All students from outside the EU/EEA-area must apply for a study permit. Citizens under the Norwegian visa regulations are required to apply for a visa and residence permit before entering Norway. Please note that students who enter Norway without the necessary permit will not be allowed to remain in the country.
Students from visa waiving countries must apply for residence permit if they are staying in Norway for more than 3 months. Canadian students should apply through the Danish embassy in Ottawa, or they can apply in Norway upon arrival.
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) differentiates between:
- citizens of countries that are required to have a visa to enter Norway
- citizens of countries that have a entry visa exemption agreement with Norway
Students who need to apply for visa or residence permit must submit the application as soon as possible after receiving the Letter of Admission from NIH.
If you do not need a entry visa:
- You do not need to transfer money to a Norwegian bank account
- You might be asked to present other means of documentation
Documentation of financing
Students from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland applying for a student residence permit to Norway, need to show documentation of financing in order to be granted the permit/visa. The amount (as of 2022) required by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration corresponds to the amount of full support from the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund.
- NOK 128 887 for one year
- NOK 58 585 for fall semester only
- NOK 70 302 for spring semester only
Students need to present documentation of subsistence when applying for a student residence permit. Student loans, grants, own funds, or income from employment can be included.
How to apply
Please submit an online registration on the UDI application portal if you are applying through the Norwegian Embassy. Due to a Nordic representation agreement, the Danish Embassy handles all applications for visa and residence permits for Norway from Canada. Hence, Canadian students cannot use the application portal, but are asked to follow the instructions on the Danish Embassy´s website.
How to register with the police
As a non-EU/EEA/Swiss student, you will have to make an appointment and register with the police within 7 days after your arrival in Norway. Please make an appointment with the Police on the UDI application portal. Choose Oslo Police District, Department of Immigration, when setting up the appointment. You might get a date that is after your 7 days, do not worry, as long as you booked a date you are ok.
Please note that if you have applied for a residence permit from home through a non-Norwegian Embassy (i.e. Canadian students applying through the Danish embassy), you cannot book the appointment through the application portal. You still need an appointment, which you can get by calling +47 22 34 21 00, during their opening hours: Monday to Friday 09:00 - 13:00.
The address for the registration is Schweigaards gate 15b.
Please see the list of documents you must hand in (udi.no).