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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 receive a Norwegian ID number (fødselsnummer).

However, be advised that,

  • It takes time before you become a member of the Insurance Scheme and can use your GP (family doctor). This can only be done after obtainig the Norwegian ID-number. All students should therefore have a private health insurance from the arrival day in Norway until the day you get assiged a GP
  • 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 in Norway and it cannot be used as a travel insurance when you are abroad.
  • 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 a travel insurance from your home country, which covers your medical care in Norway.
  • 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 ID 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.
  • 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 as they are not covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. 


SiS Helse

SiS Helse provides psychologist service, consultation with school nurse and financial support for medical and dental expenses. For more information, please visit the SiS website


Dental care

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

In general, dental treatment in Norway is expensive. It is recommended to have a dental check 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.