You may need a study permit to live in Norway for more than three months. See which immigration rules apply to you.
Immigration rules differ according to your citizenship and what type of student you are. The information below is intended for degree seeking students. Exchange students will receive information about immigration procedures to Norway after their admission to BI.
Students with citizenship from outside EU/EEA: Study Permit
Please visit 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.
We strongly recommend that you apply for your study permit as soon as you have received your offer of admission from BI. The process can take up to eight weeks.
Application Fee for a Study Permit: NOK 5,400 payable to the Norwegian Government. Please note that the amount is subject to change.
Degree-seeking students with citizenship from outside EU/EEA: Proof of Finance
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) requires you to transfer money to a deposit account in order to secure a study permit (please note that this does not apply to exchange students from BI's partner universities).
The amount you will be required to deposit is one year of tuition fees and one year of living expenses. For the 2020-2021 academic year, this is NOK 207,000 for bachelor and NOK 230,000 for MSc studies.
The Student Welfare Organization of Oslo (SiO) manages the deposit accounts on behalf of BI Norwegian Business School.
SiO is the welfare organization for educational institutions in Oslo which provides students with products and services to make student life efficient and stimulating. SiO is also the primary provider of student housing in Oslo.
Only students from outside the EU/ EEA area with a Study Contract from BI Norwegian Business School use the Residence Permit Deposit Account.
In order to open a Residence Permit Deposit Account you must first register as a SiO user here. After you have successfully registered, go to “My Page” -> “Residence Permit Deposit Account” and follow the instructions.
Once you have registered for an account, BI will verify your enrolment status. After that, you will be invoiced by SiO for the amount you need to transfer to your residence permit deposit account. The invoice will include bank account details for the transfer of funds.
Once you have paid the invoice and SiO receives the funds, SiO will issue a confirmation letter which you need for your study permit application. This may take up to 10 working days. Enrolled students can find more detailed information on the Student Portal to guide them through the Study Permit application process.
NB: For international students from outside the EU/EEA who are enrolled at Campus Bergen, you will receive different instructions.
EU/EEA citizens*: Registration Scheme
You do not need a study permit to study in Norway, but you must register online after arrival (not before) at selfservice.udi.no. Please wait for further instructions from your programme administration at BI.
*Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden are exempt from the registration scheme.