Studying

To study at a university or college in Norway, Norwegians must normally have completed their basic and upper secondary education. Some courses of study have additional entrance requirements. Entrance requirements for foreign students vary, depending on their country of origin’s education.

How to apply

Norwegians apply for university or college places via the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS). Foreign students apply directly to the university or college offering their preferred course of study. More information about how foreign students can apply for a course of study is available on the Studyinnorway.no website.

Digital diplomas

Students who completed their upper secondary education at a Norwegian school in the year 2000 or later can get a digital copy of their school diploma, from the National Diploma Database.  

Student loans and grants

You can apply for a study loan or grant from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen), if you attend a state approved college or university.

Work experience 

If you lack the necessary educational qualifications to get into a Norwegian university or college, you may still be admitted based on your work experience and skills. 

Enrolment after main offer round

Each year, after the main round of offers has been completed, several study places remain unfilled at colleges and universities around Norway. It is possible to apply for a place on courses that have unfilled study places. 

 

Services

  • Upper Secondary School Reports

    Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service
    If you finished Norwegian upper secondary school (norsk videregående skole) in the year 2000 or later, your school report will most likely be registered in the National School Report Database (NVB).
  • Diploma registry

    Ministry of Education and Research

    By using the Diploma Registry, you can collect your results from higher education in Norway and share them with potential employers, educational institutions and other relevant recipients. The Diploma Registry is free of charge.

  • Student loan repayment calculator

    Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)
    Create a draft repayment plan showing repayment instalments, interest rates and fees for your student loan. (In Norwegian only)
  • Study in Norway

    Direktoratet for i internasjonalisering og kvalitetsutvikling i høgare utdanning (Diku)

    Here you will find information about studying in Norway - about what you can study and where you can study.

  • Apply for education and inclusion in the Norwegian Armed Forces

    Norwegian Armed Forces
    Here you can apply for admission and education in the Norwegian Armed Forces and get an overview of admission requirements and application deadlines.
  • Nordisk termbase

    Språkrådet

    Her finner du informasjon om ord og termer som blir brukt innenfor viktige samfunnsområder i de nordiske landene. Det kan være til hjelp om du skal arbeide eller studere i et annet nordisk land.

  • Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service

    Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service
    The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) also known as Samordna opptak, coordinates the admission to ordinary undergraduate study programmes at all universities, university colleges, and some private university colleges in Norway.
  • Søknad om godkjenning av utdanning med rett til dagpenger

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)

    Som hovedregel har du ikke rett til dagpenger hvis du er skoleelev eller student, men det er noen unntak. Dersom du ønsker å beholde dagpenger mens du er skoleelev, må du søke om dette. Les mer om dagpenger og utdanning på Nav.no. 

  • Støttekalkulator - Lånekassen

    Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)
    Her kan du rekne ut kor mykje du kan få i stipend og lån. Resultatet kan bli annleis dersom det er spesielle forhold inne i bildet.
  • Bistand fra NAV for å komme i arbeid

    Norwegian Labour and Welfare Service (NAV)

    Her finner du informasjon og søknadsskjema til stønader fra NAV for å komme i arbeid. Det gjelder skjema for dokumentasjon av utgifter til utdanning, egenvurdering av arbeidsevnen, søknad for å beholde dagpenger mens du er skoleelev eller student og innsending av kjøreliste, jobblogg eller annen dokumentasjon i forbindelse med oppfølging fra NAV. 

  • Report a new or changed postal address

    Norwegian Tax Administration
    You can add or change your postal address if you want the letters from the public authorities sent there rather than to the address you are registered at in the national register. You can add or change the postal address by sending us a message using our contact form. If you don't have the possibility to log in, you can send us the form on paper.
  • Your Europe

    European Commission

    Your Europe is an EU site designed to give help and advice for EU nationals and their family. This includes advice for moving, living, studying, working, shopping or simply travelling abroad.

  • Norwegian students abroad

    Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen)
    Here you can read about the requirements and conditions for support for education abroad and how much support you can receive.
  • Hallo Norden - Nordic cooperation

    Nordic Council of Ministers

    Hallo Norden is the Nordic Council of Ministers' information service for persons moving, working and studiing in the Nordic region. 

  • Tenancy agreement

    Norwegian Consumer Council
    The invariable regulations of the Landlord and Tenant Act take precedence over any contractual terms and conditions. A rental agreement shall be drawn up if one party requires so. The agreement can be completed electronically. Optionally, you can print out the form and fill it in on paper.   

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