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ENGR Exchange: Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) (Norway)

Ålesund, Norway
Gjøvik, Norway
Trondheim, Norway
Terms Offered: 
Year (Fall-Spring)
Program Type: 
Credit Type: 
Minimum GPA: 
Non-UMD Students Eligible to Apply: 
EA Advisor: 
Katherine Schwarzentraub
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All students accepted to an Exchange program are automatically considered for an award of $1,000! See Cost tab for more information.

Host Institution
To prepare for the global job market tomorrow, successful engineering students today are required to have not only a good academic standing and a firm knowledge of the sciences, but they must also be familiar with the various cultures and regulations of the engineering industry abroad. The exchange program at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Norway will provide interested engineering students with the opportunity to build on their knowledge in the field of engineering and at the same time introduce them to new cultures and lifestyles. This study abroad program is currently being offered to engineering students. Participants will spend one semester or one year of study at the NTNU. Students who have interest in the European cultures are suggested to apply for this program.

NTNU offers programs at three different campus locations, Trondheim, Gjøvik (Gjoevik) and Ålesund (Aalesund). Each campus offers strong academic offerings as well as unique experience in Norway.

Host Country
With its snow-capped mountains, deep green valleys, and sapphire blue fjords, Norway is recognized the world over for its scenic beauty. Combine that with Norway's cultural heritage – whether it's the Urnes Stave Church, a thousand-year-old wooden structure that's on the UNESCO World Heritage list, or the more contemporary charms of Oslo's Vigeland Park or the music of Edvard Grieg, and you'll find that living in Norway has something to offer everyone.

Exchange programs are highly competitive and space in each program is limited. You must meet the following eligibility requirements in order to apply to this program:

  • 3.0 GPA
  • Completion of 2 semesters at UMD
  • You must be an ENGR major

Exchange programs are a good fit for students looking for immersion, personal growth, and the opportunity to strengthen qualities such as independence and adaptability.

Student Visa Information
A student visa is required for participation on this exchange. For more information, please visit our study abroad visa guide to view instructions for the country you will be visiting. Please note that visa information is subject to change and you are responsible for checking the embassy website for updates.

  1. Click "Apply Now" at the top of this page. You will log in with your UMD directory ID and password.
  2. Submit all application materials by the deadline listed below. This includes meeting with your EA advisor (listed at the top of this page), and may include requesting a faculty letter of recommendation, and submitting an official transcript. If a letter of recommendation and/or official transcript are required, it will be listed in MyEA once you start an application for this program. 
  3. After the application deadline, we will review all completed applications and nominate students for available spots in each exchange program.
  4. If you are nominated to participate in this exchange, you will work with your EA advisor (listed above) to apply directly to the host university, who will formally admit you to the exchange program. Nominated students must complete the host university application in accordance with the host university’s stated deadlines and instructions.
  5. Nominated students will then work with their EA advisor (listed above) and our partner universities to coordinate all aspects of the stay at the host university such as course registration, visas and arrival.

Academic Planning

Visit the Academics & Study Abroad page which outlines key considerations for your academic planning as you navigate different phases of study abroad:


The NTNU Exchange Program offers coursework in a variety of engineering disciplines. 

Ålesund is especially attractive in the Marine technology/Science side and Gjøvik has excellent opportunities in Information Security/ECE. Please note that you can only take courses in one of the three locations.

Disciplines available: 

  • Biochemical Engineering
  • Chemical Process System Engineering
  • Construction Engineering, Electric Power Engineering
  • Basic Course, Empirical Software Engineering
  • Engineering Design
  • Environmental Engineering and Reactor Technology
  • Specialization Project
  • Food Engineering
  • Industrial Systems Engineering
  • Mining Engineering


There may be other course offerings on this program that are not currently listed in the Study Abroad Course Database (SACD). 


All credit you earn on this program will count as transfer credit towards your UMD degree.  Most courses at Norwegian University of Science and Technology  will be converted as follows:



Norwegian University of Science and Technology Credit UMD Credit
.5 ECTS Credit 1 UMD Credit
7.5 ECTS Credit 3 UMD Credit


The chart above was last approved by the UMD Transfer Credit Committee on December 4, 2014.


Undergraduates must receive a C- equivalent or better in order to be eligible for the transfer of credit.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology Grade UMD Grade
E  C -

The NTNU website lists housing options for each campus location:

Trondheim: Exchange students are guaranteed campus housing.

Gjovik: Exchange students are normally given campus housing.

Alesund: Exchange students are normally given priority for campus housing.

Exchange Program Cost of Attendance
UMD students participating in an Exchange program have the benefit of paying UMD tuition rates to attend an institution abroad. For specific information about this Exchange program, please reference the Cost of Attendance Chart.

Tuition and fees for exchange programs are charged directly to your UMD account, which means you can apply UMD scholarships, state and federal financial aid, and alternative loans towards the cost of an exchange. Students participating in a BMGT or ENGR exchange program are not charged differential tuition. Housing costs are paid directly to the host institution or on-site housing agency.

You can use the cost of attendance comparison worksheet to view how study abroad programs compare to each other and the amount you pay on campus at UMD. As always, your EA advisor (listed above) is available to help you complete this worksheet and find affordable programs that fit your study abroad goals.

Exchange Scholarship
All students accepted to an Exchange program are considered for an automatic award of $1,000! To be considered for this scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current degree seeking undergraduate UMD student (graduate students are not eligible for this award)
  • Not currently receive full tuition scholarship/benefits (i.e. Banneker Key, tuition remission, Frederick Douglass Scholarship, etc.)

Additional Financial Resources

Maximize your time abroad by taking advantage of resources at your host institution!

Student Clubs and Organizations
There are many clubs and organizations offered to international students to help them integrate into NTNU’s student life.

International Welcome/Orientation
NTNU organizes an orientation week for international students to allow them to get to know NTNU and Trondheim. In order to participate in orientation week, students must register, however registration is free! 

Term Year Application Deadline Admission Notification Program Start Program End
Spring 2023 09/09/2022 09/15/2022
Year (Fall-Spring) 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023
Fall 2023 03/01/2023 03/13/2023