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Health matters

In this section you will find information about health insurance and the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme administrated by the Norwegain Labour and Welfare Organisation (NAV).

Health matters

If the duration of your stay in Norway is more than one year…

You automatically become insured under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme when you register as a student at the UiS and as a resident in Norway (obligatory membership).

However, be advised that,

  • As a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme you still pay a fixed part of the cost of public health services, called patient charges. This applies to medical treatment and buying prescribed medicines.
  • A Norwegian National Insurance membership only entitles you to medical care, it does not include travel insurance.
  • Dental care is not covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.

If the duration of your stay in Norway is between three and twelve months…

Student from non EU/EEA countries

  • You must bring private health insurance coverage from your home country.
  • You may apply to become a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, but there is no guarantee that you will be granted membership. Once you obtain your Norwegian personal number, you can apply for a voluntary membership of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. To apply, go to the Norwegian Labor and Welfare Administration’s website and log in as student.

Student from EU/EEA countries

  • You must bring the European Health Insurance Card which is obtainable in your home country.
  • The European Health Insurance Card only entitles you to medical care under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.
  • For further information about your supplemental insurance needs, contact the nearest insurance office in your home country.

Students from the Nordic countries (Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland)

  • You are entitled to medical treatment once you enter Norway, according to existing conventions between the Nordic countries.
  • This does not render travel insurance obsolete.
  • For further information about your supplemental insurance needs, contact the nearest insurance office in your home country.

If the duration of your stay in Norway is shorter than three months…

Students who stay in Norway for less than three months must bring private health insurance from their home country.


Reimbursement of medical expenses

The Student Welfare Association (SiS) provides services like partially reimbursement of health related expenses (including private medical service and dental care).


Dental care

The dental system in Norway is made up of private and National Health Dentists. The government sets the cost of treatment by National Health Dentists and a price list is available from each dental office. Dentists in private practice set their own prices.

In general, a visit to the dentist in Norway is expensive. It is recommended to have a dental check-up at home before you travel to Norway.

Expenses related to dental care and illnesses contracted before arrival in Norway are not covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.