Norway Student Visa

Norway Student Visa

ABOUT NORWAYEDUCATIONUNIVERSITIESADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Norway is a constitutional democracy in Northern Europe with a population of 5 million inhabitants.

Area: 385 199 km²
Population (2012): 5 038 100
Capital city: Oslo
Language: Norwegian (Bokmål and Nynorsk)
(In some districts, Sámi is also an
official language)
GDP (2011): NOK 3.071 billion (€ 391,8 billion)
GDP (per capita, 2011): NOK 510 000 (€ 66 000)
Currency: Norwegian kroner (NOK)
1 krone = 100 øre
Constitution Day: 17 May
Population growth (2011): 1,3 %
Average life expectancy: female: 83 years
male:  78 years

Norwegian Higher Education System

The Norwegian system of higher education comprises all the institutions and/or programmes that are accredited. With the exception of some private university colleges, all higher education institutions are state-run. In general, tuition is not required for study at Norwegian higher education institutions, although fees may be imposed for certain professional education programmes, further and special education programmes and studies at private institutions.

In addition to their teaching activities, all the higher learning institutions, and particularly the universities, are responsible for conducting basic research as well as researcher training, primarily by means of graduate-level studies and doctoral degree programmes.

Since 2003 Norway has been following the objectives of the Bologna process in the European higher education. Most of the elements have been implemented through the Quality Reform. Central to the reform has been implementation of a 3 + 2 + 3 degree system with a Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.D. structure following the European standards Internationalization is a high priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system. Currently more than 170 Masters programmes taught in English are available to international students, covering many different subject areas.

Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. By adapting to the European standard in higher education, it is easy for students at Norwegian institutions to obtain recognition of their qualifications in other countries.

The academic year normally runs from mid-August to mid-June. Courses are measured in “studiepoeng” according to the ECTS standard (European Credit Transfer System credits). The full-time workload for one academic year is 60 “studiepoeng”/ECTS credits. With the introduction of the new degree system it has become easier for students who complete all, or part of their education in Norway, to obtain recognition for their qualifications in other countries.

Recognition of Foreign Higher Education Qualifications in Norway

The International Recognitions Unit at NOKUT is responsible for dealing with applications for general recognition of foreign qualifications. NOKUT handles applications for general recognition of foreign qualifications and awards a number of general ECTS credits. They also states whether the level and scope/duration of the course is equivalent to a Norwegian degree.

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

Diploma Supplement

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. The DS has a standard layout and is divided into 8 sections. Section 8, which describes the country’s system of higher education, is a standard text included in all diploma supplements issued in the country concerned. The DS is already an integral part of the electronic student registration systems at Norwegian higher education institutions, FS (the Common Student Registration System) and MSTAS. The DS is provided to graduates free of charge.

English as a Second Language

If you’re not planning on learning Norwegian, don’t worry: Norwegian children start learning English at school at the age of six and as a result, practically everyone in Norway has some skill in English (and theoretically speaking also either German or French). Young people in particular are mostly completely fluent in English. On the other hand, English-speaking films and television series are subtitled instead of dubbed. So if you can read this, you should have no problem speaking to other people, or even just watching television in Norway.

English as a Second Language

If you’re not planning on learning Norwegian, don’t worry: Norwegian children start learning English at school at the age of six and as a result, practically everyone in Norway has some skill in English (and theoretically speaking also either German or French). Young people in particular are mostly completely fluent in English. On the other hand, English-speaking films and television series are subtitled instead of dubbed. So if you can read this, you should have no problem speaking to other people, or even just watching television in Norway.

  • Ålesund University College
  • Akershus University College
  • Bergen National Academy of the Arts
  • Bergen University College
  • Buskerud University College
  • Diakonhjemmet University College
  • Finnmark University College
  • Gjøvik University College
  • Harstad University College
  • Hedmark University College
  • Lillehammer University College
  • MF Norwegian School of Theology
  • Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics
  • Narvik University College
  • Nesna University College
  • Nord-Trøndelag University College
  • Norwegian Academy of Music
  • Norwegian Air Force Academy
  • Norwegian Defence School of Engineering
  • Norwegian Military Academy
  • Norwegian Naval Academy
  • Norwegian Police University College
  • Norwegian School of Economics
  • Norwegian School of Management
  • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
  • Norwegian Teacher Academy
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Oslo National Academy of the Arts
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Oslo University College
  • Sámi University College
  • School of Mission and Theology
  • Sogn og Fjordane University College
  • Stord/Haugesund University College
  • Sør-Trøndelag University College
  • Telemark University College
  • University of Agder
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Nordland
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • University of Tromsø
  • Vestfold University College
  • Volda University College
  • Ostfold University College

In order to obtain the necessary application forms and information about the application deadlines you will have to contact each university or university college. In general the application deadline for foreign students is between December 1 to March 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August). Please note that some institutions have separate
“pre-qualification” deadlines that are earlier than this.

Below you will find the general requirements to previous education. These are minimum requirements determined by NOKUT – the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education. Please note that institutions may have higher and/or additional requirements for all or some programmes.

Academic requirements

A compilation of country-specific information called the GSU-list (formerly SIS list) states what level of education applicants from different countries need to meet for entry into Norwegian higher education, including any requirements concerning proficiency in English. For courses where the language of instruction is Norwegian, proficiency in the Norwegian language is also required.

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. For students from some countries at least one year of completed studies at the university level is required in addition.

Please check the GSU-list for detailed information regarding additional requirements for your country.

Some study programmes have special admission requirements, usually relating to specialist subjects or fields of study from secondary school. Please check with the institution for information about these special qualifications.

Masters programmes

Admission requirements are decided by each university and University College based on an academic evaluation of the applicants.

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.

In special cases, the first (and sometimes the second) year of study at a foreign higher education institution will not be recognised as higher education in Norway.