Application procedure for applicants from outside the EU/EEA
Admission to master's programmes for applicants from outside the European Union/EEA.
Study programmes we offer
All the programmes we offer to this group of applicants start in August:
When to apply
- The application portal opens 3 November.
- The application deadline is 1 December.
There are different deadlines and admission procedures for:
- Applicants who live in Norway (regardless of citizenship)
- Applicants to master's programmes in Fine art, Music and Design
How to apply
Admission timeline (updated with extended deadlines May and June 2020)
|1 Dec.||Application deadline: Remember to upload all the documents you have to date|
|1 Feb||Additional documentation deadline: Final deadline to upload additional documentation, if necessary. Documents uploaded after this deadline will not be taken into consideration.|
Decisions published: You will receive the result of your application. If you are offered admission, you will find the Letter of Acceptance published at Søknadsweb and you will be notified by e-mail.
Deadline to accept offer of admission
|By 1 June||Deposit money: In order to obtain a residence permit for studies, you have to deposit money.|
By 1 June
Student housing: Apply for student housing as soon as possible and before you apply for a residence permit.
|By 15 June||Residence permit: Apply for a residence permit for studies.|
|Week 32||Semester start-up|
|End of August||Document verification: If you are offered a place, you will be asked to hand in the original(s) of any official documents uploaded to your online application at the start of your first semester.|
Step 1. Admission requirements
Check that you meet the admission requirements:
- Bachelor's degree
- You must have obtained a bachelor's degree, normally of minimum 4 years' duration.
- Your degree must be issued by an officially recognised (accredited) university or university college. You can find the specific requirements for the country where you have studied in the country list.
- Academic specialisation
- Your degree must include courses equalling at least 80 ECTS (approximately 1.5 years of full-time studies) in a subject relevant to the programme you apply for.
- Minimum average grade
- You must have obtained a minimum average grade equivalent to ECTS grade C / US grade B. Compare your average grade with US grades.
- If there are more applicants than number of places in the programme, applicants will be ranked and compete for a place.
- Admission to UiB is generally highly competitive. Approximately 8 % of international applicants are granted admission.
- English language requirements
- You must document your English language proficiency.
- See our English requirements for approved tests and exemptions.
- Other admission requirements specific to the master's programme
- Check the specific requirements for the master's programmes you will apply for in the programme descriptions.
- Sufficient funds
- You must document that you have sufficient funds to cover living expenses in Norway, with at least NOK 121 220.
- Read more about how you document sufficient funds in your application to UiB.
Step 2. Documents
You must upload:
- CV including your educational background
- Secondary school certificate / High school diploma
- Bachelor's degree certificate/diploma
- Transcript of records including a description of the grading scale used
- Find specific requirements for educational documents from each country in our country list
- Course descriptions for all relevant courses, including academic content and syllabus/reading list
- Documentation of English language proficiency
- Documentation of sufficient funding
- Motivation letter, maximum 450 words. Describe your personal motivation for applying to the programme(s) you are applying for
- Copy of your passport or photo ID
- Check if the master's programme you apply for has any additional requirements
- We require all documents to be scanned from original documentation.
- The documents must be uploaded as PDF files of good quality.
- If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified copies of a translation to one of these languages must accompany certified copies of your documents in the original language.
Step 3. Apply
1. Apply at Søknadsweb
- From 3 November: The application portal (Søknadsweb) opens.
- To 1 December: Final application deadline.
2. Upload your documents
- By 1 December: Deadline to upload the required documents.
- By 1 February: Final deadline to upload new documents you receive in December/January.
You are responsible for uploading all the required documents by the relevant deadline.
3. Prioritise your application alternatives
- You can apply for a maximum of two master's programmes at Søknadsweb.
- You can change your priority until 1 December.
- If you are offered admission to the programme with the highest priority, the other programme will automatically be disregarded.
Step 4. Decisions on admission
Decisions published 5 May
- The results will be published at Søknadsweb 5 May, delayed due to the Coronavirus situation.
- Log in at Søknadsweb to see the outcome of your application.
- You must accept the offer by 15 May.
If you are offered a place, you will be asked to hand in the original(s) of any official documents uploaded to your online application at the start of your first semester. Students who cannot present approved documentation may lose their right to study at UiB.
Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ
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Scholarships and fees
Does UiB charge tuition fees for master's degrees?
No, UiB is publicly funded and we don't charge tuition fees.
However, you must document that you have sufficienct funds to cover living costs, both in your aplication for admission to UiB and later on in your application for a study permit, if you are offered admission. Read more about documentation of funds.
Does UiB offer scholarships to international students?
Unfortunately UiB does not offer any scholarships, and we encourage you to plan accordingly.
Am I qualified?
How can I check if I am qualified for a master's programme?
You can check if you meet the admission requirements by
- comparing your academic background to the general admission requirements, and
- checking if you meet any specific requirements that the master’s programme you want to apply for has. Find the study programme descriptions in the list of master's programmes we offer.
I complete my bachelor's degree in June next year, can I get a conditional offer of admission?
Unfortunately UiB does not offer conditional admission for applicants from non-EU/EEA countries, due to regulations by the immigration authorities. This means that we will only process your application if all the required documents are uploaded in your application by the relevant documentation deadline.
The application portal (Søknadsweb) - login and apply
How do I log in at Søknadsweb? Should I log in or register using Feide?
Follow these steps to log in and do not use Feide (only active students have such an account):
- Go to Søknadsweb's login page
- Choose International Applicant, if you are not already in that pane
- Register as a new international applicant
- Log in at Søknadsweb using the password sent to you by email
At Søknadsweb there is no button to officially send my application, so do I just leave it and it will be dealt with?
Søknadweb does not have a button to officially submit your application. Your application is officially complete when:
- You have filled in your complete home address.
- You have selected the study programmes you wish to apply for.
- You have uploaded all the required documents.
- You have saved the information.
You can make changes to your application until the deadline 1 December.
My application status says Under consideration. What does it mean?
The status of your application will be Under consideration at Søknadsweb until we have finished processing your application.
Should I upload my bachelor's degree diploma if I have completed a master's degree?
Yes, you always have to upload your bachelor's degree diploma in your application.
What is a transcript of records?
This is the same as an academic transcript and is an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university, including your grades and workload (ECTS or similar).
What should the course descriptions/syllabi contain?
- academic content
- syllabus/ reading list
- teaching hours
It is sufficient to download a version of the course description from your home university's web page and upload it in your application as a pdf. This does not need to be signed, stamped or authorised by your home university.
The course name and code in the course description must match the course name and code in your transcript. The description should be in English or Norwegian, but if a translation is needed, it does not have to be provided by an authorized translator.
Why does UiB require course descriptions?
The course descriptions are used by the academic committees to evaluate the content of your degree and assess its relevance for the master's degree you have applied for. These documents can therefore increase your chances of a successful application.
What do I do if I don't have access to my course descriptions/syllabi?
We realise it might be challenging to retrieve these documents. First try to contact your University to see if they have information about the courses in your degree. If your University is unable to help you, we suggest that you write a description of the content of your degree, to the best of your ability.
You will still be able to apply even if you are unable to provide all the documentation above.
How do I document English language proficiency?
Normally you must document this with an English test. If you have taken a test which is not on the list, you can email us at email@example.com to find out if this can be approved.
Can I be exempt from submitting an English test if I have completed a degree programme which was taught in English?
You can only be exempt if you have completed a programme in specific countries. Make sure you check the specific details about the country where you have studied in the list of exemptions.
How can I document that I have sufficient funding?
Read about how you document sufficient funds in your application to UiB.
How long should a motivation letter be?
Approximately 1 page (450 words).
I have applied for two study programmes. Do I have to write two motivation letters?
You can upload two different letters or write them as one, both will be ok.
Do I have to upload recommendation letters?
No, this is not a requirement and such letters will not be taken into consideration in the processing of your application.
How do I upload documents?
When you create your application, you follow the steps (1-5) on Søknadsweb and upload accordingly.
If you log in later, you can choose My documents from the top menu and from there upload documents.
I cannot find 'My documents' in the top menu - what do I do?
If you can't find 'My documents' in the top menu, click on the three white stripes in the top left corner and you will find 'My documents' in the drop down menu.
Do I have to upload all the documents by 1 December?
You must upload the required documents, or an explanation of why you are not able to upload it, by 1 December. You must then upload the missing document as soon as possible and no later than 1 February.
Documents uploaded after this deadline will not be taken into consideration.
Should I send any documents by post (snail mail)?
No, we do not accept documents sent by post - you have to upload all documents to Søknadsweb.
We will check the original documents of admitted students after arrival at UiB.
The list of documents at Søknadsweb contains titles like 'Learning agreement' and 'Repertoire for audition' - does this apply to me?
The document titles listed are the same for all admissions to UiB, some of them will therefore not apply to you. You should only choose the titles that correspond to the documents you will upload. If you cannot find a relevant title, choose 'Other'.
How do I get the housing guarantee? Do I have to apply for student housing now?
You should not apply for housing now. Applicants that are granted admission to UiB, will get information by email on how and when to apply with a housing guarantee.
Did you not find the answer to your questions above?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top three questions asked
- What are the English language requirements?
- How do I document sufficient funds?
- How can I finance my studies?