Make sure you obtain all necessary information about requirements, documentation and deadlines for the different study programmes and institutions. Below you will find the minimum requirements for admission to higher education in Norway.
Degree seeking students: Academic requirements
Bachelor´s/ undergraduate studies
Completion of secondary education at advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Norwegian secondary school, is the general basic requirement for entry to Norwegian universities and university colleges set by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For students from some countries at least one year of completed studies at the university level is required in addition.
Some study programmes have special admission requirements, usually related to specialist subjects or fields of study from secondary school. Please check with the institution for information about these special qualifications.
Applicants for Masters programmes have normally obtained an undergraduate/Bachelor's degree or equivalent of at least 3 years' duration. The degree must include courses equal to at least 1 1/2 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for.
Please beware that for some countries the first (and sometimes the second) year of study at a foreign higher education institution will not be recognised as higher education in Norway (see above).
Degree seeking students: Language requirements
For courses where the language of instruction is English all applicants should expect to document their language skills according to the requirements set by the institutions. Beware that the requirements may vary from institution to institution, and sometimes from study programme to study programme, and that different English tests and scores may be required by different institutions.
For courses where the language of instruction is Norwegian, proficiency in the Norwegian language is required and should be documented.
Learn Norwegian outside Norway
Even though your study programme is taught in English a certain knowledge of the Norwegian language will help you both academically, but also socially.
More than 140 institutions around the world are offering Norwegian courses to their students. There are currently between 5,000 and 6,000 young academics worldwide who are studying the Norwegian language or Norwegian courses at institutions of higher education in their home country. Maybe your current institution is on the list? This could be your first stepping stone towards further studies in Norway.
International cooperation is important to Norwegian institutions and they have a large number of exchange agreements with universities all over the world. This allows international students at all study levels (bachelor, master and PhD) to come to Norway on an 3 months, 6 months or a year´s exchange, and likewise Norwegians to go abroad.
Applications for exchange studies in Norway will always be handled by your home institution, and you will have to ask the office in charge of exchange/international relations at your university for more information about requirements, deadlines and what options might be available for an exchange to Norway. Please note that the Norwegian institution is not involved in the admission process at all.
All exchange courses for international students in Norway will be taught in English. Some institutions also offer Norwegian language courses for their international exchange students.
The most common education programmes granting exchange to Norway is the following:
- The Erasmus+ grant
- Nordplus student grant
- Fulbright - Grants for US students and Scholars
- Mobility grants for Norwegian Language and Literature
- EEA/Norway grants
- Norwegian-Russian Scholarship
Exchange studies is an excellent way to get the best of Norwegian education and experience Norway - it’s really a once in a lifetime experience!