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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.

How to apply

You apply through our application portal in accordance with our application requirements. In order for your application to be considered at KHiO your home institution must nominate you to exchange studies and you must apply to a study program that is in connection with your studies at home. You’ll find information, instructions and links below.    

Application portal 

All applications must be registered and uploaded to our application portal . Remember to keep your username and password. You use the same login when checking the status of your application. 

The application portal opens for admission approximately two months before the application deadline.

Please make sure you apply for the correct programme; Exchange Studies. If you submit your application to a different programme than you intended, it may not be assessed. You must familiarize yourself with our study portfolio before you begin your application process.

The deadlines are 

  • 1st October for the Spring semester 
  • 1st April for the Autumn semester

You will receive an answer to your application within 5-6 weeks from the application deadline. 

Application requirements

The following needs to be uploaded for your application to be complete:

  • Portfolio (Design, Art and Craft, Fine Arts) or video (Theatre, Dance, Opera)
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • CV with photograph
  • Letter of nomination 

The letter of motivation must reflect the study program you apply for. If you apply for more than one program, please add one motivation letter for each program and address the letter clearly. 

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.

Additional requirements for 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 for exchange studies and we only accept nominations via your application. The nomination must accompany your application by a letter containing the following:

  • 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

If the nomination letter is missing in your application, your application will not be assessed. The International Office at your institution should be the signing part of the letter. Please note that no other type of nominations will be accepted.    

Please note that we are able to accept only 1-2 exchange students per study program per semester. The assessments of the applicants is made according to Directive studies at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. The Admissions Committee's professional assessments cannot be appealed and we do not offer grounds for the conclusions. 

Extension of semester exchange

Students who wish to extend their exchange must apply for this via the ordinary incoming exchange admission. The deadline is 1st April for Autumn semester, and 1st October for Spring semester. You'll find the link to the application portal and information, above. 

You can use the same CV, portfolio and letter of recommendation that you used in your previous application for exchange. For Theatre, Opera and Dance there is no need for new vidoes. We strongly reccomend that you write a new letter of motivation reflecting why you want to extend your stay, and a new letter of nomination (from your home institution) is required. 

Language requirements 

The recommended language skills are English B1. 

We strongly recommend you to prepare your Norwegian skills before arrivial. Some of the teaching is in Norwegian (in a mix with  English) and it'll be of good help for you if you have some basic skills before you start at KHiO. If you are an Erasmus+ student you can use the Online Language Support (OLS) via EU Academy


Please contact us if you have any questions about exchange or/and admission! 

Practical information

Please have a look at our International Student's Handbook for general information for international students at KHiO and in Norway. Below you can read information specific to incoming exchange students.

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 a bilateral agreement such as Erasmus, you will not have to pay the semester fee to the Oslo National Academy of the Arts but to your home institution. Free movers must pay the semester fee, which is currently approx. NOK 700.

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. Most courses will not give grades according to a graded scale.

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

Please consult the International Student's Handbook.


As a semester exchange student at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts you are eligible for accommodation through The Foundation for Student Life in Oslo (SiO).

You should apply for housing as soon as you receive the offer for an exchange. (See "Apply for housing" on the website.) SiO will then send you a contract. The accommodation SiO offers you may be different from the one you applied for. You should accept the offer, as you will not be guaranteed accommodation if you decline.


Our courses are mainly in Norwegian, but English is also commonly used. In fact, a significant percentage of KHiO students do not speak Norwegian. Most incoming exchange students get by just fine with English.


Unfortunately KHiO does not offer any scholarships for incoming exchange students. Please contact your home institution.

As a new student at KHiO you probably have a lot of questions before the start of your studies. We have gathered some useful information on this website. By going through the information at the site you will get an overview of what you need to do to get started. Please note that Erasmus+ exchange students do not pay semester fee, but you must register for the semester. 

Erasmus+ Learning Agreement

Incoming Erasmus+ exchange students must use the Online Learning Agreement (OLA).

How to prepare and approve your OLA

  1. You can start your OLA when we have published the courses you get admitted to on Studentweb.
  2. You fill in your OLA and sign it online.
  3. Your home institution will automatically receive a notification by e-mail to sign your OLA once you have signed it.
  4. KHiO will automatically receive a notification by e-mail to sign your OLA once your home university has signed it.
  5. Once KHiO has signed it, your OLA is complete.

How do I fill in my OLA?

Step 1: Student

  • Academic year: 2023/2024

Step 2: Sending institution

  • Make sure the email address of your contact person at home is correct.

Step 3: Receiving institution

  • Receiving institution name: KUNSTHOGSKOLEN I OSLO KHIO (N OSLO07)
  • Faculty/department: Academy of Fine Art / Design / Academy of Dance / Art and Craft / Academy of Opera / Academy of Theatre
  • Contact person: Fill in your contact person at KHiO. Find this in your acceptance mail.

Step 4: Proposed Mobility Programme

  • Table A: Study programme at the receiving institution: list the courses you will take at the host institution:
    Log on to Studentweb (login details will be sent in a separate mail) and see which courses you have been admitted to. Fill these in the OLA.
  • Table B: Recognition at the sending institution: list the courses at your home university that will be substituted. Ask the coordinator at your home institution if you are unsure.
  • Planned period of the mobility: Find this in your acceptance mail.

Step 5: Commitment

  • Make sure that you sign your OLA. It is only when you have signed it that the coordinator at your home university will be able to sign. Your home university will then receive your OLA by email from the Erasmus Dashboard.

Term dates and Semester start

Term Dates 

Autumn: 21st August - 19th December 2023
Spring: 2nd January - 21st June 2024

Autumn: 19th August - 20th December 2024 
Spring: 6th January - 20th June 2025 

Autumn: 11th August - 19th December 2025 
Spring: 5th January - 12th June 2026 

Please notice that 14 days before study start you can activate your IT account and gain access to the schools IT services. Follow the instructions given on the IT website for students.