How to apply

Where to submit your application

All applications for degree and one-year study programmes taught in English must be submitted via the online applications portal (søknadsweb).

Use the link to the applications portal provided on this page or the link on the study programme page. We do not accept applications via email.

Applications for intake in autumn open on the following dates: 

Non-EU/EEA: October 1
EU/EEA: January 1

Application deadlines

December 1​​: Non-European Union/EEA citizens 
April 1​: European Union/EEA citizens 
April 15: Norwegian citizens and residents​

NB: We do not review qualifications or applications prior to the applicable deadlines. Applications submitted after the applicable deadlines will not be considered.

Required documentation

After you submit your application online, you must upload your documentation in the online application portal. Special requirements apply to some countries - check the overview below. If you are required to submit an English test result, please check the requirements that apply. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.

These deadlines apply: December 15 for non-EU/EEA and May 1 for EU/EEA

Any documentation not provided in English, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian must be accompanied by an official translation. Only translations carried out by government-authorised or otherwise accredited translator will be considered. You must include a copy of the original document.

The degree programme you are applying for may stipulate additional, field-specific requirements. Check the detailed admission requirements on the study programme page.

1. Enclosure form (click to download)

2. Copies of your high school/secondary school diploma and transcripts.(a)

3. Copies of your final diploma and transcripts from higher education.(b) 

4. Proof of English requirements.(c)  

5. Copy of passport. We require only the page that contains your full name, date of birth and photo identification.

6. Documentation of name change (if applicable).

Special requirements

(a) Special requirements concerning high school/secondary school diplomas and transcripts apply to the following countries:   

  • USA: transcripts must sent from the school directly, in a sealed envelope.
  • Nigeria, Liberia, Ghana and Gambia: access card/scratch card from WAEC (West African Examination Council) must accompany the documentation.

(b) Special requirements concerning higher education diplomas and transcripts apply to the following countries: 

(c) In most cases, test results must be sent directly from the test center and cannot be older than two years. Our TOEFL code is 1648. Cambridge tests can be verified by the admissions office online. If you want us to verify your Cambridge result online, you must submit your Candidate ID number and your Candidate secret number together with your documentation.

If you are required to send additional documentation in accordance with the special requirements under a), b) og c), send by post to:

Nord University
PO box 1490
8049 Bodø

Deadlines for submission of documentation

Non-EU/EEA: December 15
EU/EEA: May 1

When to a expect a response

Non-EU/EEA applicants can expect to receive a response to their application by the end of April for admission in autumn.

EU/EEA applicants can expect to receive a response to their application by the end of May for admission in autumn.

Offer of admission

If your application for admission is accepted, you will receive an offer of admission from Nord University.

The website  Admission to Arrival contains lots of useful information for applicants who receive an offer of admission, including:
- How to accept your offer of admission
- How to register for housing
- How to apply for a study permit in Norway
- How to document financial capacity
- Planning your trip
- What to do upon arrival in Norway

Admission requirements

Who do these admission requirements apply to?

If you are a full-degree applicant or free mover applying for admission to a master degree programme or any programme or course at a graduate level, you must meet the general admission requirements provided below.

The degree programme or course you are applying for may stipulate additional field-specific requirements. Check the detailed admission requirements on the relevant programme page. Find your programme using our search, or by browsing the programme overview.

Higher education entrance qualification

The higher education entrance qualification is the equivalent of Norwegian upper secondary school and constitutes the minimum standard of education required to undertake higher education in Norway.

This qualification comprises requirements regarding the scope and content of secondary education, including language competencies.

The Higher Education Entrance Qualification is country-specific. The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) manages the overview of country-specific requirements, called the GSU list. View the GSU list. 

Bachelor degree

For admission to most master degree programmes and courses at Nord University, applicants require a bachelor degree or other tertiary qualifications equivalent to a Norwegian bachelor degree. Nord University will evaluate your qualifications upon application and receipt of required documentation. The university does not provide independent assessment of academic qualifications, eg. before you actually apply to the university for admission.

NOKUT provides general recognition of foreign educational qualifications. You do not need to obtain recognition from NOKUT to apply for admission, but NOKUT's list of criteria for general recognition of foreign education provides more information about what qualifications Nord University will look for when they assess your application.

Some programmes also require specific academic qualifications and grade averages within your bachelor studies, such as methods courses or field-specific courses. Check the admissions requirements on the programme page. Find your programme using our search, or by browsing the programme overview.

English language

English language tests and scores:

  • Completed and passed English course (140 hours per year / 5 hours per week) 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 Proficiency in English

Your test results must be sent to Nord University directly from the test centre.

If you have your Higher Education Entrance Qualification from an English-speaking country, or have taken higher education in English, you may fulfill the requirements without any of the English tests above.  Check NOKUT's GSU-list for country-specific information about documenting proficiency in English language. The test scores provided on NOKUT's overview are for the bachelor level. The relevant scores for master level are given above.

Financial capacity - non-EU/EEA applicants

After you receive your offer of admission, in order to obtain a study permit, you will need to be able to show Nord University and the Norwegian Government that you have sufficient funds to live in Norway for one (1) year.

The amount required in 2018 is NOK 116 369This amount is subject to change. Check the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for up-to-date information. Successful applicants will receive more information in their Offer of Admission. You may also view the Supplement to Offer of Admission on our website at any time, for more information.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration provides comprehensive information about study permit applications.

Applicable rules and regulations

Refer to:
- The Regulations relating to studies and examinations at Nord University
- Regulations concerning admission to higher education
- Regulations concerning requirements for Master degrees.

On the Rules and Regulations page.

More questions?

Read the Frequently asked questions about admission.

Still need help?

Contact the Admissions Office
+ 47 7551 7699        
Monday- Friday 09:00 -11:00 / 12:00 - 14:00