Go abroad with Erasmus+

Erasmus+ is the largest exchange programme in the world. With Erasmus+ there are no school fees, and you get an extra grant in addition to support from Lånekassen. You can choose between 150 partner institutions in Europe.

Who is eligible for Erasmus+?

As long as your study program has an Erasmus exchange agreement with one of HVL’s partner institutions, all students from bachelor through PhD can go abroad with Erasmus+. With the Erasmus grant the programme aims to facilitate exchange studies, to help you develop your language skills. Through immersing yourself in a new culture you will experience personal growth. 

Where can you travel?

Most HVL’s European partner institutions are also Erasmus partners, but see agreements available through Erasmus+ for your study program here. 

Even though Great Britain is leaving the EU, most partners are participating in the Erasmus+ program until the end spring 2023. 

Erasmus grant

Travelling with Erasmus+ you will get an Erasmus grant in addition to the support from Lånekassen. You receive 80% of the grant upon departure, and 20% upon your return.

€ 460 per month for high-cost countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Sweden and Great Britain).
€ 410 per month for low-cost countries (all other Erasmus countries).

Students with children under 18, and students that go on practical placement get an additional € 200 per month. You may only get one top-up. Ask your study advisor to check if this applies to you.

Students with disabilities and additional support needs not covered by other sources of funding, there is additional Erasmus+ funding available. This applies in cases where the additional cost of going on exchange is higher than the support available to all students and where other sources of support is no available. In such cases, the additional funding from Erasmus+ covers actual, approved costs. If this applies to you please send an email to international@hvl.no.  

If you have to withdraw or cancel your exchange, HVL may claim part or the full grant to be refunded.

If you travel in an environmentally friendly fashion to or from your Erasmus destination, you may apply for HVLs enviromental grant. 

How to become an Erasmus student

Before engaging in the following steps please make sure that your pre-approval has been assigned and that your application for exchange to HVL has been approved. If you haven’t applied HVL for exchange, you need to do this first.

Before exchange

1. Online Learning Agreement (OLA) / Learning Agreement

Online Learning Agreement (OLA) is initiated by HVL after your application for Erasmus exchange has been approved. Read more about how to fill in the OLA in the user guide.

Learning Agreement and OLA is an agreement between student, home institution and partner institution. It describes the content of the exchange and is sometimes a part of the student’s application to the partner institution.

2. Apply to the partner institution

HVL nominates you to the partner institution. You will receive information about the application process from the partner institution directly. Guidance on the application is given by the partner institution.

3. Send copy of the admission letter

As soon as you get a letter of admission from the partner institution, send it to your contact person at HVL’s Department of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation (AFII). If you use the app, please upload it there.

NB! The admission letter must include the dates for the timeframe for the exchange.

4. Online Linguistic Support (OLS)

All Erasmus students take a language test in the language of instruction before departure. Through OLS you can find out your level of competence in the relevant language. You will be given 1 month to take the test. It is also possible to receive a language course through OLS. This may be either in the language of instruction or the local language. Students studying in Danish or Swedish language are not required to take the language test.

OLS is sent to you by HVL. Read more about OLS and read the user manual here.  

5. Erasmus Grant Agreement

To receive the Erasmus grant you need to fill in an online application. Please have information about your bank account and insurance policy number ready when you start the application. By applying for the Erasmus grant, you sign and confirm that you have read and understood the content of the Erasmus Grant Agreement. Your contact person at HVL will contact you regarding this process.  

Erasmus Grant Agreement is a contract between the student and HVL.

6. Self-declaration

Students must sign a self-declaration before departure. This is done at the same time as point 5 above.

Before your return

Make sure your confirmation of stay is signed by the coordinator at your host institution. Template of Confirmation of Stay is found here.

After exchange

1. Recognition of your exchange

3. Erasmus Participants Report

You will receive a mandatory report from the Erasmus+ program.

4. Final payment of the Erasmus grant

When all the steps above are completed the final instalment (20%) of the Erasmus grant will be sent to you.

Why go on abroad with Erasmus+?

  • More money to enjoy your stay!
  • Short distances – you can afford to explore Europe!
  • Study at high-level European universities without paying school fees!
  • Combine education with living abroad!
  • Become a part of the Erasmus Student Network!
  • Meet new friends and expand your network!
  • Improve your language skills!
  • Visit cities you would never travel to on holiday!
  • Take part in the world’s largest exchange programme!