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English language requirements

As a general requirement, all applicants to Norwegian Higher Education must document proficiency in English on an advanced level through an international test/exam, recognized by the University of Stavanger.

Exemptions from the English language requirements are limited. A bachelor’s degree taught in English does not necessarily fall under one of the exemptions listed below.

Approved international tests/exams:

Test of English as a Foreign Language (ETS TOEFL®)

  • Minimum score of 80 (Internet-based) or 550 (paper-based)
  • TOEFL score reports must be sent directly by the ETS Test Centre to the University of Stavanger, institution code 8467. Do not state any department code. If necessary, enter: International Office
  • ETS TOEFL score reports are valid for two years from the test date and must be valid on the date of applying electronically to the University of Stavanger
  • The University of Stavanger accepts local institutional TOEFL ITP tests if recognised by ETS TOEFL

International English Language Testing Service (IELTS Academic)

  • Minimum overall band score of 6.0
  • IELTS Test Report Forms can be sent as a copy. The University of Stavanger verifies these online
  • IELTS Test Report Forms are valid for two years from the test date and must be valid on the date of applying electronically to the University of Stavanger

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic)

  • Minimum overall score of 53
  • PTE Test Report can be sent as a copy. The University of Stavanger can verify the test report online
  • PTE score reports are valid for two years from the test date and must be valid on the date of applying electronically to the University of Stavanger. 

The University of Cambridge English exam

  • Certificate in Advanced English or Certificate of Proficiency in English

Exemptions and the GSU-list

The GSU-list (Higher Education Entrance Qualification for foreign applicants) is used by Norwegian universities in the admission process to higher education.

For each country, the GSU list indicates if there is an English language requirement, along with a number indicating which categories of applicants may be exempted.

Exemptions:

  • Applicants who have completed secondary school in one of the countries marked as “No” in the GSU-list
  • Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor's degree in Ethiopia, Liberia, Namibia, or Philippines with English as the language of instruction (marked as "Yes 2" in the GSU-list)
  • Applicants who have passed an A-Level examination in English in Hong Kong, Macao, Malaysia, or Namibia may be exempted (marked as "Yes 3" in the GSU-list)
  • Applicants who have completed at least one year of university education taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the UK, the USA or New Zealand
  • Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree in English Literature/Language/Linguistics, taught in English
  • Applicants who have minimum one year of working experience in a company in Norway where English is the official working language. The applicant must submit a letter from the employer that confirms this and also evaluates the applicant’s written and oral skills in English
  • Applicants from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Switzerland who fulfill the requirements mentioned in this list (pdf).