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The mission of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) is “to contribute to the well-being of the planet.” NMBU offers a unique interdisciplinary study opportunity for students interested in tackling big, global challenges regarding the environment, sustainable development, how to improve human and animal health, renewable energy sources, food production, and land and resource management. NMBU is located in the small city of Ås, about 30 minutes outside of Oslo. 

Read more about being an exchange student at NMBU.

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About 40% of the courses at NMBU are in English. Course levels are defined differently; students should look at 100- and 200-level courses, and some 300-level if students have a significant background in the area of study. Descriptions of all courses can be found in the Course Catalog. NMBU has also put together several “Course Packages” which are theme-based.

You must register for a minimum of 13 credits per term. You receive resident credit for the courses you take, your grades factor into your University of Minnesota GPA and each course appears on your transcript with an A/F grade. See the Grade & Credit Conversion Scale for more details. 

Arctic research

NMBU belongs to a consortium of Norwegian universities that operate an Arctic research station, UNIS, on the Svalbard Islands. UNIS is located in Longyearbyen, the world’s northernmost settlement of any kind, and offers research-based education in arctic biology, arctic geology, arctic geophysics and arctic technology. Placements are limited and competitive. Applicants must have at least 30 credits completed in the natural sciences at the time of application, 15 credits of which must be in biology. Contact our office for details on eligibility and how to apply.

Housing & Meals

Students live in dormitories located within walking distance of campus.

Program Fees

Academic Year 2021–22: $13,400
Spring Semester 2022:  $7,250

Program fee includes tuition and educational costs, and international health insurance.

Dates & Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Spring 2022:  Closed
Fall/Academic Year 2022-23:  February 1, 2022
Spring 2023:  TBD

If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

If the program does not fill, applications will be considered on a rolling admissions basis until the program fills or until the host university deadline. Please contact our office to inquire about applying after the deadline.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester:  Mid-August - Mid-December
Academic Year:  Mid-August - Mid-May
Spring Semester:  Mid-January - Mid-May

Program dates are subject to change. Contact our office or consult your NMBU acceptance materials for arrival date information before purchasing your airfare.


2.75 GPA


Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee.

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After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

  • Application Essay
  • Academic Recommendation (1)
  • Official Transcript
  • Passport Copy

Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

Application Review Process

Exchange programs can be competitive. We are not always able to place all applicants, and we encourage students to have a backup program in mind if applying for an exchange program. After the application deadline, the GO Minnesota selection committee will review applications and nominate finalists within 2 weeks. If nominated, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program.

Nominated students will be required to complete NMBU’s application, and they will make the final acceptance decision. More information on this will be sent to nominated students.

If at any point you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the Education Abroad application system and submit a cancellation request.