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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 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 inclu​des 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.