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.
All incoming exchange students to BI that applied through the housing pre-application form have received a housing offer for spring 2021.
Please find relevant information for your entry to Norway here.
In case you need to do a travel quarantine, it is your responsibility to check with your housing provider if you are able to stay there during your quarantine or if you need to check in to a quarantine hotel.
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.
- Obtaining student insurance for the entire duration of your semester abroad and familiarizing yourself with the terms. (Please note that different insurance companies may have different limitations regarding COVID-19 related incidents).
- Examining which infection control measures apply in the country of study, and comply with those measures.
- Stay updated on information from your host university regarding semester start, teaching mode and practical consequences.
- All financial matters related to living abroad, including any costs that may occur due to Covid-19.
- 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.
- Students planning to book travel, or enter any financially binding rental contracts, must first consult their host university.
- Students must have confirmation that it is possible to arrive and stay in the destination and that the semester will go ahead in the format the host university has outlined.
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.
- A virtual exchange, where you would follow a fully digital semester from a partner school while living in Norway, will not be offered as an option for BI semester exchange students, Spring 2021.
- Due to challenges of Covid-19, some partner schools may offer a combination of digital and face-to-face teaching. If the semester exchange is not cancelled by BI or the partner school, and you are located in the European destination, you should be prepared to follow the teaching online.
- 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.