Exchange Programmes

International students at MF

Exchange Programmes

MF has exchange agreements with more than 80 recognised universities around the world and participates in a number of international exchange programmes such as Nordplus and Erasmus. Exchange students usually study at MF for one or two semesters. MF only accepts exchange students from partner universities. Contact your home coordinator to find out if you are eligible for exchange and follow local procedures. 

Please see information to the left about application deadlines and procedures. 

Courses offered in English
As an exchange student at MF, you may choose from many different courses taught in English. MF may also arrange, in cooperation with other organisations, an introductory courses in Norwegian language. To your information, some of the master courses have prerequisites. 

Please follow this link for our online course catalogue (courses offered in English)

Online Nomination

Info: 

Courses offered in English

As an exchange student at MF, you may choose from many different courses taught in English.

>>Please follow this link for our online course catalog (courses offered in English)

Online Nomination

Nomination process for partner institutions

MF partner institutions who are registred with one or more accounts will receive an e-mail with username and instructions of how to use the service. To be registred as a new user in the system, please contact us at international@mf.no 

Step 1 - Log in

You log in to the online nomination service here: https://fsweb.no/nomination/login.jsf?inst=mf 

The Nomination application supports Internet Explorer 8 or newer versions, along with most other browsers (Safari, Opera, Firefox, Chrome) 

Username: Your username is the email-adress which is sent to you in an e-mail from MF's International Office. If you have not recieved this email, please contact us at international@mf.no 

Password: To log in the first time you must order the password from the log in page. Enter your e-mail addres and click on "Send password". 

Step 2 - Choose relevant agreement

After log in you will see the agreements your institution has with MF (the agreements that are registered on your username). Select the relevant agreement from the list and click on the button “Add new nomination” to nominate a student on the agreement.

Step 3 - Register nominated students

Add the student's information starting with the student's e-mail address. Please take care to enter the date of birth correctly on the format YYYY.MM.DD. Please also choose correct term(s) for admission.

After completing the student's information, click on "Add Nomination" to save the data. After ca. 30 minutes the system will send a confirmation e-mail to the nominated student's e-mail address and a copy to you. If you wish to cancel the nomination of the student, no e-mail will be sent if you cancel by clicking on the delete button (red circle with the white cross) within 30 minutes.

Please note that the data you have entered about the student cannot be edited once it has been entered by clicking on the "Add Nomination" button. If you typed incorrect data, you must delete the nomination using the delete button (red circle with the white cross) and then click “Add New Nomination” to start the process again.

After nomination

E-mail to students: When you have finished the nomination, the students you have nominated will receive an email from MF confirming that they have been nominated by your institution. The students will be given further instructions for completing their application in the MF online application service for students (Søknadsweb).

Student application status: You can keep track of each student's status by logging in on the online nomination service any time. On the “Available agreements and admission” webpage you may see all relevant agreements and the application status of your nominated students; nominated, applied, admission granted, withdrawn etc.. You may also upload further documents for each student.

Students must upload the following documents in their application: 

  • Learning agreement
  • University transcript of records

The students must complete the application online before

  • 01 May for studies starting the fall semester (August-December or August-June) 
  • 01 October for studies starting the spring semester (January-June) 

Online Application

Info: 

Courses offered in English

As an exchange student at MF, you may choose from many different courses taught in English.

>>Please follow this link for our online course catalog (courses offered in English)

Online Application

Students who have been nominated by their home institution must complete their application for exchange to MF in the online application service for students, "Søknadsweb". Nominated students will receive an email with password and instructions on how to apply.

Deadlines

May 01 - Fall semester (August - December)
October 01 - Spring semester (January - June)

Step 1: Log in

Use the link in the email sent to you to go to the online application service, press “log in without a Norwegian birth number” and log in with your email-address and password (also sent to you in the email confirming the nomination to MF).

Step 2 : Contact information

On this page you must enter your correct postal address in your home country. Please make sure to enter both postal code/zip code and city. Click on "OK - save" to continue. You will then be directed to the application page. For countries with more than 4 digits postal codes, please write down your full address in the address line and fill out postal code with “1111”

Step 3: My application

On the application page you will see the details of your nomination. To complete the application you must confirm level (bachelor or master) for your exchange.

Please read the course descriptions carefully and make sure you fulfill all prerequisites before choosing: Courses offered in English

Step 4: Upload documents

On this page you may upload the relevant documents for your application. Some partner institutions have already uploaded or sent the documents for their nominated students. If not, the student must upload the documents on this page.

Relevant documents for exchange students:

  • Learning Agreement (all fields must be filled out and completed)
  • University Transcript of Records, showing previous courses at university level
  • Photo

Deadlines

Applications should be completed online well before:

01 April for studies starting in the Fall semester (August - December or August - June)
15 October for studies starting in the Spring semester (January - May)

Erasmus students shall upload the Learning Agreement for studies with their online application and the international office will sign the Learning Agreement and return it to you when you have completed your course registration and have been admitted to courses at MF. 

After admission 

Letters of Admission will be sent out within 3 weeks after the application deadline. Student housing must also be booked before 1 November for the Spring semester and 1 June for the Autumn semester. Students who plan to apply for SIO-housing must register by sending an email to international@mf.no and apply through SIOs webpages, where you will also find more information on the different housing options, rules and regulations. 

The Spring semester usually starts in the second week of January and ends in the third week of June. The Fall semester usually starts in the middle of August and ends in the third week of December. Exchange students should arrive in Oslo at least one week prior to the start of a semester to ensure that they will be present for the Orientation Week for new students.

Student housing

Student housing

We recommend that you apply for student housing as early as possible when you apply for an exchange at MF. You apply online through SiOs web pages, where you will also find more information on the different housing options, rules and regulations. SIO has many housing units in Oslo and the surrounding areas. Most international students live at Sogn, Ullevål or Kringsjå. These are the largest student villages. 

Housing application deadline

For the Fall semester: 01. June
For the Spring semester:  01. November

Housing contract

Housing contracts for exchange students are normally issued for the entire semester, from August 1 to December 31, and January 1 to July 31.

You have to follow the deadlines to answer the housing offer given by SIO and to sign your contract and pay the deposit. All of this can be done electronically via "My pages" (more information will be given from SIO). It is important that you read the contract and appendix 1 available on SIOs webpages carefully.

If you for some reason want to move out before your contract expires, you need to give SIO notice two or three months ahead of time (depending on type of accomodation).

Deposit

All students who rent housing must pay a deposit. This will be returned after you have moved out, on condition that there is no damage to the room/furniture, that the room has been properly cleaned, and all rent has been paid.

The deposit must be paid before arrival to Norway, within one week after you get an offer from SIO. It is done electronically through "My Pages" (you will get access to this from SIO), and can be paid via credit card or via regular international bank transfer.

How to get there

Make sure to check www.sio.no/en/housing/moving-in before you arrive, in case there are changes in where to pick up your keys, etc. We strongly recommend that you plan your arrival to Oslo so that you arrive within opening hours so that you can get your key for your housing.

Nice to know

All units have wired internet connection, which is included in the rent. If you wish to have wireless internet you will have to get a wireless router yourself.

However, please note that curtains, pillows, sheets, blankets, reading lamps and kitchen utensils are not provided. There are frequent buses to IKEA outside of town, where you can get what you need at reasonable prices.

ALL questions on housing must be directed to SIO, not MF. 

Residence permit and registration with the police

Residence permit and registration with the police

EU/EAA citizens 

Citizens from EU/EEA and Switzerland do not need to apply for a residence permit, but must register with the Police if staying in Norway for more than 3 months. 

Non-EU/ EEA/

All students from outside the EU/EEA-area must apply for a study permit. Citizens under the Norwegian visa regulations are required to apply for a visa and residence permit before entering Norway. Please note that students who enter Norway without the necessary permit will not be allowed to remain in the country.

Students from visa waiving countries must apply for residence permit if they are going to stay in Norway for more than 3 months. 

EU/EAA citizens

EU/EAA citizens

In order to receive a registration certificate from the Oslo Police:

Register at the online UDI application portal
Create a new user account. You will receive an email to activate your account.
Choose "Go to EU/EEA registration"
Select "Oslo police district, Service Center for foreign workers" when you are asked to choose a police station.

Gather the necessary documents: 

Passport or both sides of your National ID-card
European Health Insurance Card or proof of other private health insurance coverage. Must be valid for the whole period you are staying in Norway
Admission letter you have received from MF
Proof of housing - bring your contract from SIO
Fill out the form "Declaration of funds for EU/EEA citizens". This is a personal declaration that you have sufficient funds for your period of stay.

Hand in the application and documents in person. 

Non EU/EEA citizens

Non EU/EEA citizens

Register an application

Register an application for a student residence permit on udi.no.

Address in Norway: Use the address you have at SIO housing.

When asked to send the application to a reference, please choose NO, as this has no relevance to your application.

All students from outside the EU/EEA-area must apply for a study permit. Citizens under the Norwegian visa regulations are required to apply for a visa and residence permit before entering Norway. Please note that students who enter Norway without the necessary permit will not be allowed to remain in the country.

Students from visa waiving countries must apply for residence permit if they are staying in Norway for more than 3 months. 

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) differentiates between:

citizens of countries that are required to have a visa to enter Norway
citizens of countries that have a entry visa exemption agreement with Norway

Students who need to apply for visa or residence permit must submit the application as soon as possible after receiving the Letter of Admission from MF. 

If you do not need a entry visa:

You do not need to transfer money to a Norwegian bank account.
You might be asked to present other means of documentation

Documentation of financing

Students from outside the EU/ EEA/ Switzerland applying for a student residence permit to Norway, need to show documentation of financing in order to be granted the permit/visa. The amount required by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration corresponds to the amount of full support from the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund.

NOK 116 369 for one year
NOK 58 184 for one semester

Students need to present documentation of subsistence when applying for a student residence permit. Student loans, grants, own funds, or income from employment can be included.

How to apply

Please submit an online registration on the UDI application portal if you are applying through the Norwegian Embassy. 

How to register with the police

As a non-EU/EEA/Swiss student, you will have to make an appointment and register with the police within 7 days after your arrival in Norway. Please make an appointment with the Police on the UDI application portal. Choose Oslo Police District, Department of Immigration, when setting up the appointment. You might get a date that is after your 7 days, do not worry, as long as you booked a date you are ok. 

Please note that if you have applied for a residence permit from home through a non-Norwegian Embassy, you cannot book the appointment through the application portal. You still need an appointment, which you can get by calling +47 22 34 21 00, during their opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 13:00.

The address for the registration is Schweigaards gate 15b.

Please see the list of documents you must hand in (udi.no).

Some of the required documents:

Admission letter from MF
Housing contract from SIO