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Applicants to UiB's master's programmes from outside the EU/EEA must document that they have sufficient funding to live in Norway.

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How much to document

The amount you must document in the autumn 2021 admission is NOK 123 519.

This is equivalent to the expected living costs for a student in Norway for one year.

How to document sufficient funds to UiB

Master's degree applicants must document sufficient funds with one of the following:

  • A bank statement showing that you have NOK 123 519 in your bank account
    • The bank statement cannot be more than three months old.
    • The bank statement can be in any currency.
    • All documentation must be in English or come with an English translation.
  • A sponsor guarantee letter and a sponsor’s recent official bank statement showing NOK 123 519
    • Anyone can be your sponsor, including family members.
    • The letter must state that the sponsor will support your stay in Norway financially with at least NOK 123 519 and the letter must be signed. You can use any format.
    • The bank statement cannot be more than three months old.
    • The bank statement can be in any currency.
    • All documentation must be in English or come with an English translation.
  • A scholarship, stipend or student loan confirmation
    • A letter confirming that you are eligible for a scholarship, stipend or student loan from your home country, how much you will receive and from which institution.
    • All documentation must be in English or come with an English translation.

What is the process if I am admitted to UiB

1. Document funds when you apply to UiB

Read more on how you do this above.

2. Document funds when you apply for a study permit

If you are offered admission to UiB, you must document to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) that you have the sufficient funds to apply for a study permit for the first year of study in a Norwegian bank account. See the required amount at the top of the page.

It is normally not possible to open a Norwegian bank account from abroad. For most international students this means that you must transfer money to the deposit account created by the Student Welfare Organisation in Bergen (Sammen), for the purpose of applying for a study permit to UDI.

If you are offered admission, you will receive detailed information on how to do this. Make sure you don't transfer money to the deposit account until you receive the necessary information from UiB.

3. Your money will be returned to you

Once you have been granted a study permit, arrived in Norway, and completed the necessary registrations for new students, your money will be transferred back to you.

The money will cover your living costs as a student in Norway for your first year of study.

4. Document funds when applying for renewal of study permit

When you apply for a renewal of your study permit after one year in Norway, you must be able to document that you can cover your living costs for one more year with approximately the same amount as the first time you applied for a study permit. Note that the amount is slightly adjusted every year to account for inflation.

Most students will have their personal Norwegian bank account by then and can document this with a bank statement from a Norwegian bank. A transfer to the deposit account will not be necessary.

Why do I have to document funds

Requirements from immigration authorities

UiB does not charge tuition fees, but applicants are still required to document that they have sufficient funds to cover living expenses for the first year of study in their application for admission to UiB. If you don't submit this documentation, your application will be rejected.

The reason for this is that the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) requires students who need a study permit to document sufficient funding by transferring money to a Norwegian bank account. If you can't, you will not be granted a study permit and you will not be able to live in Norway to study.