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Admission requirements when applying for an outbound exchange

The University of Stavanger wants all students to have the opportunity to travel on exchange during their studies. At the same time, both UiS and our partner institutions have requirements you must meet in order to apply for an exchange.

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Guidelines to apply for a period of exchange as part of a full degree study program

  • The student must apply for an exchange within set deadlines. The application must be registered in Søknadsweb. The student must check that the registered application is complete and that all required documents are uploaded.
  • The International Office may, upon written and reasoned application from the student, grant processing of applications and any additional documentation up to 1 week after the application deadline has expired. After this, applications for late submission of applications and/or additional documents shall only exceptionally be granted. It must be possible to document the circumstances on which the application for late submission is based.
  • The student must have completed at least 60 credits prior to the exchange semester abroad.
  • The student must meet the admission criteria of the partner institution.
  • The exchange semester must be pre-approved by the relevant faculty/department.
  • The study period abroad must not impact the already approved education plan.

Approved by the Education Committee 12 September 2012. Revised 18 November 2020.

All study programmes have recommended semesters for studies abroad, and exceptions are rarely being made.

The minimum requirement for going on a student exchange is that you must have passed exams equivalent to a one-year programme (60 credits) before travelling. Some universities require applicants to have attained at least 60 credits at the time of applying.

We would like to point out that in certain cases the study/academic advisor may dissuade students from applying to go on a student exchange if the applicant does not have enough credits in relation to the syllabus or if the exchange programme would be at the cost of an approved individual education plan.

Please note that you are not eligible to go on an exchange semester after you have have finished your degree with the University of Stavanger. You should go on exchange in the recommended semester according to the study programme and be a full time student.

The University of Stavanger (UiS) does not set requirements for a particular average grade when you apply to go on a student exchange, but a number of our partner universities have their own admission requirements (particularly in countries outside Europe). Even if UiS does not require students to have a particular average grade, we would like everyone who goes on a student exchange to be good ambassadors and have an adequate GPA  to increase the chance of obtaining good results at our partner university.

We would like to point out that in certain cases the study/academic advisor may dissuade students from applying to go on a student exchange if the GPA  is particularly low.

The University of Stavanger does not require language proficiency tests for students, but some of our partner universities do.

If you want to apply to a university in Australia or in the USA, you must have at least a grade 4 in English from Norwegian upper secondary school (or equivalent). If you have a lower grade than this, you must sit an English test (Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] or International English Language Testing System [IELTS]). Different universities have different requirements regarding tests - ask us if you are not sure. We highly recommend that you book an appointment for the test as early as possible in the process.



For the Erasmus+ programme, the language proficiency expected of students in relation to the Council of Europe's language proficiency scale will be specified in the agreement between the educational institutions. This  The system is mainly based on self-evaluation.

In addition, it is compulsory for some Erasmus+ students to undergo a language proficiency test before travelling. Students who attain a lower score than required may be offered an online language course. Language proficiency testing currently applies only to English and some other European languages. 

Courses that you intend taking abroad must always be approved in advance. The same applies to prescribed traineeship exchange programmes. The contact person at your faculty/department will approve courses and practice. The reason for this approval is to be sure that your study or traineeship abroad will be approved and recognised in your study plan when you return to Norway.

Furthermore, this approval will confirm to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund that the period of study abroad entitles you to financial support.

Before submitting an application for approval of courses locally at UiS, it is important that you check whether the university/university college has certain academic prerequisies and/or requirements for the courses you wish to study, and that you meet them.

Please note:

Only students who have been admitted to an ordinary study program at the University of Stavanger can apply for an exchange. This excludes students who have been admittet to a one year program.


Please contact the International Office via the Exchange Guide in the Digital service desk if you have questions about the admission requirements.

Find more information about outbound exchange