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  • Locations: Trondheim, Norway
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/15/2018 03/16/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 08/12/2018 12/21/2018
NOTE: Orientation starts in Norway on August 13, 2018, so arrival on August 12 is recommended.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Dormitory
Cumulative GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English, Norwegian
Host Country Language: Norwegian Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: EXPRO
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Norway: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Check out Ryan's blog to learn about his semester at NTNU.

Program Features

NorwayWhy Norway?

The ISU exchange agreement with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) allows ISU students to spend a semester or a year at NTNU, and a student from NTNU can do the same at ISU. Students pay ISU tuition (financial aid and scholarships still apply) and receive tuition credit at NTNU. Room and board fees are paid independently.

NTNU was established in 1996. NTNU is an extension of what was the University of Trondheim and now serves approximately 20,000 students, half of them in technology or natural sciences.

The university calendar is comprised of two semesters, mid-August through late November and mid-January through late April, with an examination period following each semester. Intensive Norwegian is offered from mid-July through mid-August. It is highly recommended that students take advantage of this language training. There is also an orientation program just prior to the beginning of classes for all exchange students to help you get acclimated to the city and the campus.




Home to over 150,000 inhabitants, Trondheim is comparable in size to Des Moines and is Norway's third largest city. Founded in the year 997, it was the first capital of Norway and remains the city in which Norwegian kings receive their ceremonial blessing. Trondheim is surrounded by forested hills, providing hiking in summer and cross-country skiing in winter. Only 500 km south of the Arctic Circle, expect snow from mid-December through mid-March and long summer days.  It is known as the best college town in Norway, with 1 in every 6 people being a student. 



NorwayWhat courses?

NTNU is open to all majors, except architecture.

NTNU offers courses in English in the following areas:
Civil and Environmental Engineering*
Coastal and Marine Civil Engineering*
Computer and Information Science
Electrical Engineering* and Telecommunications
Earth Sciences and Petroleum Engineering*
Marine Technology (only available to seniors)
Industrial Economics and Technology Management
Light Metals Production
English Language and Linguistics
Social Change
Exercise Physiology/Sport Sciences

*Engineering courses offered in English tend to be offered at the masters level.  These courses would be recommended for ISU seniors. 

For a complete list of courses offered in English refer to the NTNU website.

Students who are interested in applying for the Norwegian University of Science and Technology exchange program must be full-time students at ISU, have completed one year of university study prior to the beginning of their exchange period, and have an overall 2.5 GPA.


Cost and Scholarships

NorwayHow much?

For every ISU student participating in the exchange program, an NTNU student comes to ISU. ISU students spend one semester or one academic year in Norway and pay ISU tuition and fees, plus a $360 [Norway Map]  exchange fee. Program costs do not
include room and board in Trondheim, and students should plan for these additional expenses. Students can earn full academic credit and remain eligible for student financial aid from ISU. Study abroad scholarships are also available.

Students participating in this program are enrolled full-time at NTNU for one or more semesters and pay ISU tuition plus an exchange administrative fee. Students are responsible for room and board, health insurance, and other expenses in Norway.



NorwayWhere will I live?



Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

NTNU Photo Album
NTNU Web Site
A Taste of NTNU
Trondheim Course List
Norway Must See Nature Attractions