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How to apply to central agreements and networks

On this page, you will find information on how to apply for an exchange through central agreements and networks such as north2north and Nordlys.

Please note that you are only able to apply using the steps below if applications are currently accepted. A notice of this will usually be posted a month before the last application date. There may also be further instructions available during the application periods.

Application dates

Start planning you application well in advance, as it can be time consuming. The starting point should be to read the instructions of the process and examine the list of partner universities/departments and the opportunities they provide. The central partner universities can be found here and a more detailed list will be published as the applications open.

You are able to choose up to five universities in the application, and it may therefore take a few hours to complete the application. Furthermore, your three primary choices should include selected courses.

You must also inform a student guidance counsellor, international coordinator at your department or Examensgruppen about your plans to apply for exchange studies. The time it takes is well worth it as preparation for this exciting journey.

Please note that you are only able to create a login account when the applications are open. At that time, a link and instructions will then be provided. Remember to take note of your login details in order to add to your application whenever convenient to you.

Complete you application online. You can choose up to five higher education institutions, which you then put in order of priority (press ‘more’ to add another).

If you are applying to the central agreements, please enter ‘bilateral university wide-agreement’ as your exchange programme. Also, make sure beforehand that there are no restrictions of your subject matter at the institution you are applying to.

The following documents should be attached in your application:

  1. Preliminary choice of courses: for the top three institutions you have applied to. You must find the courses yourself by accessing the institutions’ websites. Also, all courses should pertain full-time studies. Please note that the exchange coordinator at your department must be made aware of your choices beforehand and their name must be included in the document as well as your online application. Preliminary course selection form 2020/21 (59 Kb)
  2. Personal statement: here, you motivate and describe the purpose of the exchange. You may want to include past professional experience, voluntary or extra curricular work, other experience of studying abroad or language skills. Also, include some information about yourself to make it more personal. The statement should be no more than a page and written in English. Personal Letter 2020/21 (191 Kb)

The applications are processed after the applications have closed. The amount of time it takes to process and select applications depends on the number of applicants and which semester they concern.

Decisions on whether you have been accepted or not will be provided by email through MoveON (please notify the Student Services; if you change you address). Make sure you also check your junk mail.

If you have received an offer, you must accept or decline by answering the message. Consider your reply carefully, but remember to do it in a timely fashion.

If you have been offered a place, the next step is to submit an application to the institution to which you have been nominated. Information on how to complete this application will be provided by your international coordinator or by the partner university/institution. Remember to complete this before any given deadline.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact

Below, you will find practical information if you have been nominated to a place within the exchange programme. This may help you plan the before, during and after of your studies.

Practical information about exchange studies

Departmental exchange

International coordinators at departments

Central exchange

International Office at Student Services

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