Admission for refugees

For the academic year 2022/2023, higher education institutions can temporarily make exceptions from the general requirements for individuals with collective protection or asylum in Norway.

Exceptions from the general requirements can be made if the academic level of the individual refugee is assessed to be good enough for admission into higher education in Norway. The universities/colleges will make this decision based on an individual assessment of your application. 

Admission requirements

General minimum requirements for admission to higher education in Norway for individuals with foreign education vary depending on your country of origin. For some countries completed upper secondary education plus one year of university education is required for admission. You find the requirements for admission at nokut.no (external link). 

Temporary exemption

For the academic year 2022/2023, the Norwegian government has made a temporary exemption from this rule for refugees. This exemption allows you to enter higher education after having only completed secondary school in your country of origin, provided that you have the academic skills needed to study at university level. The universities/colleges in Norway will make this decision based on an individual assessment of your application.

If you have completed upper secondary school but lack one year of university education from your country of origin, you may also qualify for higher education in Norway by attending Norwegian upper secondary school. If you do so, you may qualify for regular admission to higher education in Norway, and a larger range of study options will be available for you. If you would like more information concerning this possibility, we would advice you to contact the municipality where you are doing the introduction program. 

More information

For more information about the education system, credits and the grading system in Norway as well as general information about being a student in Norway, you can explore the webpage you are visiting now, www.studyinnorway.no. This webpage belongs to the Norwegian Directorate of Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir). You can read more about HK-dir here