Courses on Exchange

Courses on Exchange

All students must apply for pre-approval of courses before they go on exchange to one of NHH's partner schools.

You can transfer 30 ECTS from your exchange semester into your degree at NHH. 

Please note that even if you receive NHHs signature on a form (admission, choice of courses at your host university or similar that you submit as part of the admission process), this is not valid as pre-approval of courses from NHH. You must always clarify pre-approval of the course you are going to take while on an exchange by submitting an application to NHH.

What courses can I take during my exchange?

While you are on exchange, you are expected to register to elective courses with the equivalent of 30 study points. When choosing courses bear in mind the following:

  • You cannot take courses which overlap with courses you have already taken at NHH or plan to take at NHH in future.
  • You must choose courses which are within NHH’s subject areas and are which are at the Master level at your exchange school
  • Language courses taken during your exchange cannot be included towards your degree.

The best way to find courses is to familiarize yourself with your host school's website. You will find a list of previously approved courses at your host school in Canvas to be used as a guide of what type of courses will be approved. Even though a course is on the list you must send in an application of approval for the course, as you may have a different academic background than students for which the course has been previously approved.

  • FAQ for international students

    FAQ for international students

    Q: May I take fewer than 30 ECTS?

    A: If you are an international student (without financial support from Lånekassen) you must still complete at least 22,5 ECTS while on exchange. These courses cannot overlap with your major or courses you have previously taken at NHH.


You should register to take the equivalent of fire out of six elective courses during your exchange semester (30 study points). The courses you take can be from the same subject area as your major or from other subject areas. For students who began their Master Fall 2021 or later, you can take a maximum of 22,5 ECTS from the same area as your major.

When we consider approval of courses, we take as a starting point your major profile. You will receive courses approved as either approved elective courses from the same area as your major or approved elective courses from other subject areas than your major profile. You are responsible for planning your studies so that you meet the requirements of both your major component and your elective component.

Please note that by the end of your degree you must meet the requirement of having taken and passed 22,5 study points (or equivalent) in courses which have a different subject code than the subject code of your major profile. This excludes methodology courses. If you haven’t yet met this requirement before you go on exchange, then you must plan to take one or more courses from other subject areas during your exchange.

What must I do to get my credits transferred?

To be able to transfer your credits from your host school into your NHH degree, the Section for International Relations must have received the following documents:

  • An application of pre-approval of courses you have taken while on the exchange,
  • An original transcript from your host school
  • A submitted NHH questionnaire regarding your exchange stay. You will receive a link to the questionnaire by email after your stay.  Erasmus+ students must be aware that the NHH questionnaire is not the same as the Erasmus+ questionnaire and that you must hand in both.

Most host schools send the original transcript directly to NHH. We will forward the transcript to you when we have transferred your credits into your degree. Should you receive the transcript directly to yourself, as will be the case for most schools in the USA, you must present it at the Section for International Relations so we can take a copy.

  • Results from Sweden and Finland

    Results from Sweden and Finland

    Results can be shared between Norway, Sweden, and Finland. Students on exchange to Sweden or Finland must do the following after their exchange:

    1. Log on to Studentweb
    2. Make sure you have checked "yes" to exchange of exam results with other institutions in your profile settings
    3. Click on "Results" at the top
    4. Select "Import of results from abroad"
    5. Select Sweden or Finland
    6. Click the green button "Go to the chosen country"
    7. Answer a short questionnaire

Registering for courses in the Studentweb

You must pay the semester fee at NHH while you are on exchange. You must also register a  workload of 30 ECTS in Studentweb using the code UTVEKSLING: Elective course is taken as part of an exchange programme.