Norwegian University of Science and Technology

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Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), located in Trondheim, Norway, is Norway’s main engineering and natural sciences university, with equally strong programs in the arts, humanities, and social sciences.

Quick Facts

Partner Program Type – Exchange

Minimum GPA – 2.85

Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Junior or Senior class standing by the time of departure


To receive a student residence permit for Norway, you will need to prove that you meet the financial requirements as set by the Norwegian immigration authorities. The amount for the 2023-24 Academic Year is currently NOK 128,887 for the full-year program, NOK 62,685 for the Autumn semester, and NOK 75,222 for the Spring semester. This amount will slightly increase for the 2024-25 Academic Year. For NTNU, you will need to transfer this amount to a designated Norwegian bank account after you are accepted into the program. Students who receive financial aid may be able to submit financial aid documentation instead in their residence permit application. Further information will be shared with you after you are accepted into the program. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to

Term Options

Fall Semester – mid-August to late December

Spring Semester – early January to mid-June

  • students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Academic Year – mid-August to mid-June

Partner Program deadline dates



City & University
Trondheim is Norway’s third largest city with a population of approximately 200,000 of which 35,000 are studying at the university or one of the university colleges. Trondheim has a rich cultural life, where you will find many concert halls, art exhibits, theaters, parks, sports arenas, restaurants, and cafés.

NTNU Housing is available. Learn more about Housing options at NTNU.

You are responsible for applying for, securing, and paying for accommodations directly to the housing provider. Visit the host university website for actual costs.

Student Support

The NTNU Office of International Relations welcomes incoming exchange students. The team supports international students and offers resources and opportunities for you to integrate successfully into the culture and society.

Country Information Resources

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Learn more about special needs accommodations at NTNU.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As an NTNU exchange student, you will enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students for a semester or full academic year. 

Course Search

Visit the Course Catalog and academic programs to find specific courses.

  • Select “Taught in English” in the search filter.
  • Bachelor’s courses are normally called “Foundation”, “Intermediate” or “Third-year” courses. Master’s level courses are called “Second-degree level” and PhD courses are called “Doctoral degree level”. Some variations of these names may occur. Check if courses have any pre-reqs and ensure that you meet those requirements.
  • Pre-approved courses: Film and Digital Media Studies
    • Take advantage of pre-approved courses for your FDM major! As long as you meet any prerequisites, you can enroll in either undergraduate or master’s level courses. If you choose to take courses that are not pre-approved for the FDM major, you will need to speak with your major advisor about what other requirements the courses you take abroad could fulfill.

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:

  • A full-time course load is 30 ECTS/SP credits. Each course is typically 7.5 ECTS/SP credits.

As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At NTNU, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least is 12 quarter credits for fall semester and at least 24 quarter credits for spring semester after conversion (see below).

If you are not enrolled in the minimum number of quarter credits required, then you will fall out of Satisfactory Academic Progress. This could lead to financial aid and academic repercussions

If you are unable to enroll in the minimum number of quarter credits through courses at your host university, you may be able to fill in the gap by enrolling in one remote course through UCSC or UC online.

Credit Conversion

NTNU uses ECTS/SP credits. These will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.

  • 5 ECTS credits = 4 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 10 ECTS credits = 8 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 15 ECTS credits = 12 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 20 ECTS credits = 15 quarter credits at UCSC

Academic Restrictions

Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by the university partner to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at before applying to this program.

Academic Differences

Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.

Last modified: Feb 27, 2024