How to apply for programmes taught in Norwegian

To be eligible for admission to courses and programmes taught in Norwegian, applicants with secondary education from countries outside of Norway have to meet general and specific admission requirements, and document proficiency in English and Norwegian languages.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Norwegian language requirements

​To qualify for admission to courses and programmes taught in Norwegian, you must be able to document proficiency in Norwegian language in accordance with the requirements established by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). 

Applicants can document Norwegian proficiency in any of the following ways:

  • Passed exam in Norwegian (oral and written) at "Vg3-level" (393 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school. 
  • Passed Level 3 examination in Norwegian for foreign students at Norwegian universities.
  • Passed exam from the 1-year course in Norwegian language and culture for foreign students, taken at a university or a university college. 
  • Test of Norwegian, advanced level (known as "Bergenstesten") with the result "Pass" in both tests (written and oral). If you have taken the written test before autumn 2009,​ you must have at least 450 points. If you have taken the oral test before autumn 2009, you must have at least 500 points. 
  • Norwegian test for adult immigrants from Kompetanse Norge (earlier VOX) with a minimum result B2 or C1 in all four parts. 
For a full explanation of Norwegian language requirements, view NOKUT's country-specific list (the GSU list)​.

Admission requirements 

All applicants must meet the general admission requirements set by the Higher education Entrance Qualification (country-specific) and document proficiency in English and Norwegian languages. To see general admission requirements, please visit the GSU-list in English or The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (NUCAS) in Norwegian.​ 

Some programmes may have specific admission requirements in addition to the general admission requirements. ​


You must document that you meet the admission requirements within the application deadlines. 

Please check the admission requirements for your study programme and your home country, and make sure that all your documents is considered as valid documentation

Where to apply​

Most undergraduate programmes taught in Norwegian are available for application through the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (NUCAS) / Samordna opptak.

Most master degree programmes taught in Norwegian are available through Nord University's online application portal Søknadsweb. 

Most continuing and further education programmes are available through the application portal for continuing and furth​er education

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