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How to apply to Norwegian Language and Culture for international students

Here you find information on how to apply to the to one-year studies level 2 and 3, and level 3 and 4.

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Facts
Application period

1 February - 1 March

Read more about the study programme:

Contact
Questions regarding the admission process?

opptak@uis.no Tel.: 51 83 10 52

Questions regarding the study programme?

Study coordinator Margrethe Melin Tel.: 51 83 12 07

Wooden houses in Norway. Photo: Benjamin Hayette

How to apply?

Registrer your application in the application portal Søknadsweb of the University of Stavanger. First, choose ‘Application for Norwegian Language and Culture programme’ and then whether you apply to level 2 and 3 OR level 3 and 4.

Read carefully through the admission requirements below. If you apply to the wrong programme and do not meet the requirements, your application will be rejected. It is not possible to change the application after 1 March.

Remember to save your application to complete the application process. You will receive a confirmation by e-mail when your application is registered. Sign up with an e-mail address you check regularly, as we will use this one to contact you.

Read below which documents must be uploaded. The deadline to submit documents is the same as the application deadline, 1 March.

Admission requirements to level 2 and 3

You must meet the education requirements for admission to higher education in Norway. For some countries, you are required to have higher education in addition to secondary education from the country of origin.

The education requirements can be checked on the GSU-list.

1. You must meet the English language requirements in accordance with the GSU-list (Higher Education Entrance Qualification for foreign applicants). For each country, the GSU-list indicates whether there is an English language requirement, as well as a number indicating which categories of applicants may be exempted. Countries marked with a number can check how the English language requirements can be met in the PDF file containing more information about the language requirements, which you can find on the GSU-list website.

Applicants who have completed secondary school in one of the countries marked as “No” in the GSU-list must upload the certificate of their higher secondary education.

Applicants who meet the English language requirements with their higher education, must upload official documentation of their university education.

2. You must meet the Norwegian language requirements, written and oral, on A2 level. This can be documented with one of the following:

  • Norwegian Language test for adult immigrants from Kompetanse Norge/ Vox with the result A2 in all four disciplines
  • Norwegian level 1 examination for international students at Norwegian universities
  • Official certificate documenting A2 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), from universities/colleges which offer Norwegian language examinations

Applicants to level 2 and 3 will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Applicants residing in Norway without any higher education beyond basic academic requirements mentioned in the GSU-list.
  2. Applicants residing in Norway without academic education equivalent to a Master's degree in Norway. (N.B. Students currently enrolled in a master degree programme will be placed under group 4.)
  3. Applicants from countries that do not require a visa for Norway and without higher education beyond basic academic requirements mentioned in the GSU-list.
  4. Applicants residing in Norway with higher education equivalent to a Master's degree in Norway.
  5. Applicants from countries that do not require a visa for Norway and with higher academic education.
  6. Other applicants

Admission requirements to level 3 and 4

You must meet the education requirements for admission to higher education in Norway. For some countries, you are required to have higher education in addition to secondary education from the country of origin.

The education requirements can be checked on the GSU-list.

1. You must meet the English language requirements in accordance with the GSU-list (Higher Education Entrance Qualification for foreign applicants). For each country, the GSU-list indicates whether there is an English language requirement, as well as a number indicating which categories of applicants may be exempted. Countries marked with a number can check how the English language requirements can be met in the PDF file containing more information about the language requirements, which you can find on the GSU-list website.

Applicants who have completed secondary school in one of the countries marked as “No” in the GSU-list must upload the certificate of their higher secondary education.

Applicants who meet the English language requirements with their higher education, must upload official documentation of their university education.

2. You must meet the Norwegian language requirements, written and oral, on B1 level. This can be documented with one of the following:

  • Norwegian Language test for adult immigrants from Kompetanse Norge/ Vox with the result B1 in all four disciplines
  • Norwegian level 2 examination for international students at Norwegian universities
  • Official certificate documenting B1 level in accordance with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL), from universities/colleges which offer Norwegian language examinations

Applicants to level 3 and 4 will be ranked according to the following criteria:

  1. Applicants residing in Norway with higher education equivalent to a Master's degree in Norway.
  2. Applicants from countries that do not require a visa for Norway and with higher academic education.
  3. Applicants residing in Norway without academic education equivalent to a Master's degree in Norway.
  4. Applicants residing in Norway without any higher education beyond basic academic requirements mentioned in the GSU-list.
  5. Applicants from countries that do not require a visa for Norway and without higher education beyond basic academic requirements mentioned in the GSU-list.
  6. Other applicants

Documentation requirements

Important information before you apply:

  • Only upload official documentation.
  • If the document is not in English or a Scandinavian language, it must be officially translated. Both translations and originals must be uploaded in the same PDF file.
  • Upload each document as PDF file. Before uploading the documents, change the file name according to the table below.
  • Documents must be clear and legible. Bad quality copies and unreadable documents will not be considered.
  • Check the documents you submit under «My documents» in the application portal Søknadsweb. If you have applied previously, you do not need to upload the same documents again.
If you have not yet taken language tests:

If you are not able to submit your Norwegian or English Language test results within the deadline, you need to upload the receipt of your test registration within 1 March. This requires that you submit all other required documentation within 1 March. Last day to submit test results is 1 May.

Philippines: Official transcript of records from higher education must be sent directly by the issuing institution to the Admission Office:

Admission Office (Opptakskontoret)

University of Stavanger

P.O. Box 8600 FORUS

N-4036 Stavanger

Norway

Iran: Both Pre-University Diploma and High School Diploma have to be officially translated and translations must be certified by either the Iranian Ministry of Justice or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Teheran (not by local justice administrations). Please note that the original language version must always accompany the translation. 

Gambia/ Ghana/ Liberia/ Nigeria: Access card/scratch card for the West African Examinations Council online result must be provided. Please double check that your results are available online.

Pakistan: Documentation from higher education must be certified by the Higher Education Commission (HEC).

You may be required to show your original documents upon request.

Submission of fraudulent documents is illegal and will be reported to the appropriate authorities. By applying to the University of Stavanger you agree to allow the University of Stavanger to verify the authenticity of your documentation. The University of Stavanger maintains the right to contact governments, agencies, institutions and associations in order to verify your documentation.

Required documentFile nameHow to submit
1. Final diploma from higher secondary educationSEC-country

(e.g. SEC-Latvia)
Upload the final diploma of your higher secondary education.
2. University diploma and transcript of records (if applicable)BC (Bachelor)

MA (Master)
Upload the final diploma and the transcript of records from all your higher education.
3. English language requirementsENGCheck how you meet the English language requirements and upload the official score report.
4. Norwegian language requirementsNORSKUpload the results from the Norwegian language test or your university exam. Results from Norway can be downloaded as PDF from the Vitnemålsportalen.
5. Passport/ documentation of change of name (if applicable)PASSUpload the page with photograph and name of your passport. The passport must be valid at the time of applying.

In case you have changed your name, provide official documentation of this in the same PDF file.
6. Residence certificate or documentation of financingRES (residence certificate)

or

FIN (documentation of financing)
If you are residing in Norway, upload a residence certificate from the current year.



Non-EU/EEA applicants must document acces to NOK 123 519 (this amount is for the academic year 2020/21).

The documentation of financing can be documented with a recent official bank statement in your own name, a letter confirming that you are eligible for a scholarship/student loan from your home country, OR a sponsor guarantee letter and sponsor's recent official bank statement.

Questions regarding visa should be addressed to The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.

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