Friday, March 13, 2009

Exchange programmes

Many Norwegian institutions have bilateral exchange agreements with universities and university colleges in other countries. Most of these agreements involves that a student stays one or two semesters at the institution in Norway as part of a degree from the home university or college. In addtion, there are some exchange programmes on a national level.

Norwegian universities and university colleges have participated in the Erasmus action programme since 1992. Erasmus is part of EU's programme for lifelong learning (LLP) and supports European activities of higher education institutions. Currently 2,199 higher education institutions in 31 countries are participating in Erasmus.

The Erasmus action is open to the participation of students in the following 31 countries:

  • the 27 Member States of the European Union
  • the 3 European Economic Area countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
  • Turkey through the Erasmus Mundus-programme

If you are a student from an eligible country interested in coming to Norway on Erasmus exchange you will have to contact your current home institution and see if it has agreements with any institutions in Norway. You may also contact the National Agency (NA) for the Erasmus Programme in your country.

north2north Student Mobility Program
The north2north program is organised by the University of the Arctic, an international network of educational institutions dedicated to providing relevant and accessible post-secondary education to the people of the North. This means that your choice of exchange institutions consists of universities in circumpolar countries (United States, Canada, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia).

As a north2north participant, you travel to another circumpolar institution for a period of 3-12 months. This time period is dependent on your needs and the structures of your home and host institutions. Successful applicants will receive a mobility grant to facilitate their stay at the host institution. The value of this grant varies.

The Barentsplus programme is designed to promote cooperation between Russian and Norwegian institutions of higher education in the Barents region. The programme is open for both students and teachers. Grants are given for stays between four weeks and up to one year


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