If you're thinking about studying abroad in the Kingdom of Norway, you should learn more about the academic options and how to get a study visa for this enchanting Nordic country.
Plenty of international students enrol in degree courses in Norway and enjoy their stay in the country. If you want to join them, here’s what you need to do to get the Norwegian student visa.
Before applying for a Norwegian student visa
The first step you should take towards a degree in Norway is to look through the country’s universities and apply for the study programme of your choice. When you receive the notification of admission from the university, it’s time to prepare for the visa/residence permit application.
To make everything even easier, here are some of the universities we recommend:
- University of Bergen
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
- NHH Norwegian School of Economics
If these aren't your cup of tea, check out some of the most popular degrees in Norway, such as:
Student visa vs student residence permit in Norway
The visa is only valid for 90 days. Assuming you plan to study an undergraduate or graduate degree, your stay will last longer than 3 months, so you might need a student residence permit.
Why did we use the word "might"? Because not all international students need a visa or a residence permit to study in Norway. Here are the students who do NOT need them:
- students from the Nordic countries (Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Iceland)
- students from the EU/EEA (they still need to register at a local police office)
Required documents for the student residence permit
- A European Health Insurance Card (if you’re from the EU/EEA)
- Passport and copies of all used pages from the passport
- Signed cover letter from the visa application portal
- Two recent passport-sized photos (on a white background, so not that club picture that makes you look better than in reality)
- Proof that you have paid the application fee (470 EUR)
- The confirmation of admission to a full-time programme in an approved Norwegian educational institution, which mentions your name, the degree course and level, as well as the length of the programme
- Proof that you have enough funds to financially support your student life, which represents a minimum of 11,600 EUR/year
- Rental contract or proof that you have a place to stay in Norway. Also, you should start looking for accommodation, since the demand for housing options is high, especially in student villages or small towns
- The filled out and signed UDI checklist
The complete list of documents for your Norwegian student residence permit depends on your nationality, so don’t forget to print the checklist and follow it thoroughly.
What happens after I apply for the Norwegian student visa?
After submitting your visa application, you will receive an answer in about 6 weeks. But don’t relax during that period; you might be called for an interview to provide more information about your background.
After everything is set and you see yourself with a visa in tow, you should go straight for the residence permit (if you need it).
You have to do this in the first week after you arrived, so don’t put it off too much and be ready to have your fingerprints and photo registered.
How to successfully get a student visa for Norway
- Make sure all your documents have copies.
- Double-check the documentation list. An incomplete application will not be processed.
- If you have documents in other languages, other than Norwegian or English, you are required to translate them.
- If you place your first-time application before the 1st of July, it will be processed and answered before the 15th of August. Renewal of visa and the appeal to a rejection are usually processed in 8 weeks.
- Very special circumstances allow for your application to be given priority and to be processed faster, so make sure you apply for your visa well in advance.
Learn more about the student visa and student residence permit in Norway.