How Covid-19 measures and restrictions can affect you

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Information for international degree-seeking applicants commencing in spring 2021.

​​​​​​​​If you have received an offer of admission from Nord University, please follow this page for the latest updates and measures being implemented by Nord. ​

Travel restrictions and advice

New national regulations mandate that anyone entering Norway from a country marked "red" by Norwegian authorities must present a certificate of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours. You must arrange to take the test within 72 hours before arrival at the airport in Norway, and make sure to have the test result in hand at the border control. 

For travellers who are permitted to cross the border, a quarantine period of 10 days applies. Please note that the 10-day quarantine is mandatory regardless of test results from the airport. In other words, you may not break quarantine even if the airport test comes back negative.​​​​


The COVID-19 situation is continously developing, and changes may occur before, or during, your stay in Norway. Before arriving and throughout your stay, it is imperative that you keep up-to-date on any developments. Please familiarize yourself with the FHI's trave​l advice ​for travelling to and from Norway.​
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​Applying for deferment until 2021

If you have received an offer of admission, you are eligible to apply for deferment of one year. This means that you delay commencement until autumn 2021. 

Applications for and offers of deferment are conditional on certain factors, including:

  • That you send your application as soon as possible within receiving your offer of admission.
  • That you "re-activate" your admission, by re-applying next year within applicable deadlines. 
  • That the programme you have applied for is on offer in 2021.

Deferment is an accordance with the Regulations for studies and examinations at Nord University, section 4-6.

Study permits

Application deadlines

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) provides updated processing times for applications.
Apply by May 31

We strongly recommend that you submit your study permit application by May 31 to give you the best chance of a timely arrival for orientation and commencement of classes. 
Do not wait until July 1

UDI currently
 advises that applications submitted by July 1 will be processed by August 15.  Current response times are otherwise given as 4 months.

If you wait until August 15 to receive an answer, you will not arrive in time for orientation or commencement of classes, and risk losing money on airline tickets and other arrangements. 

>> Read more about study permits.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is the authoritative source for all information relating to travel to Norway. Take special note of the following:

  • Application dates and waiting times for study permits, 
  • Expected processing times in relation to study commencement dates, 
  • Rules for quarantine and isolation after arrival in Norway.

Check opening hours at your Norwegian consulate or embassy:

Documenting sufficient funds

If you apply for a study permit from outside the EU/EEA, you will need to document sufficient funds.

Check opening hours and access to your local bank, in case there are expected delays in transferring funds to Norway.

No extensions on monetary transfers to Nord University 

In order to demonstrate financial self-sufficiency, applicants from outside the EU/EEA are required to transfer money to a Norwegian account in order to finalize their study permit application.
Transfer funds by June 1

The deadline for transfer of these funds to Nord University's holding account is June 1. We do not grant extensions. If you choose to delay your application for a study permit, you risk being unable to transfer funds to the holding account.

Partial advance of funds from the holding account

If you have deposited funds into the University's holding account, you may request an advance of up to NOK 30,000 in the period from you arrive until you open your Norwegian bank account.

Please note that your first month of rent will fall due before any advance can be processed.

For more information, email international@nord.no. 

Living expenses and part-time jobs

International students are responsible for covering their personal living expenses in Norway.  In order to obtain a study permit, students must demonstrate sufficient financial means to live in Norway.

However, since the cost of living is high in Norway, many students seek part-time work in order to cover food, rent and other expenses.

Less part-time work as a result of Covid-19

Since the introduction of Corona-related restrictions in March, it has become increasingly difficult to find part-time work, especially for international students without Norwegian language competencies. 

As the labour market reopens, it is expected that employers will prioritize the return of permanent employees. This situation is not unique to Norway.

As a new international student in autumn 2020, you will need to be able to manage your finances carefully.

We recommend budgeting at least NOK 11, 300 per month in order to cover basis living expenses. 

Arriving in Norway: practical information and advice

>> Go to our webpage "Arriving in Norway" for information about arriving at your study destination, including cash and currency exchange, bank accounts, transport and more.

New student at Nord

The New Student website provides lots of general information about planning your trip to Norway, arriving at your study destination and a full checklist for getting started at Nord.

Programme-specific information about commencement and modes of delivery

Our faculties are currently reviewing the options for commencement of classes. Information will be published on the study programme pages as it becomes available.  

Plans for on-site delivery

Unless otherwise stated on the programme page,  on-site classes are being planned in programmes that usually offer face-to-face delivery. In this case, students would be expected to attend classes at the University.


Stay up to date on the latest measures

We strongly advise all admitted applicants to stay up to date on information provided by Norwegian national authorities and the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration.​