Exchange Students from Outside of Europe

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The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has about 40 bilateral agreements with partner universities from outside of Europe, and welcomes bilateral exchange students as non-degree students every year. In order to do a bilateral exchage at NMBU, there has to exist an agreement of exchange between NMBU and your home university/institution.

Once you have been nominated by your home university on NMBU's online nomination portal, you automatically receive an email from NMBU on how to proceed with your application. To apply, please follow the steps below.

Outside of Europe

Step 1) Nomination

You will receive an automatic email confirming your nomination as an NMBU exchange student, and another email with a password for entering the application portal.

Step 2) Register your application

Register your application in the application portal SøknadsWeb. Before you register your application, please read the following information carefully:

Course Numbering System and Teaching Periods in the Academic Year

Language requirements

NMBU offers courses taught in English and Norwegian. The English courses require one of the English levels listed below (Please do also see the Higher Education Entrance Qualification for Persons with Foreign Education - The GSU-list), and the Norwegian courses require documented fluency in Norwegian, Danish or Swedish. 

Applicants who are not native speakers of English must document their proficiency in English with one of the following tests:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 for a paper based test (PBT), or minimum 60 on an internet-based test (IBT).
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS), academic, with a minimum score of 5.0.
  • Applicants with Norwegian upper secondary school: Foundation/level 1 course in English at upper secondary school (140 hours) with the mark 2 or better. 
  • Please note that a TOEFL or an IELTS test cannot be more than two years old.
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 51 points.
  • University of Cambridge examinations:
  1. First Certificate in English
  2. Certificate in Advanced English
  3. Certificate of Proficiency in English

In some cases, applicants can document English proficiency in other ways. Please see the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance Education to find out about other ways to document English language proficiency.

Step 3) Upload documents

 Please upload the following documents to your application profile (SøknadsWeb) before the application deadlines:

  • Application form (The application form must contain: 1) Complete home address, including post code 2) List of courses you want to take at NMBU 3) List of courses you are currently enrolled in at your home university).
  • Official academic transcripts in English (Official transcript is not just a print, but an official document signed and approved by your home university).
  • Copy of passport/ID card.
  • Documentation of English proficiency (Applicants who are native speakers of English do not have to document their English proficiency).

When all documents are uploaded to Søknadsweb they will appear on your profile under the window "my documents", and your application is complete. 

Step 4) Deadline and decisions

All documents must be uploaded before:

  • 1 April (Autumn semester: Aug/Sept - Dec)
  • 1 October (Spring semester: Jan/Feb - May/June)

When to expect decisions:

  • Autumn semester applications: within 15 May.
  • Spring semester applications: within 15 November.


If you have any questions, please contact:



Published 14. November 2016 - 8:38 - Updated 4. December 2020 - 14:11