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If you plan to spend some time studying in Norway, you may need to apply for a student visa – or rather a ‘student residence permit’. Find out what requirements you need to meet, and how to apply.

Who doesn’t need a student visa for studying in Norway?

Students from Iceland, Denmark, Sweden or Finland do not need a student visa for Norway, and do not need to register with the police. However, if you plan to study in Norway for more than six months, you must report to a tax office in Norway for an ID check and to report your move to Norway.

Students from nations within the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) can also study in Norway for more than three months without applying for a student visa. You simply need to register with the police online, and then go in person to the nearest police station once you arrive, to present the relevant documents showing your basis for residence. You will need to show: your passport, confirmation of admission to an approved educational institution, private health insurance or European health insurance card, and a personal declaration of sufficient funds to support yourself while you study in Norway.

You also do not need to apply for a student visa if you fulfill one of the other exemptions to the visa requirement, as listed on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website.

Who does need a student visa for Norway?

All other students will need to apply for a student residence permit if they intend to study in Norway for more than three months. If you are studying in Norway for less than three months, and you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Norway, you will still need to obtain a visa. Requirements and procedures for obtaining a student residence permit will depend on your country of origin.

Requirements to get a student visa for Norway

In order to be granted a student visa for Norway, you must have been admitted to a field of study at a college or university (with some exemptions). While some candidates can apply online from within Norway or through a Norwegian embassy, most students will need to hand in a paper application form to their closest Norwegian embassy or consulate. Some countries will ask you to hand in the application at the Swedish or Danish embassy instead. When you hand in your student residence permit application form, you must also provide your passport, along with other necessary documentation. You’ll need to submit:

  • A completed application form
  • Receipt of having paid the application fee
  • A valid travel document (passport)
  • A recent photograph
  • Evidence of admittance to an approved full-time education program
  • Evidence of sufficient financial funds for the entire period of study, including funds to support any accompanying family (it can be difficult to open an account in a Norwegian bank without a Norwegian personal number, so you can usually deposit the required amount into an account established by your educational institution)
  • Evidence that you have somewhere to live (such as a house, apartment, bedsit or room in a hall of residence)
  • Evidence that you will leave Norway when your residence permit expires (usually in the form of a return ticket)

Processing times for student residence permits will vary, so it is advisable to apply as soon as you are able. If your application is granted, you must then obtain a residence card – proof that you have the right to live in Norway. Typically, you will receive a letter that informs you to visit the police to have your fingerprints and photo taken, after which you will be sent the card by post.

What does the student residence permit allow you to do?

When you are granted a Norwegian student residence permit, you are also granted a permit to work part-time in addition to your studies (up to 20 hours per week) and full-time during university holidays, at no extra charge. You can renew your study permit through the online Application Portal Norway at least one month before it expires, but you must contact the UDI separately to renew the part-time work permit, and show evidence of having made satisfactory progress studying in Norway.

You can apply for a permit to work full-time for a limited period if you can prove that the work is relevant to your studies, or necessary for admission to further education within the same program option – a concrete offer of employment must be made in this case.

Having completed your studies, you are eligible to apply for a residence permit for up to six months in which to seek employment as a skilled worker. You must be able to prove you have become qualified as a skilled worker during your time studying in Norway, or that you had specialist training before your stay in Norway and then undertook further education in Norway. You must also meet the requirements to be able to provide financial support for yourself (and your family).

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Hi,I am visiting Norway this August for my second year of my Master.Do you think a national ID instead of a passport is enough?

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ps: this is my third year in the university ,is it even possible to do that?

Hi I have completed my 3 year bachelors with majors in computer science , mathematics and physics in Sept 2014. After that i have been working in a IT company as junior analyst and business promoter. can i study masters in information systems in Norway?

Hi Harsimran, I don't see why not! To help you get started on choosing a university, you might like to check our rankings by subject for information systems, with the results narrowed down to see only Norwegian universities. You can find more information on studying in Norway here. Hope this helps!

Hi! I was a Bachelor of Science in Nursing student in the Philippines but I wasn't able to finish it. Is it possible to finish it in Norway?

Hi Liza, I'm not sure - I'd recommend getting in touch with the Norwegian institution/s you're interested in to see if they'll let you finish your nursing degree without needing to start over. Good luck!

hiii I m from india I have a bachelor degree in business administration.. now I m in polland for master but some reason collage not start so now I come in Norway for master degree

hii I m from india.... I complete my bachelor in india... now I m in polland... but I need to study in Norway how can I????

Hi I'm a Mechanical Engineering Graduate.currently working as a Assistant Planning Engineer in a OFFSHORE LNG Plant in UAE. Now i want to do a course related to my field like M.Sc in Offshore Technology, M.Sc in Petroleum Engineering or Well Technology .Please Suggest me a course in Norway .
If i joined there will i get a part time job related to this Field.
Whether It is possible to get a Visa extension after the course completion

hi, I have a bachelor's degree in CSE and how do I know if Norway is well suited for masters, and what is the process to study masters degree in scholarship? please explain in detail.

hi I was a engineering students but dedication and an least interest toward engineering I had 45 backlog during engineering Because of my dedication toward I would like to study Buisness and Management course.Is it possible in Norway?

Hi Krunal, I don't see why not! To help you find the right course for you, you might like to use our course finder, which allows you to search for business-related courses in Europe. Hope this helps! 

Hi I am from nepal. I am studing 12 in nepal and will be completed in 4-5 months. Now for my balachor I would like to study information technology in norway. Can you help me to select the university in oslo and about the process for studing their.

Hi Samip. Our ranking of the top universities for computer science and information systems may help - I've filtered the results to show only universities in Norway. For more details on how to apply, please see our guide to studying in Norway.

Hi I'm from Guyana and I'm a teacher ...I would like to study in Norway for a balachor degree in education ....
I need help in applying for a student visa and choosing a university......please help!!!thank you

Hi Amrita, please take a look at our guide to studying in Norway. We also have a helpful blog post on how to choose a university, and you might like to view the latest rankings by subject for Education, narrowed down by country to see the results in Norway. Hope this helps!

hi i want to apply in Norway can anyone guide me here..:)...just a starter maybe i will apply for 2016 ..currently i m doing bachelor's in British degree hnd is there any chance i can get enrolled in bachelor's.

Can I apply directly for bachelor degree while I discontinued after my 12th grade for almost for 10 years now.... Please suggest

Hi Deepak. This will depend on the university, but many have a separate set of admissions criteria for "mature" students. This could mean you're able to apply on the basis of relevant professional experience rather than academic qualifications. 

I am a nontraditional student going back after several years and currently attending my local community college working on my AAH. I would love to study in Norway and get a unique experience in my education because i want to be a social worker and have a sociology degree. Besides being clueless as to how to apply to schools and get a visa i also have two young children i would be bringing with me and i would need information on primary schools, daycares, how to find a find a suitable living situation and job. Is there anyone who can help point me in the right direction.

Hi Danyel, have you seen our Study in Norway guide? We also have a ranking of the top universities in Norway for sociology (but  for a longer list of Norwegian universities please see our world rankings). You can also learn more about studying sociology here, as well as information and advice on getting a visa and traveling to Norway here (external link). I hope this helps! Laura

thanks, please how can i get admission in a University in Oslo to study bachelor's degree in Electrical and Electric Engineer. i am a Cameroonian who lives in Hungary. Best regard.

Hi Hoola. Take a look at our guide to studying abroad in Norway, here:

Hello there, I am of Syrian nationality, I have a Pharmacy Degree and i need to submit for a Master degree.
Is there any way to get a visa for Norway because there is many difficulties regards the Syrians?

hi after my 12th i got state govt job and discontinued my studies for 10 years, can apply under graduate programme in norway...

Thanks! But how can i get a free scholarship to study masters degree there.

Hi Ntihinyurwa. 

Higher education at public universities in Norway is usually free, at all levels and for all students, from all countries. However, the cost of living is fairly high, so some students do still need to apply for financial assistance. For more, take a look at our guide to studying abroad in Norway, here

We also have a guide to scholarships in Norway and the other Nordic countries coming soon - keep an eye on this section of the website:

Hope this helps.