Exchange Students

Due to the continued uncertainties regarding COVID-19, Østfold University College has cancelled incoming exchange from countries outside of Europe for the spring 2021 semester. All practical training exchange is also cancelled. We will be accepting nominations from our European partners but will be monitoring the situation continuously. Leadership at Østfold University College will assess the situation again on 15 October.

We remain hopeful that we will be able to welcome exchange students from our European partners for the spring semester. More detailed information regarding the upcoming semester, together with information about the application procedure, will be sent out to nominated students. 

Special Information for Spring 2021

Updated information for incoming exchange students regarding arrival, housing, courses and other COVID-19 related news.

Apply for an exchange


Nomination period
Autumn: March 1 - May 1
Spring: September 21 - October 15

Application deadline
Spring semester: November 1
Autumn semester: May 15

Courses for exchange students

Østfold University College offer a considerable number of courses taught in English, as well as online courses in German, French and Spanish.

Student housing

The Foundation for Student Life offers modern residence halls in Fredrikstad and Halden, within short walking and cycling distance from the campuses. Living in a residence hall gives a unique opportunity to meet fellow students and build a network of new friends.

Semester start

  • Arrival dates
  • Information meeting

The Buddy Scheme

The Buddy Scheme is a contact group for international exchange students, designed to help you become familiar with our institution. The "buddies" are second and third-year students who have volunteered to help you get a good start and to ease you into your new and exciting life at Østfold University College

Study permits

  • Study permits
  • Register with the police
  • Temporary deposit account
  • Renewing a study permit
  • Work permits and tax deduction card

Study information

  • Academic calendar
  • Credit system and grading
  • Degree structure
  • Diploma and transcript

Why choose HiØ?

  • Professional programmes
  • Organisations and societies
  • Modern teaching and research facilities

Services and tools

Contact us

Do you have questions about our student exchange programmes?