Admission requirements

Bachelor of Business Administration

Our bachelor programmes are international and we are looking for candidates with an open and international attitude and a solid record from their pre-university secondary education.

Admission requirements for both international and Norwegian applicants are as follows:


General international university entrance qualifications. Good skills in Mathematics are also recommended. You may find what is considered university entrance qualifications from your country in the 'GSU' list. Please download the latest version of the 'GSU' list from this website.

Transcripts and certificates from all previous academic education should be submitted. Copies of transcripts and degrees should be certified as true copies and include an overview of the grade scale used, indicating best and poorest grade and last pass grade. Transcripts not in English or a Scandinavian language must be accompanied by a certified English translation. From some countries one year of college or university is required in addition to the school leave certificate.

All applicants are required to send an official Transcript of grades from every school and/or university they have attended.


A satisfactory English language test is required for all applicants, with minimum scores:

  • TOEFL – 550 (paper based) or 78 (internet based)
  • IELTS Academic – 6.0
  • Pearson PTE Academic test - 55
  • University of Cambridge, Certificate in Advances English - B
  • The European Language Certificate (telc), telc English B2-C1 University

Intitution code TOEFL: 0529


In the Letter of Motivation you should explain what your ambitions/dreams are and how this relates to your choice of programme at our school. We would also like to know why you prefer to study in Norway. The Letter of Motivation should be about 1 page.

4. CV 

A short CV listing your education (school name, degree and number of years) and work experience (employer's name, type of work, time of duration, dates) as well as personal information, including your postal and e-mail addresses. Please include full postal and e-mail address. The CV must be typed.


A letter assessing the applicant's character, traits, strengths and abilities is also required. This letter of recommendation will provide us with insight into evaluating the applicant's competency and potential for a Bachelor degree programme. This letter cannot be written by anyone who is a member of the applicant’s family or circle of friends. Please note that recommendation letters older than three years will not be accepted.


All applicants should include a certified true copy of their passport showing nationality, name and validity dates. Please provide certified true copies of previous residency permits to Norway as well.


All international applicants must submit a personal financial plan. The financial plan is a general overview of how you intend to finance your degree and living expenses. Please click on the link to download the financial plan template.


The priority application deadline for the Bachelor of Business Administration programme is March 1 for international applicants and April 15 for Norwegian applicants. BI offers rolling admission thereafter, based on availability.


All applicants must submit original or certified true copies of documentation. Applicants who have submitted certified true copies must show original documentation upon arrival. We do not accept electronic versions of transcripts and English tests sent by mail.

Please note that we only discuss the application procedure with the applicants themselves, and not with any other parties (parents, spouses, etc.) If you want others to contact us on your behalf, we need a signed authorisation from you.

If you are in doubt whether you are eligible to apply for one of our bachelor degree programmes, please contact the administration


BI in collaboration with Jönköping University have created a joint Pathway Programme, designed for international students as a bridge towards a Bachelor of Business Administration degree at BI. If you are not sure if you qualify for admission to the BBA programme, please read more about our Pathway Programme to see if it is right for you.