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Admission Procedure for Bachelor's Degree

Overview

Bachelor degree studies (as well referred to as undergraduate studies) lead to the award of a bachelor degree (after 3 years of study). Bachelor degrees provide initial preparation for professional careers and postgraduate study. A Bachelor's degree in Norway is awarded by all the state universities, specialised university institutions, university colleges and a few of the private institutions.

Eligibility Criteria for Admissions in Bachelor Programme

In Norway applicants are admitted to entry-level programs through the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service, that ranks qualified students based on a point system that is based on grades and specialization opted during Upper Secondary school, as well as age. Along with completing academic essentialities, English and Norwegian Language are also essential criteria for admissions.

Academic Requirements

The academic requirements (including evidence of English and Norwegian language skills) will vary depending on the level of study in Norway. Higher education Institutions can have different entry requirements, so read the course information and requirements on their website carefully.

Undergraduate studies (first cycle): To make entry into a Norway undergraduate course you will need to hold Upper Secondary Certificate of Education (Year 12), or the overseas equivalent. Some undergraduate courses may also have specific pre-requisite subjects.

Minimum Grade Point Average Requirement

The Universities and University Colleges in Norway use European Credit transfer and Accumulation System grading scale. Students are ranked based on their grade point average from their previous studies. Thus, students must always check with the university or college of their choice about the minimal passing grade point you need to meet.

Application Procedure

If you are planning to apply to a Norwegian university, then you must start at least a few months in advance i.e. before the commencement of the term. Any queries regarding the details of the course must be put forth during the early stages of applying procedure.

If language of instruction is Norwegian : The applicants seeking admission to an undergraduate course, where the language of instruction is Norwegian, in that case, the applicant will have to submit an application through the NUCAS , i.e., Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service.

Abide by the following steps:

Step 1: Fill up the online application form, called nettsoknad, at http://www.samordnaopptak.no/info/soke/logg-inn/velg-innlogging.html You can mention up to 10 courses of study you are interested in, in order of precedence.

Step 2: Once you are registered at Samordna opptak (The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service), you will receive a form called "omslagsark" by post. Fill up with information about your educational background and return it with attested copies of other documents like your school leaving certificate, school transcripts, GPA etc.

Step 3: The University you applied to, will inform you whether you have been accepted to the study program you chose.


If Language of instruction is English: The applicants seeking admission to an undergraduate study at a higher education institution in Norway need to check and contact each institution separately. Application forms should be requested from the individual institution. You will be required to submit your application directly to the Norwegian university or college of your choice.

Documentation

You will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending upon the course and institution you're applying to. The most significant documents include:
  • Academic Records: This includes scores and official certificates and transcripts.
  • School/College leaving certificate
  • Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience if you are seeking course credits.

Duration

The duration of Bachelor’s degree program is generally three years' full-time study.

Academic Calendar

Bachelor degree program runs from August to December (fall semester) and January to June (spring semester).
Education Costs

According to Study in Norway, the state (public) universities and university colleges do not charge tuition fees for, undergraduate program. But, Students are required to pay a semester fee of 300-600 NOK per semester. This fee grants the students, a membership in the local student welfare organization, which in turn entitles to several other benefits such as campus health services, counselling facility, sports facilities, reduced fares on public transport and cultural activities.

Major Courses in Norway

  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Music & Fine arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Natural Sciences
  • Commerce Courses

Bachelor's degree (in English)

Following English-taught Bachelor's programs are offered at Norwegian higher education institutions:
  • Bachelor in Acting and Sceneography at Ostfold University College/Norwegian Theatre Academy
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Nordland
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at BI Norwegian Business School
  • Bachelor in Development Studies at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
  • Bachelor of Shipping Management at BI Norwegian Business School

For International Students

The International Students needs to demonstrate their English and Norwegian language proficiency by submitting the scores of the following tests:

English Proficiency:

  • IELTS: IELTS or International English Language Test. An overall score of at least 5.0 in the international English language testing system (IELTS).
  • TOEFL: TOEFL or Test of English as a Foreign Language is an alternative to IELTS. A score of at least 550 (paper-based) or 170 (computer-based) in the test of English as a foreign language (TOEFL).

Norwegian Proficiency:

For courses where the language of instruction is Norwegian, proficiency in the Norwegian language is mandatory. The Norwegian language is the foremost language of instruction at Norwegian institutions of higher education. 
  • Bergenstesten: The applicant shall pass test in Norwegian at higher level, 'Bergenstesten' (Advanced level), with a minimum score of 450.
  • The international students must undertake One Year Programme in Norwegian Language and Civilization.
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