Study in Norway
Study in Norway
External resources:

:: Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)
Detailed information about academic requirements, language proficiency and recognition of foreign education.

Requirements for proficiency in English

More and more programmes and courses are offered in English at Norwegian institutions, especially at the Masters level. Below is an overview of the language requirements for foreign students applying for programmes/courses where the language of instruction is English.

For each country, the GSU list indicates if there is an English language skills requirement, along with a number indicating which categories of applicants from a particular country may be exempted:

  1. Applicants from countries which are members of the EU/EEA and/or the Council of Europe/UNESCO-Cepes, and who studied English as their first foreign language over a period of minimum 7 years at compulsory/upper secondary school.
  2. Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree with English as the language of instruction.
  3. Applicants who have passed an A-level examination in English.

Applicants satisfy the requirements regarding proficiency in the English language if they have completed and passed one of the secondary school examinations listed below with English in the curriculum.

  • Botswana
    Botswana General Certificate of Secondary Education (IUA), General Certificate of Education O-level, Cambridge Overseas School Certificate, General Certificate of Education A-level
  • Gambia
    West African Examinations Council Senior School Certificate, General Certificate of Education O-level, General Certificate of Education A-level
  • Ghana
    Senior Secondary School Certificate, West African Senior School Certificate, West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education O-level, West African Examinations Council General Certificate of Education A-level
  • Cameroon (English speaking part)
    General Certificate of Education O-level, General Certificate of Education A-level
  • Kenya
    Kenya Certificate of Education, Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (from 1989), Kenya Advanced Certificate of Education (up to 1989)
  • Malawi
    Malawi School Certificate of Education
  • Nigeria
    Senior School Certificate (from 1988), West African Examinations Council, General Certificate of Education O-level, West African Examinations Council, General Certificate of Education A-level, West African Senior School Certificate (from 1999)
  • Sierra Leone
    Senior School Certificate (from 2000), West African Examinations Council, General Certificate of Education O-level, Cambridge Overseas School Certificate O-level, West African Examinations Council, General Certificate of Education A-level
  • Swaziland
    Cambridge Overseas School Certificate, General Certificate of Education O-level
  • South Africa
    Matriculation Certificate Senior Certificate
  • Tanzania
    Certificate of Secondary Education East Africa, General Certificate of Education O-level, Advanced Certificate of Secondary Education, Zanzibar O-level
  • Uganda
    Ugandan Certificate of Education, East African Certificate of Education, Uganda Advanced Certificate of Education, East African Advanced Certificate of Education
  • Zambia
    Zambian School Certificate
  • Zimbabwe
    Cambridge School Certificate, General Certificate of Education O-level, Cambridge Higher School Certificate, General Certificate of Education A-level

Applicants who do not meet the English proficiency requirements may take one of the following tests/courses:

  • Completed an English basic course at the Norwegian upper secondary school level, obtaining grade 2 or better
  • Tests:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 500 for a paper-based test, a score of at least 170 for a computer-based test or minimum 60 for an internet-based test
    • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) with a minimum score of 5.0
    • Advanced Placement International English Language examination (APIEL) with a minimum score of 3
  • University of Cambridge examinations:
    • First Certificate in English
    • Certificate in Advanced English
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English

In addition, applicants will have proof of sufficient English proficiency if they have:

  • Completed one year at university in an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, USA), provided that the language of instruction was English.
  • Completed university education where the subject English comprised the main component of the course of study.

In exceptional cases applicants may provide proof of English proficiency in other ways.

Last modified: 05/08/2011 1:28 pm


Sitemap

Additional information
High North Profiles and interviews
Bookmark and Share