Study permits for students from outside the EU/EEA area
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) - is the government authority responsible for issuing permits and visas to enter Norway.
If you are a student with a citizenship from outside the EU/EEA area, you must obtain a study permit before you arrive in Norway, regardless of the length of your stay.
As soon as you receive a letter of acceptance to study at University College of Southeast Norway (USN), you should register your application online and make an appointment to the nearest Norwegian consular station (general) consulate or embassy) to hand in your documents. Before you arrive, you must ensure that you have all the correct documentation. You must have a valid passport and the passport should be valid for six months after your study period in Norway has expired.
It is essential that you apply for a study permit well ahead before your semester starts, as we cannot predict the processing time of UDI in these matters. It might take up to four months, as has been the latest experience. It is also important to bring the residence permit letter from UDI upon your arrival in Norway.
You have to show the following (if applicable):
1. Confirmation of your ability to meet your living expenses, NOK 116 369 (2018 figure) for one year, deposited in a Norwegian bank account. Your deposit must be confirmed by the Norwegian bank before you can apply for a study permit).
If you are staying for less than one year, it is sufficient to provide evidence for the exact number of months you will be staying in Norway. (e.g.: 5 months = approximately NOK 50 460).
Please note: SSN (the student welfare services) provides deposit accounts for international students, for disposal, for these matters:
The IBAN/SWIFT of the deposit account is the following:
IBAN: NO96 1638 2203 376
Please note that The Student Welfare Organization in South-East Norway is the account owner.
The name of the bank: DNB Bank ASA
And address: Dronning Eufemias gate 30, 0190 Oslo, Norway
On this page you will find more information regarding how to transfer the deposit. Please refer to email@example.com for further questions regarding the deposit account.
You would need to have gained a Norwegian social security number to open your own personal bank account in a Norwegian bank, which can only take place after you have arrived in Norway. If you are part of an Erasmus programme, you can submit the certificate instead of the documentation to show that you have sufficient funds.
2. Confirmation of housing - which USN provides in your Letter of Admission.
3. To apply for a visa and/or residence permit, you will also need to document the purchase of a travel insurance with medical coverage (health insurance).
PLEASE NOTE: do not choose the option of asking HSN for referral in your E-application. This will just delay your permit.
4. Health insurance (before arrival).
The Norwegian consular station in your country will provide you with specific information if necessary.
Note: All documentation you bring with you to Norway should be the original documents or official copies.
Study permit renewal
You will need to get your study permit renewed each year or semester (depending on whether you are in Norway as a semester or a year student). This must be done before your current permit expires.
You can renew your study permit by submitting an application for renewal to the police where you live. In order to be entitled to stay on the same conditions until your application has been decided, you must apply at least one month before your first residence permit expires. Read more about this process
Please refer to UDI for all questions related to visa, study permits and family reunification.
Students from the EEA/EU Area
Students arriving from EEA member countries do not need a study permit to study in Norway.
Nevertheless, if your course of study is for three months or longer, you will need to register online at UDI.no https://selfservice.udi.no/ at the start of your semester in Norway.
Afterwards you need to visit your nearest police station to identify yourself and present the documents that are relevant for your basis for residence.
EU students must first register online and meet up at the police station with...
– Letter of admission
– Proof of insurance/European health card
– Passport/National ID card
– Norwegian Address
– Proof of funding (declaration from you – no bank transcript or deposit confirmation needed)
Students from the Nordic Countries
If you are a citizen of another Nordic country (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland), you do not need a visa or study permit for educational purposes to study at USN.