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If you are a foreign citizen from a country outside Norway who would like to study in Norway, read on to find out more on visas and the application process.

Student permit

Most students don't need require a permit if they're studying in Norway for less than three months. However, citizens from certain countries require a visa.

Read more on student visa on UDI.no

A study permit is required for those who study in Norway more than three months. Find out more on the application process and which studies qualify for a student permit at the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's website. Here you can also check the permit requirements.

Read more on student permits

Students from EU/EEA are not required to apply for a study permit, but they have to register with the police through the registration scheme for EEA nationals.

Registration scheme for EEA nationals

Submitting the residence permit
When you apply for a study permit for the first time, you have to submit the application to a Norwegian embassy or consulate in your country, or country of residence during the past six months. However, if there aren’t any Norwegian embassies or consulates in your country, please contact the closest Norwegian embassy. In some countries, Norway collaborates with Swedish and Danish embassies and consulates.

Where to submit your residence permit application

You should apply for a student permit of residence before you enter Norway. If you are already in Norway, you may be eligible to submit your application for residence permit from Norway.

Who is eligible to submit a study permit application from Norway

If you submit your application to a Norwegian embassy or whilst in Norway, your application must be registered online.

Online application

Education and entry requirements

If you have education from a country outside Norway and would like to continue your studies in Norway, NOKUT has information on educational opportunities.

Studying in Norway (NOKUT)

Entry requirements

Most Norwegian universities and university colleges require a higher education entrance qualification ( generell studiekompetanse) to admit students. For applicants with a foreign education, the requirements are specified in a so-called GSU-list (higher education entrance qualification for foreign applicants). This list contains information on basic education which qualifies for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway.

For some countries, higher educational attainment after secondary school from your country of origin is required. There are also language requirements for both English and Norwegian. Some studies also have other entry requirements in addition to that of higher education entrance qualification.

NOKUT has information on how to apply for admission and contact details.
Admission application to studies in Norway (NOKUT)

Translation

Documents which are not in English, Norwegian, Swedish or Danish must be translated by an authorised translator.

Members of the Association of Government Authorized Translators in Norway

Funding and tuition fees

As a general guideline you have to be a Norwegian citizen to receive financial support from the Norwegian Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). Foreign citizens could be entitled to financial support from Lånekassen provided they meet certain requirements.

Read more on who is eligible for financial support on lanekassen.no

Public universities and university colleges don't have tuition fees, but you have to pay a small registration fee when you register. Private institutions generally charge tuition fees. The fees vary depending on your degree and institution.