How Covid-19 measures and restrictions can affect you

Information for international students - first time student arrivals to Norway - commencing in Autumn 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

The COVID-19 situation is continously developing, and changes may occur before, or during, your stay in Norway. Befo​re arriving and throughout your stay, it is imperative that you keep up-to-date on any developments. Please familiarize yourself with the FHI's t​rave​l advice ​for travelling to and from Norway.​

July 5th 2021:
The Norwegian government made the decision that students and pupils who have been admitted to an approved educational institution may enter Norway from 1 August.

Booking flights and information on quarantine hotels

Before booking your flight to your study location, please make sure that you are updated on the current entry restrictions to Norway and quarantine regulations. Changes may occur on short notice.

Most citizens from countries outside the EU/EEA, Switzerland and the UK, are obliged to undertake quarantine in designated hotels.

If you are required to stay in a quarantine hotel, you will be quarantined at your first point of entry into Norway. This means that if you need to connect with a domestic flight to your study location, e.g from Oslo to Bodø, your quarantine hotel will be in Oslo. You will be allocated a quarantine hotel upon arrival at the airport in Oslo Airport or in Trondheim Airport. The quarantine hotel cannot be pre- booked in advance.

You can read more about the entry rules and quarantine on arrival here: Travel to Norway. ​Exemptions from quarantine hotels: Application for exemption from quarantine hotel - UDI

Nord University will cover the cost for the stay in a quarantine hotel (500 NOK per night) for our new international students, first time arrivals to Norway. This will be reimbursed to you after your stay by providing us the receipt. Please e-mail for a reimbursement form.

Before arrivals

Before you arrive in Norway, we would like some information from you so we can make arrangements on how you can receive the key to your student housing, and how we can best welcome you to your study location. This information will be shared with the housing office at Studentinord.

After you have booked your flight ticket, please fill out the below online form with the dates and arrival time at your study location. If you are unsure of the date you will arrive at your study location ,please write the date you arrive in Norway.

Information about arrival International students autumn 2021

Should there be any changes to your travel plans and arrival, please let us know by changing the information directly in the online form above.  ​

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.  ​

​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 

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.

As a new international student in autumn 2021, you will need to be able to manage your finances carefully.

We recommend budgeting at least NOK 11, 487 per month in order to cover basis living expenses.

57 435 NOK for Autumn semester for 2021 and 68922 NOK for Spring semester 2022 which equals the rates of  the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

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 2020, it has become difficult to find part-time work, especially for international students without Norwegian language competencies. 

​Applying for deferment until 2022

Exchange students who have not been able to start their studies in August 2021 at Nord, are encouraged to re-apply for Spring semester 2022 (January).
Exchange students must be nominated by their home institution`s outgoing student coordinator. 

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 (August) 2022. 

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 2022.

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

If you wish to apply for deferment please inform both the International office and our Admission office at

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 the beginning of the semester. 
>> 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.

Depositing funds into holdning account at 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.

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.​