Application Process – Norway

Prepare to Apply

Norway is super cold! There, we prepared you.

Joking aside, your first step should be researching. Considering the number of universities you can pick from and that each has a list of programmes and a distinct list of documents necessary for applying, you should check and consider all the criteria when choosing a degree.

Norway has a website dedicated to international students who wish to follow a programme within its borders, where all the degrees are centralised and the specific details of each put neatly in tables.

Use that website as much as possible. It was made to help students like you and any questions you may have or any uncertainty can be resolved with a simple e-mail or a desperate phone call.

Where to apply for a Norwegian Master’s degree?

Norwegian universities are each with its own. If you go on their official website, you will find the complete list of Norwegian Master’s degrees. If you click on it, you will find the deadlines, the requirements and a button taking you to the university’s page, where you can begin your official application.

Heads up, though, that there is another website for applications, but it is strictly for Norwegian students and it is comprised, mostly, of Bachelor’s degrees. If you are, by chance, that only Norwegian reader who wants a Bachelor’s, you’re welcome and don’t mention it. It was our pleasure!

Language requirements for a Norwegian university application

Hate to break it to you, but you will need an English certificate for your studies in Norway. Universities usually accept:

  • TOEFL
  • IELTS
  • CAE
  • Pearson PTE

You should ask your choice programme what test and what grade you should acquire, so you won’t have problems during your official application.

Also, bad news for the Norwegian guy reading this: you will need a language proficiency certificate as well. Evidence you can speak the language in which the programme will be taught is required from everybody, no matter their country or degree.

Required application documents

General application documents

The list of general application documents is pretty straightforward. A student has to present:

An undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of at least 3 years’ duration (it 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);

An English proficiency test.

Specific entry requirements

Now we’re talking!

Norway has the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), which sets the minimum requirements each country’s student needs to satisfy. You should see the GSU-list, the Norwegian database for country-specific information.

For instance:

Indian students require an English test and two other certificates that prove university education;

Nigerian students don’t require an English test, but require Senior School Certificates in 6 subjects (obligatory English, Mathematics and Science), with 1 other certificate;

South African students only need a National Senior Certificate;

American students must present High School Graduation Diploma + 1 year university / college studies in academic subjects or 3 Advanced Placement Tests with at least grade 3;

English students need a General Certificate of Education with at least 3 A Levels or Cambridge Pre-U Diploma (3 Principal Subjects + Global Perspective and Research) or a combination of A Levels and Cambridge Pre-U Principal Subjects in 3 different subjects.

Also, the each with its own rule reappears here, as well, so always check programme’s for additional requirements.

University application deadlines for Norway

An exact calendar you can find on the programme’s page, but, as a rough guide, you should keep in mind these dates:

1 December 15 March: application period for foreign students who want to start the following autumn;

August: autumn courses start.

Also, some universities have “pre-qualification” deadlines that are earlier than this, so remember to look for those as well.

Final steps after receiving your acceptance letter

You will need a student residence permit. Visas are issued for stays up to 90 days, while students who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months need this student residence permit.

The short list of documents for a student residence permit is:

An application form for student residence with a passport photograph;

A copy of your passport.

Documentation of admission to an approved educational institution;

A plan of study;

A form stating the progress of your studies;

Documentation of housing.

Remember that this is a comprehensive guide of generalities, so don’t base your decision and application folder only on this article. Each with its own, remember?

Anyway, best of luck with your application and have fun during your international student experience! That goes for you, too, random Norwegian guy!