Student exchange and internationalisation

Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) is part of the Erasmus+ programme. Erasmus+ is an important tool for NDUC to enhance our international cooperation and exchange opportunities for students, staff and researchers with our strategic partners.

The NDUC has several Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) as well as exchange agreements with both civilian and military universities in Europe, North America and other countries around the world. Due to our specialised profile, we are always looking for new partners in order to achieve our goals for student exchange and internationalisation. All departments are encouraged to develop international professional networks that can contribute to strengthening the educational programmes and research conducted at the NDUC.

Our study programs


  1. Norwegian institutions of higher education have access to participation in the Erasmus+ cooperation through the EEA agreement. Erasmus+ finances student exchange between programme countries (the EU’s 28 Member States as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey and Norway) and between programme countries and partner countries. In addition to student and teacher mobility, the Erasmus+ programme can help support development projects and collaborative projects in education. In collaborative projects, the EU requires 3 or more programme countries to join forces in one project.

    Read the Erasmus Policy Statement

  2. In order to participate in Erasmus+ programme, you must be an accredited institution of higher education in your country, and hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). 

    Read the Erasmus Charter 2021-2027

    Read the Erasmus Charter 2014-2020 

  3. Nordplus is administered by the Nordic Council and is a program that supports initiatives in education, sports, culture, language networks and educational cooperation between the Nordic countries in addition to the Baltic countries. The program for higher education will finance educational projects across national borders that support Nordic cooperation. Nordplus requires 3 or more program countries to join together on the application. The application can include both mobility for undergraduate students, master students and academic staff. Nordplus does not support research projects.

    Link to the Nordplus website

  4. NDUC has a number of agreements for academic cooperation worldwide. Both for education and research purposes.

    Institutions with an MoU or cooperation agreement with NDUC:
    Escuela Superior de Guerra - Colombia War College
    Forsvarsakademiet - Royal Danish Defence College
    Institute for Defence studies and Analyses (India)
    Forsvarshögskolan - Swedish Defence University
    King's College - United Kingdom
    University of Glasgow - United Kingdom
    National Defence University - USA
    Center for Strategic and International Studies - CSIS (USA)

    International networks:
    EUAFA - European Air Force Academies
    NORDEFCO - Nordic Defence Cooperation
    IAMA - International Association of Military Academies
    ISMS - International Society of Military Sciences
    PfP - Partnership for Peace

    NDUC is looking for more opportunities to cooperate within the framework of student exchange and research collaboration. Please contact Marit Rye-Ramberg for more information.


Student exchange

  1. NDUC will announce the available seats for our master programme through our regular points of contact and partner institutions. Prospective students should then apply by using our electronic application portal 

    Please contact your home institution for detailed application procedures.

    Application deadline: March 1st

  2. If you are looking for an opportunity to come to NDUC as an exchange student, please check with your home institution if we have a signed exchange agreement. All exchange students must apply through their home university. Your home institution international coordinator will nominate the candidates. After your nomination, you will receive more detailed application procedures from the NDUC admission team.  

  3. • May 15 for start-up in August
    • October 15 for start-up in January

    Please go to to register your application.

  4. Together with your application, you need to upload a copy of your passport, an academic transcript of records in English or Scandinavian language, a letter of personal motivation and a letter of recommendation from your superior. 

    Please note that NDUC does not accept free movers. (Exchange students from a university without an institutional agreement with NDUC).

  5. International exchange students are offered housing and meal plans on campus together with the domestic student community. NDUC housing may vary between the different campuses; some have single rooms, some double rooms. Please contact your adviser for detailed information.

  6. NDUC seek to integrate the international students with offering housing and meal plans together with the domestic student community.

    NDUC provides a variety of student clubs, work out facilities and social arrangements throughout the year. All of the courses offered in English are part of our regular study programmes.

  7. All Norwegian higher education institutions use a system of credits (studiepoeng) for measuring study activities considered equivalent to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

    • 60 ECTS credits are allocated to the workload of a full year of academic study.
    • 30 ECTS credits are normally allocated to one semester’s full-time study.
    • Courses are normally 5-15 ECTS credits per course.

    Please look at the course catalogue for more detailed information about the courses offered at NDUC.

  8. • Autumn semester: runs from early August to the end of December
    • Spring semester: runs from beginning of January to mid-June

    There are several national holidays in Norway on which the universities are closed. 

  9. The form and period of the examination may vary between study programmes and courses offered due to the course structure. Please read the course catalogue for detailed information on each course description.

Visa regulations

  1. If you come from one of the Nordic countries you will not have to apply for a residence permit, but you should report your move to the National Population Register

  2. If you come from an EU / EEA / EFTA area you have to register with the local police within three months.

    Please bring these documents:

    • a valid national identity card or passport.
    • confirmation of admission to an approved educational institution or an upper secondary school.
    • private health insurance or European health insurance card.
    • a personal declaration stating that you have enough money to support yourself.

  3. If you come from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA-area you have to apply for a student residence permit. 

    There is a processing fee for each application, and the prize may vary depending on where you hand in your application. 

    Please have a look at the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for updated information regarding your country of residence. 

    Your international coordinator at your home institution will be able to advise you in this matter. 

Pil til høyre
Read about our collaboration with NORDEFCO
Herman og Kristoffer

Cadet Kristoffer Haukås (on the right) and cadet Herman D. Karstensen on study exchange in Hamburg, Germany (2020/21):

– The corona situation has left a little mark on our stay as there are fewer social events and more online teaching, however it has been an educational year and we think it is exciting to study in another country, says Herman.

Any questions?
Please contact Senior Advisor Marit Rye-Ramberg at the Section for Education