Iran

The following information is relevant for applicants with education from Iran interested in English thaught programmes at Nord University.

Programmes taught in English

Nord university offers the following programmes and courses​ for international students. 

Application period

Application deadline:

Non-EU/EEA: October 1 - December 1
EU/EEA: February 1 - April 15

Documentation deadline: 

Non-EU/EEA: October 1 - December 1
EU/EEA: February 1- April 15

Non-EU/EEA applicants are applicants who do not have citizenship​ or a permanent residence permit in a country in the EU/EEA. 

EU/EEA applicants are applicants with citizenship or a permanent residence permit in a country in the EU/EEA. ​

Admission requirements for bachelor's programmes

Please note: All applicants with education from Iran must meet the following admission requirements prior to applying. Nord University do not accept applications or documentation after the given deadlines. 

Educational requirements

  • From 2019: 3-year High School Diploma/Secondary School Diploma + 1 year university education OR
  • 1992- 2019: 3-year High School Diploma/Secondary School Diploma + Pre-University Diploma + 1 year university education OR
  • 1977 - 1992: 4-year High School Diploma/Secondary School Diploma + 1 year university education​​
Please be aware that your university education must be accredited as higher education in Norway. You can check your university at World Higher Education Database(Whed.net) and anabin.kmk.org. 

Nord university can also consult the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)

Document requirements

  • ​Officially issued transcript and diplomas must be uploaded to the online application portal when you apply. 
  • You must also upload an official translation of documentation not provided in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. Only translations carried out by a government-authorized or otherwise accredited translator will be considered. You must also include a copy of the original document. 
  • Translations of all diplomas and transcripts, both secondary and higher education, from education done in Iran, must be carried out by Official Translators of the Justice Administr​ation in Iran (The Iranian Ministry of Justice). The translations must include the original stamp of "Department of Official Translator's Affairs" and must be sent to us by post. 
Specific requirements for each programme

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, each programme may have special requirements. 

Admission requirements for master's programmes

Please note: All applicants for our master's programmes with education from Iran must meet the following admission requirements prior to applying. Nord University do not accept applications or documentation after the given deadlines. 

Educational requirements

  • From 2019: 3-year High School Diploma/Secondary School Diploma + 4 years university education OR
  • 1993 - 2019: 3-year High School Diploma/Secondary School Diploma + Pre-University Diploma + 4 years university education OR
  • 1977 - 1993: 4-year High School Diploma/Secondary School Diploma + 4 years university education
Your university education must be accredited as higher education in Norway. You can check your university at World Higher Education Database (Whed.net) and anabin.kmk.org


Document requirements

  • ​Officially issued transcripts and diplomas must be uploaded to the online application portal when you apply. 
  • You must also upload an official translation of the documentation not provided in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian. Only translations carried out by a government-authorized or otherwise accredited translator will be considered. You must also include a copy of the original document. 
  • Translations of all diplomas and transcripts, both secondary and higher education, from education done in Iran, must be carried out by Official Translators of the Justice Administr​ation in Iran (The Iranian Ministry of Justice). The translations must include the original stamp of "Department of Official Translator's Affairs" and must be sent to us by post. 
Specific requirements for each programme

In addition to the basic requirements listed above, each programme may have special requirements. 

Language requirements for bachelor's programmes

All applicants can meet the English language requirements by completing one of the following tests/subjects:

  • ​English course (140 hours per year) taken at Norwegian upper secondary school.
  • ​TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 500 on the written test OR 60 on the online test. Nord University's TOEFL code is 1648. 
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 5.0. 
  • University of Cambridge First Certificate in English OR Certificate in Advanced English OR Certificate of Proficiency in English.
You can also meet the language requirement if you: 

  • Are exempted according to the GSU-list. 
  • Have completed at least one year studies at high school or in higher education in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English. 
  • Completed a university degree in English Language and literature, where the subject English has a scope of at least 60 ECTS or equivalent. 
  • ​Completed a master's degree where the language of instruction was English (this must appear on the educational documents or you must have a confirmation from the institution). 

Language requirements for master's programmes

All applicants can meet the English language requirements by completing one of the following tests/subjects: 

  • ​English course (140 hours per year) taken at Norwegian upper secondary school. 
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 580 on the written test or 90 (with no individual score less than 20) on the online test. Nord University's TOEFL code is 1648. 
  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5.
  • University of Cambridge First Certificate in English OR Certificate in Advanced English OR Certificate of Profi​​ciency in English. 
You may also meet the language requirement if you: 

  • ​Are exempted according to the GSU-list. 
  • Have completed at least one year studies at high school or in higher education in the United States, Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English. 
  • Completed a university degree in English language and literature, where the subject English has a scope of at least 60 ECTS or equivalent.
  • Completed a master's degree where the language of instruction was English (this must appear on the educational documents or you must have a confirmation from the institution). ​

Financial ability

Nord University do not offer any grants or scholarships. 

In order to obtain a study permit, applicants outside EU/EEA will need to show the Norwegian government that they have sufficient funds to live in Norway for one (1) year. You do not need to document this to Nord University when you apply for admission, but you need to be prepared to document sufficient funds if you get admission and apply for a study permit. 

The amount required for the study year 2022-2023 is NOK 126 357. This amount is subject to change. 

Please check the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for updated information. 

View more information about how to obtain a study permit here

Application process

1. Find out which programme you are interested in

Check the programmes and courses offered in English and choose the programme you are interested in. ​

2. Prepare your documents and the enclosure form

  • Enclosureform.pdf
  • Educational documents (diplomas, transcripts, documents regarding English requirement, translations).
  • Copy of your valid passport.
  • Documentation of name change (if applicable)
Please check that all your documentation is considered valid documentation

3. Register your application in Søknadsweb

Please use a valid postal address when registering (street, street number, postal code, postal area and country). 

4. Submit all required documents within the deadline

Upload all required documents to the online application portal under "my documents" prior to the documentation deadline. 

Applications with incomplete documentation or without documentation will not be assessed. 

Send your educational documents by post (if applicable) in addition to uploading the documents to your application. You can check if you need to send your documents by post in the admission requirements. 

Documents sent by post must have a postmark stating that the documents were sent prior to the deadline. 

Documents submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. 

It is you responsibility to upload the correct and valid documentation prior to the deadline. Please read the information regarding valid documentation ​​

5. Receiving the results of your application 

You will receive an email when the results are published in the application portal, by the beginning of April. 

If you are granted admission, you will be given a short deadline to respond. If you have not registered your response in the online application portal within the given deadline, the offer will be withdrawn. 

The letter of admission will be published in the online application portal under "my documents", and is the only confirmation that will be sent to you. 

If you receive a rejection, you can ask for a justification by sending an e-mail to admission@nord.no.

After admission

The autumn semester starts in mid-August. 

Please visit this page​ for more information about what to do after admission. 


More questions?

Read the Frequently asked questions about admission.

Still need help?

Contact the Admissions Office​    
admission@nord.no​