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Admission requirements

The University of Stavanger would like all students to have the opportunity to go on a student exchange. At the same time, both we and our partners have requirements that you should be aware of.

The information below is based on: Guidelines on applying for a period of study abroad.

Exchange semester
All study programmes have recommended semesters for studies abroad, and exceptions are rarely being made.

Credits and study progress
The minimum requirement for going on a student exchange is that you must have passed exams equivalent to a one-year programme (60 credits) before travelling. Some universities require applicants to have attained at least 60 credits at the time of applying.

We would like to point out that in certain cases the student adviser/academic advisor may dissuade students from applying to go on a student exchange if the applicant does not have enough credits in relation to the syllabus or if the exchange programme would be at the cost of an approved individual education plan.

Bear in mind that you are NOT eligible to go on an exchange semester after you have you have finished your degree with the University of Stavanger. You should go on exchange in the recommended semester according to the study programme and be a full time student.

Average grade
The University of Stavanger (UiS) does not set requirements for a particular average grade when you apply to go on a student exchange, but a number of our partner universities have their own admission requirements (particularly in countries outside Europe). Even if UiS does not require students to have a particular average grade, we would like everyone who goes on a student exchange to be good ambassadors and have an adequate GPA  to increase the chance of obtaining good results at our partner university.

We would like to point out that in certain cases the student adviser/academic advisor may dissuade students from applying to go on a student exchange if the GPA  is particularly low.

English language requirements
The University of Stavanger does not require language proficiency tests for students, but some of our partner universities do.

If you want to apply to a university in Australia or in the USA, you must have at least a grade 4 in English from Norwegian upper secondary school (or equivalent). If you have a lower grade than this, you must sit an English test (Test of English as a Foreign Language [TOEFL] or International English Language Testing System [IELTS]). Different universities have different requirements regarding tests - ask us if you are not sure. We highly recommend that you book an appointment for a test as early as possible in the process.

Erasmus+ language requirements
For the Erasmus+ programme, the language proficiency expected of students in relation to the Council of Europe's language proficiency scale will be specified in the agreement between the educational institutions. This  The system is mainly based on self-evaluation.

In addition, it is compulsory for some Erasmus+ students to undergo a language proficiency test before travelling. Students who attain a lower score than required may be offered an online language course. Language proficiency testing currently applies only to English and some other European languages. 

Approval of courses
Courses that you intend taking abroad must always be approved in advance. The same applies to prescribed traineeship exchange programmes. The contact person at your faculty/department will approve courses and practice. The reason for this approval is to be sure that your study or traineeship abroad will be approved and recognised in your study plan when you return to Norway.

Furthermore, this approval will confirm to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund that the period of study abroad entitles you to financial support.

Check any prerequisite knowledge requirements
Before submitting an application for approval of courses locally at UiS, it is important that you check whether the university/university college has certain academic prerequisies and/or requirements for the courses you wish to study, and that you meet them.