Every year approximately 150 NMBU students study abroad through one of the unversity's agreements, and we receive about 200 international exchange and guest students at NMBU. NMBU has more than 120 bilateral agreements, Erasmus+ agreements and other types of collaborations with internationally recognised institutions from all around the world. NMBU works actively towards accomodating study abroad periods as part of the NMBU degree.
NMBU also participates in the following international programs:
Erasmus+ is the largest program for collaboration in education in Europe. Erasmus+ is financed by the EU-system and it is connected to its own scholarship programme.
The Quota Scheme finances students from developing countries and from countries the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and in Central Asia for studies at a Norwegian higher education institution. Students are recruited from partner universities in the eligible countries. The Quota Scheme finances 1,100 such scholarships every year.
At NMBU, all 46 Quota scholarships are for candidates at the PhD level. In the period from 2009-2013, 21 Quota scholarship recipients were awarded the PhD degree at NMBU. High percentage of these graduates use their new competance in their home countries.
The Eurasia programme focuses on collaboration between institutions in Norway and Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. The programme consists of a scholarship scheme and project funds.
NMBU has been awarded financing for three collaboration projects and limited scholarship funds.
The Ministry of Education and Research in Norway has prioritised collaboration with Brazil. Brazil has some of the best universities in Latin America, and the country has increased focus on the internationalisation of higher education. Brazil has done this by implementing the Science without Borders scholarship programme, which awards financial support to the most qualified applicants for studies abroad.
For the academic year 2014/2015, there 14 Science without Borders students at NMBU at bachelor, master and PhD levels.