Norway is rich in higher education and in internationally known public, private, specialised universities and university colleges. The student experience is unique and international since the country welcomes circa 15,000 foreign students. The interactive teaching system is visible in all university degree courses.
A few tips before you apply to a degree in Norway
Ready to start your Norway study adventure? Here are some facts to consider before applying for a degree in Norway:
- Carefully choose the programme you plan to enrol in. Specialisation is highly important for your future career, so you should read all details regarding curricula and study plans. You can find suitable degree courses in Norway on BachelorsPortal or MastersPortal.
- The general requirements are the same for all universities and are established by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). However, many universities have programmes with specific requirements that you should also fulfil.
- You will need a student visa to enter the country and earn a degree in Norway, so you should research on the documents you need and the differences between citizens of EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA countries.
- After you receive your student visa, you will need to obtain a Norwegian identity number from the National Registry, which is unique and valid throughout your stay in Norway.
How to apply to an undergraduate degree course
International students can apply to degree programmes taught in English or Norwegian. The general national requirements for foreigners are found on the GSU-list (Higher Education Entrance Qualification) and refer to specific documentations for each country. In the list, you will find what high school degrees, experience and documents you need in order to apply for an undergraduate course and what English language test you need. You can check out the GSU-list here!
Below you will find some information about the application process. Usually, universities have academic, language and documentation requirements.
- Apply directly to your chosen university website, in the international students section
- Check the GSU-list and provide the scanned proof of your studies
- Provide the exact copies or scans of the required documents
- Apply during the admissions period
- Research and prepare for a student visa. Application for the visa is recommended right after you receive the confirmation of admission letter. For the visa you will also need certain documents, such as proof that you can financially support yourself
- Write a personal statement for the university
How to apply to a postgraduate degree course
In Norway, you will find plenty of Master programmes which are taught in English and you can apply directly to your university of choice. Most of the time, requirements differ and are focused on the specialisation field of the courses.
The general requirement refers to owning and uploading a Bachelors degree of at least three years, which has at least half of the period of full-time studies in a subject relevant to the degree course.
The higher education is different in Norway and you should consider that your chosen university may not recognise parts of your Bachelor's degree. Some universities use an online application portal, which is open in certain periods, so you must closely study all information regarding admission.
English language requirements in NorwayHere are the minimum scores you need for the university application.
- TOEFL iBT: 60
- TOEFL PBT: 500
- IELTS Academic: 5.0
- University of Cambridge examinations: First Certificate in English/ Certificate in Advanced English/ Certificate of Proficiency in English
The application dates differ by university, but usually, you must apply and upload the necessary documents between December 1st and March 15th, according to the programme, institution and level of study. These dates are valid for courses that begin in August (autumn).
In some cases, application periods may differ even in the same programme, between EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA citizens.
Get ready to study!
If you received the confirmation letter for the university and you are admitted and also received your student visa, it is time to prepare for the Norwegian lifestyle. Get informed about weather, social and financial aspects and become an international student in this fascinating country!