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. This list will be updated for the academic year 2018/2019 in March.
  • Exceptions: There are a few exceptions, which you can read about below under Course options not listed in the course list.

Content of the course descriptions

  • 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: Tells you when there are lectures and seminars/workshops. The schedules are released on 1 June for the autumn semester, and 1 December for the spring semester.
    • Reading list: Lists the course literature for the current semester.
  • Select semester: To make sure you get the most recent information, you can choose autumn 2018 / spring 2019 in the menu on the right.

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

Most courses in Fine Art, Music and Design

Most of the courses in these subject areas are not advertised in the course list. Read more about what our departments offer and contact the exchange coordinator at the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design if needed.

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:

Norwegian School of Economics (NHH): Unfortunately the opportunity for UiB students to take one course at NHH per semester, is no longer offered from the spring semester 2018.

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.

    Norwegian language course available for 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.

    Other Norwegian language courses (NOR-UXX)

    UiB also offers more extensive Norwegian language courses (15 and 30 ECTS):

    Application procedures

    As a new exchange student, you must apply for Norwegian language courses at Søknadsweb in your application for exchange, along with your other courses. This means that the final deadline to apply for Norwegian language courses is 1 May/ 15 October.