Exchange for Human Rights and Multiculturalism

When can I exchange
Full time students: 3. semester

Application deadlines
Main deadline: 1. Feb

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You can take parts of human rights and multiculturalism abroad. Studying abroad can give you the opportunity to expand your international competence, language skills, personal qualities and adaptability. It can also make you more attractive in the job market. We have agreements with foreign universities and colleges adapted to your studies.

Questions and answers

Can I travel on exchanges to universities that are not in USN's partner portfolio?

We do not recommend going on exchanges outside USN's partner portfolio

If you want to study abroad outside of USN's partner agreements, you must apply USN for "study leave" during the time you are away, and you have to apply for admission to the host institution on your own.

You are not entitled to pre-approval of the studies in this case. You can consult with the study supervisor and program coordinator before choosing your subject but you are not guaranteed to get them approved in your degree after your stay abroad.

Visa when I am Norwegian, but do not have Norwegian citizenship.

Yes, if you have a permanent residence permit but do not have Norwegian citizenship, the visa rules for applicants from the country in which you have citizenship will apply to you. This may mean that the application process may take a little longer.

If you travel on an exchange, it will also take a little longer before the application for Norwegian citizenship is granted. You can apply to speed up the case on the UDI's website.

Our partner institutions will help Norwegian students who do not have Norwegian citizenship to apply for a visa. We will nevertheless note that there is always a cost in applying for a visa! The prices of this vary from country to country.

Do I need a visa to travel on an exchange?

Norwegian students do not need a visa if you are going to exchange within the EU / EEA countries. For countries outside the EU / EEA, students are often required to have a visa.

We recommend that you obtain up-to-date information directly from the country's immigration authority, consulate or embassy. The visa rules may have been updated, so always check the latest visa rules.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has supplementary travel information. It can be helpful in finding the right information about entry and which websites to use to apply for a visa.

NB! If you are a student with another citizenship you have to contact your own embassy regarding student visa on the exchange stay.

What happens if there are more applicants than the number of places?

It is very rare that space restrictions prevent students from traveling on exchange to one of the three partner institution they they prefer. We therefore encourage all students to ignore the number of places when setting up their own priority list.

Distribution of free places:

  1. Agreements with only free places: If we have more applicants for agreements with only free places, we will send an inquiry to the partner to accept more students from USN. Very often they do this. If not, the students with the highest grade point average will be given priority. If you do not have the highest grade point average, you will have the opportunity to travel on your 2nd or 3rd priority.

 

  1. Agreements with both free places and paid places: If we have more applicants for agreements with both free places and paid places, students with the highest grade point average will be given priority for the free places. Students who do not have the highest grade point average will be offered to travel through the payment places or travel to the partner on their 2nd or 3rd priority.

 

This is how the grade point average is calculated:

Bachelor students:

  1. Add together all the grades you have received in your bachelor's education at USN when the application deadline is February or 15 September.
  2. Divide the sum by the number of characters you put together
  3. This is your grade point average

Masterstudenter:

  1. Add up all the grades you have received in your master's education at USN when the application deadline is February or 15 September.
  2. Divide the sum by the number of characters you put together
  3. This is your grade point average

 

Unsure of my grade point average. How is this calculated when I apply for an exchange?

It is important to point out that USN does not set any minimum grade requirements in order to travel on an exchange.

It is our partner institutions that set grade requirements.

 

This is how the grade point average is calculated:

Bachelor students:

  1. Add together all the grades you have received in your bachelor's education at USN when the application deadline is February or 15 September.
  2. Divide the sum by the number of characters you put together
  3. This is your grade point average

Master students:

  1. Add up all the grades you have received in your master's education at USN when the application deadline is February or 15 September.
  2. Divide the sum by the number of characters you put together
  3. This is your grade point average

US partners will often require a minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) for admission. Contact us in the Section for Internationalization for more information about calculating GPA if you are in doubt.

I want to study in a language other than English. Are there language requirements?

Some of our partners make demands on language skills, depending on the language of instruction.

If you are going to study in another Scandinavian country and the language of instruction is Danish or Swedish, Norwegian as a mother tongue will generally be sufficient for admission.

Are you going to study in a country where the language of instruction is e.g. German, French, Spanish or Italian, you may be entitled to a language scholarship from Lånekassen for an intensive language course prior to your studies. It is an advantage to have basic knowledge about the language from before so that you can follow teaching at university level. Read more about language scholarships on Lånekassen's pages.

I do not have grade 4 in English from upper secondary school. What do I do?

Several of our partners where the teaching takes place in English require that you document a minimum of 4 in English from High School. In particular, institutions in the United Kingdom, Australia, the United States and New Zealand are strict on this requirement. If you do not have 4 in English, many educational institutions will require a language test.

If you do not meet the language requirements for the place you want to travel, contact us in the Section for Internationalization. We often find an alternative solution such as a language test. This can be taken after you have applied.

I have applied for an exchange, what happens next?

We are happy and excited that you have applied for a semester abraod! You'll believe this will be your best semester during your degree. 

After the application deadline has expired on 1 February (for exchange in the autumn semester) and 15 September (for exchange in the spring semester), we will contact all students who have applied by email.

Do you want to take a closer look at the steps in the exchange process towards the partner institution? Log in to our Canvas Room for exchange. Here you will find a complete guide and help on how to get abraod!

Can I travel abroad for an exchange semester?

All students who meet these requirements can travel on a semester abroad:

  1. You have been admitted to a degree program at USN. All bachelor- and master programs are required to have an exchange offer.
     
  2. You have to complete a minimum of 60 credits before you go abroad. You have to apply for an exchange in the semester that is arranged for you in your study program. You have to get subjects pre-approved into your degree before travelling abroad.
     
  3. If you have talked to your program coordinator and you can not travel as part of your degree, you can either travel to Summer School or take an Internship abroad after completing your degree.

 

For more information, check out our webpages on outbound exchange

How can I find courses for my exchange?

You can find "previous courses that have been approved" for your study programme for the partner you want to travel to.

If you want to read more about these courses, or find other courses, you must check the course catalog of the partner university. Read up on the topics!

Tips for finding topics:

  • Erasmus partners in Europe and partners in non-English speaking countries often have a limited range of subjects taught in English. These can be put together into finished "subject packages" corresponding to 30 credits per semester. If not, you need to pick a composition of different topics. Check with your study advisor and programme coordinator whether these can be pre-approved into your degree.
     
  • Our partner institutions in English-speaking countries often have Bachelor's and Master's programmes where you can in principle apply for subjects in the entire course catalog:
    • Are you a Bachelor student? Look for 2nd and 3rd year subjects (3rd and 4th year subjects in the USA). These usually have a three- or four-digit code that starts at 2, 3 or 4, depending on which school year they are taught.
    • Are you a Master's student? Feel free to look for subjects with a code that starts at 4 or 5 (in the US: 5 or 6).


NB: Level 1 courses in the US are equivalent to advanced courses and will not be approved!

The subjects must be filled in your Learning agreement and pre-approved by the programme coordinator after you have been nominated and before you apply to your partner university. More information about this can be found in our CANVAS room. Log in and take a look!

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