Application procedure for Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway

Admission to master's programmes for Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway.

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Applicants proficient in Norwegian, should read the information at our Norwegian website for applicants.

    Study programmes starting in August 2023

    • Application portal opens: 1 February.
    • Application deadline: 15 April.
    • Deadline for submitting documents: 15 April
    • If you complete your Bachelor's degree or other courses during the spring semester 2023, you may upload such documents within 1 July.
      • Please note that this deadline only applies for documentation of education that has not yet been completed at the time of the application deadline. All other documentation - including higher education already completed, and documentation of language proficiency - must be uploaded before the application deadline 15 April.

    Study programmes starting in January 2023

    • Application portal opens: 1 October.
    • Application deadline: 1 November.
    • Deadline for submitting documents: 1 December.

    1. Our study programmes 

    Explore UiB's master's programmes

    In the programme descriptions you will find information about

    • Which master's programmes we offer
    • What you will learn at the programme
    • Which semester the programme starts (autumn/spring)
    • Which language the programme is taught in
    • More about student life and job opportunities after finishing the programme
    • Admission requirements specific to the programme

    Nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway may apply for the same master's programmes as applicants from the EU/EEA and Switzerland.


    2. Admission requirements

    Admission requirements

    • Bachelor's degree
      • You must have obtained a bachelor's degree or equivalent.
      • Find specific requirements for your home country in our 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. Please find detailed information in the programme descriptions.
    • Minimum average grade
      • You must have obtained a minimum average grade of Norwegian grade C or the equivalent, to compete for admission. The Norwegian grade C equals to the grade C in the ECTS system or to the US grade B.
      • Please note that meeting the minimum average grade requirement does not guarantee admission, since the admission process is competitive.
    • Language requirements
    • Other admission requirements specific to the master's programme

    3. Early reply

    The application deadline to get an early reply is 1 March.

    Deadlines for early reply 2022:Application deadline1 March 2023
     Your application is answered20 May 2023

    To get an early reply, you must be qualified for admission by the application deadline 1 March. This means that if you will complete education after 1 March, you can't get an early reply.

    You can apply for an early reply if you:

    • Will have to resign from a job to which you are required to give at least two months' notice or you will have to apply for study leave.
    • Are self-employed and will need to liquidate your business.
    • Will have to move with your family and this means that you must end your job or your kids must change schools or kindergarten.
    • Will need UiB to make arrangements to accommodate special needs (dyslexia not included).
    • Will need to apply for a study permit/renew your residence permit

    If your reason for applying for an early reply is not approved or your average grade is not high enough to compete with the other applicants eligible for an early reply, your application will be processed in the regular admission.

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    4. Documents

    Find specific requirements for documents from each country in our country list.

    You must upload:

    1. Secondary School certificate.
    2. University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s), including a diploma supplement or grading scale explanation (all pages).
    3. Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university).
    4. Course descriptions and syllabi for all relevant courses.
    5. Documentation of English language proficiency.
    6. Copy of your passport or picture ID showing full name, date of birth and gender, if you are not applying with a Norwegian ID number.
    7. Check if the master's programme you wish to apply for has any additional requirements. Note specifically that the Master's programme in English has a higher English requirement.
    8. Documentation of eligibility for an early reply, if applicable. This can be a work contract, certificate from the tax office of your business, doctor's certificate, etc.

    Conditional offer of admission

    We offer the possibility of conditional admission if you complete your Bachelor's degree during the spring semester 2023.

    You must upload the following within the application deadline 15 April:

    • All the abovementioned documentation, except for your Bachelor's degree diploma/certificate
    • Your higher education completed to date.
    • A list of courses you are registered for and the expected date for completion.

    You must upload the following before the semester registration deadline:

    • A transcript showing the completion of all required courses, and a Bachelor's degree diploma/certificate confirming that your degree is awarded.

    Document requirements

    • We require all documents to be scanned from original documentation.
    • 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.
    • Documents must be uploaded as PDF files of good quality.

      5. Apply for admission

      1. Apply at Søknadsweb

      Admission autumn 2023:

      • 1 February: Søknadsweb opens (for programs that start in August 2023)
      • 15 April: Final application deadline.
      • 1 July: Final deadline to upload documents.
      • 1 July: Final deadline to change the order of priority of your application alternatives
      Spring admission 2023:
      • 1 October: Søknadsweb opens (for programs that start in January 2023)
      • 1 November: Final application deadline.
      • 1 December: Final deadline to upload documents

      Applicants residing in Norway: Apply at Søknadsweb using your Norwegian ID number. If you do not have a Norwegian ID-number, you must contact your local tax office to apply for one. You will find more information regarding how to apply for a Norwegian ID number on the web site of Study in Norway. If you do not receive your ID number in time to apply, please contact us by submitting a query to the admission's office.  

      Nordic citizens: Apply at Søknadsweb following the instructions for "international applicants", using your e-mail address and creating a password.

      2. Upload your documents

      • You are responsible for uploading all the required documents within the deadline.
      • Applications with no supporting documents will be rejected.
      • Refrain from uploading more documents than required.
      • Give your documents simple, logic names (bachelor transcript, bachelor diploma, IELTS, etc.)

      3. Prioritising your application alternatives

      • You can apply for a maximum of 2 master's programmes at Søknadsweb. These will be in a prioritised order.
      • You can change your priority until 1 July (or 1 December for the spring admission)
      • If you are offered admission to the programme with the highest priority, the other programmes will automatically be disregarded.

      6. The outcome of your application

      The outcome of your application will be published at Soknadsweb and by email.

      Admission fall 2023The results will be published at Søknadsweb6 July 2023
       Deadline to accept offer12 July 2023
       Conditional offer, documentation deadline31 August 2023
      Admission spring 2023The results will be published at Søknadsweb8 December 2022
       Deadline to accept offer15 December 2022
       Conditional offer, documentation deadline31 January 2023

      Document inspection

      You may be asked to hand in your original documents at the start of your first semester at UiB, for a routine inspection. Students that can't present approved documentation may loose their right to study at UiB.