Finance, student visa and other important information

Here is some important information:

  1. Finance and sufficient funds/VISA
  2. Deposit account
  3. Scholarships
  4. Apply for housing
  5. Insurance
  6. Medical testing
  7. Information regarding laptops and software for masterstudents at campus Porsgrunn.


Sufficient funds/VISA

Norway is a high-cost country. Though USN does not charge tuition fees, it is still quite expensive to get your education in Norway because of high living expenses. 

International students must document their ability to finance their stay in Norway in order to be granted a residence permit for study purposes.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires that citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland provide documentation of financial ability, i.e. a minimum amount of money required to cover living expenses for one academic year in Norway. To acquire a student visa you must make a deposit of 123 519 NOK (121 220, 2019 figure will do if this is the amount found in your letter of admission) to USN's deposit account. This is to cover living expenses for one year and is checked by immigration before a student visa is granted to you.

If you are from outside EU/EEA and admitted to a program, you need a visa/study permit.

USN generally does not charge any tuition fees, but all students must pay a semester registration fee of around 1000 NOK (110 Euros). Please note, however, that other rules may apply for joint programmes and programmes offered in cooperation with other institutions. Please find information from the programme's web site.

For more information regarding your student permit application please use the UDI's checklist.


For more information regarding deposit account, please see here:


There are no scholarships available for students on full bachelor's degree programmes or full master's degree programmes. For more information please see "Students A-Z".


All campuses provide housing for international students. Our accommodation services are run by the Student Welfare Foundation in Southeast Norway (SSN). More information can be found here:


All students are obliged to have a valid insurance covering the duration of their stay – including travel to and from Norway.

USN strongly emphasizes that it is the student’s own responsibility to make insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from, or in any way connected with, the study period in Norway.

In addition to health insurance (see below), all students must have a valid travel insurance for the duration of their stay in Norway.

More information:

Medical testing for degrees with teaching or clinical practice

Students who have spent more than three months of the last three years in countries outside of Western Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or Japan must test themselves for communicable tuberculosis. The results of the examination must be negative when you start your degree. More information can be found in the Regulations on Tuberculosis Control.