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Application guide for inbound exchange students

If your home institution has an agreement with the UiS, you are welcome to apply as an exchange student. Without a bilateral agreement in place, we cannot accept your application.

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Application deadlines

Autumn semester

1. April

For students doing practice placement: Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic and Social Work.

1. May

For studies commencing in the autumn semester (August- December).

Spring semester

1. October

For students doing practice placement: Nursing, Midwifery, Paramedic and Social Work. 

1. November

for studies commencing in the spring semester (January-June).

Contact us
International Office

Jan Morten Øien E-mail: Phone: +47 51 83 45 26 Vibeke H.Kvarven E-mail: Phone: +47 51 83 24 95

Faculty of Performing Arts

Lena C. Haug E-mail: Phone: +47 51 83 40 00

Faculty of Health Sciences


Department of Social Sciences

Joakim Jiri Haaland Contact info

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English proficiency requirements for exchange students

In order to ultimate your academic success at our institution, it is required that all exchange students have a minimum B2-level of English. This level is self-assessed, and you do not need to provide any documentation or submit an English test score. For further reference and description of European language levels please check the self-assessment grid.

Admission regulations

Application process

This application process is for all faculties with the exemption of the Faculty of Performing Arts.

Before you can start to apply for an exchange to University of Stavanger, you need to be nominated by your home institution. Please contact your International Office at your home institution for their internal deadlines to apply for an exchange.

When you have been nominated, you will receive an email from the University of Stavanger that you now have been nominated. You need to have received this e-mail before going to step 2.

If you are unsure whether your university has an agreement with UiS, please check with your home coordinator or send us an email.

The online nomination service will open in the beginning of March for autumn semester and beginning of September for spring semester. 

Please watch our application video. (Music and Dance students have their own system.)

When you receive an e-mail that you are nominated, then you can start applying.

First you go to 'Søknadsweb' and click on 'Login International Application'.

Do not create a new account in 'Søknadsweb'. When you were nominated, an account was automatic created for you and you only need to request a new password to get access to your application.

It is possible to log in and out of the application system multiple times and make changes up until the deadline. 

If you have not received the nomination e-mail and you are sure you have been nominated in our online system, please write to us at You may at any time request a new password from our system.

Personal information: If the information filled in by your home university is incorrect (name, nationality or date of birth) please send an email to

Home address: It is important that you fill in your complete home address. Include the following:

  • Street number and name
  • Postal code and postal area
  • Country

Please do not use a P.O. Box address or your university address.

In ''Søknadsweb 'you can choose courses from a drop-down menu.

  • Please be aware that Bachelor students cannot attend Master courses. 
  • Only choose in total 30 ECTS per semester. (The minimum we allow students to take per semester i 20 ECTS. Please be aware that if you have a citenzenship that requires a student visa in Norway, then you need to be a fulltime student. Meaning that you have to take 30 ECTS).
  • You have until the 1st of September (Autumn semester) and 1st of February (Spring semester) to change courses.

In the lists below is what all students need to upload and what are extra documents depending on which courses or internship you wish to take at the University of Stavanger.

1. Transcript of Record / Diploma

Upload all university transcripts/diploma (both bachelor’s and if applicable, master’s level) in English or in a Scandinavian language. Do not upload documents in other languages as this will delay the process.

The transcript/diploma must contain a description of the grading system. Master's students must upload their Bachelor's diploma or other proof that they have finished their Bachelor's Degree. 

We only accept official copies. Offical copies are with a signature and/or a stamp from your home institution.  

The required documentation must be uploaded to 'SøknadsWeb' in a PDF format. Please write your name on the document uploaded. 

Example: ToR John Smith

2. Copy of your passport or ID card

The required documentation must be uploaded to 'SøknadsWeb' in a PDF or JPEG format. Please write your name on the document uploaded. 

Example: ID John Smith

Drama / Comparative Education / Outdoor Education / English Didactics in Teacher Education students must also upload the following documents before arrival:

A Certificate of Good Conduct 

We do accept that you upload this document after the deadline, as long as we receive it before arrival. Please write in the extra information that you are in the process of getting this document.

Social work students also need to upload the following documents:

  • Motivation letter 
  • CV  
  • Which practicum you wish to take, earlier experiences and (yes/no) if you have a driver license. 

Depending on which placement you receive, you might need to provide a negative tuberculosis test and MRSA test before arrival. You will be contacted if this is needed.

All clinical placement students must also upload the following documents before arrival:

  • A negative MRSA test 
  • A negative tuberculosis test if you live in or have been in a country with a high TB incidence for more than three months the last three years or have otherwise been exposed to infection.
  • Dates and which placement: From when until when do you plan to have your placement. And which type of placement do your home university require that you take.

UiS is obliged to ensure that the student’s lung X-rays do not show active lung TB prior to starting work with patients. For more details concerning screening and updated list of countries with incidence of tuberculosis, please check the following webpage of Norwegian Institute of Public Health

We do accept that you upload the first two documents after the deadline, as long as we receive them before arrival. In this case, please let us know in the "Extra information" that you are in the process of getting the test(s).

Documentation of funds

- You do NOT need to transfer money to a Norwegian bank account in order to document financing.

- You must present other means of documentation; for instance, documentation of student loan or scholarship or a bank statement from your home country. Please upload this document in Søknadsweb when applying.

- NORPLUS students that are receiving a scholarship do not need to upload documentation to prove sufficent funds.

- Please check if your Letter of Admission provides a confirmation from UiS that you have sufficient financial means to cover your period of studies in Norway before applying for your study permit (visa).

Read here for more information about study permit.

We only sign Erasmus+ documents after you have received your Letter of Admission. You need to use an Online Learning Agreement. Here are more information on how to fill in your documents.

What happens next?

It is your responsibility to fill in the application correctly. Please double check that everything is in order as described above before the application deadline. Especially that you have uploaded the correct documents (in English or a Scandinavian language) and that your home address is correct.

Applications will not be processed until all required documents are received.Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Now that you have finished your application you will receive, by e-mail, a Letter of Admission. This may take everything from 1 day to 2 months depending on when you applied and which courses you applied to. It is important that you check your e-mail often, and your "spam" inbox, if you have received the Letter of Admission as there is a deadline in this letter on accepting or declining the offer.

After receiving your Letter of Admission, check out our checklist on what to do next.

Accommodation: Please note that it is not possible to apply for accommodation now. You will be informed of application procedures after you have been admitted. 

Students from non-EU/EEA: We recommend that students from non-EU/EEA countries applies as soon as possible due to the visa application procedures after being nominated by their home institution. 

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