Study abroad

Study abroad

Application deadline

15. September for Spring semester
 15. February for Autumn semester

How to study abroad?

  1. Choose one of our international partners
  2. Apply for studying abroad
  3. Get academic approval from MF
  4. Apply with the chosen international partner
  5. Apply for a visa
  6. Raise for support

International Partners

As an exchange student you can study at one of MF's many international partners in Europe, Africa, America, or Asia.

Check out all of the international partners here.

Contact

The International office will help you find out which international exchange fits you best. Do you already have plans? Come to us and we can gladly help you with those as well.

Phone: 22 59 05 74 / 22 59 05 00 |  E-mail: international@mf.no

More about studying abroad

The idea behind offering these international study exchanges is clearly that you will be still an MF-student while acquiring formal qualifications at another international educational institution. Therefore, a semester abroad can count as if you were at MF.

In Europe the student exchange is set in the framework of the Erasmus program. MF has exchange agreements with universities in Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy and the Czech Republic. In Scandinavia, MF is part of the Nordplus program, where all the Nordic faculties work together. It is an objective for MF that students taking a multi-year program of study have the opportunity to study abroad.

Studies

Studies

Apply for studying abroad

Apply for studying abroad

Apply online via Søknadsweb HERE

Applications Deadlines

There are varying deadlines for MF-students to apply for different international exchange programmes. For studies in Europe, it is sufficient to apply six months in advance, but going to America, Asia or Africa, it is advisable to apply one year before departure:

  • February 15th for travelling in the Autumn semester
    (International partners in Europe) 
  • October 1st for travelling in the Spring semester
    (International partners in Europe) 
  • October 1st for travelling in the Autumn semester
    (International partners outside Europe) 
  • February 15th for travelling in the Spring semester
    (International partners outside Europe) 

What can you apply for?

It is wise to begin to examine which agreements are relevant for you in long before the deadline. Please note that it is your responsibility to identify the appropriate courses/subjects at the foreign institution that may be included in your degree at MF. For help, please contact a Student Advisor, the International Adviser, or a teacher. Take time to read the websites of our international partners and seek advice in your academic/professional area.

Requirements to apply

  • You must have the right to study at a study program at MF when applying and during the exchange program.
  • Minimum requirements for an exchange through Erasmus, Nordplus, and Nordlys are that you have completed at least 30 credits by the deadline and 60 credits prior to the departure for the program.
  • For the other MF agreements the minimum requirement is 60 completed credits by the application deadline. There are no exceptions to this requirement.

Before travelling

Before travelling

Here are some helpful tips.

Funding

Be aware that it is your responsibility to fund your stay abroad, and that an application for support from Erasmus or Nordplus/Nordlys Agreement is a private matter that you need to arrange and apply for yourself.

Erasmus or Nordplus/Nordlys funds
Students that get funding help from Erasmus or Nordplus/Nordlys Agreement will have the opportunity to apply for a program scholarship.

 

Insurance

Health Insurance
For those who are members of the National Insurance Scheme (Folketrygden) will be covered while studying abroad for up to 12 months. You must  inform yourself about what that entails and what kind of medical expenses it will cover. NAV has more information about rights for overseas students that everyone should inform themselves about.

Additional Insurance
Folketrygden only covers certain health services, but does not cover, for example, repatriation in case of illness. Find out about different insurance solutions by contacting different companies such as your own bank. ANSA (Association of Norwegian Students Abroad) has tailored insurance solutions for Norwegian students abroad.

Visas and Residence Permits
It is your responsibility to inform yourself about the visa regulations in the country of destination. Check the individual agreement pages for more information and contact the country's embassy/consulate. Also remember to check that your passport is valid for the entire length of the stay and is in accordance with applicable national regulations.

Other travel tips

Vaccines
Remember to receive any necessary vaccinations prior to departure. SiO - Health Services offers vaccines and guidance to students in connection with foreign travel.

Advice from the authorities
If exceptional conditions arise, Norwegian authorities may, at short notice, discourage travel in certain countries and areas. You must pay attention to this. This you must be aware of. Check UD website for advice.

Academic preapproval

All students going on exchange through MF agreements must apply for academic preapproval of the courses they plan to take abroad before they travel to their destination. That will be your proof that the exchange may be incorporated into your final grade by MF after the program. If there are any changes in your curriculum during the exchange you must keep MF updated.

Registration at MF

When travelling through the international exchange program you will pay the Semester Fee and register yourself as usual at MF during the semester you are abroad.

Approval of partial studies

Approval of partial studies

We differentiate between preapproval and final approval.

Preapproval before travelling

A preapproval is your proof that your studies abroad will be accepted as part of your degree at MF. Lånekassen also needs this prior approval to grant support for studies abroad. It varies how many documents are required when applying for approval. Please consult an advisor in your program/area.

Examples of documentation:

  • study plan with description of the subject and an overview of teaching and examination
  • required reading list and general information about the university you wish to study at

Apply for a preapproval in advance. Note that studying without elective credits will have stricter requirements for approval. These programmes normally require a specified final approval (see below).

Final approval: after the exchange

You apply for final approval when you return from abroad. This approval is also required for transferring part of the student loan into granted support.
 
There are two types of approval:

  • Specified Approval: courses you take abroad will be assessed according to the named topics by MF. This is often done in cases where one is dependent on getting exemption of courses that are required for a degree at MF. Exchange programs related to professional environments (eg. ERASMUS and NORDPLUS) will usually give specific approvals.
  • Unspecified Approval: Subjects you have taken abroad are approved as elective credits. In these cases, the subjects from abroad often do not correspond to any of those offered by MF. When applying for unspecified approval you will still consider any overlap with the subjects that you have already taken at MF, or that  it may be natural to take during your study. Elective credits make up as much of a degree as other credits, but do not provide a basis for exemption from compulsory subjects in your degree. Note that if you, later on, take courses from another department or another degree at MF that overlap with the subjects you took during the exchange, the number of elective credits will be reduced.

The main reason that not all courses taken abroad may be approved as specified credits is that there will often be a big difference in how subjects are constructed abroad compared to MF. In many cases, the subjects also lack the part of the curriculum that has to do with Norwegian requirements when studying abroad. If MF does not offer a particular topic then it may not be recognized as a specific topic.

Unspecified credits have the advantage that you can take courses abroad that are not offered by MF, but you can still benefit from your studies. An unspecified credit does not constitute a specific subject.

Apply for visa

Apply for visa

Applying for a visa is your responsibility and you should contact the relevant embassy to obtain updated information. You will find information and contact details about visa procedures for the most important countries in the links below.

Argentina

Australia

Read more about visas and costs.

Apply for visa online.

Get more information about visa decisions at the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

Brazil

 

 

Contact the embassy for more information:
Sigur Syrs gate 4
0244 OSLo
Phone: 22 54 07 30
e-mail: consular@brasil.no

Canada

The Canadian Embassy in Oslo.

Phone: +1 514 864 9191
Fax: +1 514 873 9931

Chile

Costa Rica

Hong Kong

Mexico

Embassy of Mexico in Denmark:

Embajada de Mexico
Bredgade 65
1260 København
Denmark
Phone: (+45) 39 61 05 00 Faks: (+45) 39 61 05 12
e-mail: info@mexican-embassy.dk

New Zealand

Immigration New Zealand's web site

Embassy of New Zealand in the Netherlands:

Immigration New Zealand
Eisenhowerlaan 77
2517 KK The Hague
The Netherlands
Phone:+31 70 365 8037 (Monday to Friday 10-12 and 14-16)
Fax:+31 70 364 0116
E-mail: inzthehague@dol.govt.nz

Peru

Embassy of Peru in Sweden:

Embajada del Perú en Suecia
Brunnsgatan 21B, 3TR
111 38 Stockholm
Sverige

Phone: +46 8 44 08 747
E-mail: consulado@peruembassy.se
http://www.peruembassy.se/

South-Africa

 

Embassy of the Republic of South Africa
Drammensveien 88 C, 0271 Oslo
Phone: (+47) 23 27 32 20 fax: (+47) 22 44 39 75
E-mail: oslo.reception@foreign.gov.za

 

South-Corea

Embassy of South-Corea in Norway:

Inkognitogt. 3
Phone: 22 54 70 90
Fax.: 22 56 14 11
E-post: kornor@mofat.go.kr

Turkey

Turkish Embassy in Oslo:
Halvdan Svartes gate 5
N-0244 OSLO
Phone: 22 12 87 62
Fax:. 22 55 62 63
E-mail: mb.oslo@mfa.gov.tr
http://oslo.emb.mfa.gov.tr/

USA

Electronic Visa Application Form (EVAF eller D-156).

More information about visas can be found at the Embassy website.

Places to study abroad

Places to study abroad

As an exchange student you can study at one of the MF's partner universities. Currently, MF has agreements through Erasmus cooperation, bilateral agreements, and the Nordplus-Network. For more information about the different places to study abroad and deadlines, internally and externally, follow the links below:

Europe

Agreement: Erasmus 
Deadline: Oct. 1st and Feb. 15th
Read more

USA, Africa and Asia

Agreement: Bilateral 
Europe - deadline: Oct. 1st and Feb.15th
USA, Africa and Asia - deadline: Oct. 1st
Read more

Scandinavia

Agreement: Nordplus 
Deadline: Oct. 1st and Feb. 15th
Read more

Other programmes

Agreement: Special agreement, Oxford 
Deadline: Feb. 15th
Read more

Short Periods Abroad

Short Periods Abroad

See the following possibilities for short periods abroad:
- Practice
- Courses
- Field Studies
 
 

Do you have further questions?
The International Office at MF helps you with general arrangements and practical information.

Telephone: (+47) 22 59 05 74/ (+47) 22 59 05 00 
E-mail: international@mf.no

Placements

Placements

To cover expenses you can be granted Erasmus grant if the internship/practice is longer than two months. You can also get support from the State Loan Fund for Education (Lånekasse), if the stay lasts longer than 4 weeks.

For questions about the practice - where, when, and how - contact your teacher, placements/internship supervisor, or international office. See also information below.

Apply for Internship/Practice Abroad

For questions and applications for placements abroad, please contact your supervisor within the program you are a part of.

Before Traveling

Funding
Be aware that you are responsible for financing the stay abroad, and the application (its whole process) for support from the Loan Fund is also your own responsibility.

The Loan Fund (Norwegian: Lånekassen)
For the majority of students, the Loan Fund is the most important funding option during an exchange program abroad (be it during a long or short period). The Loan Fund gives loan to the coverage of part time students abroad, as travel and stays expenses, as well as financial support to cover tuition fees for those that have to pay them. At the Loan Fund website you will find information about how to apply for financial support to part time studies abroad and what must be attached in the application.

The MF Grant
If you travel because of field studies you also have the possibility to apply for the MF grant.

Health Insurance
For those that are members of the National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) the membership will be maintained during the studies abroad under 12 months. You have the responsibility to be informed about what it does imply and what kind of medical expenses it covers. NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) has more information about rights of students abroad.

Additional Insurance
It is important to be aware that you must have an additional insurance (medical insurance and travel insurance), and you are responsible to obtain it.

Visa and Temporary Permit
You are responsible to obtain information about visa criteria in the country you will travel to. Contact the country's embassy/consulate. Also remember to check if your passport is valid for the whole period you will be abroad and in accordance with applicable national regulations.

Travel Vaccines
Remember to take eventual necessary travel vaccines before departing. The health services at SiO offers travel vaccines as well as orientation to students associated to traveling abroad.

Advice from the authorities
Under exceptional conditions, the Norwegian authorities can discourage travel and stays in certain countries or areas on short notice. You must be aware of those possible short notices from the authorities. Check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in Norway for advice.

Registration at MF
When you travel for an exchange program through MF's partners, you will pay the semester fee, and then register yourself as a student as usual at MF during the respective semester you will be abroad.

Safety Abroad

Before traveling

Update Contact Information

Remember to update your parents, family, or closest relatives about you address and telephone abroad.
Update the contact information in the Studentweb.

Update MF and your closest relatives about contact information abroad, passport number, and insurance number.

Copy of important documents/papers

Make a copy of you passport, visa, and other important documents just in case of theft. Keep the original documents in a safe place.

Insurace

Health Insurance: When you apply for financial support from the Loan Fund to students abroad, you will be automatically a member of the National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) during your period abroad. Under exchange programs you are entitled to coverage of health services.
If you need confirmation of this right, or have a question about the right to coverage of health services you must contact The Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo).
Travel Insurance: It is important to be aware that you must have an additional insurance (travel insurance). The National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) gives right to coverage of health services, but it does not cover, for example, repatriation due to disease/sickness. If you obtain membership of ANSA (Association of Norwegian Students Abroad) you can buy their insurance that covers what the National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) does not cover.
You can also contact directly with different insurance companies in order to check their offers.

Vaccines

Remember to take eventual necessary vaccines before traveling. The department for Health affairs at SIO offers vaccines and orientation to students regarding traveling abroad.

During the period abroad

Laws and Rules

Learn about the local safety recommendations (for example, the host university) – that is the most important source of information. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign affairs website gives more information about safety in different countries.
Advice from the Norwegian government: Under special conditions the Norwegian authorities (Department of Foreign Affairs or Department of Health Issues) may discourage to travel to certain countries and areas on short notice. You should be aware of that and follow eventual such eventual advices.
Follow laws and rules in the respective country you will be living in and be aware of laws, norms, and rules (both written and unwritten) other than those that apply to Norway. A good guidebook can give you the guidelines.
Avoid any involvement with drugs. The majority of the countries have strict consequences to such conditions, in some places even the death penalty. You are accountable to the host country's laws.
 

Safety

Be careful after dark, avoid-crime areas, and show caution. Remember that drugs impair judicial issues.
Make sure others know where you are!
Never walk with many a lot of cash with you.

Prepare yourself

It is smart to have different cards to make payments just in case one is stolen. You should have sufficient funds in your bank account in Norway to cover any extraordinary expenses (illness, repatriation, and similar situations).
Tickets and passports: You may want to book a ticket that allows you to change your return, in case it turns out necessary. Alternatively, you should ensure that you have the funds on hand to be able to cover a new ticket on short notice.
Check if your passport (eventually your visa as well) is valid for the entire length of stay in accordance with applicable national regulations.
Have the telephone number to the nearest Norwegian foreign service office (embassy or consulate) as well as other important phone numbers. For stays outside Europe, where this is applicable, you are advised to register at the nearest Norwegian foreign service office during your stay.

If anything happens
 

Crisis Situations

First of all, make sure that your dependents, your host university and/or MF are informed about your situation and where you are. Inform also the nearest embassy or consulate.
Under a state of emergency (political tension, natural disasters etc.).
Follow directions from local authorities and inform the Norwegian embassy about you and your residence address if you have not done so previously. Under political tension, keep contact with the embassy.

Medical Aid

The host university, the insurance company's emergency center (SOS), or Norwegian embassies can make recommendations
 

Under less critical cases

Contact your host university's contact person for advice and assistance. Under serious incidents, you should also contact the nearest Norwegian foreign service office (embassy or consulate). If there is no Norwegian representation, other Nordic foreign service stations be contacted.

Under sickness (outside EU)

You will get a refund after the international guidelines from NAV (they have their own reimbursement form). Get more information with NAV.
Under more serious cases, like hospitalization etc., you should contact the nearest embassy. You can also contact the emergency number provided in your private health insurance for assistance.
 

Important Contact Information

NAV international telephone 21 07 37 00 or e-mail: nav.internasjonalt@nav.no
ANSA (Association of Norwegian Students Abroad)
Folkehelseinstituttet (advice about vaccines, health risk etc.)
Helseøkonomiforvaltningen (coverage of healthcare abroad)
Overview of Norwegian Foreign services offices
Travel advice and country information from Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Visa

For general information about visa, follow this link.

 

After Returning Home

After you've returned from your period abroad, you must get a final approval of the placement. In addition, we would appreciate if you contribute to tell fellow students about your stay.

Validation
When you return, you must contact the student advisor for a final academic recognition of your placement abroad.

Report
Reporting requirements in connection with your placement abroad is agreed with the student advisor.

Contribute to promoting it
You can contribute to the promotion of studies abroad by letting your fellow students know about your own experience. You can do this by telling about your placement abroad during information meetings and public information days for studies abroad to be held before the application deadline for future students.

 

General questions and arrangements

MF's international office helps you with practical information and arrangaments.

Telephone: 22 59 05 74 / 22 59 05 00 |  E-mail:international@mf.no

Field Studies

Field Studies

In order to cover expenses for field studies, you will generally get support from the Loan Fund for stays over 4 weeks.

See below for more information about field studies abroad.

Apply for Field Studies

Relevant field studies must be recognized by the supervisor for the respective assignment or thesis together with the respective student adviser. 

For questions regarding academic arrangements in relation to field studies, please contact your advisor within the program that you are a student. See here for contact information.

Before Traveling

Funding
Be aware that you are responsible for financing the stay abroad, and the application (its whole process) for support from the Loan Fund is also your own responsibility.

The Loan Fund (Norwegian: Lånekassen)
For the majority of students, the Loan Fund is the most important funding option during an exchange program abroad (be it during a long or short period). The Loan Fund gives loan to the coverage of part time students abroad, as travel and stays expenses, as well as financial support to cover tuition fees for those that have to pay them. At the Loan Fund website you will find information about how to apply for financial support to part time studies abroad and what must be attached in the application.

Health Insurance
For those that are members of the National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) the membership will be maintained during the studies abroad under 12 months. You have the responsibility to be informed about what it does imply and what kind of medical expenses it covers. NAV (the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration) has more information about rights of students abroad.

Additional Insurance
It is important to be aware that you must have an additional insurance (medical insurance and travel insurance), and you are responsible to obtain it.

Visa and Temporary Permit
You are responsible to obtain information about visa criteria in the country you will travel to. Contact the country's embassy/consulate. Also remember to check if your passport is valid for the whole period you will be abroad and in accordance with applicable national regulations.

Travel Vaccines
Remember to take eventual necessary travel vaccines before departing. The health services at SiO offers travel vaccines as well as orientation to students associated to traveling abroad.

Advice from the authorities
Under exceptional conditions, the Norwegian authorities can discourage travel and stays in certain countries or areas on short notice. You must be aware of those possible short notices from the authorities. Check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website in Norway for advice.

Registration at MF
When you travel for an exchange program through MF's partners, you will pay the semester fee, and then register yourself as a student as usual at MF during the respective semester you will be abroad.

Safety Abroad

Before traveling

Update Contact Information

  • Remember to update your parents, family, or closest relatives about you address and telephone abroad.
  • Update the contact information in the Studentweb.
  • Update MF and your closest relatives about contact information abroad, passport number, and insurance number.

Copy of important documents/papers

  • Make a copy of you passport, visa, and other important documents just in case of theft. Keep the original documents in a safe place.

Insurace

  • Health Insurance: When you apply for financial support from the Loan Fund to students abroad, you will be automatically a member of the National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) during your period abroad. Under exchange programs you are entitled to coverage of health services.
  • If you need confirmation of this right, or have a question about the right to coverage of health services you must contact The Norwegian Health Economics Administration (Helfo).
  • Travel Insurance: It is important to be aware that you must have an additional insurance (travel insurance). The National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) gives right to coverage of health services, but it does not cover, for example, repatriation due to disease/sickness. If you obtain membership of ANSA (Association of Norwegian Students Abroad) you can buy their insurance that covers what the National Insurance (Norwegian: Folketrygden) does not cover.
  • You can also contact directly with different insurance companies in order to check their offers.

Vaccines

  • Remember to take eventual necessary vaccines before traveling. The department for Health affairs at SIO offers vaccines and orientation to students regarding traveling abroad.

During the period abroad

Laws and Rules

  • Learn about the local safety recommendations (for example, the host university) – that is the most important source of information. The Norwegian Minister of Foreign affairs website gives more information about safety in different countries.
  • Advice from the Norwegian government: Under special conditions the Norwegian authorities (Department of Foreign Affairs or Department of Health Issues) may discourage to travel to certain countries and areas on short notice. You should be aware of that and follow eventual such eventual advices.
  • Follow laws and rules in the respective country you will be living in and be aware of laws, norms, and rules (both written and unwritten) other than those that apply to Norway. A good guidebook can give you the guidelines.
  • Avoid any involvement with drugs. The majority of the countries have strict consequences to such conditions, in some places even the death penalty. You are accountable to the host country's laws.
     

Safety

  • Be careful after dark, avoid-crime areas, and show caution. Remember that drugs impair judicial issues.
  • Make sure others know where you are!
  • Never walk with many a lot of cash with you.

Prepare yourself

  • It is smart to have different cards to make payments just in case one is stolen. You should have sufficient funds in your bank account in Norway to cover any extraordinary expenses (illness, repatriation, and similar situations).
  • Tickets and passports: You may want to book a ticket that allows you to change your return, in case it turns out necessary. Alternatively, you should ensure that you have the funds on hand to be able to cover a new ticket on short notice.
    Check if your passport (eventually your visa as well) is valid for the entire length of stay in accordance with applicable national regulations.
  • Have the telephone number to the nearest Norwegian foreign service office (embassy or consulate) as well as other important phone numbers. For stays outside Europe, where this is applicable, you are advised to register at the nearest Norwegian foreign service office during your stay.

If anything happens
 

Crisis Situations

  • First of all, make sure that your dependents, your host university and/or MF are informed about your situation and where you are. Inform also the nearest embassy or consulate.
  • Under a state of emergency (political tension, natural disasters etc.).
  • Follow directions from local authorities and inform the Norwegian embassy about you and your residence address if you have not done so previously. Under political tension, keep contact with the embassy.

Medical Aid

  • The host university, the insurance company's emergency center (SOS), or Norwegian embassies can make recommendations
     

Under less critical cases

  • Contact your host university's contact person for advice and assistance. Under serious incidents, you should also contact the nearest Norwegian foreign service office (embassy or consulate). If there is no Norwegian representation, other Nordic foreign service stations be contacted.

Under sickness (outside EU)

  • You will get a refund after the international guidelines from NAV (they have their own reimbursement form). Get more information with NAV.
  • Under more serious cases, like hospitalization etc., you should contact the nearest embassy. You can also contact the emergency number provided in your private health insurance for assistance.
     

Important Contact Information

Visa

For general information about visa, follow this link

After Returning Home

After you've returned from your study period abroad, you must get a final approval of the fieldwork. In addition, we would appreciate if you contribute to tell fellow students about your stay.

Validation
When you return, you must contact the student advisor for a final academic recognition of your fieldwork abroad.

Report
Reporting requirements in connection with your fieldwork abroad is agreed with the student advisor.

Contribute to promoting
You can contribute to the promotion of studies abroad by letting your fellow students know about your own experience. You can do this by telling about your fieldwork abroad during information meetings and public information days for studies abroad to be held before the application deadline for future students.

 

General questions and arrangements

MF's international office helps you with practical information and arrangaments.

Telephone: 22 59 05 74 / 22 59 05 00 |  E-mail:international@mf.no

Courses

Courses

This type of course can involve different terms, location, extent, and time. Usually, our international partners offer regular summer courses, in addition to individual conferences.

For more information contact the International Relations Office.

 

International Relations Office

International Relations Office

International Relations Office

International Advisor, Karoline Oftedal
E-mail: international@mf.no
Telephone: + 47 22 59 05 74

If you have any question related to events and/or the international student environment at MF, please contact our International Student Assistant.
E-mail: isa@mf.no

For questions about academic arrangements related to exchanges programmes, please contact the student advisor within the programme you are a part of at MF.