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Norwegian University of Life Sciences Ås, Norway

NMBU Campus with large brick building in foreground and lush grass and trees.

Over the course of its 150-year history, the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) has developed from an agricultural school in 1859 to a hub of expertise in life sciences, environmental sciences, and sustainable development today. NMBU offers a number of English-language graduate programs focused on food sciences, development, and environmental studies. Located outside of Oslo in the picturesque village of Ås, NMBU boasts a spectacular 150-acre arboretum.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester
August - December
Spring Semester
January - May
June (optional research component)



Students will enroll as full-time students alongside NMBU graduate students, and earn up to 9 credits toward their graduate degree from AU. Programs taught in English at NMBU include:

  • Agroecology
  • Animal Breeding and Genetics
  • Aquaculture
  • Aquatic Food Production—Safety and Quality
  • Bioinformatics and Applied Statistics
  • Development and Natural Resource Economics
  • Economics
  • Feed Manufacturing Technology
  • International Development Studies
  • International Environmental Studies
  • International Relations
  • Plant Science
  • Radioecology

Summer Research

Students who enroll in the spring may participate in an optional research trip in another country in June. The research venue is decided each year by NMBU, fully funded by NMBU, and non-credit bearing within the NMBU abroad program. To register for research credit, students must consult their academic advisor and register under normal AU guidelines.

Language Requirement

English is widely spoken in Norway and a majority of graduate-level NMBU courses are conducted in English. Proficiency in Norwegian is not required for participation in the program.

Application Deadlines

Spring: September 15
Fall: March 1

Applicants are required to submit a non-refundable $50 application fee.

Students will be notified by email from OIP with a decision regarding their nomination for study abroad.

Please note: This program is competitive and submitting an application does not guarantee admission.

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Suggested Program Match

This program is compatible with International Development, International Economics, International Economic Relations, and Global Environmental Politics.

Students may take courses in any graduate program provided the student meets the stated academic requirements.

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Exploring the Norwegian countryside and culture

Learning the language provided deep insight into the culture and lifestyle.

Studying at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences gave me the opportunity to meet a remarkable group of professors from around the world that brought their passion and interest into the classroom. My semester at NMBU provided a unique blend of academia and social life that has given me one of the greatest experiences of my life, allowing me to expand my worldview while creating lifelong friends in the process.