Student Information Centre (SiT)
Do you want to study one or two semesters abroad?
There is a world of opportunities for you!
All students doing a degree at a Norwegian university have the opportunity to study one or two semesters abroad. The requirements are that you have 60 ECTS before you leave and that you are enrolled at the foreign university for a minimum of three months. UMB recommends a minimum GPA of C to apply for the exchange.
Below, you will find a list of things to remember before you fly off and see new parts of the world.
First of all you need to figure out where you want to study. Our list of 120 partner universities
can be split into three groups depending on where you go.
- Nordic countries
UMB has several partner universities in our neighbouring countries Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland through the Nordplus. By applying to one of these, you also have the chance of getting a 200€ scholarship per month.
- European countries
Through the EU programme Erasmus, you can study at one of UMB’s partner universities in Europe. In addition to the fact that you will pay no tuition, you may also get an Erasmus grant of 300€ per month. (Restrictions apply for non-EU citizens)
- Other countries
UMB also has a number of bilateral agreements with universities all around the rest of the world which is outside the Nordic region and Europe. Some of the agreements waive tuition fee for UMB students and some do not.
You can find an updated list of UMB's current partners here
You also have the opportunity to go to a university which UMB does not
have an agreement with, but this may imply more work for you.
In order to get the courses you will do abroad transferred to your UMB degree, you are dependent on your study advisor’s approval and also to get advice on when you can go. This means you should contact your department about your plans to go abroad as soon as possible no matter which university you wish to study at.How?
After having decided where and when, the application process begins. You need to fill out the application form
and hand this in by February 1 for bilateral agreements and March 1 for Erasmus and Nordplus. You also have to write a letter of motivation as part of your application.
Once you have been admitted to the university, you should apply for on-campus housing as soon as possible. A lot of universities guarantee on-campus housing for their exchange students but there is usually a "first come, first served" rule. If you choose to live off-campus make sure you do not sign any contract for a flat you have not seen. Therefore, we recommend you to stay in temporary accommodation (hostel, bed & breakfast, etc.) and look for flats once you have arrived.
Is the language of study not English or Scandinavian? If you are eligible for Lånekassen
grants, you are entitled to a language grant of 16 000 NOK if you participate in a language course with a minimum duration of four weeks. Travel and visa
As soon as you know when you can arrive at your new university, you should book a ticket. Make sure you have updated information on the visa regulations in the country of study as some of these processes can take time. Also make sure you have the right vaccinations if you are going to a country which requires such.
If you are eligible for support from Lånekassen
remember to apply for support. As a student abroad you can get a travel grant and support for tuition fee in addition to the basic grant.
Contact your insurance company to make sure you have the appropriate insurance for staying abroad for a longer period of time. Before departure
Remember to pay the UMB semester fee and register as a student at UMB by the normal deadline!
Questions? Please contact SIT
and we will help you!
Updated: 04.12.12Printerfriendly version
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