Exchange Partners: How to nominate
Step-by-step guide on how to nominate and other useful information for our exchange partners.
|Autumn semester or full academic year||15 March - 15 April|
|Spring semester||1 September - 1 October|
Other procedures apply for Music Studies: Applicants to Music performance and Music composition should not be nominated by their home university, but must apply in the EASY online application system by 1 March every year.
Application deadline for students
|Autumn semester or full academic year||25 April|
|Spring semester||15 October|
The Exchange portal contains all relevant information for future exchange students.
Log in to Nomination web (online nomination system for all exchange partners)
Nomination web supports Internet Explorer 8 or newer versions, along with most other browsers (e.g. Safari, Opera, Firefox, Chrome). Use lower-case letters (e.g. a instead of A) when entering your username.
Make sure that UiB’s logo is on the top of the login page (- other institutions in Norway have the same login system).
Your username is your email address or joint institutional email address.
Please note that your email address has to be registered in our system in order for you to enter Nomination web. If you are not able to enter Nominaton web, you should contact email@example.com.
- First time login: You must order a password at the login page. Enter your username and choose Send password.
- Forgotten password: You must order a new one at the login page. Enter your username and choose Send password.
1. Choose agreement
After login, you will see an overview of the agreements you can access with your username. Select the relevant agreement and choose Add new nomination to nominate a student on the agreement.
If you can't find the relevant agreement/ subject area in Nomination web that you are responsible for, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will check whether your email is registered correctly in our database.
Subject areas not open for exchange students
The following subject areas are not open for exchange students unless otherwise specified in the exchange agreement:
- Music - Performance and Composition
- Fine Art
Please note that due to capacity limitation, students nominated through an exchange agreement in a specific subject areas will be prioritised. Subject areas with less capacity than others:
- Earth Sciences (GEOV)
- Biological Sciences (BIO)
If you have questions regarding the number of nominees, courses or any other issues related to your agreement(s) with UiB, please contact your partner at the department or faculty. For university wide agreements you can contact the International centre.
2. Register student with
- Email address
- Name (according to passport)
- Date of birth in the format YYYY.MM.DD
- Citizenship (according to passport)
- Semester/s for admission
- autumn/ autumn+spring
- spring/ spring+autumn
Check that all the data is correct. Choose Add nomination.
3. Upload documents
Partners can on behalf of their students upload the required documentation in Nomination web. We accept unofficial transcripts, translations, and documentation of funds when uploaded by our partner universities on behalf of the student.
4. Confirmation email
The nominated student will receive a confirmation email (cc to nominator) approximately 30 minutes after you registered their nomination in Nomination web. The email will describe the application procedures and other practical information.
Nominated students can apply in our online application system (søknadsweb) soon after they have been nominated.
5. Add another nomination
Complete steps 2 and 3 for each student you wish to nominate for exchange. You can log in later to nominate additional students as long as it is done within the nomination period.
Unfortunately you cannot make changes to the submitted nominations. If you entered incorrect data, you should choose Delete nomination (red circle with the white cross) and nominate the student again.
If you are not able to delete the nomination, email us at email@example.com for assistance.
Problems? Check out the FAQ.
Documents required for all applicants
- Transcript of records in English or Scandinavian language
- Alternatively the student can upload the original transcript together with a translation.
- Passport or national ID card (gender must be must be stated in the passport/ID card).
Applicants required to upload additional documents
- Applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA and Switzerland
- Applicants to courses in English language and literature (ENG-courses)
- Applicants to the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
- Applicants to the Faculty of Fine Art, Music and Design
- Applicants to regular courses taught in Norwegian (NOT Norwegian language courses)
Courses for exchange students
UiB offers a large number of courses taught in English for exchange students. The course list for the academic year of 2023/2024 is available online from 1 March 2023.
Before applying the students should check if the courses they are interested in have required or recommended previous knowledge. This information can be found in the course description of each course. Information regarding courses should be directed directly to the department or faculty. The contact information is available in the course descriptions online.
Students are allowed to take courses at more than one department or faculty, but please note that if a course has a limited amount of places, students nominated on an exchange agreement in the relevant subject area will be prioritised.
The normal workload per semester for a full-time student is 30 ECTS credits.
English language requirements
All courses for exchange students are carried out in English and we expect that the students have sufficient fluency in English in order to cope with the courses from the start.
General courses for exchange students
Students are required to have a minimum of level B2 (CEFR) for all courses offered to exchange students, except for courses in English language and literature. We consider your nomination as confirmation of your students' English proficiency at level B2.
Courses in English language and literature
Courses in English language and literature have course codes starting with ENG[xxx]. Students who apply to take ENG-courses must have a minimum of level C1 (CEFR). The students must document their English level by submitting a test to their application.
You can check your students' application status when you log in at Nomination web at any time during the application process.
Letter of Acceptance
Students will receive their Letter of Acceptance online at their application profile in Søknadsweb (UiB online application system):
- by 10 June for students starting in August.
- by 30 November for students starting in January.
Students will be notified by email soon after the letters have been published. The acceptance letter can be downloaded by the student as a pdf document. We do not sent copies of the Letter of Acceptance to our partners.
Students from the same home university will not necessarily receive their Letter of Acceptance at the same day. We publish Letters of Acceptance from end of May until 10 June / mid-November until the end of November, regardless of which home university the students belong to.
The processing of a student's application can be delayed for several reasons, the most common one being that we are missing one or more of the required documents. In these cases we will email the student directly with information about what is missing and what the student should do next.
Please ask your students to check their email regularly, including the spam filter.
The Student Welfare Organisation (Sammen) in Bergen offers student housing to new international students. Exchange students are entitled to housing guarantee if they apply in Sammen's application portal within the following dates:
Autumn semester (start August): 1 April - 15 May
Spring semester (start January): 1 October - 1 November
The students will receive an offer from Sammen shortly after the deadlines 15 May / 1 November. If the students plan to accept the offer, they need to sign the tenancy agreement within the given deadline, even if their admission at UiB is still under consideration.
The tenancy agreement is a legal binding agreement between the student and Sammen. Please advise your students to read the document carefully and get familiarized with the terms and conditions given in the agreement.
Shared rooms will be allocated to short term students (1 semester stay) for the autumn semester. Due to capacity limitations it might also be implemented for the spring semester. Allocations are randomised.
Students who have applied for student housing but will not be studying in Bergen after all, have to make sure that they cancel the tenancy agreement within Sammen's cancellation deadlines:
Autumn semester (start August): 19 June
Spring semester (start January): 30 November
After 19 June / 30 November the students may only terminate the agreement 3 months after the start of the tenancy and with 3 months’ notice. The notice period applies from the first day of the following month.
Students with special needs
Sammen can offer rooms / apartments that are specially adapted for students with special needs. The student must notify Sammen as soon as possible and after the application is submitted, by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
International students moving to Norway must apply for a residence permit for studies. The procedures for student residence permit depends on the nationality of your students.
Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a study permit after receiving the Letter of Acceptance from the University of Bergen.
EU/EEA citizens do not need to apply for a study permit, but the police's Immigration Office (UDI) requires that students register online as soon as possible after they have arrived in Bergen.
Nordic citizens do not need a study permit to study in Norway, but should register with the National Registry if living in Norway for more than 6 months.
Students with special needs
Exchange students with physical, mental or health related conditions can receive support services from UiB during their exchange period. Please contact us and we will put you and your student in touch with the UiB faculty's contact person for students with special needs.
UiB also offers special arrangements for examinations. Please note that the student will have to apply well ahead of the exam date.
The Student Welfare Organization (Sammen) can offer rooms / apartments that are specially adapted for students with special needs. The student must notify Sammen as soon as possible after the application has been submitted by sending an email to email@example.com
Erasmus+ learning agreement
The University of Bergen uses the Online Learning Agreement (OLA).
UiB already uses the OLA for all our outgoing students as well as for many of our incoming students. We consider the OLA as a major step forward towards a paperless Erasmus.
The OLAs are signed at the faculties after the students have signed up for courses in our online registration system (Studentweb) in mid-June / mid-December.
The students will find the contact information and other details to fill into their OLAs at our webiste for students.
If you are not yet connected to EWP your students can use your university-specific learning agreement. Please note that the university-specific learning agreements will be signed at the Faculty Information Centre after the student has arrived in Bergen.
Transcript of records
UiB has replaced the transcript of records on paper with digital services. All students must order a transcript of records with a digital signature from the Diploma Registry. Partners will able to check the validity of a digital transcript or certified link.
In Norway we use the grading scale A-F, or “Pass”/”Fail”, in higher education. Please see our information website about the grading system for full details on what the grades mean.
Frequently asked questions FAQ
Can I nominate students by email?
No, it is only possible to nominate through Nomination web.
Can I nominate students using MOVEONNET?
No, we do not accept nominations through moveonnet.
I can only nominate our student for one semester and I need to nominate the student for two semesters. What do I do?
Please nominate your student for one semester and then email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and explain the situation. We will make the necessary changes in the system.
Can I nominate students starting their exchange studies in January in the period 15 March to 15 April?
No, you must wait until the nomination period for the spring semester opens on 1 September. The deadline for spring nominations is 1 October.
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English Language Requirements
English language requirements for exchange students differ depending on which courses you apply for.
Erasmus+ Learning Agreement
UiB uses the Online Learning Agreement (OLA). If your home university is not yet connected to EWP, you can still use the paper version of the learning agreement.
Exchange students with special needs
Exchange students with physical, mental or health related conditions can receive support services from UiB during their exchange period.