HVL welcomes students from all over the world to spend a semester or attend a study programme at one of our five campuses on the west coast of Norway. We can offer courses for exchange students, full degree master programmes and PhD opportunities given in English.


Exchange is for students coming from a partner institution to HVL for a shorter stay (2-12 months).

Please note our checklist for international master students for updates and important information regarding COVID-19 and admission to HVL.

For an overview of the measures HVL is taking to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, please read: Information about the coronavirus.

Autumn 2021

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL) will open for international students for our Master’s programmes taught in English starting Autumn 2021.

The application portal is now open for applications from the EU/EEA and Norway. The application deadline is March 1st for applicants from the EU/EEA and April 15th for Norwegian applicants and EU/EEA applicants for Maritime Operations.

The application deadline for applicants from outside the EU/EEA was December 1st and the admission for 2021 is now closed.

Incoming exchange students autumn 2021

For the time being, we are planning on incoming exchange as normal for the autumn semester of 2021. HVL will have a digital orientation for incoming students on August 9. See the programme here (will be updated).

Exception for Health and Social Sciences: 
The Faculty of Health and Social Sciences has unfortunately decided to not accept incoming exchange student for practical placements. There will be some digital courses available at this faculty, and you can find these courses in the course list under exchange studies after March 1.