CSE Engineering Exchange: Norway

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CSE student on a hike in Trondheim, Norway
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CSE student in Trondheim, Norway
CSE student at the Norwegian Univeristy of Science and Technology
A building on the Norwegian Univeristy of Science and Technology campus
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Academic year, fall, or spring

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CSE juniors, seniors

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On-campus residential halls

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No language requirement

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About the location

Earn credits towards your degree at one of Norway's premier and largest public research universities, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). Study alongside Norwegians and other international students at NTNU's largest of three campuses. Trondheim (population 190,000) is Norway's third largest city and is located on the Trondheim Fjord in Central Norway. Regularly rated as the best student town in Norway, Trondheim is NTNU’s largest campus with 36,000 university students.

Find more information about this exchange on the NTNU website.


Fourth year classes (master's) are taught in English and therefore, only juniors and seniors are eligible to study at NTNU. Although classes are at the master's level, they are more equivalent to 4000- and 5000-level courses at UMN. A full-time course load is 24-30 ECTS (1 ECTS = 0.5 UMN credits).

Students are assessed on one or two exams per class, and that exam(s) constitutes a student’s entire grade for the class. There are some liberal education-type courses available in English, but it varies each semester.

Examples of some UMN courses that have equivalents at NTNU and are typically taught in English:

  • CSCI 4511W Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (TDT 4136 Introduction to Artificial Intelligence)
  • CSCI 5106 Programming Languages (TDT 4165 Programming Languages)
  • CSCI 5143 Real-Time and Embedded Systems (TTK 4147 Real Time Systems)
  • ME 3281 System Dynamics and Control (TEP 4240 System Simulation)
  • ME 3333 Heat Transfer (TEP4130 Heat and Mass Transfer)
  • EE 4341 Embedded System Design (TTK 4155 Embedded & Industrial Computer Systems Design)

Always double check the updated course availability on NTNU's course directory.

Courses with passing final grades from CSE exchange partners transfer back to UMN as transfer credit (T). Transfer credit does not affect overall GPA.    

Begin your academic planning by visiting the CSE Learn Abroad website.  Work with the CSE International Programs team, your academic adviser, and your department to create an academic plan that works for you.

View a sample academic plan that includes study at NTNU.

Housing & Meals

NTNU typically helps facilitate on-campus housing (residence halls) through the application process.

Program Fee

Fall / Spring Semester: $1,775 + $10,500 in estimated additional expenses (Fall 2021/Spring 2022)

Academic Year: $1,975 + $17,900 in estimated additional expenses (Academic Year 2021-2022)

Total costs of participation can be found on the U of M Abroad website.

Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. University of Minnesota students are eligible for education abroad scholarships. Visit the U of M Abroad Financial Aid and Scholarships pages for more information.


CSE students in good academic standing, juniors and seniors

Academic Calendar

First Semester (Fall Semester): Early/mid August to late December

Second Semester (Spring Semester): Early January to early June

Find more information on the NTNU academic calendar.

Application Dates & Deadlines

Interested students must be nominated by CSE prior to formally applying for exchange. To be nominated, first have a conversation with CSE International Programs about your interest in the program. Then, email a copy of your passport to cseabroad@umn.edu, stating the program and term you would like to be nominated for. After your nomination is accepted by the host institution, you will receive instructions on how to complete their application. Students accepted by the host institution will also be prompted to complete the University of Minnesota application and confirmation procedure. 

Nomination deadlines: March 15 (fall & academic year); Sept. 15 (spring)

Application deadlines: April 1 (fall & academic year); Oct. 1 (spring)

Seeking nomination from CSE International Programs should be done in advance of the above host institution's nomination deadline. Completion of application early is highly recommended.