Student exchange

Studying abroad as part of a degree will give the students an opportunity to gain new academic perspectives, establish an international network, return motivated and independent, improve their language skills and discover a new culture.

The Oslo National Academy of Arts has an extensive student and staff exchange programme with Art and Design schools across several continents. We are part of the Erasmus+ and Nordplus programmes and also have bilateral agreements with institutions outside of Europe.

Nordplus Higher Education is the Nordic Council of Ministers’ programme for supporting cooperation between higher education institutions in the Nordic and Baltic countries. Exchange between institution in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia mainly takes place via the Nordplus networks Cirrus and KUNO.

Erasmus+ is a programme for student exchange within the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).

The Oslo National Academy also has bilateral agreements with Art and Design schools in USA and Asia.

How to apply

Application deadlines

Fall Semester (August - December): APRIL 1

Spring Semester (January - June): OCTOBER 1

The application deadline for The Academy of Opera is April 1 for both autumn 2019 and spring 2020.

All applications must be registered and uploaded to our application portal. (Make sure to choose Exchange Studies.)

Application requirements

  • Portfolio (Design, Art and Craft, Fine Arts) or video (Theatre, Dance, Opera)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • CV with photograph
  • Nomination from your home institution

Additional requirements for certain programmes:

  • Bachelor programme in contemporary dance and bachelor programme in jazz dance: Applicants should submit links to two videoclips (each not exceeding 3 minutes), one from a formal dance class, one free of choice. Letter of motivation and letter of recommendation should reflect upon the programme’s broad approach including training in various disciplines and traditions.

Your home institution has to nominate you by sending an e-mail to with the following information:

  • Full name of applicant
  • Date of birth
  • Citizenship
  • Study programme at home institution
  • Study programme applied for at KHiO
  • Current semester at home institution
  • Semester applied for at KHiO

The total size of uploaded files may not exceed 100 MB. You may submit images, text (in PDF format) or video. For applications containing video, the total duration may not exceed 3 minutes.

If you have video or audio files that exceed 15 MB, these files must be uploaded to the Internet, i.e your own website, Vimeo, Youtube or similar. You cannot apply with more than 3 minutes of video. You are solely responsible for ensuring that the URL given is correct, that the website works and that your works can be viewed in a standard web browser.

Please note that we are able to accept only 1-2 exchange students per study program per semester!


Please contact us by email if you have any questions.

Practical information

Tuition fee/Semester fee

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts is publicly funded and has no tuition fee.

However, it is possible that exchange students may have to pay tuition fee to their home institutions. Contact the international coordinator at your home institution for more information.

If you are an exchange student through Nordplus or Erasmus programme, you will not have to pay any semester or tuition fee to the Oslo National Academy of the Arts but to your home institution.

Academic system

Bachelor level (undergraduate, 3 years): 180 ECTS credits
Master level (graduate, 2 years): 120 ECTS credits

Grading system

The students’ academic performance is in general assessed as either Passed or Failed. Grades for some examinations are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade.

Courses are measured in credits according to the ECTS standard. The full-time workload for one academic year is 60 ECTS and for one semester 30 ECTS.

Visa & Residence permit

All students who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months will need a student residence permit.

Citizens of EU/EEA can enter Norway on the basis of their passport or EU identity card. When you arrive in Norway you must register online in the Application Portal Norway, and schedule an appointment with the Service Center of Foreign Workers in Oslo.

Citizens of non-EU/EEA need an entry visa to Norway, and cannot enter Norway before this has been issued. The visa application process can be time consuming, and we recommend that you apply as soon as possible after receiving your confirmation of admission.

Please visit the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration or visit for further information.


As a student at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts you are eligible for accommodation through The Foundation for Student Life in Oslo. Further information can be found on


All students are responsible for having valid health- and travel insurance for the duration of their stay – including travel to and from Norway.

Citizens of EU/EAA: If you are a member of social security in your home country while studying in Norway, you are entitled emergency and necessary treatment under Norwegian legislation.

Citizens of non EU/EAA: if the duration of your stay is between 3 and 12 months we recommend that you apply for membership of The Norwegian National Insurance Scheme providing coverage with regard to health service. You can find more information on how to apply here.


Our courses are mainly in Norwegian, but English is also commonly used. The Academy may offer a Norwegian language course for beginners each semester.

Cost of living

Living expenses in Norway are considered to be higher than in many other countries. The general recommendation is that you need NOK 8900 a month to cover your expenses as a student in Norway.

Below you can find an example of a modest budget for one semester:

  • Accommodation: NOK 15 000
  • Food: NOK 15 000
  • School supplies: NOK 4 000
  • Transportation: NOK 2 000
  • Other Expenses: NOK 8 000

During your first semester, you must be prepared to use a substantial amount of money for setting up your household and for buying suitable clothing for the Norwegian climate.

As a student from the EU/EAA you may work part-time for up to 20 hours a week for three months without a work permit. If you are a student from outside the EU/EAA you need to apply for a work permit, regardless of the duration of your stay or work period. More information can be found on the websites of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.