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International students may need to apply for a renewal of study permit during their stay in Norway.

Important information regarding Corona virus situation and renewal of residence permit

UDI has made an information page with most frequently asked questions about how the Corona situation affect applications for residence permit and renewal of student permit, This information applies for nationals from countries outside EU/EEA.

Q&A Currently in Norway

Full-degree students

Renewal of residence permit:

A satisfactory study progress of normally 30 credits per semester, is required to renew the student residence permit. Reports will not be issued before all the student examination results are available. Students should not book an appointment with the police before obtaining their exams results. 

How to apply:

Reports must be ordered in advance and will be issued approximately 2 weeks from the day you order it. Please observe the deadlines.

  1. Order a study progress report for renewal of residence permit
  2. Apply for a renewal by following UDI's instructions

The progress report will not be issued before all exams results are available. 

Delay in your studies: If you are delayed in your studies, you must contact your faculty in order to obtain a recommendation of extension. The study progress report cannot be issued without an extended study right.

Please note that a delay of more than one year that is not related to documented illness or maternity leave will not be approved by UDI.

Exchange students and other short-term students

If you have been granted an extension of your study period, you need to apply for a renewal of your study permit.

How to apply for a renewal of study permit

  1. Apply for extension of your study period at the University of Bergen
  2. Apply for extension of residence permit at www. udi.no 

You must use the extension letter issued by the University of Bergen when you apply for a renewal of your study permit. You do not need a study progress report. Such report is not required by UDI from students studying in Norway for only 1 or 2 semesters.

Admission to a new program

Students admitted to a new study programme of higher level, must submit a copy of their admission letter when applying for renewal of residence permit. Study progress report will not be issue for this purpose. 

Admission to a second degree in Norway (master)

Please note that students admitted to a new study programme at the same level as their previous programme, will in general not be granted renewal of a residence permit unless the new program is considered deemed to be a continuation of previous studies

Yo can ask your faculty/department to issue a statement. However, it will be up to them to decide if they can consider the new study programme to be a continuation of previous studies and if they can support your application.

Students will not be granted renewal of a residence permit to start a second bachelor degree programme in Norway.