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Entrance Requirements

The country-spesific entrance requirements to higher education in Norway are compiled in a list called "GSU list" administered by NOKUT. Each Norwegian institution has its own rules and regulations when it comes to the minimum entrance requirements regarding the master's programs (graduate programs) it offers.


Academic requirements for undergraduate programs - the GSU list

A compilation of country-specific information called the GSU-list states what level of education applicants from different countries need to meet for entry into Norwegian higher education, including any requirements concerning proficiency in English. For courses where the language of instruction is Norwegian, proficiency in the Norwegian language is also required.

An updated pdf-version of the GSU list can be found here.

Undergraduate studies

Completion of secondary education at advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Norwegian secondary school, is the general basic requirement for entry to Norwegian universities and university colleges. For students from some countries at least one year of completed studies at the university level is required in addition.

Please check the GSU-list for detailed information regarding additional requirements for your country.

Some study programmes have special admission requirements, usually relating to specialist subjects or fields of study from secondary school. Please check with the institution for information about these special qualifications.

Norwegian and English language requirements

All applicants for undergraduate programmes taught in Norwegian at universities and university colleges in Norway, apply through the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) and must meet Norwegian and English language requirements.

Note: Usually the requirements for undergraduate degrees are lower than those individual institutions have for entrance to master's degree programs.

Read more about undergraduate language requirements.

Graduate programmes

Admission requirements are decided by each university and university college based on an academic evaluation of the applicants.

Applicants for Masters programmes have normally obtained an undergraduate/Bachelor's degree or equivalent of at least 3 years' duration. The degree must include courses equal to at least 1 1/2 years  (90 ECTS) of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for.

In special cases, the first (and sometimes the second) year of study at a foreign higher education institution will not be recognised as higher education in Norway.

I have a unfinished degree from my home country. How can I finish my studies in Norway?

We expect to have many refugees in Norway who had to interrupt their studies in their home countries. While it is not possible yet to easily access similar study program at a Norwegian university, this issue will subject to discussions in the future.

Persons wishing to finish their degrees in Norway have to apply for enrollment like any other applicant. Only after the applicant has been granted a Letter of Admission in competition with other applicants, she/he can take contact with the Faculty in order to have some/all of the courses taken in the home country transferred to the degree program taken in Norway.

I do not fulfill the entrance requirements, what now?

If you do not fulfill the entrance requirements, you will need to consult the web pages of NUCAS.

Higher Education Entrance Qualification Assessment Service

NUCAS offers higher education entrance qualification assessment service free of charge. They can give you advice on what you need to do in order to be able to fulfill the general entrance requirements to higher education.

Contact information on questions about entrance requirements to higher education in Norway

NUCAS: Telephone: 21 49 56 09 (Service Hours: 09:00-15.00 Monday to Friday)
E-mail: sokerinfo@samordnaopptak.no