Immigration for non-EU/EEA citizens
All students outside of the Nordic countries/EEA countries who wish to study in Norway, will need a student resident permit. All applications for student resident permits will be handled by the immigration authorities (UDI).
To be granted a resident permit you must:
Have been accepted into a programme at a Norwegian university or university college.If accepted, Telemark University College will send you an acceptance letter proving this.
("Norwegian language and civilization" will only qualify for residence permit if the applicant have a bachelor or master degree)
- Be able to make a deposit of NOK 94,400 (sum for 2013) for one academic year in a Norwegian account. The sum is the same as the estimated living costs for a student for one academic year in Norway (10 months). Please note that the immigration authorities will not make any exceptions to this rule and will only accept the full sum. The Student Welfare Organisation has established a deposit account that applicants may use to make a deposit (since establishing an account in Norway is difficult for international students). The money in the deposit-account will be made available to you after arrival and registration.
- Have accommodation in Norway. If accepted, you will be offered accommodation through Telemark University College.
- Be a full-time student. Students who apply for part-time programmes and need a visa/student resident permit will not be offered admission because they will not be granted a student resident permit.
The application process
You may apply for visa/student resident permit after you have been offered admission and received the admission letters and other documents.
- It is very important that you start the application process as soon as possible. All applications should be launched as soon as possible after acceptance. Contact your nearest Norwegian embassy or consulate to apply for a visa/student resident permit.
- It is also important to make the deposit as soon as possible after acceptance. Please note that international transfers may take up to three weeks to register in our deposit account.
The confirmation of the deposit is essential in your application for a visa/student resident permit. If the deposit is made late, this may delay your visa application and in some cases make it impossible to receive the visa in time for the start of the semester.
All information about how to make the deposit will be given to you in the letter of acceptance.
Residence permits are a matter between the students and UDI. TUC does not have any influence on the decision of the immigration authorities.
Questions about residence permits and applications should be directed to UDI. The information needed to apply should be in your letter of acceptance and documents from the Student Welfare Organisation. If you need additional documents for the application process, not contained in the acceptance letter, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org .