketrygden) as a full insurance for NMBU students traveling on this agreement. This agreement only applies to students traveling through this agreement, students studying in the USA with the support from Lånekassen, and students who have automatic full nationwide membership in Folketrygden. If you are a Norwegian citizen you need to examine whether this arrangement applies to you. This arrangement only applies to health insurance. Students still have to arrange all other insurances themselves.


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.

The UC Davis Exchange is organized through the Global Study Program

Published 13. January 2017 - 14:09 - Updated 3. January 2023 - 11:15