Latest Admission Requirements for International Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD Studies at the Universities in Norway


Latest Admission Requirements for International Undergraduate, Postgraduate and PhD Studies at the Universities in Norway

The number of universities and university colleges offering Bachelor’s and Master’s program in English are tremendously increasing every day. It is one of the few remaining countries in the world where tuition fee is free for everyone including international students. The Norwegian Government also offers scholarship programs to cover living costs in Norway.

In Norwegian higher education institutions, students don’t pay tuition fees. But this is not the case in the Private Universities there. Also, highly professional courses are not absolutely free as some tuition fees might apply. 
Undergraduate entry Requirements/First cycle studies (bachelor’s)

Students must complete their secondary/high school education in their home country before thinking of studying at the undergraduate level in Norway. Also, to be considered, your qualifications should as well make you qualified for higher education studies in your country before you start sending your applications Norway. Below are the basic admission in Norwich universities to get you started.

  • A valid school leaving certificate/result
  • Proficiency test results in English or Norwegian

During your application process for Undergraduate/First cycle studies (bachelor’s) in Norway, you will have to satisfy certain requirements in order to be eligible for higher education studies. To verify your eligibility, higher education institutions will use the GSU list. The GSU list is a document that contains information on what requirements you will need to meet depending on your country.
Postgraduate entry Requirements/Second cycle studies (master’s)

Similarly, students applying for a master’s program are needed to present

  • a relevant bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.


Doctorate entry Requirements/Third cycle studies (PhD)

Students applying for doctoral studies at an institution in Norway are required to be in possession of

  • A relevant diploma or master’s degree program


Language requirements for studies at universities in Norway


If you intend to study in  Norwegian, you will need a certain level of command of Norwegian. You can proof your proficiency in Norwegian with one of the following:

  • The Norwegian Language Test – Advanced Level (Test i norsk, høyere nivå), with a minimum of 450 points.
  • Level 3 in the Introductory Program for Foreign Students at Universities (Trinn 3 i norsk for utenlandske studenter ved universitetene).
  • Norwegian in upper secondary school, with a minimum grade of 2 in the Norwegian scale.
  • One year program in Norwegian Language and Civilization for foreign students.


If your proficiency proof in English is not enough, you may also be required to take an examination to successfully complete the selected study program. In general, you should always check the language requirement with your institution because it may vary depending on the study program you will be taking.

Universities in Norway

Higher education in Norway is comprised of both public and private universities. Some are specialized, some comprehensive, and some – known as ‘university colleges’ – concentrate mainly on providing undergraduate-level education in a range of more vocationally focused subjects.

Top Universities in Norway: As a thing of Joy to every scholar, four universities in Norway feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2016/17. These are the University of Oslo (ranked joint 113th in the world), University of Bergen (joint 177th), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (259th) and University of Tromsø, the Arctic University of Norway (joint 377th). 

Agder College
Agricultural University of Norway (NLH)
Alesund College
Bergen College
Bergen University
Gjøvik College
Lillehammer College
Molde College
National College of Art & Design, Norway
Nesna College
Nord-Trondelag College
Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim
Norwegian School of Management
Oppland College
Ostfold College
Sor-Trondelag College (HiST)
Stavanger College
Stord/Haugesund College
Telemark College
UNIK – Center for Technology at Kjeller, University of Oslo
University of Oslo
University of Tromso
University of Trondheim
Vestfold College
Volda College



Please find below the current list of tuition free universities in Norway for international students.

The information you will see below is to help you for your start. (links to the universities’ websites  are provided copy and search on your address bar)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology –

NTNU offers all students a distinct advantage over many other universities in Europe and North America: there are no tuition fees here. However, students do need to cover their own living expenses. Furthermore, all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to document that they have enough funding to live in Norway in order to be granted a student visa.Quota Scholarship Scheme

Oslo and Akershus University Colloege of Applied Sciences –

As a state owned institution HiOA do not charge tuition fees. This applies to both Norwegian and international students. There is a mandatory fee, the semester fee, covering membership in the Student Welfare Organization, use of printers etc. The semester fee is currently NOK660 per semester. If you plan to attend HiOA as an exchange student , you are automatically exempt from any fees.

University of Nordland – formerly Bodø University College –

University of Nordland does not charge tuition fees. However, the Norwegian Government requires that students from outside the European Union (EU) can provide a minimum amount of money to cover living expenses for one academic year in Norway. The current amount of money to be transferred to University of Nordland is NOK 92 500 for the academic year.

University of Bergen –

The only fee to be paid at the University of Bergen is the semester fee to the Student Welfare Organisation (SiB), currently NOK 480. The University of Bergen is a public institution and therefore does not charge tuition fees. This applies both to Norwegian and international students.

Bergen University College –

Bergen University College offers an accommodation guarantee at SiB Student accommodation. This guarantee is only valid if you apply within 1st of May and 1st of November and if your courses start at the beginning of the semester, in August and January.

BI Norwegian Business School –

The tuition fee is waived for students from BI’s partner universities who are nominated as an exchange summer programme student by their home university. Students from BI partner universities who are not nominated get a 50% tuition fee reduction. The BI Norwegian Business School offers a number of summer programme scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on both academic and personal qualifications, as well as financial need. They consist of a full or partial waiver of the tuition fee.

The Artic University of Norway –

There are no tuition fees for international students at UiT, but living costs in Norway are quite high, compared to other European countries. The semester fee is currently NOK 500, approx. 65 US Dollar

Hedmark University of Applied Science –

Generally all ordinary study programmes at Higher Education Institutions in Norway are tuition free for Norwegian as well as international students.

Lillehammer University College –

Application deadlines: May 1 for the fall semester and October 15 for the following spring

MF Norwegian School of Theology –

All international students must arrive in Oslo with adequate funding to pay for student fees, registration fees, accommodation and various living expenses. Apart from a relatively small student fee/ registration fee there is no tuition fee to study at MF.

Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics –

International students from countries where a visa is required for entering Norway and the Schengen countries, only need to document a minimum of NOK 90800 per academic year or NOK 45400 per semester to cover for their own living expenses while studying in Norway.

Bergen Academy of Art & Design, Norway –

KHiB is part of the public education system in Norway, which means that students do not pay tuition fees. International students should be prepared to provide funding to cover living expenses and material from their home countries. Application closing dates: MA in Fine Art: 1 February, MA in Design: 2 April.

Narvik University College –

To obtain entry permit from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for studying in Norway, NOK 92 500.- (2012) should be deposited in a Norwegian bank account, preferably not later than the 1th of June. This money is supposed to cover living expenses in Norway for one year. Applicants must fulfill all requirements before 1 July. Application deadline is 1st of March.

Nesna University College –

The admissions criteria for international students depend on your nationality, as it must correspond to the Norwegian admissions criteria to higher education.


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