Students from non-EU/EEA countries

If you are staying for less than three months, you do not need to apply for a student residence permit. You must still check whether you need a visa to enter Norway. You will find a list of visa-free countries on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (UDI) website.

If you are studying in Norway for more than three months, the UDI requires you to have a study permit.

Applying for a study permit

You must apply for a residence permit prior to your arrival in Norway. Remember to apply as soon as you receive your offer of admission. You will find important information about how to apply for a study permit and the complete list of required documents on the UDI’s website. If you have any questions regarding the application process, you can also contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate.

Documents you will receive from Østfold University College:

  • Admission letter:
    • Master in Applied Computer Science: You receive an email with an offer of admission. This email serves as an admission letter and must be submitted to your application for a study permit.
    • All exhange students and students at The Norwegian Theatre Academy: Your admission letter will be sent to your registered email address as soon as you have accepted your offer of admission.
  • Confirmation of sufficient funds:
    • Degree students: all non-EU/EEA students must document that they have sufficient funds to support themselves during their study period. You only need to document funds for a year at a time or for the semester if your stay is shorter. The funds can consist of student loans, grants, own bank funds/assets, or a combination of the above. The bank funds/assets must be placed in a Norwegian bank account or Østfold University College’s temporary deposit account. If you make use of the temporary deposit account, you will receive a statement that confirms the funds deposited. This statement must be submitted with the application.
    • Exchange Students: Please contact the international office for further information. If you are an exchange student from a partner institution, it might not be necessary to transfer the bank funds/assets to a Norwegian bank account.

Registering with the police

Students arriving from a country outside the EU/EEA must register at the Police Station in Sarpsborg within seven days of arrival to be issued a residence card. You must book an appointment using the UDI Application Portal. It is important that you fill in your full name and Norwegian address.

You will need to go to the Immigration Office in Sarpsborg at the agreed date and time:   

Rådmann Siras vei 4
1712 Grålum

Please bring the following documents to the appointment:

  • Your passport
  • The decision letter from the UDI
  • Your letter of admission from Østfold University College
  • Your confirmation statement of sufficient funds

The police will send a residence card by post to your Norwegian address.

Renewing a study permit

You are responsible for having a valid student residence permit at all times. The study permit must be renewed every year. It is important that you apply for renewal well before your residence permit expires. 

For information on how to apply for renewal of your study permit, please visit the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration’s (UDI) website.

You should register your application with the UDI, pay the fee and book an appointment with the police three months before your study permit expires.

In order to renew your permit, you must have normal study progress. This means that you cannot be more than one year behind in your studies. You are obliged to hand in a progress report from Østfold University College.

Please contact studier-halden@hiof.no or international@hiof.no to get your progress report.  

Published Apr. 30, 2018 2:47 PM - Last modified Sep. 24, 2019 9:00 AM