How to qualify for higher education

We will guide you through the steps required to be qualified for higher education in Norway.

Higher Education in Norway

Regardless of your education level, you will find information for applicants who have completed a degree in their home country, have started an undergraduate degree but were not able to finish or are planning to apply for admission.

The first step is to gain general knowledge on education in Norway.  The webpages of NOKUT and SIU are relevant sources of information:

What do you want to study? UiB Study Programmes

UiB offers a number of bachelor's and master's programmes as well as professional studies. All of our bachelor's programmes and professional studies at UiB are taught in Norwegian and proficiency in both Norwegian and English is required. Most master's programmes are also taught in Norwegian, however, UiB offers around 30 master's programmes taught in English. 

How to Apply and Qualify for Admission?

By choosing the category below that applies to you, you will find information on what to do to qualify for admission at UiB.

Undergraduate Studies

Do you wish to apply for a bachelor’s degree programme?

All bachelor’s programmes at UiB are taught in Norwegian. You apply through Samordna Opptak  (the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service). Most of the information on their website is available in Norwegian only, but they offer some general information in English.

1. General entrance requirements

The general entrance requirements to qualify are:

Search the GSU list to find the requirements that applies to your educational background. On the SO website you will also find elaborate information (in Norwegian only).

UiB also offers additional information on admission to bachelor’s degree programmes.

2. Specific entrance requirements

In addition to the general entrance requirements, some study programmes require that you have completed specific subjects at upper secondary school level. At UiB this is relevant for study programmes within the fields of medicine, dentistry, natural sciences and teacher's education.

Contact opptak@uib.no or the relevant faculty for detailed information.

Graduate studies

Do you wish to apply for a master’s degree programme?

UiB offers a number of master's programmes (2 years), most of which are taught in Norwegian. However, UiB offers around 30 master's programmes taught in English.

1. General entrance requirements
The general entrance requirements to qualify are:

  • Normally a completed Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years (or equivalent) which must include courses of at least 1.5 years of full-time studies in a relevant subject (depending on the programme you apply for).
  • Proficiency in English (for all master’s programmes)
  • Proficiency in Norwegian (for master’s programmes taught in Norwegian)
  • Other requirements, like GPA, admission test, motivation letter or similar

Search the country list to find the requirements that applies to your educational background.

Academic requirements

If you have obtained a bachelor’s degree or similar, but do not meet the academic requirements listed above, you can do one of the following:

  1. Contact the relevant faculty and ask for an evaluation of your previous education
  2. Apply for admission to undergraduate studies through Samordna opptak and take the courses you need to be qualified. 

Post graduate studies

Do you wish to apply for post graduate studies?

PhD positions are advertised as vacancies or based on individual evaluation.

See our website on doctoral education for more information.

Professional Studies

Do you wish to apply for a professional study?

UiB offers 14 different professional studies taught in Norwegian. Amongst these are professional studies in medicine, dentistry, social economics, psychology and different teacher educations. You can find the complete list (in Norwegian only) on our website.

Note that many of the professional studies, like medicine and dentistry, have very high GPA requirements and specific entrance requirements.

You apply for professional studies through Samordna opptak.

General Recognition of Documentation

Recognition of previous studies

We recommend that you send your documents to NOKUT for a recognition of previous studies. This is a general recogintion, but it might be advantageous when you apply for a master's degree. The process may take some time, so you should start as soon as possible.

If NOKUT recognises your education as equal to parts of Norwegian higher education, you should contact the relevant faculty and apply to have these courses recognised as part of your study programme at UiB. Note that you have to be granted admission to a study programme before courses can be formally recognised and you can be awarded credits.

Procedure for persons without verifiable documentation

This procedure is meant for applicants with foreign higher education at university / university college level, who cannot be granted general recognition due to missing, insufficient or unverifiable documentation.

Norwegian language course

UiB offers Norwegian language courses for students, employees and spouses and a fixed number of places per semester are reserved for refugees and immigrants with a permanent residence permit and who fulfil the basic general entrance requirements for post-secondary studies in Norway.