University Rules and Regulations

Please note: these English translations are for information purposes only. In the event that a dispute should arise about the interpretation of the provisions contained herein and the provisions contained in the original Norwegian documents, the Norwegian provisions shall prevail.

​Universities and University Colleges Act

Please note: The translation does not reflect changes adopted after 2010. Changes to the Act include:
- 20.06.2014, with effect from 01.08.2014, the following:

(1) If an institution pursuant to this Act, NOKUT or the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service learn that an applicant has submitted false diplomas or other false documents, or documents issued by false institutions, they must file a complaint with the police.

(2) Any person who has applied for admission or recognition pursuant to sections 3-4 and 3-5 with the use of false diplomas or other false documents or documents issued by false institutions will have the aforementioned documents confiscated, and will not be granted admission or have education recognized for up to one year. The decision to confiscate and decision regarding period of quarantine pursuant to this provision shall be made by the Board or the institution's appeals committee, with a two-thirds majority. The appeals body is the Ministry or special appeals body appointed by the Ministry, pursuant to section 5-1, seventh paragraph.

(3) If an institution has recruited foreign students by means of external placement services, the institution will be responsible for
a. ensuring that the students have received satisfactory information concerning the studies to which the person has been admitted, including the structure of the studies, the nominal length of study, and the academic prerequisites.
b. ensuring that the student has received satisfactory information concerning the educational institution, including information about the institution's various offerings to students.
c. being informed about the manner in which the student was recruited and on what conditions the service was provided to the student.


Please note: The translation does not reflect changes adopted in 2015. Changes to the regulations include:​
- 26.01.2015, with effect from study start 2015-2016, the following:
§2-2, nr. 5: Final examination in Norwegian (norskprøven) with a minimum grade of B2 in all components, cf. Act of 4. July 2003 nr. 80 concerning introductory programme and Norwegian language training for newly arrived immigrants (Introduction Act)  §19 paragraph 2.
- Refer to the Norwegian language version for all changes.

Student workload

Full-time workload per year
A full-time student workload corresponds to minimum 1600 hours of work per academic year. A full-time workload generates 60 ECTS assuming the student passes all assessment and work practice and fulfils all the other requirements for completion of the course of study.


What is included in the workload?
Student workload includes lectures and other forms of teaching, tutoring sessions, seminars and group work, field work, project work, library work, laboratory work, practice and the student’s own independent work, for example related to the curriculum and required or recommended literature.  

ECTS credits
All credits at Nord University are allocated as ECTS credits, according to the European standard and Norwegian guidelines and practice.

The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) enables students to gain credits for learning achieved through higher education. The provision of ECTS credits is based on the student workload required in order to achieve expected learning outcomes.​

A 1600 hour student workload is based on 40 hours a week for a period of 40 weeks per academic year in order to ensure achievement of expected learning outcomes. A regular course module of a scope of 10 ECTS has an expected student workload of 266 hours.