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Education Abroad

***For those interested in Education Abroad (previously known as Study Abroad), please accept our apologies as we are updating our program information. Thank you for your patience in this time of flux.  

Norway - Tromsø

Bemidji State University, U.S.A. and Tromsø University, Norway have formed a Student Exchange Program.

  1. Statement of Purpose: To provide educational opportunities for and to support intercultural activities and projects among students from U.S.A. and Norway; to promote goodwill between the two institutions and further the public mission of each; and to promote international friendship and world peace.

  2. Selection of Students: Each institution will determine its own method of selecting students for the exchange program and determine how each of its students is likely to benefit from a particular course of study at the host institution. The final admission decision will be made by the appropriate official party at the receiving institution. Equivalency between courses and programs will be agreed upon in advance for each student for the purpose of awarding academic credit. All applications and dossiers will be sent to the receiving institution specifying a deadline for response.

  3. Student Programs: Exchange students will be permitted to enroll in courses and programs at the host institution for which they are qualified with the exception of those courses in which places may not be available due to enrollment limitations. Acceptance into a particular program of study implies that the student will be permitted to enroll in all courses required in that program appropriate to the particular level of the student. Exchange students also will be subject to the same requirements as resident students regarding adequate academic performance and course completion established by the host institution. In the case of BSU students, normally they would be limited to enrolling in courses taught in English at UiT. In the case of UiT students, determination of their English proficiency for study at BSU would be made by the relevant officials at UiT, and TOEFL test scores would not be required by BSU.

  4. Status of the Students: Students enrolled at the host institution will have the same privileges and enjoy the same student services, and other amenities, as other full time resident students. They also will be subject to the statutes, ordinances, and regulations of the host institution as well as all local, state, and national laws.

  5. Student Exchange Numbers: The principle guiding the number of students participating in the exchange program is one of approximate parity. Ideally there would be an annual one-to-one exchange of students between the two universities, but latitude will be provided in allowing for unequal numbers of students exchanged in any given year, with the goal being a roughly equal number of students hosted by both sides over time.

  6. Tuition and Fees: Each participating student will pay tuition and fees to his/her home institution. No refund of fees will be granted unless otherwise stated in official university documents, if the student is unable to complete his or her course of study.

  7. Travel: Students will be responsible for their own travel arrangements and associated costs.

  8. Accommodations: Each institution will arrange accommodations for visiting students. Students will be responsible for payment of accommodations. The universities will also provide meal option information. The student will be responsible for all food costs.

  9. Academic Credit: The terms under which academic credit will be awarded by the home institution for completion of coursework at the host institution normally will be provided to exchange students prior to their enrollment. Credit to be granted by the home institution also will be dependent upon the grades received by students at the host institution.


  1. Each student must agree in writing to comply with the regulations of the host institution and with the instructions given by his/her advisor/tutor.
  2. Each student must meet the requirements of the host institution for health/hospitalization insurance coverage during his/her stay.
  3. Each student must possess a passport and required visas for the period of exchange.
  4. Each student must demonstrate that he/she possesses sufficient financial resources to participate in the exchange.
  5. Both institutions shall exchange regularly (by paper copy and/or electronically) their respective college bulletins and other information pertaining to course programs, fees, calendars and schedules.
  6. Each student shall provide written official certification of health, including immunization information, to the host institution prior to admission.


Apply to become an exchange student in Norway.

For information about the University of Tromsø, see their home page in English: Tromsø University
For application information, go to the link for "Admission," then for "Exchange Students."

For more information contact:
The International Program Center
Bemidji State University
Deputy Hall 103
Telephone: 218.755.4096