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COVID-19 pandemic information for inbound exchange students

New information about the COVID-19 pandemic for inbound exchange students will be published here.

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  • During the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, it is the emergency management group at the University of Stavanger who decides to what extent we will carry out student exchange.   
  • Exchange for spring 2021 is still scheduled as normal and we are planning for, and hoping to welcome students in Stavanger in January 2021. 
  • Please be aware that we have limited accommodation. As a consequence, do not buy a plane ticket to Norway before securing accommodation. 
  • It is important that you read up on quarantine rules in Norway.  Please read further information from the University of Stavanger below.
  • Please note that some nationalities require a student permit to Norway. Please also note you cannot apply for a student permit before you receive your admission letter from the University of Stavanger.

The information above was last updated 8 October 2020.

Information about courses offered spring 2021


Last update 10 December:
Students arriving to Norway via Oslo (or another point of entry than Stavanger), may continue your onward travel and stay in quarantine in Sola county (which is where the airport closest to Stavanger is situated). 

Travels from your point of entry to an alternative quarantine hotel, however, requires that the trip takes place in accordance with the covid-19 regulations and the health authorities' recommendations.

The Deputy County Emergency Manager at the County Governor of Rogaland, Gry Evensen, has confirmed that the student may proceed with onward travels to Stavanger Airport from another entry point in Norway and may be quarantined in Sola municipality. This is in accordance with information given by the Ministry of Education and Research.

Please present the print-out of this information and your Letter of Admission to the border police if you arrive to Norway elsewhere than Stavanger and plan to travel onward to Stavanger.

Upon arrival to Stavanger airport, the border police will provide information about the nearest quarantine hotel with available rooms.  It is not possible to book this hotel in advance, and you cannot stay in quarantine in other hotels, student housing or private accommodation.

You will have full-board accommodation at the hotel during the quarantine period. The stay at the hotel is free of charge for incoming exchange students. (The Norwegian Government will cover the main part of the cost but all travellers must pay an individual share of NOK500 per day to the hotel out of their own pocket. The UiS will cover the individual share for their students, but you may have to first pay and get a refund later.)

The UiS and/or the Norwegian Government will under no circumstances cover for expenses over NOK 500 per day, and cost like phone calls, pay-tv, mini bar etc. must be covered by the students themselves.

The information we have received from Sola Municipality confirms that the quarantine hotels are close (i.e. walking distance) to Sola Airport.  Since the quarantine stay is organized by the municipalities/county governor and border police in accordance with the rules and regulations given by Norwegian Government and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, we ask for your understanding we are not able to answer any further questions regarding the hotels or the quarantine regulations.

Update 2 December: You will be given information about quarantine by the border police at border crossings and other arrival points in Norway. For those arriving by plane at Stavanger Airport, Oslo Airport or other entry points, you will be assigned a hotel by the immigration authorities upon arrival. It is not possible to book other hotels or private accommodation.

We have received notice that students arriving at another entry point than Stavanger, but has Stavanger as their final destination may be quarantined at their final destination, i.e. Stavanger. The University of Stavanger has no further information on how this will be organised.

Please note that the information given below may change. All changes and updates will be published on the following websites: 

Important information on the coronavirus situation 

COVID-19 pandemic information for inbound exchange students.

All student exchange will follow the rules and regulations stated by the Norwegian Government and the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. These rules and regulations may change. 

Please read the latest information about infection control advice for travel and entry quarantine. 

Before you make a final decision and arrange for your exchange semester with us, we would like you to consider the following: 

Anyone arriving from "red" countries must present a certificate of negative COVID-19 test when they arrive in Norway. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before entry. If you do not present a certificate, you may be refused entry into the country. 

Please ensure that you can bring a paper copy of your COVID-19 test according to above. 

Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad shall be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with sufficiently low transmission rates (yellow areas and countries). 

Here you can find more information about status for entry quarantine. 

You will be given information about quarantine by the border police at border crossings and other arrival points in Norway. You will be assigned a hotel by the immigration authorities upon arrival. It is not possible to book other hotels or private accommodation. 

You will have full-board accommodation at the hotel during the quarantine period. Normally you will have to pay an individual share of NOK500 per day at the hotel out of your own pocket. The Norwegian Government will cover the remaining cost. The UiS will cover the individual share for their students but be aware that you may have to first pay for this and get a refund from the UiS later. 

UiS have made an arrangement with Sola Airport hotel, so for those that are staying there does not need to pay the fee of 500 NOK pr. day as the university will cover this. Students that are guided to other hotels, needs to pay the daily fee first and then they will be reinbursed the amount. More information on how to do this will be given later.  Only expenses up to NOK500 per day at appointed hotels will be covered. 

After you have been in quarantine you will receive a document from your hotel to prove you have been in quarantine. With this document you can move into your SIS housing or private accommodation. You cannot move into SIS housing before 5 January. 

Please ensure that you can pay NOK 500 per day for your quarantine hotel in either Oslo or Stavanger (or elsewhere in Norway). You will be refunded later, but please ensure you have the means to pay for your stay upon arrival. Note that you cannot get your keys from SIS before 5 January. 

SIS will send out offers for housing contracts. Make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully, especially cancellation policies, before you sign your housing contract. It is important to note that such contracts are between you and SIS; therefore, all financial burdens are on you. The UiS is not liable.  

SIS housing have asked us to stress the following:  

  • The housing contract is a legal document and cannot be terminated during the first 5 months of the contract.  
  • All rental agreements start 5 January 2021, and all tenants must pay rent for the whole month of January 2021, regardless of the arrival date. 
  • All contracts have a duration of at least 5 months. 
  • It is not possible to change accommodation during the semester.  
  • You may extend your contract if necessary. 

All queries must be sent to the SIS Housing:

Please ensure that you do not arrive before 26th December. After 10 days in quarantine, you will earliest be able to move into your housing arrangement 5th January. If your quarantine ends before 5th January, you will be responsible to find and pay for alternative accommodation for this period. 

Go to our checklist for more information about accommodation.

The official semester start for Spring 2021 is 4 January. 

The deadline to register for courses is 1 February. 

Academic calendar.

We will have two welcome meetings for our students, 5 January and 12 January. You will receive a separate email with invitation later. The meetings will be held on Zoom. 

Some courses will be offered online, others will be offered on campus and require physical presence. You can see a list of different courses, and how they are offered in the Spring semester further down on this website.

For a full overview over which courses start when and which courses/programs require attendance, please see the timetable (will be published in December).

We do not require your attendance before the start date of your earliest course. Most courses do not start before mid- or end of January.

Please ensure that you have checked the start date for your courses and that you have arranged for housing and tickets in order to be present at your earliest course

Before you can book tickets to Stavanger/Norway, you must have familiarized yourself with the current rules for entry to Norway, signed your housing contract AND made sure you have valid insurance during the exchange period in Norway from your home country. 

Please note that you must be quarantined for 10 days before your first lecture here at UiS, so if your first lecture is on 18 January, you must arrive no later than 7 January. 

With this, we hope you have the information you need to make the necessary preparations for your exchange semester.

We understand that this is a difficult and complicated decision to make, but we still hope we will be able to welcome you to Stavanger for the Spring semester 2021.


Here you will find an overview of how the lectures will be conducted for each course in the Spring semester. Some courses will have lectures on campus that require physical attendance, others will offer online lectures, others will be able to offer a hybrid solution and some courses may unfortunately be cancelled.

We update this list continuously when we receive information from the faculties/departments.

Please be aware that the list below is subject to change. Please read the latest and most updated information for each course in Canvas.

UiS Business school:

All courses will be online.

Faculty of Science and Technology:

The following courses will be digital

BIO300 Pathology 10 ECTS
BIO510 Bioinformatics 10 ECTS
BIO580 Protein Biochemistry 10 ECTS
BIO590 Advanced Cell and Cancer Biology 10 ECTS
MLJ600 Interfacial Water Chemistry 5 ECTS

The following courses will be physical lectures

KJE500 Organic Spectrometry 10 ECTS (Will only be digital if it is impossible to have physical lectures)

The following courses will be a hybrid between physical and digital lectures

BIO200 Biochemistry 10 ECTS
MLJ550 Advanced Organic Chemistry 10 ECTS
BIO600 Food Microbiology 10 ECTS
MLJ610 Water and Wastewater Treatment 10 ECTS
MLJ630 Separation Technology 5 ECTS
MLJ640 Environmental Biotechnology 10 ECTS

The following courses will be digital

DAT220 Database Systems 10 ECTS
DAT230 Communication Technology 1 10 ECTS
DAT310 Web Programming 10 ECTS
DAT500 Data-intensive Systems 10 ECTS
DAT520 Distributed Systems 10 ECTS
DAT550 Data Mining and Deep Learning 10 ECTS
DAT600 Algorithm Theory 10 ECTS
ELE520 Machine Learning 10 ECTS

The following course will be physical and have obligatory meeting in January

ELE610 Project in Robot Technology 10 ECTS

The following courses will be a hybrid between physical and digital lectures

GEO100 Earth, Energy and Climate 10 ECTS
GEO600 Seismic Interpretation 10 ECTS
MOD550 Geostatistical Modeling 10 ECTS
PET585 Integrated Reservoir Management From Seismic Field Development Planning 10 ECTS
PET560 Improved Recovery Methods 10 ECTS (Will have physical lab lectures if possible)

The following courses will have digital lectures only

PET110 Geophysics and Well Logging 10 ECTS

The following courses will be physical lectures

GEO540 3D Geomodelling 10 ECTS (will be digital if UiS closes down)
GEO240 Field Techniques and Geological Mapping 10 ECTS (This course might be cancelled if physical lectures is not possible. This has not yet been decided)
PET570 Reservoir Chemistry 10 ECTS (Will have physical lab lectures if possible)

Courses at the Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering will have a hybrid or fully digital solution for lectures at least until the end of January.

The following courses will be a hybrid between physical and digital lectures:

BYG140 Structural Mechanics 1 10 ECTS
BYG520 Environmental Loads 5 ECTS
OFF580 Marine Technology and Design 10 ECTS

The following courses will have digital lectures only:

BYG210 Construction Physics and House Building 10 ECTS
BYG530 Plastic Analysis of Structures 5 ECTS
MSK530 Mechanics of Solids, Advanced Course 10 ECTS
OFF540 Condition Monitoring and Management 5 ECTS
OFF560 Industrial assets, Processes, and Performance (Earlier called Assets, Processes and Performance) 10 ECTS

Not yet decided or cancelled courses:

OFF700 Aspects in Offshore Technology in the Arctic Environment (OFF700 is associated with summer school of UTFORSK project, and we don’t know whether we will have summer school in 2021 due to uncertainties of the pandemic. So, the situation is unclear at this moment.)

MSK520 Corrosion is no longer offered spring 2021.

The following course will have physical lectures:

FYS210 Physics Laboratory 10 ECTS

The following courses will be a hybrid between physical and digital lectures:

FYS300 Eletronmagnetism and Special Relativit 10 ECTS

FYS330 Micro Physics 10 ECTS

FYS340 Statistical Physics 10 ECTS

MAT200 Mahematical Methods 2 10 ECTS

MAT210 Real and Complex Calculus 10 ECTS

MAT250 Abstract Algebra 10 ECTS

MAT320 Differential Equations 10 ECTS

The following master level courses will have physical lectures, possibly a hybrid between physical and digital lectures if this becomes necessary.

FYS600 General Relativity and Cosmology 10 ECTS

FYS610 Quantum Field Theory 10 ECTS

FYS620 X-Ray Neutron Scattering 10 ECTS

FYS630 Computational Solid State Physics 10 ECTS

MAT600 Topology and Symmetry 20 ECTS

MAT610 Mathematical Analysis 2 10 ECTS

MAT630 Algebraic Geometry 10 ECTS

STA600 Generalized Linear Models 10 ECTS

The following courses will be digital lectures

RIS510 Reliability Analysis 10 ECTS
IND520 Decision Analysis using Excel 10 ECTS
BSA260 Risk, Security and Sustainable Development 10 ECTS (Changed to only Norwegian)
IND550 Cost Estimation and Risk Analysis in Projects 10 ECTS
IND600 Project Management 2 10 ECTS
RIS620 Economic Analysis in Risk Management 10 ECTS
RIS630 Risk Management, Communication and Policy 10 ECTS
RIS640 Risk Assessment and Decisions 10 ECTS

The following courses will be digital lectures but it is important to be present in Norway

BYG110 Urban Space 10 ECTS (Due to the main assignment, it is important to be present locally)

The following courses has not yet been decided. More information coming soon

BYG125 Water and Wastewater 10 ECTS
BYG610 Sustianable City Regions 10 ECTS
BYG640 Selected Topics on City and Regional Planning 10 ECTS
SAM610 Technical safety systems 10 ECTS

Faculty of Social Sciences:

All courses will be online.

All courses will be online.

Faculty of Arts and Education:

Physical lectures. Mandatory, physical attendance from 18 January. Please contact Inger Marie Øglænd if you are not able to come to this date. (Remember you need to be in quarantine when arriving in Norway)

Physical lectures. Mandatory, physical attendance from 12 January. Please contact if you are not able to arrive on the 2nd of January. (Remember you need to be in quarantine when arriving in Norway)

Physical lectures. Physical attendance from 11 January. Attendance is obligatory. If you have less than 80% attendance you will not be able to take the exam.

Physical lectures. Physical attendance from 11 January. (These courses will be digital if physical lectures is not possible.) Attendance is obligatory. If you have less than 70% attendance you will not be able to take the exam.