Last updated 25 September 2020
BI has has made the difficult decision to cancel outgoing and incoming exchange outside Europe spring 2021, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The challenges related to obtaining a visa, travel restrictions and the general safety of the students, have been important factors in this decision. Note that the cancellation does not apply to double degree or QTEM students.
Incoming exchange – students from abroad coming to BI
- The nominations database will be open from 1 September.
- All previous nominations have been cancelled. If you already nominated students for spring 2021, these have been deleted from our nomination portal, and we kindly ask you to nominate your students again.
As a result of the impact of Covid-19, the housing guarantee for spring 2021 is not yet confirmed. Until the beginning of November there is uncertainty as to how many rooms can be guaranteed to international students.
The lists of courses offered at bachelor and master level will be updated around 1 October, and can be found here. It will not be possible to follow BI courses online for part of the semester, or for a full course load. Students who wish to do an exchange at BI must come to our campus in Oslo.
The semester starts the first weeks of January.
A decision on our summer school format (on-campus or digital) has not been made. Please follow this page for updates.
OUTGOING EXCHANGE - STUDENTS GOING ABROAD FROM BI
BI is currently planning for outgoing exchange within Europe to go ahead for Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) third year students, and Bachelor of Business (Siviløkonom) second year students. QTEM exchange spring 2021 is running as normal. MSc Business Analytics first year students will not be able to go on exchange spring 2021, but can apply for autumn 2021 exchange.
- BI’s International Office is now in the process of nominating you to your host university.
- Your host university will contact you directly with details on how to start your application.
- You are responsible for all financial obligations in connection with the planning and implementation of your exchange. However, students must not book any travel at this stage, enter any financially binding rental contracts etc.
- Yes, some partner schools might decide to cancel exchange. We will notify students as soon as we receive information about such cancellations.
- Infection prevention measures, travel advisory limitations, visa issues, student insurance etc. have resulted in a decision to cancel exchange to countries outside of Europe. Students have been contacted to try to find a European alternative.
You should be prepared for the possibility that the exchange semester may be cancelled and have a plan B in place, for example continuing your studies at BI as normal in the spring. It is not possible to postpone your exchange to another semester. You may also consider internship options.
- The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' travel advice must not discourage travel to the country you are going on exchange to.
- The country you are going to must have open borders and the opportunity to apply for a visa where this is necessary.
- You must be able to secure a valid student insurance for your exchange semester.
- Some partner schools may plan to offer a combination of digital and face-to-face teaching. BI will assess if this academic format can be approved for outgoing exchange students.
- Some partner schools may plan to offer digital teaching only. BI is considering the feasibility of this option.
- Please note that taking a virtual exchange will make you ineligible for the Erasmus+ scholarship.
- More information regarding the possibility of taking a virtual exchange will be published shortly
- Nationals from countries other than Norway must follow travel advice issued by the authorities in their home country as well. There may be different travel restrictions from country to country.
- You will also have to have valid student insurance covering any Covid-19-related needs for assistance and additional costs / losses.