How to apply – for refugees

The undergraduate programs in Norway have all the same application deadlines and procedures. This process is coordinated nationally and the applicant has to apply only once even though he/she wishes to apply to programs at several universities. The graduate programs, however, are not nationally coordinated and the applicants have to refer to each university's homepages for application particulars.

Undergraduate programs (Bachelor degree, one-year courses)

The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) administers admission to first degree level programmes (bachelor's or one-year programmes) at universities and university colleges in Norway. The Higher Education Entrance Qualification or a corresponding qualification is a requirement for admission to higher education, but the programmes can have different additional admission criteria. Some programmes require certain grades or certain combinations of subjects from upper secondary education. If a programme has many applicants, admission will normally be based on points calculated on the basis of the applicants' grades from upper secondary school and any relevant work experience.

NUCAS application deadlines

1st March - The application deadline for applicants with secondary education from non-Nordic countries

15th April - The application deadline for applicants with secondary education from the Nordic countries

Applicants must meet all requirements before 1st July. Secondary school graduates must submit their school leaving certificate before 1st July.

Applicants with foreign secondary education will be assessed individually and the institutions you have applied to will decide who will be offered a study place. The assessment is based on the grade point average/grades from upper secondary school/high school, the grade or points in the examination in Norwegian amongst other things.

The enrolment offers are published on 20th July. Applicants are asked to accept or decline the offer by the indicated deadline. Please note that admission to some programmes is highly competitive.

Graduate programs (Master's programs)

Each University or University college has its own application procedures for graduate programs (Master's programs). You will need to check in each institutions home pages when it comes to application deadlines, procedures, requirements for documentation etc.

Programs taught in English at University College of Southeast Norway

You can find information on how to apply to courses taught in English here: