Recognition & credits

When transferring degrees and credits from a foreign institution the recognition process is normally performed by the Norwegian institution as a part of the application processing.

Recognition of foreign higher education qualifications in Norway

Higher education institutions decide applications for specific recognition, i.e. whether a foreign qualification is academically equivalent to a degree, part of a degree or other qualification awarded by the institution concerned. For students from some countries there are set additional requirements regarding what level of education and proficiency in English that need to be met to qualify for entry into Norwegian higher education. 

Se the overview of countries and academic and language requirements administered by The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) here. 

international student studying


NOKUT also handles applications for general recognition of foreign qualifications. Please not that this do not apply to the recognition of your qualifications in connection with an application for a specific study programme, this is processed by the institution to which you are applying (see above). 

If you need a general recognition of your qualifications you may apply here.   


Courses are measured in points according to the ECTS standard (European Credit Transfer System). The full-time workload for one academic year is 60 ECTS credits. 

Grading scale

Grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade. A pass/fail mark is given for some examinations.

Diploma Supplement (DS)

Upon finished education all students a re provided  with a Diploma Supplement free of charge. The Diploma Supplement (DS) is an international document that gives a detailed description of the qualifications attained by a candidate. It does not replace the diploma, but supplements it.