Exchange and internships

Exchange and internships

NHH opens for exchange and internships to Europe in the spring of 2021, but cancels outgoing stays for the rest of the World.

Updated Wednesday 7 October, 09.18 AM (All information about the spring semester 2021.)

SPRING SEMESTER 2021

  • Outgoing Exchange Spring 2021

    Outgoing Exchange Spring 2021

    NHH has decided that outgoing exchange within Europe is in line with the Norwegian authorities’ definition of necessary travel, and exchange in Europe will go ahead as planned for the spring semester 2021.

    Unfortunately this means that all outgoing exchange outside Europe is cancelled for the spring semester 2021.

    Europe is defined to include all EU and EEA countries, as well as Great Britain and Switzerland.

    We fully understand that an exchange semester is something most students look forward to and wish to complete as part of their studies at NHH, and that therefore students who have planned an exchange semester outside Europe in the spring 2021 are disappointed.

    However, our main priority is the health and safety of our students. There are also many uncertainties linked to exchange outside Europe; for instance entry restrictions in many countries as well as the (lack of) possibilities to return to Norway before the term is completed if this should become necessary. As of today there are few or no commercial flights to many of the countries outside Europe where NHH normally sends students.

    Many of NHH’s partner institutions outside Europe have already cancelled exchange for the spring semester 2021 and this number is steadily increasing.  

    This implies that we allow outgoing exchange in Europe if

    1) the host institution accepts incoming exhange students, and

    2) local authorities in the host country do not impose travel restrictions which prevent students from travelling.

    Students must be prepared for the likely event that their exchange semester may be cancelled by the host institution, and this is beyond the control of NHH.

    Likewise, entry restrictions in other countries are beyond the control of NHH. We therefore still advise all students to have a plan B. This can be to continue their studies at NHH in the spring semester 2021, postpone their exchange semester to another semester if possible, or consider the opportunity to complete the exchange semester digitally if their respective host university offers this option.

    NHH will monitor the situation closely and communicate with the students who have been selected for exchange in Europe in the spring semester 2021 should any changes occur. It is also very important that the students keep up to date on the situation, and actively react to information provided by their host institution and local authorities in the host country.

    For students who maintain the plan of an outgoing semester abroad in Europe this spring, it is extremely important that you have insurance. It is advised to check the coverage and conditions of several insurance companies to ensure that your needs are covered in the best possible way. It is also important to notice that many insurance companies have specific conditions that limit the coverage or their ability to provide assistance in case of accidents. Each student needs to consider the consequences this has and how he or she can best handle this.

    Furthermore, it is important that students stay informed about local conditions and what they can expect at the host institution. Students should prepare for quarantine upon arrival, fully or partial digital teaching, limited access to and social activity on campus and in general, and countries and cities may impose restrictive measures for social distancing on short notice, and these measures might be much more restrictive than what we have experienced in Norway so far. Students need to prepare mentally and in practical terms in advance and make a plan for how they will act under all circumstances. It is compulsory for all outgoing exchange students to take the NHH «Covid-19-preparedness» seminar that will be available on Canvas on October 15.

    Virtual exchange spring 2021

    Some universities may cancel physical exchange and offer courses via virtual exchange instead. For the Spring semester 2021, NHH will allow students to take courses virtually as a substitute.

    Please note that this will make you ineligible for the Erasmus+ scholarship. If you have been accepted as a fee-paying student it is also likely that you will have to pay the normal tuition fee to your host institution should you be prevented from going on physical exchange and wish to complete the semester digitally instead. Be aware that Lånekassen has not yet clarified whether they will provide additional support for tuition fees in case of virtual exchange in the spring semester 2021.

    You may also combine courses from virtual exchange with courses taken at NHH.

    Students who gets their exchange semester cancelled may also consider undertaking virtual exchange through the Engage.eu Online Exchange-initiative. The course offer for Spring 2021 will be updated later this autumn.

    Innovation School summer 2021

    Master students who get their exchange semester spring 2021 cancelled may have the opportunity to go abroad and gain international experience through participating in NHH’s Innovation School in Germany during the Summer 2021.

    Follow this link for more information about the Innovation School. The application deadline will be on October 15, 2020.

    Expenses connected to the exchange semester

    If possible, we recommend that you postpone expenses tied to your planned trip.

    Try to buy flexible airline tickets, have a cancellation insurance etc.

    Check whether it is possible to have expenses refunded if you are forced to cancel the stay.

  • Internships Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021

    Internships Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021

    NHH has decided that students who are planning an NHH-initiated internship in Europe in the fall 2020 or the spring 2021 may travel. This will be defined as necessary travel.

    Unfortunately this also means that all internships outside Europe are cancelled.

    Europe is defined as EU and EEA countries as well as the UK and Switzerland. For more information about the considerations behind NHH’s decisions, please see the section about outgoing exchange spring 2021.

    Travel restrictions imposed by your host country may still prevent you from travelling in Europe, and this is beyond NHH’s control. If travel restrictions are imposed on the country you are planning to travel to, you must postpone your departure from Norway until the restrictions are lifted.

    Alternatively, you must request permission from the internship company to begin the internship online, and then travel abroad when the restrictions are lifted.

    You must also take into consideration quarantine requirements upon arrival and that all practicalities need to be cleared with the internship company. It is therefore advised to arrive in good time before the planned start of your internship. If it is not possible to get an agreement with the company about starting the internship from home, and you are prevented from changing the originally planned time period for the internship, you must cancel and withdraw from the internship.

    Please be aware that students taking the Internship Abroad courses at NHH or plan on taking their CEMS internship abroad may experience that the companies and institutions where their internships are taking place may cancel the internship at short notice. This is beyond NHH’s control.

    In this case NHH will facilitate your continued participation in the Internship Abroad course, as far as possible. In order for you to be able to continue with the course you must fulfil the following requirements:

    • You must have completed at least four weeks of your internship abroad.
    • You must have completed the required course work.

    The course responsible at NHH will assess whether it is possible for you to continue the course after the internship has been cancelled.

    CEMS students must get in touch with the CEMS Corporate Relations Manager at NHH as soon as possible should their CEMS Internship be cancelled or postponed in order to receive advice and assistance with regards to how this can be dealt with.

    For further information about what students planning an internship in Europe must be aware of and prepare for before departure, please read the section for outgoing exchange students spring 2021 above. The NHH «Covid-19-preparedness» seminar for outgoing exchange students which will be available on Canvas on October 15 is also compulsory for outgoing internship students.

    Students taking independent internships abroad must also be prepared for the internship company having to cancel the internship at short notice. Remember to stay up to date on information from NHH at all times.

    Expenses connected to planned internships

    If possible, we recommend that you postpone expenses tied to your planned trip.

    Try to buy flexible airline tickets, have a cancellation insurance etc.

    Check whether it is possible to have expenses refunded if you are forced to cancel the stay.

  • Double Degree Students 2020/21

    Double Degree Students 2020/21

    For students planning an NHH-initiated double-degree stay abroad in the autumn of 2020 or spring of 2021, NHH is now allowing outbound travel within Europe. Notice that you may still be prevented from travelling by incoming travel restrictions in your host country.

    For further information about the considerations behind NHH’s decision and information about what students planning a double-degree stay in Europe must be aware of and prepare for before departure, please see the section about outgoing exchange spring 2021.

    Outgoing double-degree students in 2020/21 should already have participated in the the «Covid-19-preparedness» seminar, but it is still advised to consider retaking it when the new course is available in Canvas on October 15.

  • Incoming exchange spring 2021

    Incoming exchange spring 2021

    NHH remains strongly committed to international mobility and from the spring semester 2021 we once again welcome all incoming students nominated for an exchange semester or year by one of our partner institutions globally.

    For information about the corona situation and entry to Norway - go to the website of The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

    Please observe that many students travelling to Norway from abroad must conduct a mandatory quarantine upon arrival. 

    Students travelling to Norway are required to obtain valid travel and health insurance for their entire stay in Norway. Before traveling to Norway, students must please check their travel and health insurance, given the possibility that the insurer’s policy might not provide cover for any claims, losses or costs associated with the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, and upgrade if necessary.

    All incoming students will be given the opportunity to apply for accommodation through the Student Welfare Organisation Sammen. Please note that Sammen is not able to guarantee a room for all students in the spring 2021, incoming students should therefore prepare for the event that they may need to secure accommodation on their own on the private market.

    For information on protective measures for students and employees on the NHH campus, links to further information from local municipality authorities in Bergen and national authorities in Norway, please refer to the following website: https://www.nhh.no/en/coronavirus2/

Autumn semester 2020

Published 5 May 2020, updated 29 May, 11.55 AM.

  • Exchange cancelled in the autumn 2020

    Exchange cancelled in the autumn 2020

    On 5 May, NHH suspended outbound exchange for all our master’s students in the autumn semester of 2020.

    The school has now decided to suspend and postpone incoming exchange in the autumn semester as well. This applies to both bachelor’s and master’s students.

    (Incoming and outgoing students in the double degree-programme are not affected.)

    There are several reasons for this conclusion, but the most important factor is the unclear and unpredictable situation internationally caused by the Covid-19 outbreak.

    The decision is difficult given NHH’s strong commitment to internationalization and because it affects all students who had planned to go on exchange in the autumn semester 2020. With this decision, NHH aims to minimize the negative impact for the students and make the situation as predictable as possible, given the uncertain circumstances.

    We are fully aware that some incoming students might not have the option to postpone an exchange, and we understand that students will likely be disappointed. Unfortunately, we cannot offer the option of a virtual exchange semester at NHH.

    NHH want to assure all our partners and students that we will continue to commit to our student exchange partnerships and will work continuously to sustain and further develop our relationships. Our primary goal is to once again welcome exchange students on our campus in spring 2021, and to resume our outgoing exchanges.

    DETAILS ABOUT THE CANCELLATION FOR OUTBOUND NHH STUDENTS

    Published 5 May 2020, 3.05 PM

    NHH considered several factors before deciding to cancel outbound exchange.

    The most important factor is the health and well-being of our students. The Norwegian government has issued travel advice that strongly discourages travel abroad. This is the strongest possible form of travel advice, and currently there is no end date.

    How the pandemic will develop through 2020 and into 2021 is also highly uncertain.

    OTHER FACTORS

    The following factors have also been important.

    • Several of NHH’s partner universities have already cancelled exchange in the autumn, and others will follow.
    • Many countries have stopped processing visa applications, for instance Australia and the USA.
    • In the southern hemisphere, the semester starts as early as July. As of now, it is not realistic for our students to be able travel that early.
    • Presently, international travel is complicated, due to reduction in air travel and closed borders.
    • The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs discourages all non-essential travel abroad for the time being. This also means that it will be very difficult to be repatriated or get consular assistance in case of an incident.
    • The decision to cancel also has an economic side, including potential travel costs, plans to sublet apartments or quitting part-time jobs while on exchange. Some exchange students must also pay tuition in advance and with limited possibilities for a refund.
    • It is also worth mentioning that new travel insurance contracts will not cover loss or damages connected to the pandemic.

    POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS FOR THE MASTER’S STUDENTS

    NHH has several categories of master’s students who were scheduled to go on exchange this autumn, and thus are affected by the situation.

    The different categories need different solutions. All affected students have been informed directly and have received information about different alternatives.

    These include deferring the exchange or other forms of international mobility in the spring semester 2021, and NHH will assist the students accordingly.

  • Internships Summer and autumn 2020

    Internships Summer and autumn 2020

    If you are a Norwegian citizen, you must adhere travel advice from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As long as the ministry’s travel advice is in force, it will be very difficult to obtain valid insurance, and one cannot expect to receive assistance from Norwegian authorities, if you have traveled abroad contrary to the travel advice.

    If you are going on an NHH-initiated internship abroad, which was supposed to start while the current travel advice is valid, you must try to postpone departure from Norway until the travel advice changes or request permission to begin the internship from home, and travel abroad when the Norwegian authorities change their advice. This applies if you are going on an internship in the Nordic countries before 15 June, in Europe before 20 July or the rest of the World before 20 august.

    If you, for example, have an internship in Denmark that starts 10 June, you must postpone your departure until you know whether the travel advice changes 15 June. If the advice changes, you may travel to Denmark and start your internship. If the current travel advice is prolonged, you cannot go. If is not possible to get an agreement with the employer about starting the internship from home, and you are prevented from changing the originally planned time period for the internship, you must cancel and withdraw from the internship.

    Nationals from countries other than Norway, must follow travel advice issued by the authorities in your home country. There may be different travel restrictions from country to country.

    Please be aware that students taking the Internship Abroad courses may experience that the companies and institutions where their internships are taking place may cancel the internship at short notice.

    In this case NHH will facilitate your continued participation in the Internship Abroad course, as far as possible. In order for you to be able to continue with the course you must fulfill the following requirements:

    • You must have completed at least four weeks of your internship abroad.
    • You must have completed the required course work.

    The course responsible will assess whether it is possible for you to continue on the course after the internship has been cancelled.

    Students taking independent internships abroad must also be prepared for the internship company having to cancel the internship at short notice. Remember to stay up to date on information from NHH at all times.

    Expenses connected to planned internships

    If possible, we recommend that you postpone expenses tied to your planned trip.

    Try to buy flexible airline tickets, have a cancellation insurance etc.

    Check whether it is possible to have expenses refunded if you are forced to cancel the stay.

Spring semester 2020

Updated 5 May 2020, 11.47 AM. (Removed sections on outbound exchange autumn 2020.) 

  • Outbound exchange students, spring 2020

    Outbound exchange students, spring 2020

    Updated 3 April 2020, 1.49 PM.

    The window for returning to Norway from many countries will close in the relatively near future.

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs urges all Norwegian citizens who are travelling abroad to consider returning home as soon as possible, in a safe and calm manner, in consultation with their travel agency or airline.

    The Ministry points out once again that changes may occur rapidly. More and more countries are closing their borders and airspace and imposing states of emergency and other restrictions.  

    Those who are planning to return to Norway, please register at www.reiseregistrering.no.

    Contact information to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

    • Telephone (open 24/7): (+ 47) 23 95 23 95
    • E-mail: 247@mfa.no

    The cooperative effort between Norwegian authorities and the airlines is not an evacuation, nor is there talk of creating an air bridge to places where there are Norwegians who desire help returning to Norway.

    Outbound NHH exchange students from other nationalities are adviced to follow instructions from or return to their home country, as access to Norway is temporarily restricted.

    • Please let NHH know if you have questions or require assistance. 
      E-mail: INT.STUD@NHH.NO

    DO YOU NEED HOUSING QUICKLY?

    Sammen offers housing to returing exchange students.

    Read more on Sammen's web page

  • Study progression for those who must return home

    Study progression for those who must return home

    Most of our partner universities have already replaced regular teaching and exams with online learning and examinations; formats that allow students to continue their studies from home.

    NHH will communicate with the universities from which we receive returning students, to push for such arrangements. If this is still not provided, NHH will try hard to offer alternative arrangements.

    We know that many of you are in the last semester of your degree, and that you are concerned that this situation will cause delay and prevent you from graduating as planned. This is an unprecedented situation and you can rest assured that NHH, potential future employers and others will understand that this may lead to unexpected consequences.

    All outbound exchange students from NHH will be given the opportunity to enroll in courses at NHH this semester. This applies to courses that NHH finds it possible to offer in the spring semester, in spite of the late start. We nonetheless encourage exchange students who have returned home to complete the studies they had started at their host institutions through online activities that are offered.

  • Information for incoming students, spring 2020

    Information for incoming students, spring 2020

    Apart from keeping its students and staff safe, NHH's primary goal is to enable all students to complete the semester and take their exams, regardless of how the situation develops.

    All teaching and exams will thus be held digitally for the rest of the semester.

    Incoming students are advised to follow instructions and advice from the local authorities in their home countries as well as their home institutions.

    • Students who wish to return home, or are being called home are free to leave.
    • Students who wish to remain in Norway are also free to do so.

    We urge those who remain to keep themselves continuously updated on instructions and advice given by Norwegian authorities, and contact NHH if they have any questions or require assistance.

    E-mail: INT.STUD@NHH.NO

    If you choose to go home, please be aware that all questions regarding housing must go through the channels of SAMMEN.