2013: What rights/protections do foreign exchange students have who come to Norway?

I have been in contact with the Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) in an attempt to clarify what protections are laid in Place for Foreign Exchange students who come to Norway. A copy of the actual answers can be found here. I have translated the answers I have received. I will post further if I find some dept. that knows more.

Emne: Om utvekslingselever
Dato: Fri, 24 May 2013 06:14:02 +0000
Fra: Cathrine Børnes <cathrine.bornes@utdanningsdirektoratet.no>
Til: margarethesdatter@csfes.org <margarethesdatter@csfes.org>
CC: postmottak@kd.dep.no <postmottak@kd.dep.no>

To CSFES Norge

We refer to email sent to the Ministry of Education and Research May 2, 2013. The Ministry has asked that The Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training answer your email.

Your questions are:

How many foreign exchange students come to Norway every year?

                Svar: We do not have such information. You could try Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)  or Lånekassen.

(I have written to SIU. Am waiting for their response)

What rights do these students have?

Svar: If the foreign exchange student is accepted into high school according to the Education Act, the student has the same rights as Norwegian students.  http://www.lovdata.no/all/nl-19980717-061.html. More specifically § 6-5 is about foreign exchange students: http://www.lovdata.no/for/sf/kd/td-20060623-0724-026.html#6-5. In it we are told that there should be kept open places for FES.

Are there regulations on how exchange organisations are supposed to take care of them?

Svar: The short answer is NO.

Mvh
Cathrine Børnes
Avdelingsdirektør
Juridisk avdeling 1
Utdanningsdirektoratet
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E-post: cathrine.bornes@udir.no
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