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Application procedure

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Please contact your home university's exchange coordinator to find out if you are eligible for exchange studies at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University). 

Applications can be submitted for one campus only.

How to apply?

1: Be nominated by your home institution

All exchange students need to be nominated by their home institutions before the given deadline:

  • 15 April for fall semester 2021 (August-December)
  • 01 October for spring semester 2022 (January-June)

NB: Some programs may have diverging deadlines. 


Free-mover

We do not require nominations for free-movers. The following programmes are open for free-movers:

For information on the application process, please check out the programmes' webpage, or contact the International Coordinator in the correct Campus. 

2: Apply for the exchange

Once we have received the nomination, the International Coordinator in your campus of destination will provide the application and semester information by e-mail. Application forms can be found in the green box "Online application forms" on this webpage. Make sure to apply within the following deadline to the designated Campus:

  • 01 May for the following fall semester
  • 15 October for the following spring semester

NB: Some programmes may have diverging deadlines. 


Documentation requirements:

Erasmus+ students

The Erasmus code of INN University is: N ELVERUM02

Erasmus+ students need to submit the following documents in the online application:

  • Learning Agreement
  • Transcript of records from your home institution (in English), containing passed courses w/grades and credit points (ECTS)
  • Copy of passport/ID card
  • Picture (optional)

Bilateral exchange students

Bilateral exchange students need to submit the following documents in the online application:

3: Await your Admission e-mail

A relevant departmental coordinator/international coordinator at INN University will receive the submitted Learning Agreement (LA) for approval.

Students will receive the approved LA, Admission Letter and Financial confirmation by e-mail within two weeks, including information on the housing offer and more. Make sure to forward the necessary documents to the home institution.

  • If the submitted LA contains course collisions/other errors, revisions are necessary. The International Office will contact students directly to fix the LA.

4: Find accommodation

Students can choose between on-campus housing (student dorms/apartments), or off-campus housing through the private market: www.finn.no, www.hybel.no, www.airbnb.no. Be aware that on-campus offers differ between campuses. It is not possible to apply for on-campus housing before receiving admission.

Detailed information on the housing offer to be found in the Campus related webpages. Information on the application deadline for on-campus housing will be forwarded by e-mail to accepted students. 

5: Order a study permit (non-EU/EEA citizens)

Upon receiving the Admission Letter, students from outside the EU/EEA, and non-EU/EEA citizen studying in the EU/EEA, need to apply for a residence permit.

  • In addition to the Admission Letter, students will receive a financial confirmation (Certificate of Eligibility) addressed to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), with the purpose to support the application for a residence permit. The original documents are shipped by post to the International Office of one’s home institution.

EU/EEA-citizens, a citizen of Switzerland and Nordic citizen, only need to complete specific steps after arrival to Norway. No study permit needed.

6: Order the necessary insurances

All international exchange students must have a valid health insurance before arriving at INN University, either from their home institution, a national or private health insurance provider. We highly recommend all students to have valid travel insurance. INN University does not offer insurances.

NB: Be aware of what your insurance(s) cover and not cover.

Students from EU/EEA can bring their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which provides access to medically necessary, state-provided healthcare during their exchange in Norway.

7: Plan your arrival

Please be aware of the travel restrictions and quarantine regulations before arriving in Norway.

Arrival by airplane(s) and/or train(s)

Check out different airlines or other companies for travelling to Norway. Book a ticket with a refund option (highly recommended). Check out the luggage regulations.

Students travelling by train from the Airport/other places in Norway and can use mobile data on their phones, should download the app “VY” and registered their credit/debit card, before arriving in Norway. The app allows one to book a ticket to their destination quickly. Do not purchase a ticket in the app until you have arrived in Norway. Different time zones may affect the ticket.


Arrival by car

Be aware of the changing seasons and the regulations for driving in Norway. It is required to have winter tires during winter due to the weather conditions. Remember to check the quality of your summer/winter tires before travelling to Norway. View the Norwegian Public Roads Administration's web page for further information.

Everyone driving a car has to pay the Norwegian road toll. Students driving with their foreign car should register their vehicle with EPC (Euro Parking Collection) before the journey, to easily check and pay their invoice(s).


The assigned Buddy

Before one’s arrival, the International Office will assign a Buddy to offer pick-up service and assistance throughout the semester. We do not offer a pick-up service from the Airport. Students need to travel to their Campus by train/car/bus.

What students need to complete to be assigned a Buddy, differ from Campus to Campus. Further information provided in the Admission e-mail.


Proof of English language proficiency

Native English speaking students are exempt from submitting proof of English language proficiency. 

Erasmus+ students - not required

Erasmus+ students applying for INN University do not need to prove their English language proficiency. We do, however, expect nominated students to have a good command of English with a minimum of level B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Bilateral exchange students and free-movers - required

All bilateral exchange students must provide formal documentary evidence of English Language Proficiency per the stated requirements below (unless stated otherwise in the institutional agreement). 

The following tests and test scores for attending English taught courses at bachelor level are accepted by INN University:

  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, with a minimum score of 60 (internet-based).
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing Service, with a minimum score of 5.0.
  • In consideration with the partner institution, other tests such as TOEFL ITP may be accepted. 
  • Pearson PTE Academic with an overall score of minimum 51.

The following tests and test scores for attending English taught courses at master level are accepted by INN University:

  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language, with a minimum score of 90 (internet-based).
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing Service, with a minimum score of 6.5.
  • In consideration with the partner institution, other tests such as TOEFL ITP may be accepted.
  • Pearson PTE Academic with an overall score of minimum 62.