International Students

Practical Information

Do I need a visa? Where will I stay? What kind of insurance do I need? Where can I learn Norwegian? How expensive is Oslo? Am I allowed to work in Norway?

When moving to a new country, a million questions arise. This section will help you prepare for and make the most of your stay in Oslo, whether you are seeking a Bachelor or Master's degree, a Double Degree student, or on exchange at BI for a semester or two.

Study Permit 
A permit is required for all students intending to stay in Norway for more than three months. Different rules and procedures apply depending on your citizenship. All students will receive detailed information on registration procedures in their Admission Package. Read more about study permits for international students.

Health- and Travel Insurance
All students are responsible for having valid health and travel insurance covering the whole duration of their stay, including travel to and from Norway. Read more about health and travel insurance for international students.

BI offers a housing guarantee for certain groups of international students. Read more about student housing for international students.

Academic calendar
The academic year at BI Norwegian Business School is divided in two semesters: autumn and spring. Get an overview of the academic calendar and public holidays.

Grading system
BI Norwegian Business School uses a grading scale based on the ECTS grading scale. A-E are passing grades, F is fail. Read more about the grading system.

Cost of living
Norway has a reputation of being expensive, and in some ways this is correct. However, it is possible to live on a budget and many of our international students have become masters at finding the best deals in town. To earn money, some students work part-time during their studies. Read our advice on how to minimise your spending.