Visa and study permit

Most students need a visa to enter Norway and a study permit if they are attending a Norwegian university.

If you are in doubt regarding the application for visa and study permit, contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate or check with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Exchange students must read here for specific information regarding their visa and study permit

Citizens from non-EU/EEA countries

Citizens from non-EU/EEA countries need a study permit in order to study in Norway. In order to obtain the study permit before the semester starts you need to do the following: 

1. Document financial ability in study programme application
As a mandatory part of the application to the University of Stavanger, all non-EU/EEA citizens must document financial ability as this will later be an essential part of the study permit application t. For the academic year 2020-2021, NOK 123 359 is required. More information about how this amount can be documented is available at

2. Transfer the deposit to the University of Stavanger
As soon as possible after receiving admission to the University of Stavanger, non-EU/EEA students need to apply for a study permit. This process may take up to three months. As part of the study permit application, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) requires the student to have NOK 123 359 (subject to change) in the deposit account of the educational institution. This amount needs to be transferred to UiS’ deposit account within three (3) weeks after receiving the admission letter. Details about how to transfer the deposit will be available after receiving admission.

3. After arrival
Normally you are required to register in person at the local immigration office at the Stavanger Police Station within 7 days after your arrival in Norway. Due to the ongoing pandemic and quarantine rules, the Police is more flexible with these deadlines and you are not allowed to enter the Police Station before you have finished the 10 days home quarantine. You need to make an appointment on beforehand through the UDI Application Portal.
After the police registration, you will receive a residence card in the mail. The residence permit is usually valid for one year. When you are granted a study permit in Norway, you are automatically also granted permission to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during ordinary holidays.

Exemption from applying for a visa to enter Norway
Citizens of countries with which Norway has signed a visa waiver agreement may apply for a Norwegian study permit within 7 days after arrival. However, applying from your country of origin is recommended.


Read here how to report a move to Norway

Citizens from EU/EEA countries

Citizens from EU/EEA countries do not need a visa to enter Norway, but they are required to register their stay at Service Centre for Foreign Workers (SUA), Lagårdsveien 46, within 3 months after their arrival in Norway. You need to book an appointment on beforehand in the UDI Application Portal

Exemption from applying for a study permit
The following categories of students are exempted from applying for a study permit: 

  • Citizens from Nordic countries (Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) 
  • Citizens from EU/EEA countries who plan to stay in Norway for a period shorter than 90 days


Immigration office – Stavanger Police Station

Contact information Stavanger Police Station.  

Visa and study permit