Where can you study?
VID’s faculties and programmes of study have different placements and exchange partners. Where you can study therefore depends on your programme of study. Below you will find an overview of exchange partners in connection with individual programmes of study.
When you have a period of practical training abroad, VID awards credits in the same way as when you have a placement in Norway. In Europe and the Nordic countries, you may receive a grant from the Erasmus+ programme and the Nordplus programme respectively in order to carry out a period of practical training.
Read more about internship abroad
When you are taking a period of study abroad or a combination of practical training and studies, the foreign educational institution where you are temporarily enrolled as a student will award credits. Read more about recognition of credits from abroad. In Europe and the Nordic countries you can receive a grant from the Erasmus+ programme and the Nordplus programme respectively in order to complete an exchange period, with or without practical training.
Read more about educational institutions for which you can stay abroad
All of VID’s bachelor degree programmes arrange regular information meetings about opportunities to complete part of your studies abroad, both in the form of practical training and placements, or as a period of study and/or combined practical training and studies. Contact the international coordinator for your study programme for information about when these meetings are held, and check the schedule.
The international coordinator at the faculty/study programme will often post information that applies to the individual programme of study/semester on VID’s learning platform itslearning.
Master’s degree students can apply to the International Office for information about the opportunities offered by the individual master’s programme.
The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund is the most important source of funding for stays abroad. You can receive basic support, a travel grant, and tuition support if the institution you attend charges tuition fees. You can also apply for funding to take a language course in the country in question before starting your studies.
Depending on where you intend to go and how long you intend to stay, you can apply for a grant from the Erasmus+ programme or from the Nordplus network that VID is part of, and you can apply for various private grants and scholarships. Some partner institutions also have their own grants that are available to international students.
You may be awarded supplementary funding from the Erasmus+ programme if you need special arrangements in order to carry out a period of study abroad. Contact the International Office for more information.
The study programmes and VID’s partner institutions have different application deadlines. Contact the international coordinator at your faculty/programme of study for an updated overview of the mobility window (the semester that is earmarked for exchange/practical training abroad) for your programme of study, and the applicable deadlines for the semester when you would like to travel abroad. As a rule, you must have followed a programme of higher education for at least one year before being eligible to apply for a stay abroad.
The application deadline for an Erasmus+ grant for the fall of 2018 is March 1. You apply for a grant in Mobility Online, during the processing of your mobility application.
Applying for a stay abroad
You must apply via the Mobility Online application. Your chosen programme of study will give prior recognition of the planned stay abroad. In addition, the partner institution will process your application prior to offering you an exchange and/or practical training and placement. Depending on the procedures at the partner institution, you will apply either for a specific, pre-defined course/placement, or you will submit a general application and then receive information about specific courses and placements that are available in the relevant period.
Programme descriptions, syllabuses, and training partners change from time to time, and there is no guarantee that you will be able to take part in an exchange/practical training abroad at the institution in which you are interested. An important part of the preparations for a study period abroad consists of acquiring information about what is offered during the period you want to travel abroad, whether there are adequate grounds for an exemption for a corresponding number of credits in Norway, and whether the practical training offered can replace the training you would otherwise have had in Norway.
The university college has a limited number of places at the individual partner, and from time to time there will be competition for the places. It is the faculties that distribute students to their partners, and when you get a quote you can also get a deadline. If you do not respond within the deadline then you lose the offer, and then the offer goes on to someone who is on the waiting list.
If you are going to have an internship abroad, please note that if you choose to cancel the process / stay after you have accepted and have been approved by the host institution, then VID cannot guarantee that you will receive a new internship in Norway during the same period. In the worst case scenario, you may have to take a leave for a semester.
About Mobility Online
Mobility Online is more than just an application form. It is an application that allows you to upload documents, receive documents, and communicate with your international coordinator and with the International Office from the time you file your application until you have completed your stay abroad. You must therefore continue to use the application after the application stage.
A separate help page for Mobility Online is currently being developed. VID will use it to post answers to common questions linked to the use of the application. You will find a link to this page at the bottom of the page Study abroad. Note that you cannot use Internet Explorer with Mobility Online.
Short stays abroad as part of the program
If you are planning a stay abroad for up to four weeks as part of your studies, then you use a simplified application form called Application form for short stays. You can find the form through the button below. In a few cases, however, you might use the application form that you will find in Mobility Online's partner-search portal, even if you are abroad for four weeks or less. If you receive supervision from someone, who is not a teacher in VID and this supervision is part of the evaluation for the subject you are taking, or if you are studying at an institution that gives you credits to be approved in VID's study program, then you shall instead use the application form that you will find in Mobility Online's partner portal for exchange and foreign practice.
Everyone who wants to have their stay abroad recognized as part of their VID studies must have prior recognition in writing from their programme of study. Shorter stays are approved through confirmation that you may take a stay abroad for a specified period of time as part of your studies. In the case of longer stays abroad, approval is given in the form of a learning agreement for your course of studies or as a placement agreement for training abroad. These agreements must be signed by the student, the international coordinator for the programme of study, and the partner institutions and/or the supervisor for the practical training and placement.
The agreement you reach with the international coordinator at your study programme/faculty before your departure will determine what model will be applicable in your case, and the credits for which the host institution and VID, respectively, will have academic responsibility. When we talk about transferring credits from one institution to another, the term ECTS, which stands for the European Credit Transfer System, is used. One ECTS equals the same workload as one credit (studiepoeng).
Model 1: Exchange
This is a student exchange of between one and two semesters where the host institution, which is a higher education institution, has academic responsibility and awards credits. Exemption/specific recognition is given after you have returned to Norway and have submitted transcripts that show that you have passed the courses you took, which were described in the learning agreement for your studies abroad. Note that the Transcript of Records that you receive from the host institution must be kept with the Transcript of Records you receive from VID. The grades and subjects you are taking abroad will not appear on the Diploma and Transcript of Records issued by VID.
Model 2: International placements
This is a period of practical training abroad where VID has academic responsibility and awards credits in the same way as in Norway. The programme for your training must be described in a placement agreement for international placements. Transcript of Records and Diploma looks like normal, with the addition of a notice about the placement abroad.
Model 3: Combined stay abroad
This is a combination of models 1 and 2. You complete parts of your stay abroad as an exchange student while VID has academic responsibility for a specific number of credits associated with practical training or online studies while you are abroad. The Transcript of Records and the Diploma from VID reflect the credits for which VID is responsible. Credits, for which the host institution is academically responsible, must be documented with a copy of the Transcript of Records from the host institution.
Regardless of which model is used for your stay abroad, you must ensure that the credits you have earned are registered on your return to Norway. Read more about recognition and registration of credits from abroad
Your responsibilities …
Prepare well! Whether you travel to a country with a completely different culture or to one of our neighbouring countries, the benefits you gain will be in proportion to the preparations you have made.
VID will do its utmost to prepare you for your stay abroad. We normally offer preparatory courses/seminars for students undertaking placements in foreign cultures.
Make sure that you are familiar with information about relevant insurance cover, visa requirements, vaccination requirements/recommendations and the security situation in the country in which you are intending to study. Refer to Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ travel information. Here you can also quickly access official international travel advice based on the latest security assessments.
Many people recommend an international student identity card, which gives access to discounts and other attractive offers worldwide.
When you apply for a loan/grant from Lånekassen for a stay abroad, this will be reported automatically to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration NAV. You will then be sent information and the necessary documentation entitling you to health service coverage. Please note that the rules differ according to whether you are inside or outside the European Economic Area.
If you do not receive support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund and are intending to stay abroad for more than 12 months, you do not automatically remain a member of NAV (formerly the National Insurance Scheme). You must apply for membership before you leave. You can read more about this and apply for voluntary membership of NAV at Student abroad – NAV.
The application form is also available from Student service.
You must also ensure that you have comprehensive insurance before travelling abroad. If you are travelling within Europe, make sure you have the European Health Insurance Card. You can get this by contacting helsenorge.no. The Association of Norwegian Students Abroad also provides good insurance plans for students studying abroad, including liability insurance for students on placements abroad. Here you can read about terms and coverage. Those who are student members of Norwegian Nurses Organisation can take out travel insurance, including liability insurance, via the Norwegian Nurses' Organization, but check that the insurance covers the entire duration of your stay. All students on placements abroad who are in contact with clients/patients must ensure that they take out liability insurance before they leave Norway.
Remember to send a copy of your insurance certificate to the International Office before you leave. Everyone who is awarded an Erasmus+ grant must enter their insurance details into the grant agreement before the grant is disbursed.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa for countries belonging to the cooperation on Schengen.
If you intend to have a period of study outside Europe, you will very often have to apply for a visa. The visa rules and procedures vary, and it is wise to check these as early as possible so that you know what documents are needed and have obtained the necessary forms et cetera. It is your responsibility to apply for a visa, and you should contact the individual country’s embassy to obtain updated information.
Universities or higher education institutions abroad often have an Internasjonal Office that will provide you with information about visa requirements.
Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and blogs are an important channel of communication for private individuals, companies, and organizations such as VID. Social media gives users many options and offers some challenges. The International Office has prepared guidelines and recommendations for using social media for students who take a period of study abroad.
VID wants to be visible in social media, but as a student you must not express opinions on its behalf. Statements and communications in social media on behalf of VID must only be made by employees or students who have authority to do so. Moreover, VID wants all communication on social media to be honest and correct, and users of social media should act in an informed and professional manner.
It is vital that all communication complies with legislation and agreements. This includes:
The duty of confidentiality applies fully in the context of social media and must always be observed.
VID has a GDPR routine that applies to all use of video, audio and video recordings in teaching, research and social activity, and this also applies to students who have study activities abroad. You can read more about VID's GDPR routine on VID's privacy portal.
Your personal safety during a stay abroad is your own responsibility. VID has partners and placements in regions where the security situation may vary. Even if VID is restrictive about offering stays abroad in high-risk countries, crime may pose an additional risk regardless of national and regional stability. If the security situation in the region suddenly changes, you must be aware that VID can terminate the planned stay abroad without asking for your consent. If anything should happen, VID will do its best to find an equally good alternative, either in Norway or with another partner abroad.
VID has a 24-hour emergency agreement with the Norwegian Church Abroad, which entails that in an emergency, a chaplain can travel to the place of study at short notice to provide support in difficult situations. The Norwegian Church Abroad’s emergency response hotline for Norwegians abroad is +47 951 19 181.
VID also recommends students on a period of study abroad to use the Sjømannskirkens emergency number app.
The educational institutions, placement institutions, and supervisors will often give advice about behaving responsibly to limit security risks. Nevertheless, it is the individual student who is ultimately responsible for ensuring his/her personal safety.
In some cases, the Norwegian authorities (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the health care authorities) may issue warnings at short notice against travel and stays in certain countries and areas. Notification of this is given on the government’s webpages for official travel advice.
VID recommends that every person whose studies include a stay abroad makes use of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ voluntary registration for foreign stays. This service is available on the website of the Ministry.
Read more about VID’s policy for Assistance abroad for students and staff who experience emergency situations.