STUDY IN NORWAY

Health insurance

Health services in Norway are of high standards. As a student in Norway you are ensured professional medical treatment no matter which part of the country you are living in. 

In most cases the treatment is free of charge if certain prerequisites are met. These prerequisites vary depending on your current nationality and length of stay in Norway. Please study the regulations below carefully.

Students from the Nordic countries

You will become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme if you are registered in the National Population Register in Norway. If you are not a member you are nevertheless entitled to health services under the National Insurance Act and you do not have to verify it with a European Health Insurance Card.

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Students from the European Union, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland

The general rule is that you do not become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. If you are a member of social security in your home country and hold a  European Health Insurance Card  while studying in Norway, you are entitled emergency and necessary treatment under Norwegian legislation. Please be aware that this only apply to citizens of the countries within the EU/ EEA and Switzerland, and not citizens from other European countries living within this area. 

If you are not entitled to a European Health Insurance Card from your home country, you must have other insurance to cover any medical expenses you might incur in Norway.

Find more information about what health services students from the EU/EEA/Switzerland are entitled to during your stay in Norway here. 

Students from countries outside European Union, the European Economic Area (EEA)

Your right to health services in Norway depends of your status as resident of Norway.  If the duration of your stay in Norway is more than one year you automatically become insured under the National Insurance Scheme when you register as a student at a Norwegian institution of higher education and get a student residence permit in Norway.

For all others you should have other insurance to cover any medical expenses you might incur in Norway.

Find more information about what health services students from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland are entitled to during your stay in Norway here

All students

Some institutions provide on campus health services. The semester card which you receive by semester registration may entitle you free medical treatment at the institution's student health services. This treatment usually does not apply to medicines or to medical tests taken off campus. The cost of medicines is only covered if you are hospitalised, or suffer from a serious disease, and are member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, or have a European Health Insurance Card or another form of social security which covers these costs.

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