Nordlys universities

You can apply to the following universities within the Nordlys programme for the academic year 2019-2020:



  • Háskóli Íslands, Reykjavik (max. 2 placements/semester; 60% of the studies must be from the student's major subject; the following fields are not open to exchange students or there are restrictions in them: courses taught in Icelandic, MBA, law & economics on the Bachelor level, courses in business with the code PTS, English Language Programme (only open to students majoring in English), medicine, nursing & pharmaceutical sciences; TOEFL/IELTS required from nationals coming outside the EU countries)
  • Háskólinn í Reykjavík (max. 2 placements/semester; applicants must have a GPA of at least 3; The following fields of study are not open to Nordlys students: MBA, Iceland School of Energy, MSc in Clinical Psychology not open to Nordlys students; TOEFL/IELTS required from everyone, except from citizens of the Nordic countries and the Netherlands)
  • Háskólinn á Akureyri (occupational therapy not open to Nordlys students)


  • Norges teknisk-naturvitenskabelige universitet, Trondheim (the English Language Programme open to students majoring in English only; TOEFL/IELTS test required from nominated students who are not EU/EEA citizens)
  • Universitetet i Agder (only a limited number of nominated students are selected by the host university to these fields: outdoor education, teacher training, music studies)
  • Universitetet i Bergen (max. 2 placements/semester; the following fields of study are not open to Nordlys students: medicine, law, dentistry, psychology, areas of study with subject-specific Nordplus networks; language certificate required from those taking courses of English language and culture)


  • Göteborgs universitet (max. 2 placements/semester; courses in business and economics and law not open to Nordlys students; courses at the Faculty of Social Sciences only available in Swedish for Nordlys students; admission to the Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts is extremely competitive and only a very limited number of the nominated students can be accepted.)
  • Karlstads universitet (limited access to courses taught in Swedish)
  • Linné universitetet, Kalmar, Växjö (max. 2 placements/semester)
  • Linköpings universitet, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (max. 2 placements; possible to choose courses from the Faculty of Arts & Sciences only)
  • Luleå tekniska universitet
  • Lunds universitet (max. 2 placements/semester; courses in economics, management and business, journalism, medicine, industrial design and performing arts, as well as courses from the Malmö Art Academy not open to Nordlys students)
  • Mittuniversitet (max. 2 placements/semester; nursing, teacher training, industrial design not open to Nordlys students; restricted possibilities to choose courses taught in Swedish)
  • Stockholms universitet (max. 2 placements/semester; courses in business & economics  and law not open to Nordlys students; TOEFL/IELTS/PBT test required from nominated students who are not citizens of the Nordic countries)
  • Umeå universitet
  • Uppsala universitet (maks. 2 vaihtopaikkaa / lukukausi; admission to courses taught in Swedish possible if Swedish skills are sufficient and if space is available. Students will be notified of the decision only after the national (Swedish) admission process.)
  • Örebro universitet

The number of placements are in parenthesis, if they are restricted. Please note also the restricted fields. In addition, previous studies in the field may be required. Please check the possible field or course-specific requirements from the host university website.


You can take courses of your major / minor subject or free electives in Nordlys exchange. The courses can also include language studies if suitable courses are available. Nordic universities offer many courses in English and therefore studying in English also possible. The number of courses in English vary between fields of study and universities. Please note the above mentioned restrictions in the areas of study and the course-specific restrictions and requirements.

Exchange period

You can apply for Nordlys exchange for one semester.


Depending on the host university, Nordlys students will either receive an Erasmus+ or a Nordlys scholarship.

Erasmus+ scholarship:

  • An Erasmus+ scholarship will be paid to Nordlys students studying in the universities which have signed a Nordlys multilateral Erasmus+ agreement. The agreement has been signed by all the above mentioned universities, except Fróðskaparsetri Føroya, Göteborgs universitet and Stockholms universitet.
  • During the academic year 2019-2020, the Erasmus+ scholarship is 430 € per month.
  • Further information on the Erasmus+ scholarship is available on the Erasmus+ pages

Nordlys scholarship:

  • Students studying at the following universities will receive a Nordlys scholarship: Fróðskaparsetri Føroya, Göteborgs universitet and Stockholms universitet.
  • The Nordlys scholarship is is 200 €/month.
  • In addition, students get a travel supplement of 330 € to Gothenburg and Stockholm and 660 € to the Faroe Islands.

Finnish Study Aid:

  • If you are entitled to Finnish Study Aid, you can get it for your studies abroad as well. More information:

Accessibility support:

  • If there are additional costs related to your exchange due to a disability, illness, learning difficulty, or other special need (e.g. special arrangements in housing, travel services, or study aids) and if it is not possible to cover these expenses with other financial support, it is possible to apply for an accessibility grant through the Nordlys programme.
  • More information from the Nordlys coordinator at the International Office.


Application period

The Nordlys application period for the academic year 2019-2020 starts on 15 January and ends on 15 February 2019.

Application form

Please apply by filling in an online application in the Mobility-Online application portal:

Application instructions and application portal

You may apply for one semester, either for the autumn semester or the spring semester.

The application should include reasons for applying as well as a preliminary study plan (= a list of courses you would like to complete in the host university) to the host universities you are applying for. The study plan can be done based on the information on the website of the host university. The plan should include 30 ECTS credits worth of courses (in Sweden 30 hp, högskolepoäng). Application tip: Write your application with for example MS Word first and then copy the texts into the application.


The following documents should be attached to the application by the application deadline (15 February):

  • certificate of language skills which proves that you have sufficient language skills in the language in which you plan to study at the host university.
    • If you have studied the language at the University of Jyväskylä and the courses appear on your JYU transcript, there is no need to attach an additional language certificate to your application.
    • If you have taken an official language test, such as TOEFL or IELTS, please attach the test certificate to your application
    • if you have done an official language test (e.g. a National Certificate of Language Proficiency (YKI), TOEFL, IELTS, etc.), you can attach a scan of the certificate
  • certificate of university-level studies done elsewhere (if applicable) if the studies do not appear on the JYU transcript

Selection criteria and application prerequisites

The students nominated for Nordlys exchange are selected by the Director of Student and Academic Services based on the proposition of the selection committee. The selection is done within a month after the application period has ended. The selection is done in accordance with the Student access to Exchange Programmes at the University of Jyväskylä.

Students who are unable to be selected to Nordplus/Erasmus exchange to Nordic countries through their own discipline/department/faculty have priority in the selection. If the applicant is selected to the same university through Erasmus and Nordplus exchanges, s/he cannot be selected to Nordlys exchange and should use the Erasmus/Nordplus placement.

Some universities require a language test certificate, e.g. TOEFL or IELTS. The should be completed after the University of Jyväskylä has nominated the students to Nordlys exchange.  

Application tip! If you are applying to a university which offers a limited number of placements, it is recommended to apply also to a university without placement restrictions. This way your chances of being selected are improved.


  • 2018: applicants: 50, selected: 36
  • 2017: applicants: 58, selected 36
  • 2016: applicants: 50, selected 29

Practical matters regarding the exchange

The international offices of the host universities assist in practical matters related to your exchange, such as getting an apartment, tutoring etc. Nordic universities offer many courses in English. However, students studying to Sweden are encouraged to study in Swedish if they have studied the language in lower and upper secondary school.

Norway and Iceland have higher living costs than the rest of the Nordic countries. Also, students have to buy some text books in Norway which may result in additional costs.

In larger cities, such as Stockholm, Gothenburg and Copenhagen, it may be difficult to find an apartment, especially during the autumn semester. It is therefore advisable to apply for accommodation as early as possible or from the private sector. In smaller towns, getting an apartment can be a lot easier. In Iceland and Norway, the student unions have apartments to which exchange students may be able to apply for.

Experiences of former exchange students

Read reports written by students who have studied abroad in the Nordic countries in the past or follow the blogs of those who are on exchange now.

More information

The Nordlys programme is coordinated by the International Office. For more information, please contact the International Coordinator.