Checklist for new students

Congratulations on your admission! On this page we have gathered some important information for new students at Nord University.

​​​​​​​​​​ Accept your offer

International full degree students must accept their offer of admission within 14 days of its receipt. To do this you have to log in to Nord University's online application portal "Søknadsweb".

>> Read the full instructions on how to accept your offer here.

Apply for housing

As an international full degree student, you should apply for housing as soon as possible, to ensure that your application is successful.

Student housing is available through the student welfare organisation Studentinord.

​Apply for a study permit

Students from countries outside the EU/EEA, must have a study permit prior to arriving in Norway.

You will need to document admission to the university and sufficient financial means.

Students from EU/EEA countries do not need a study permit to stay in Norway. However, all students from EU/EEA countries who want to stay longer than three months must register with the police.  

The International office will arrange a police appointment for you. You will receive more information about this. 
Before your appointment at the police station you need to register online at
Students from Nordic countries do not need to register with police. 

For more information, please visit the website of The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI)

Obtain private insurance

The University strongly encourages all international students to obtain private insurance prior to arrival in Norway. 

While some students may be covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, or via reciprocal health care agreements, private insurance is important in case of prolonged illness, accident or injury.

The student welfare organisation Studentinord provides a range of health and counselling services. 

Check that you have received your student number

After you have accepted your offer of admission, you are considered to be a student at Nord University. In the beginning of the semester, you will receive an email with your student number. 

You need your student number to activate your student account and register for the semester (see 6. Registration below)​​

​Register as a student 

As a new student, you will need to activate your student account in order to register.

You must have:

- Accepted your offer of admission
- Access to the email address that you used when you applied for admission
- Your student number (from your Welcome Letter, see 5. Check that you have received your student number, above)

Please note that as an exchange student you do not need to accept your offer. 

Student access card and semester ID

You will need a student access card to get access to buildings on campus outside opening hours. After you have ordered your card, you may collect your student card from the Information Desk the following day. 

Your semester ID is an app, which shows that you are an enrolled student at the University for the relevant semester. 

Check where and when you need to meet 

You should plan to arrive in time for semester start and the orientation meeting for all new international students. 

You can find more information about semester start and the orientation meeting at the New Student website and in your Welcome Letter. 

Detailed information about start dates for each study programme is provided either on the study programme page (>>find your programme)​ or by email from your faculty. 

Log in to your student email

Your student email: should be your primary email address for communication with the university lecturers and other staff members. 

The university will send important information to this email address from time to time. 

To log in to your student email, go to Office 365. Use the same username and password you used for semester registration (student number and password you created when you activated your student account).

Read up on digital learning and tools

Whether your study programme is campus-based, session-based or delivered ​online, digital tools will be an important part of your studies.

You will need to familiarise yourself with a range of platforms and tools during your studies. The Center for Technology and Learning (KOLT) offers webinars, in which you can learn more about the different tools, such as Canvas, Microsoft 365, Zoom, Teams and Inspera.

>> Read more about digital learning and tools

Log in to Canvas (e-learning platform)

In Canvas you have access to lecture notes, messages from lecturers and overviews of course literature.

24 hours after semester payment and registration, you will be able to log in to Canvas. Use the same username and password as for semester registration (student number, password created during activation). 

Register arrival/change of address

Students from countries outside of the EU/EEA must obtain a study prior to arrival in Norway. Your permit will give you more information about making an appointment to register at the police station upon arrival.

At the police station, you will be issued with a residence card, which you can use with your passport to travel in and out of Norway, and through the Schengen area.

Students from EU/EEA countries do not need a study permit to stay in Norway. However, all students from EU/EEA countries who want to stay longer than three months must register with the police. 

Citizens of other Nordic countries do not need to register their arrival in Norway, but may need to register a move to Norway.

>> Check which rules apply to you on UDI's website.​

Obtain national ID / "D number"

There are two kinds of identification numbers in Norway: national identiy numbers and D numbers. Which identification number you receive depends o your residence permit and how long you are planning to stay in Norway. 
You may be entitled a D number if you intend to stay in Norway less than 6 months. If you are here for longer than six months you can obtain a national identity number (ID number). 

Students from countries outside EU/EEA will receive a letter from the Tax Administration with the ID number or D number after registration at the police. 

You need an ID or D number if you want to open a bank account in Norway.
The Norwegian government uses national ID numbers and D numbers to administrate income tax.

If you wish to obtain a national ID number or D number, you must visit the local taxation office.

​Register special requirements for teaching/learning/examinations

Let us know as soon as possible if you have special needs so that we can adapt the teaching and learning environment for you. 

The deadline to apply for special examination arrangements is September 1st.

>> Read more about special arrangements here.

​Get to know the IT Helpdesk

The IT Helpdesk can assist you with technical issues with WiFi, email, passwords.