Courses for Exchange Students

UiB offers a large number of courses taught in English for exchange students, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Courses Offered


This is an overview of all the course options that our exchange students can apply for in the academic year 2017/2018.

Courses offered

  • Course list: You will find the course descriptions of most courses for exchange students in the course list.
  • Exceptions: There are a few exceptions, which you can read about below under Course options not listed in the course list.

Course options not listed in the course list - Fine Art, Music and Design

Most courses in Fine Art, Music and Design

Most courses in these subject areas are not advertised in the course list. Read about your study options in each discipline:

Course options not listed in the course list - Alternative study options

If you will not register for regular courses at UiB, you can choose among these alternatives in the course list on Søknadsweb:

  • Project/ Lab work:
  • Thesis:
    • For students who will only work on their thesis while they are at UiB.
    • If you need a supervisor at UiB, you must contact academic staff at the relevant department/faculty to acquire a supervisor.
    • It is important that you discuss your options with your home university before you leave home.
  • Clinical rotation:
    • You can only choose this option if you are nominated on an exchange agreement in the subject areas of medicine or dentistry.
  • UNIS Svalbard:
  • NHH (Norwegian School of Economics):
    • UiB students can apply for one course per semester at NHH, in addition to UiB courses.
    • How to apply to NHH:

Course options not listed in the course list - Courses taught in Norwegian

Proficiency in Scandinavian language required

You can apply for courses taught in Norwegian if you are proficient in one of the Scandinavian languages (Norwegian, Swedish or Danish).

How to add these courses to your application

After you have applied in Søknadsweb, you must email the course code(s) and title(s) to exchange-students@uib.no and upload documentation of your language proficiency in your application on Søknadsweb. We will add the courses to your application for you.

Content of the course descriptions

Each course description includes:

  • ECTS credits: Tells you how many ECTS credits you are awarded for each course. A full work load for one semester is 30 ECTS credits in total.
  • Teaching semester: Tells you whether the course is taught in autumn and/or spring.
  • Course code
    • 100-level: Bachelor's level courses.
    • 200-level: Can be included at both bachelor's and master's level.
    • 300-level: Master's level courses.
  • Number of semesters: Tells you if a course runs over 1 or 2 semesters.
  • Language: Tells you which language the course is taught in.
  • Resources (schedule and reading list): Tells you when there are lectures and seminars/workshops, and lists the course literature for the current semester.
  • Select semester: To make sure you get the most recent information, choose autumn semester 2017 / spring semester 2018.

A Norwegian language course is available for all exchange students

NOR-INTRO / Short Introductory Course

The Short Introductory Course in Norwegian Language and Culture is especially suited for exchange students who wish to acquire basic knowledge of the Norwegian language and culture.

Completion of the NOR-INTRO course is awarded with 7.5 ECTS credits, and most students will be able to combine this with their other courses.

Application procedures

As a new exchange student, you apply for the Short Introductory Course at Søknadsweb in your application for exchange, along with your other courses.