Support for exchange programmes
You must have a study place before applying and you may apply no earlier than mid-May. The final deadline for applying is
- 15 November for the entire year or just the autumn semester
- 15 March for the spring semester
The exchange programme must be approved as a part of your programme of education
When participating in an exchange programme, the exchange programme must be approved by the educational institution at which you are studying for your main education. In order to receive support, the exchange programme must be approved as part of your degree.
Most educational institutions in Norway will report this directly to Lånekassen, but, in some cases, for example if you are a student at the Norwegian Business School (BI), you will need to submit documentation of approval together with the application.
All students receive basic support and travel support
Most people receive three different types of support for exchange programmes with a foreign university: Basic support, travel support and support for tuition fees if you have to pay tuition fees.
All students can receive basic support, which is what most people call a student loan. Basic support is a loan, not a grant, but up to 40 per cent of this may be converted to a grant if you live away from your parents, complete your programme of education and your degree and have income and assets below the set limits.
If you have to pay tuition fees, you may be eligible for support to cover the tuition fees, up to a maximum amount, depending on where you are studying and how much you have to pay.
You must document how much you have to pay in tuition fees when applying.
We also provide travel support to subsidise two return trips to the continent in which you are studying.
Debt and repayments
Lånekassen loans are interest-free and you do not need to start making repayments for as long as you remain a full-time student and receive support from us. When you no longer receive support from Lånekassen for full-time studies, interest on the loan will start to accrue and you will need to start repayments around nine months later.