Practical Information

Study Permit

Immigration rules differ according to your citizenship. If you have doubts about which category you belong to, please enter your nationality in UDI’s application guide to see what applies. 

Non-EU/EEA citizens:  Study permit

You need a visa to study in Norway, and it is called a study permit. See UDI’s website for information about the application process for your citizenship. Follow the link Want to apply to see what applies to you, and follow all the steps carefully. 

Degree seeking students cannot enter Norway before their study permit has been granted

Exchange, double degree and study abroad students of some nationalities, can enter Norway before they have received an answer to their application. Find out here if you can visit Norway without a visa. If you can visit Norway without a visa, that also means you can apply for your study permit after arrival in Norway. If you chose that option it is very important that you complete your whole application in Norway, it is not possible to submit the online application to your country and turn in supporting documents in Norway. Note that it will also delay the process if you wait until after arrival, and you might have to wait considerably longer to receive your residence permit. 

EU/EEA citizens*: Registration Scheme

You do not need a visa to study in Norway, but you must register online after arrival (not before) at Please wait for further instructions from your programme administration at BI.

*Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden are exempt from the registration scheme.