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International admissions


Information on this site is for students seeking information on English taught degree programmes at UiT the Arctic University of Norway

Here you will find information on student exchange.

Admission to UiT the Arctic University of Norway is regulated by: Regulations concerning admission to UiT The Arctic University of Norway

The application portal for international degree students starting autumn 2023 opens on October 15th 2022. Please use the alternative: Login International Applicant (Register new applicant if you do not already have an account).

The application deadline is November 15th 2022 for all programs exept:

- Master in Fine Art: application deadline March 1st

- Master in Landscape Architecture: application deadline March 1st

All required documents must be submitted to your application by the application deadline of November 15th.

International applicants that applied to the deadline of November 15th will receive the results of their applications by the end of April 2023. 

You are an EU/EEA applicant if you reside in one of the countries within the European Union, or the Schengen area. Students from this area do not need a student visa to study in Norway. 

If you are an EU/EEA applicant, and meet the Norwegian language requirements, you can apply as a Nordic applicant.

Not sure which applicant category you belong to? See our guide Are you an international applicant?

NB! There are no preparatory courses in Norwegian language available for admission within this category. You must organize any such preparatory courses in Norwegian language on your own.



Singular courses on masters level taught in English is available for applicants within EU/EEA.

We offer admission to qualified applicants with legal stay in Norway to English taught singular courses on a masters level. In this case, legal stay can for example mean that you have a residence permit as a refugee, work visa, or residence as an EU/EEA national.

Please note: The University does not offer letters of admission for visa seeking applicants to singular courses. Singular courses will not be sufficient to apply for a student visa. This letter will only be sent to our program students. 

Single course applicants from Erasmus universities in Europe will not get their Learning Agreement or Erasmus Exchange confirmations signed if admitted to singular courses at UiT. If you want to apply as an Erasmus exchange students (singular courses), please follow the instructions on this website.

You apply through the Universitys application portal. IMPORTANT: Please remember to write witch course you are applying for in the note field.

Go to Singular courses, and apply with the application code 9371.

Admission requirements:

The admissions requirements for singular courses at a masters level, are the same as for a masters program

- Norwegian Higher Entrance Qualifications

- Bachelors degree

Not all singular courses are available for non-program students. Information in that regard is available here

Application deadline:

June 1st for admission to the fall semester

December 1st for admission to the spring semester

 

Singular courses on PhD level is available for international applicants (EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA).

How to apply for admission:
To apply for admission for singular courses, please use Universitys application website.


The following course code must be used:
• Course code 9301 – Singular courses at PhD level

We accept applicants from all countries. There are two ways to qualify for singular courses at the PhD level. The first is by documenting that you are currently an active PhD student at an accredited institution of higher learning somewhere in the world by submitting a written confirmation from your institution. The second way is to document knowledge in English that equates to the English requirement in The Norwegian Higher Education Entrance Qualification and either a 3 year (180 ECTS) Bachelor’s degree + a 2 year (120 ECTS) Master’s degree or an integrated 5 year (300 ECTS) Master’s degree. Degrees must be documented by submitting both the diploma, diploma supplement (if one was issued) and transcript of records.

Please note: The University does not offer letters of admission for visa seeking applicants to singular courses. Singular courses will not be sufficient to apply for a student visa. This letter will only be sent to our program students.


You do not need to submit the course code in comments field, unless you want to take an access restricted PhD course. If so you must apply for that specific course by applying for it in StudentWeb (local course administration for all students at UiT, requires log in information that you will be granted at admission), after you have been admitted for individual topics at PhD level. This is necessary because the student right you achieve is a general one and gives you access to take every PhD level individual course, but it does not admit you to the access restricted courses automatically.


If you want to take a PhD level individual course with specific admission requirements, or an individual course that is just available for PhD students, you need to contact the faculty of the specific course to be considered to be qualified. If the faculty finds that you are qualified, they will give you the opportunity to be admitted.


Who has to apply for admission?
• PhD students at UiT that wishes to take a PhD level course which is not going to be a part of the PhD degree they study for at UiT
• PhD students from other institutions than UiT
• Applicants that has achieved a master’s degree (five year master or three year bachelor degree + two year master degree), but isn’t a PhD student


Deadline for application:
June 1st for the autumn semester
December 1st for the spring semester



UiT the Arctic University of Norway offers two one-year study programs taught in English. See our one-year programs for international applicants here.

You can apply here to our short programs



UiT the Arctic University of Norway do not offer any bachelor's programs taught in English for the study year 2023.



UiT the Arctic University of Norway offers around 27 master's programs taught in English. Many of the science programs offer different specializations. See our list of master programs for international applicants here.

You can apply for up to two study programs. It is not possible to change or add study options after the application deadline. 

You can apply here to our master programs



All applicants must download and fill in our Enclosure Form. When the form is filled in and scanned, the form must be uploaded in the application web together with the other required documents. Applications without uploaded Enclosure Form will not be considered.



Higher Education Entrance Qualification is the general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway.
For applicants with foreign basic education, the requirements for secondary school education, English proficiency and/or additional year(s) of higher education are specified in the Country list (GSU-list).

This admission requirement is absolute if you are applying for a short program or a bachelor's degree.

Scan and upload your official certificate/diploma and transcripts documenting that you have completed your upper secondary education. Upload the original documents together with the translated versions.

Official documents issued in a different language than English or Scandinavian language must be translated into Norwegian or English.

Upload the original documents together with the translated versions. Name the pdf.-file "Secondary".

See the general requirements here.



Please see the guide below how to meet the English requirements for each level of study. Exemptions from the English test apply to limited cases.

There are no preparatory courses in English available at our University.

Short programs


Proof of English proficiency can be documented by using one of the following tests. We do not accept tests that are older than two years on the date of the application deadline.

Proof of English proficiency must be submitted with your application by the application deadline. Name the uploded pdf.-file "English".

  • Completed and passed English course (140 hours per year / 5 hours per week) at the Norwegian upper secondary school
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 60 for an internet-based test (TOEFL iBT  / TOEFL iBT Home Edition) or 500 for a paper-based test (PBT). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements. Make sure to give UiT The Arctic University of Norway access to verify your score report: Our Institutional code is 0742. Also, uplod a copy of your test result.
  • IELTS - Academic test: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic with a minimum of 5.0 points or higher. You must upload the official copy of your test result, which we will verify online. Make sure the TRF-number is clearly visible in the uploded copy. 
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 51 points
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams
    • Proficiency (CPE) 
    • Advanced (CAE) 
    • First (FCE)

You have to send your results to UiT the Actctic University of Norway via the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website. You must also upload Statement of Results to the application portal.

The following education gives exemption from submitting an English test:

  • Completed a minimum of one year of upper secondary school or one year university studies taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English. 
  • A complete or incomplete university degree in English language and literature, with at least 60 ECTS in the subject English.
  • Completed an English language Masters' degree' where the language of instruction was English.
  • Applicants educated in a country listed with "No" to English test required in the NOKUT GSU list are exempt from the above test requirement. If your country is listed with "Yes" or "Yes 1-4", documentation of English (with a test or education as listed above) is required.
  • In exceptional cases applicants may provide proof of English proficiency in other ways.

Bachelors level


Proof of English proficiency can be documented by using one of the following tests. We do not accept tests that are older than two years on the date of the application deadline.

Proof of English proficiency must be submitted with your application by the application deadline. Name the uploded pdf.-file "English".

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 80 for an internet-based test (TOEFL iBT  / TOEFL iBT Home Edition) or 550 for a paper-based test (PBT). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements. Make sure to give UiT The Arctic University of Norway access to your verify your score report: Our Institutional code is 0742. Also uplod a copy of your test result.
  • IELTS - Academic test: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic with a minimum of 6.0 points or higher. You must upload the official copy of your test result, which we will verify online. Make sure the TRF-number is clearly visible in the uploded copy. 
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 59 points
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams
    • Proficiency (CPE) C or better
    • Advanced (CAE) C or better
    • First (FCE) B or better

 You have to send your results to UiT the Actctic University of Norway via the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website. You must also upload Statement of Results to the application portal.

The following education gives exemption from submitting an English test:

  • completed a minimum of one year of upper secondary school or one year university studies taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English. 
  • a complete or incomplete university degree in English language and literature, with at least 60 ECTS in the subject English.
  • completed an English language Masters' degree' where the language of instruction was English. Applicants with higher education from China, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka MUST document proof English test regardless of whether the medium of instruction is in English. Only applicants who have completed university education where the subject English (for example, a full degree in English language and literature) comprised the main component of the course of study (at least 60 ECTS or its equivalent) can be exempted.
  • Applicants educated in a country listed with "No" to English test required in the NOKUT GSU list are exempt from the above test requirement. If your country is listed with "Yes" or "Yes 1-4", documentation of English (with a test or education as listed above) is required.

Masters level


Proof of English proficiency can be documented by using one of the following tests. We do not accept tests that are older than two years by our application deadline.

Proof of English proficiency must be submitted with your application by the application deadline. Name the uploded pdf.-file "English".

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 85 for an internet-based test (TOEFL iBT  / TOEFL iBT Home Edition) or 580 for a paper-based test (PBT). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements. Make sure to give UiT The Arctic University of Norway access to your verify your score report: Our Institutional code is 0742. Also uplod a copy of your test result.
  • IELTS - Academic test: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic with a minimum of 6.5 points or higher. You must upload the official copy of your test result, which we will verify online. Make sure the TRF-number is clearly visible in the uploded copy. 
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 62 points
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams
    • Proficiency (CPE) C or better
    • Advanced (CAE) C or better
    • First (FCE) B or better

You have to send your results to UiT the Actctic University of Norway via the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website. You must also upload Statement of Results to the application portal.

The following education gives exemption from submitting an English test:

  • completed a minimum of one year of upper secondary school or one year university studies taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English.
  • a complete or incomplete university degree in English language and literature, with at least 60 ECTS in the subject English.
  • completed an English language Masters' degree' where the language of instruction was English. Applicants with higher education from China, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka MUST document proof English test regardless of whether the medium of instruction is in English. Only applicants who have completed university education where the subject English (for example, a full degree in English language and literature) comprised the main component of the course of study (at least 60 ECTS or its equivalent) can be exempted.
  • Applicants educated in a country listed with "No" to English test required in the NOKUT GSU list are exempt from the above test requirement. If your country is listed with "Yes" or "Yes 1-4", documentation of English (with a test or education as listed above) is required.
  • Bachelor degree or minimum one year of master studies (60 ECTS) with English as the medium of instruction completed in one of the Nordic countries.

List of Exemptions


Certain applicants are exempted from the requirement of English test in the country list (GSU-list). You can search your country in the list, and get information about the requirements from your country/region/international qualification. For some countries there are some spesific exemptions:

  • Exemption Yes 1) List of European countries with English requirement where English from high school meets the English language requirement
  • Exemption Yes 2) Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the home country with English as the language of instruction are exempted from the test.
  • Exemption Yes 3) Applicants who have passed an A-level examination in English may be exempted.
  • Exemption Yes 4) The English language requirement is satisfied if you have English as "language 1" or "language 2" in your EB diploma

Please also see our list under each level of study of approved education which exempts students from submitting an english test.

Please upload one of the following:

- Valid international passport

- Family passport

- National identity card issued by an EEA or EFTA country

- Norwegian refugee travel document

- Norwegian immigrant’s passport

The uploaded ID document must be scanned/photographed from the page of the document that contains your full name, date of birth, and has a photograph of you.



If you are completing your current degree after the application deadline and do not need a visa to come to Norway, you may be granted conditional admission to open master`s degree programs according to Regulations concerning admission to UiT The Arctic University of Norway section 14. 

Upload the following documentation within the application deadline:

-  your completed higher education up until the application deadline for your program documented by a transcript of records
-  an overview of courses you have registered for the last semester and when they are expected to be completed

Your Bachelor Diploma must be submitted as soon as possible, at the latest by the end of the first semester as a student.

Please note that other documents supporting your application must be submitted by the application deadline.



Thank you for your interest!

We are so glad you are considering applying to UiT. To get started on the path of joining our northernmost university, please carefully review our formal admission requirements before applying.

 

Bachelors degree or equivalent


Bachelor's degree diploma or equivalent

In order to be eligible for master's programs at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, you need to document a bachelor's degree of minimum three years. Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education to be eligible for international admissions. Please see the NOKUT GSU list.

You must scan and upload your official bachelor's degree certificate and academic transcript. Please include transcripts for exchange semesters or transfer credits.

Official documents issued in a different language than English or Scandinavian language must be translated into Norwegian or English.

Upload the original documents together with the translated versions.

Name the pdf.-files "Bachelor" and "Bachelortranscr".

Accredited institution


We use World Higher Education Database – WHED to search online whether the applicant's education is taken at an accredited institution of higher education

Average grade requirements


UiT the Arctic University of Norway uses the ECTS scale when calculating GPAs. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and is a standard across the European Union. 

All applications to our Master programs will have the GPA calculated by our Admission Team. Diplomas and transcripts with other grade scales will be converted to the ECTS scale before calculating the GPA. 

The minimum grade requirement for acceptance to UiT’s Master programs is a GPA of at least C/2,5 or “strong” C/3,0 on an ECTS scale where A = 5.0, B = 4.0, C = 3.0, D = 2.0 and E = 1.0. Please see the specific requirement under each program description under “Admission requirement”. 

The grade point average is calculated from the bachelor's degree as a whole. 

We require all transcripts from your bachelor’s degree, including transcripts of grades from exchange or study abroad semesters. 

For more information about general recognition of foreign education in Norway, please see NOKUT’s criteria for general recognition of foreign higher education.

- Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Should include personal information such as address, email address and phone number.

- Proof of name change
The information in this paragraph only applies if you have changed your name.

If the original proof of name change was not issued in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English you must also upload a copy of a translation into one of those languages.

Valid documents for proof of name change:

- Marriage certificate (Norwegian or foreign) that contains both your old and new name.

- Divorce certificate (Norwegian or foreign) that contains both your old and new name.

- Confirmation of name change issued by the National Population Registry (in Norwegian).

- Completion/fullfilment documentation (applicable to certain countries.)
Please consult with your university to see whether such documentation is required for the completion of your degree.

- Statement of purpose/Motivational letter

Only for programmes that specifically require this document



If you reside in a country outside the European Union, or the Schengen area, you must submit your application as an international applicant. Even if you meet the Norwegian language requirements, you must apply as an international applicant for visa reasons. Students from outside this area, need a student visa to study in Norway. Students admitted to our digital master program do not need to apply for a student visa. Student visa is normally not granted on the basis of conditional admission, and for that reason we do not accept provisional certificates.

Not sure which applicant category you belong to? See our guide Are you an international applicant?

TUITION FEES AT UiT:

The Norwegian government has proposed the introduction of tuition fees for students from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA, beginning in the 2023 autumn semester.

A final decision is expected by mid-December 2022. This does not apply to exchange students from partner universities, or to students from the EU/EEA/EFTA.

Until further notice, applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA applying for a degree at UiT starting in 2023 should be prepared to pay tuition fees. We recommend that you still register your application within the application deadline November 15th.

At the moment we do not have any information on how much this tuition fee will be, if the Norwegian government decides to introduce this.

More information will be provided once it is available.



UiT the Arctic University of Norway offers two one-year study programs taught in English. See our one-year programs for international applicants here.

You can apply here to our short programs



UiT the Arctic University of Norway do not offer any bachelor's programs taught in English for the study year 2023.



UiT the Arctic University of Norway offers around 27 master's programs taught in English. Many of the science programs offer different specializations. See our list of master programs for international applicants here.

You can apply here to our master programs



All applicants must download and fill in our Enclosure Form. When the form is filled in and scanned, the form must be uploaded in the application web together with the other required documents  Applications without uploaded Enclosure Form will not be considered.



Higher Education Entrance Qualification is the general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway.
For applicants with foreign basic education, the requirements for secondary school education, English proficiency and/or additional year(s) of higher education are specified in the Country list (GSU-list). 

This admission requirement is absolute if you are applying for a short program or a bachelor's degree.

Scan and upload your official certificate/diploma and transcripts documenting that you have completed your upper secondary education. Upload the original documents together with the translated versions.

Official documents issued in a different language than English or Scandinavian language must be translated into Norwegian or English.

Upload the original documents together with the translated versions. Name the pdf.-file "Secondary".

See the general requirements here.



Please see the guide below how to meet the English requirements for each level of study. Exemptions from the English test apply to limited cases.

There are no preparatory courses in English available at our University.

Short programs


Proof of English proficiency can be documented by using one of the following tests. We do not accept tests that are older than two years on the date of the application deadline.

Proof of English proficiency must be submitted with your application by the application deadline. Name the uploded pdf.-file "English".

  • Completed and passed English course (140 hours per year / 5 hours per week) at the Norwegian upper secondary school
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 60 for an internet-based test (TOEFL iBT  / TOEFL iBT Home Edition) or 500 for a paper-based test (PBT). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements. Make sure to give UiT The Arctic University of Norway access to verify your score report: Our Institutional code is 0742. Also, uplod a copy of your test result.
  • IELTS - Academic test: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic with a minimum of 5.0 points or higher. You must upload the official copy of your test result, which we will verify online. Make sure the TRF-number is clearly visible in the uploded copy. 
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 51 points
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams
    • Proficiency (CPE) 
    • Advanced (CAE) 
    • First (FCE) 

You have to send your results to UiT the Actctic University of Norway via the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website. You must also upload Statement of Results to the application portal.

The following education gives exemption from submitting an English test:

  • Completed a minimum of one year of upper secondary school or one year university studies taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English. 
  • A complete or incomplete university degree in English language and literature, with at least 60 ECTS in the subject English.
  • Completed an English language Masters' degree' where the language of instruction was English. 
  • Applicants educated in a country listed with "No" to English test required in the NOKUT GSU list are exempt from the above test requirement. If your country is listed with "Yes" or "Yes 1-4", documentation of English (with a test or education as listed above) is required.
  • In exceptional cases applicants may provide proof of English proficiency in other ways

Bachelors level


Proof of English proficiency can be documented by using one of the following tests. We do not accept tests that are older than two years on the date of the application deadline.

Proof of English proficiency must be submitted with your application by the application deadline. Name the uploded pdf.-file "English".

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 80 for an internet-based test (TOEFL iBT  / TOEFL iBT Home Edition) or 550 for a paper-based test (PBT). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements. Make sure to give UiT The Arctic University of Norway access to your verify your score report: Our Institutional code is 0742. Also uplod a copy of your test result.
  • IELTS - Academic test: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic with a minimum of 6.0 points or higher. You must upload the official copy of your test result, which we will verify online. Make sure the TRF-number is clearly visible in the uploded copy. 
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 59 points
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams
    • Proficiency (CPE) C or better
    • Advanced (CAE) C or better
    • First (FCE) B or better

You have to send your results to UiT the Actctic University of Norway via the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website. You must also upload Statement of Results to the application portal.

The following education gives exemption from submitting an English test:

  • completed a minimum of one year of upper secondary school or one year university studies taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English. 
  • a complete or incomplete university degree in English language and literature, with at least 60 ECTS in the subject English.
  • completed an English language Masters' degree' where the language of instruction was English. Applicants with higher education from China, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka MUST document proof English test regardless of whether the medium of instruction is in English. Only applicants who have completed university education where the subject English (for example, a full degree in English language and literature) comprised the main component of the course of study (at least 60 ECTS or its equivalent) can be exempted.
  • Applicants educated in a country listed with "No" to English test required in the NOKUT GSU list are exempt from the above test requirement. If your country is listed with "Yes" or "Yes 1-4", documentation of English (with a test or education as listed above) is required.

Masters level


Proof of English proficiency can be documented by using one of the following tests. We do not accept tests that are older than two years by our application deadline.

Proof of English proficiency must be submitted with your application by the application deadline. Name the uploded pdf.-file "English".

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 85 for an internet-based test (TOEFL iBT  / TOEFL iBT Home Edition) or 580 for a paper-based test (PBT). We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements. Make sure to give UiT The Arctic University of Norway access to your verify your score report: Our Institutional code is 0742. Also uplod a copy of your test result.
  • IELTS - Academic test: International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic with a minimum of 6.5 points or higher. You must upload the official copy of your test result, which we will verify online. Make sure the TRF-number is clearly visible in the uploded copy. 
  • Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 62 points
  • Cambridge Assessment English exams
    • Proficiency (CPE) C or better
    • Advanced (CAE) C or better
    • First (FCE) B or better

You have to send your results to UiT the Actctic University of Norway via the Cambridge English Candidate Results Website. You must also upload Statement of Results to the application portal.

The following education gives exemption from submitting an English test:

  • completed a minimum of one year of upper secondary school or one year university studies taught in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The place of instruction must have been in one of these countries and the language of instruction must have been English. 
  • a complete or incomplete university degree in English language and literature, with at least 60 ECTS in the subject English.
  • completed an English language Masters' degree' where the language of instruction was English. Applicants with higher education from China, Bangladesh, Iran, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka MUST document proof English test regardless of whether the medium of instruction is in English. Only applicants who have completed university education where the subject English (for example, a full degree in English language and literature) comprised the main component of the course of study (at least 60 ECTS or its equivalent) can be exempted.
  • Applicants educated in a country listed with "No" to English test required in the NOKUT GSU list are exempt from the above test requirement. If your country is listed with "Yes" or "Yes 1-4", documentation of English (with a test or education as listed above) is required.
  • Bachelor degree or minimum one year of master studies (60 ECTS) with English as the medium of instruction completed in one of the Nordic countries

List of Exemptions


Certain applicants are exempted from the requirement of English test in the country list (GSU-list). You can search your country in the list, and get information about the requirements from your country/region/international qualification. For some countries there are some spesific exemptions:

  • Exemption Yes 1) List of European countries with English requirement where English from high school meets the English language requirement
  • Exemption Yes 2) Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the home country with English as the language of instruction are exempted from the test.
  • Exemption Yes 3) Applicants who have passed an A-level examination in English may be exempted.
  • Exemption Yes 4) The English language requirement is satisfied if you have English as "language 1" or "language 2" in your EB diploma.

Please also see our list under each level of study of approved education which exempts students from submitting an english test.

Please upload one of the following:

- Valid international passport. The date of expiry must be later than the date of the application deadline.

- Family passport

National identity card issued by an EEA or EFTA country

- Norwegian refugee travel document

- Norwegian immigrant’s passport

The uploaded ID document must be scanned/photographed from the page of the document that contains your full name, date of birth, and has a photograph of you.



Conditional admission is not possible for applicants that must apply for student visa, as this might not be accepted by UDI when you apply for student visa. 

A complete degree diploma must be submitted by the application deadline. We do not accept provisional certificates.



Thank you for your interest!

We are so glad you are considering applying to UiT. To get started on the path of joining our northernmost university, please carefully review our formal admission requirements before applying.

Bachelors degree or equivalent


Bachelor's degree diploma or equivalent

In order to be eligible for master's programs at UiT the Arctic University of Norway, you need to document a bachelor's degree of minimum three years. Depending on where you completed upper secondary education, you may be required to have more than three years of university education to be eligible for international admissions. Please see the NOKUT GSU list.

You must scan and upload your official bachelor's degree certificate and academic transcript. Please include transcripts for exchange semesters or transfer credits.

Official documents issued in a different language than English or Scandinavian language must be translated into Norwegian or English.

Upload the original documents together with the translated versions.

Name the pdf.-files "Bachelor" and "Bachelortranscr".

Accredited institution


We use World Higher Education Database – WHED to search online whether the applicant's education is taken at an accredited institution of higher education

Average grade requirements


UiT the Arctic University of Norway uses the ECTS scale when calculating GPAs. ECTS stands for European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and is a standard across the European Union. 

All applications to our Master programs will have the GPA calculated by our Admission Team. Diplomas and transcripts with other grade scales will be converted to the ECTS scale before calculating the GPA. 

The minimum grade requirement for acceptance to UiT’s Master programs is a GPA of at least C/2,5 or “strong” C/3,0 on an ECTS scale where A = 5.0, B = 4.0, C = 3.0, D = 2.0 and E = 1.0. Please see the specific requirement under each program description under “Admission requirement”. 

The grade point average is calculated from the bachelor's degree as a whole. 

We require all transcripts from your bachelor’s degree, including transcripts of grades from exchange or study abroad semesters together with an explanation of the grading system.

For more information about general recognition of foreign education in Norway, please see NOKUT’s criteria for general recognition of foreign higher education.

The Admission Office at UiT verifies uploaded bachelor's degree diploma/transcipt with the issuing school/institution. If we are unable to verify your qualifications, you will not be offered admission. Please see our list below for requirements for applicants from Afganistan, Congo DRC, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Yemen, Cameroon, China, Ethiopia, Iran, Nigeria, Academic qualifications issued by the Western African or Nigerian Examination Council, Pakistan, Russia, Ukraine, United Kingdom and USA.

Higher education from Afganistan, Congo DRC, Iraq, Liberia, Libya,Sierra Leone,Somalia, Yemen:

Applicants with hgher education qualifications from these countries must apply to NOKUT (Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education) for general recognition of foreign higher education first.

Higher education from Cameroon:

Your bachelor's transcript of record and certificate of graduation must be submitted with an official verification report/statement signed and sent in a sealed envelope by the registrar of your university to UiT. The transcripts of record must show when the degree was conferred.

Cameroonian students please send the required documents by regular mail to:

Delivery address:

International Admissions
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Hansine Hansens veg 18
N-9019 Tromsø
Norway

Post address:

International Admissions
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
PO Box 6050 Langnes
N-9037 Tromsø
Norway

Please note: We will send out a confirmation once we have received the mailed documents. It may take a few days from when we receive the shipment until you receive confirmation from us. We do not accept documents sent to us from the registrar of the university via e-mail.

Academic Qualifications from China

Verification from Center for Student Services and Development (CSSD)

All Degree Certificates, (学位证书) must be verified by Center for Student Services and Development (CSSD). The verification report must be in English. For educations finished before 2002: The verification report from CSSD is sent to you by post and you must upload it to the Application Web. For educations finished after 2002: The verification report from CSSD can be sent directly to our university to this e-mail: admission@uit.no

Higher education from Ethiopia

Ethiopian students you can send your transcript of records by regular mail to:

Delivery address:

International Admissions
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Hansine Hansens veg 18
N-9019 Tromsø
Norway

Post address:

International Admissions
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
PO Box 6050 Langnes
N-9037 Tromsø
Norway

We do not accept documents sent to us from the registrar of the university via e-mail.

Higher education from Iran

Translation to English of your diploma/degree certificate and transcript of academic records must be done by Official Translators of the Justice Administration in Iran.

Higher education from Nigeria

Your bachelor's transcript of record and certificate of graduation must be submitted with an official verification report/statement signed and sent in a sealed envelope by the registrar of your university to UiT. The transcripts of record must show when the degree was conferred.

Please send the required documents by regular mail to:

Delivery address:

International Admissions
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
Hansine Hansens veg 18
N-9019 Tromsø
Norway

Post address:

International Admissions
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
PO Box 6050 Langnes
N-9037 Tromsø
Norway

Please note: We will send out a confirmation once we have received the mailed documents. It may take a few days from when we receive the shipment until you receive confirmation from us. We do not accept documents sent to us from the registrar of the university via e-mail.

Academic qualifications issued by the Western African or Nigerian Examination Council 

Applicants from Ghana, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, and the Gambia must upload your WAEC or NECO Result Checker (Scratch Card) for verification purposes.

  • West African Examinations Council (WAEC)
  • National Examination Council (NECO - Nigeria)

Academic Qualifications from Pakistan

You must verify your uploaded educational credentials at the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan (HEC Stamp).

Academic qualifications from Russia

Educational documents issued after 2011 must be verified (apostilled) by Rosobrnadzor.

Academic qualifications from Ukraine

Educational documents on higher education must be verified (apostilled) by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine.

Higher academic qualifications from the United Kingdom

Your final degree diploma and transcripts of record must be conferred and issued by an institution listed as Recognised body.

Higher education from the United States of America

US students must order their transcripts from the awarding institution to be sent electronically to admission@uit.no.



International students from outisde EU/EEA must have access to enough funds to pay for their own living expenses for at least one academic year. If admitted, these funds must be transferred to a student deposit account in Norway to apply for student visa.

EU/EEA citizens, and citizens in the Schengen area are exempted from the requirement for proof of financial ability.

If financial ability is not documented, the application for admission will be rejected, regardless of academic qualifications.

Who must document financial ability?

- International applicants (citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA) who do not already have a residence permit in Norway, MUST document proof of financial ability. This also includes UK citizens.

- Foreign applicants residing in Norway on work visa, Protection (Refugee Status), Permanent Residency or long-term Marriage/Family visa: please upload a copy of your Residence Permit as proof of financial ability.

- Norwegian citizens: you are exempted from documenting proof of financial ability. Please upload a copy of your Norwegian passport as proof of citisenship.


How much is required?

NOK 128 887* or its equivalent in foreign currency as proof of financial ability for at least one academic year (2 academic semesters).

The amount applicants are currently required to document is to meet the requirement from The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) when applying for a Study Permit (student visa).

*The required amount is subject to change by April each year.


Required documentation

- Documentation of financial ability should not be older than three months at the time of the application, and must be uploaded to the application web within the application deadline.

Financial ability can be documented with one of the following documents:

- Self-funded applicants: Please upload your recent official bank statement/transcript in your name showing possession of the required amount of money.

- Sponsored applicants: If you are sponsored by another person, you must document:

1 sponsor's guarantee letter (the sponsor must state in the letter that he/she is willing to transfer the required amount to the student deposit.

2 sponsor´s recent official bank statement/transcript.

- Applicants with scholarships or student loan: Please upload the official letter confirming that you are eligible for a scholarship/student loan sufficient of the required amount from the funding or educational authorities in your home country.

Who can sponsor you?

A sponsor is a relative/employer/friend (self-funded applicants) or an organisation (applicants with loan/scholarships from home country) who are willing to finance your living costs during your studies.

Please note that UiT cannot help you find a sponsor or scholarships.

A guarantee from a sponsor is:

- A letter in which the sponsor states that he/she will guarantee that the required amount of funding will be at the disposal of the student during the whole academic duration in the student deposit account in Norway. The letter should include: sponsor's full name, the applicant's name, sponsor's signature, sponsor's postal address/email address

OR

An official and notorized letter from a governmental or private agency confirming that you are eligible for a scholarship/student loan sufficient to the required amount from the educational or funding authorities in your home country.

What is the student visa deposit?

The Arctic Student Welfare Organization of Norway, associated with UiT The Arctic University of Norway, has opened a deposit account in Danske Bank for foreign students. Here you can deposit the required amount of money. You will have access to your money after arriving in Norway through a prepaid card (cash card) until you receive a National Identification Number to open your own Norwegian bank account. The deposit will only be transferred to your Norwegian account or to your cash card.



Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Should include personal information such as address, email address and phone number.

Proof of name change
The information in this paragraph only applies if you have changed your name.

If the original proof of name change was not issued in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish or English you must also upload a copy of a translation into one of those languages.

Valid documents for proof of name change:

- Marriage certificate (Norwegian or foreign) that contains both your old and new name.

- Divorce certificate (Norwegian or foreign) that contains both your old and new name.

- Confirmation of name change issued by the National Population Registry (in Norwegian).

- Statement of purpose/Motivational letter

Only for programmes that specifically require this document



Congratulations on your offer of admission.
We are happy to welcome you as a UiT student at our campuses in Tromsø, Alta, Narvik, Harstad, and Svalbard. We want to help you every step of the way. The following information explains the next steps in the process of becoming a member of our learning and social community at UiT the Arctic University of Norway.
Please take a few minutes to carefully review all of the information on this site, which is intended to make your transition to UiT as smooth as possible.



1: Log into your account on the Application Web to accept your offer within the acceptanse deadline.
2: You are required to bring your original academic credentials (transcripts, diploma & certificate of graduation) when coming to Norway so these may be verified by the International Office. NB: If any of the documents are incorrect, your admission will be revoked.



Please follow the steps in the Enrollment checklist to register as a student at UiT.



Student visa (only admitted students): Apply for student visa to enter Norway for studies. Please apply for student visa as soon as possible, to be sure that your application is processed in time for the semester start.

After arriving to Norway, you must register at the local police station within seven days.

What to do before visiting the police station
Log on to UDI's Application Portal and make a "follow-up"- appointment with the police.

What to bring when you meet with the police
- Your offer of admission from UiT

- Your housing contract (tenancy agreement)

- Your address in Norway with the postal code (see your tenancy agreement)

- The housing code (see your tenancy agreement)

- Your visa letter from UDI

- Your passport

Health Insurance

The Norwegian national identity number is used in many contexts in Norway, including in communication with public authorities, banks and telephone service providers, and for a variety of subscription services. You should therefore apply for a Norwegian Identity number shortly after arriving in Norway. National Identity numbers are issued by the Norwegian Tax Administration to all persons residing in Norway.

Foreigners intending to stay in Norway for less than six months are issued a temporary national identity number (D number). Your national identity number or D number will appear on your tax deduction card.



Non-EU/EEA students must transfer their proof of financial ability into the Student Deposit account. Once the deposit is received, a Confirmation of Deposit will be issued to apply for Student Visa (Study Permit). Only visa-seeking students will be guaranteed housing in the priority housing list to fulfill the requirements for Study Permit to enter Norway for studies.

How to transfer your funds to the student deposit account

The deadline to transfer your funds is June 1st. 

Deposit account for international studens


This information is ment for visa-seeking degree students.

The Arctic Student Welfare Organization of Norway (Studentsamskipnaden), associated with UiT The Arctic University of Norway, has opened a deposit account in Danske Bank for foreign students, where they can deposit the required amount of money. You will have access to your money after arriving in Norway through a Prepaid Card (cash card) until you receive a National Identification Number to open your own Norwegian bank account. The deposit will only be transferred to your Norwegian account or to your cash card (se below for detailed information).

Self-funded Master, Bachelor & Onsite One-Year programme students (NON EU /EFTA citizens): You MUST transfer your subsistence funds as required in the proof of financial ability to the holding deposit account to be able to apply for a student visa (Study Permit). The deadline for transfer is June 1st.

Foreign Students Living in Norway (NON EU /EFTA citizens): As a rule. if you live in Norway, have your own Norwegian bank account, you do not need to transfer any fund to the deposit account. Please note: If you do not have your own Norwegian bank account, you may use the student deposit account arrangement to renew or extend your Student Residence Card in Norway. The deadine for transfer is June 1st

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Master, Bachelor & onsite One-Year programme students must apply for housing as soon as you have received your offer of admission. 

Non-EU/EEA students has priority when housing is granted. 

Here you will find all the information you need on housing, and how to apply. 

If you have any questions regarding housing please contact the Student Welfare Organization directly.



Norway's Arctic Student Welfare Organisation contributes to a fun, safe and healthy student life.



The academic year in Norway normally lasts for 10 months and runs from August to June. Here you will find the academic calendar for UiT the Arctic University of Norway.



When you are accepted as a student at one of our degree programs, you can contact the student adviser if you have any questions regarding your studies. Contact information is listed on the programs information site. Find your program here. 



The Norwegian Directorate of Norwegian Immigration (UDI) requires that that you either apply for a Study Permit (Non-EU) or register with the Police if you are staying more than three months in Norway (EU/EEA/Swiss citizens). 

After arriving to Norway, you must register at the local police station within seven days.

What to do before visiting the police station
Log on to UDI's Application Portal and make a "follow-up"- appointment with the police.

What to bring when you meet with the police
- Your offer of admission from UiT

- Your housing contract (tenancy agreement)

- Your address in Norway with the postal code (see your tenancy agreement)

- The housing code (see your tenancy agreement)

- Your passport

- Health Insurance

The Norwegian national identity number is used in many contexts in Norway, including in communication with public authorities, banks and telephone service providers, and for a variety of subscription services. You should therefore apply for a Norwegian Identity number shortly after arriving in Norway. National Identity numbers are issued by the Norwegian Tax Administration to all persons residing in Norway.

Foreigners intending to stay in Norway for less than six months are issued a temporary national identity number (D number). Your national identity number or D number will appear on your tax deduction card.



UiT offers all students a distinct advantage over many universities around the world: there are NO tuition fees for international students to study in Norway.
All students are required to pay a semester fee of NOK 625 per semester to The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation. The payment of this semester fee will allow you to register for classes, sit examinations, access student counselling, gain membership in student organisations and receive a student card. The latter entitles you to reduced fares on public transport and reduced ticket prices to various cultural events, etc.



Practical matters of beeing a new student in a foreign country. 



Have you checked the University Library website? There you can find helpful recources on searching for literature, using sources, access from home and more. 



Our housing guarantee (as stated in your Letter for Visa Purposes) applies ONLY to single rooms NOT family flat studios. If you intend to apply for a family appartment, you must notify the Housing Department.

Requirements for family reunification set by the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is that you can provide for your family financially. Moreover, a confirmation of appropriate family accommodation in Norway is needed. For detailed information about the requirements, please visit the UDI website.

The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation of Norway runs several kindergartens for students’ children aged 0-6. Kindergarten fees in Norway are not covered by the state. However, at the Student Welfare Organisation's kindergardens, students may apply to pay reduced parental fees. Sibling discounts are offered if you have more than one child.



Norwegian universities are very strict about plagiarism, sources and referencing. Consequently, during the orientation week all new students are required to attend a lecture about infomation literacy and plagiarism. 

Mandatory course on information literacy



Study in Norway? There are many good reasons to choose UiT the Arctic University of Norway. We offer a broad spectrum of English taught programs

If you do not find the program you are looking for in the English study catalogue, the program might be available in Norwegian. 

Next application period for international students: 15th of October to 15th of November 2022. Register your application here.

Privacy policy for the Common Student System (FS) at UiT the Arctic University of Norway



All documents must be submitted online:

All required original documents must be uploaded electronically as .PDF-file on the Application Web. Do not upload documents as Image or .ZIP or .RAR- files (.PNG, .JPG, etc.), Such files are easily corruptible after upload, which makes them difficult to open during the application assessment

Please do not send documents by E-mail or post unless explicitly requested by us.

Notice: We do not accept application(s) from private recruitment agents. We strongly recommend that you upload your documents yourself, use your own e-mail address when registering your application and correspond directly with us with respect to your application.

Please make sure that the uploaded documents:

  • Are merged or scanned into a single file if the document consists of several pages
  • Appear ‘right-side up’
  • Include all text on the front and reverse side
  • Upload both originals and translated documents

Applications containing illegible documents will be rejected.

Make sure your scans are easy to read:

Scanned original documents must be clear and legible. You can scan your documents using a phone camera or a scanner. Applications containing illegible documents will be rejected.

Naming of .PDF-files:

Please name your .PDF-file correctly. We have listed some PDF-file names in our guide. Other examples: "proof of financial ability", "Passport", "EU ID Card", etc.

Manage your application

 - There are no fees for submitting your documents on the Application Web.

 - There is no submit button.

Our application portal is based on self-service. We therefore gently pledge our students to exercise some independent judgment and effort by reading the email(s) that you have received and the information on our website concerning which documents you are required to upload within the specified deadlines.The ultimate responsibility rests on the applicant themselves when it comes to managing their own application and uploading all required documentation within the specified deadlines.

Enclosure Form

All applicants must download and fill in our Enclosure Form. When the form is filled in and scanned, the form must be uploaded in the application web together with the other required documents. NB! You will find your online application number (5-digits) in Søknadsweb/Appplication web under "My applications".

Notice

Incomplete applications will be rejected regardless of academic qualifications.

Qualification attestation

- Original transcripts and graduation certificates/diplomas must be signed and stamped by the issuing institution before scanning them into .PDF-files for upload.

- In some countries, original transcripts and graduation certificates/diplomas must be verified and attested for authenticity by a Public Notary. The attestation is performed by specialized governmental bodies such as HEC in Pakistan or CDGDC, and CHESICC in China. The attestation process is performed in some countries by the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, or an authorized Central Examination Body. Please inquire carefully in your home country.

Upload only what is requested:

Unrequested documents will not be taken into consideration and only complicate/delay the evaluation of your application. Notice: Please DO NOT upload Certificate of Character, National Military Service, Community Service Awards, etc. Statement of purpose is not needed unless it is specified as an admission requirement for the program. Recommendation letters or letters of motivation is neither an admission requirement. These documents are not taken into consideration. Documents must be in .PDF-format. Scan your original documents and convert them to PDF (Portable Document Format) files before upload. Scan the translations together with their originals into a single .PDF-file.

Countries with specific documentation requirements

List of countries with specific documentation requirements

Translations: 

Upload the original documents together with the translated versions.

Official documents (*) issued in a different language than English or one of the Nordic languages (Danish, Norwegian & Swedish), must be translated into Norwegian or English. The translation must be done by the educational institution or a government-authorised translator. It must be apparent in the document which individual has done the translation with an official seal/stamp. Please do not attempt to translate official documents by yourself. It is considered a fraudulent act.

Upload only what is requested:

Unrequested documents will not be taken into consideration and only complicate/delay the evaluation of your application. Notice: Please DO NOT upload Certificate of Character, National Military Service, Community Service Awards, etc. 

Statement of purpose is not needed unless it is specified as an admission requirement for the program. Recommendation letters or letters of motivation is neither an admission requirement. These documents are not taken into consideration.

Documents must be in .PDF-format. Scan your original documents and convert them to PDF (Portable Document Format) files before upload. Scan the translations together with their originals into a single .PDF-file.

Checking your application status:

You can log into your application profile via the Application Web (Søknadsweb). Make sure to remember your login e-mail (username) and your password. Documents uploaded after the deadline are not accepted.

Confirmation of receipt:

Confirmations of receipt will be sent automatically to your E-mail for each uploaded document.

Use your e-mail (username) and password to log into your account on the Application Web (Søknadsweb). It is your responsibility to make sure that all required documents are uploaded correctly.

NB! Please note that we do not have the capacity to confirm receipt of your application until they have been registered. We will not reply to e-mails regarding the receipt of the applications during the evaluation period.

Submitting English test within the deadline:

You are responsible for uploading all required documentation, as well as ensuring that it is uploaded within the application deadline. As it may take several weeks for institutions and test centers to provide transcripts and/or test scores, please arrange for these documents to be issued as soon as possible for them to be submitted within the specified deadlines.

Deleting documents: 

When we process your application, we lock your documents to prevent them from being deleted. This means that you can delete documents right after uploading them, but it is not possible to delete documents from previous applications. 

Disclaimer:

You are liable for the documents that you have uploaded, i.e. that they represent accurate and unaltered information.

Warning:

Wrongful or misleading information may lead to dismissal and loss of right to study. Submission of fraudulent documents is illegal, and will be reported to the appropriate authorities.

Verification of credentials:

Please note that we maintain the right to contact institutions, firms, associations and government agencies for the purpose of explanation and/or verification of uploaded documents.

Retention of application records:

UiT retains materials that support admission from one year after the first registration to five years after the last activity on the student record, depending on the type of document. Please make sure to submit verified copies of your originals instead of submitting irreplaceable material to support your application. We do not return documents that are sendt in.

Have you applied before and want to reuse your documents? If you have documents stored in the "My documents" folder from previous applications, it is not necessary to upload the same documents again unless if it proof of financial ability (expires after 3 – three months) or English tests (expires after 2 – two years).



For most of our English taught programs the application deadline is November 15th for international applicants. For nordic applicants the application deadline to the same progams are April 15th. 

For a few of our English taught programs the application deadline is March 1st. 

To find the spesific application deadline to your program, please view our study catalouge.

The deadline to submit all required documents is the same as the application deadline for the program. 



1. If you are a resident in a non-EU/EEA country, you are an international applicant. 

2. If you are a resident in an EU/EEA country, and do not meet the Norwegian language requirements, you are an international applicant. 

3. If you are a resident in an EU/EEA country, and meet the Norwegian language requirements, you can apply as a nordic applicant.

4. Applicants from a nordic country can apply as a nordic applicant as long at the Norwegian language requirements are met. 

Countries in the EU/EEA (list of countries in Schengen area)



Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the Bachelor's, Master's and PhD structure has been successfully implemented, together with the ECTS credit system.

ECTS Credit system


UiT The Arctic University of Norway uses a system of credits (studiepoeng) for measuring study activities, considered equivalent to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). 60 ECTS credits (studiepoeng) are allocated to the workload of a full year of academic study, equivalent to 1500-1800 hours of study. 30 ECTS credits are normally allocated to one semester’s full-time study. Each course unit has a workload of 3 - 30 credits (ECTS). The academic year normally lasts for 10 months and runs from August to June.

The Norwegian term is "studiepoeng". 1 ECTS = 1 studiepoeng.

The workload of each course is based on an estimate of the total time required for completing studies and exams (lectures, seminars, readings, individual preparation etc.). There is no exact national or institutional standard for measuring of workload. Workload estimates are based on custom and tradition within each academic field.

Degree structure


All degrees require, at minimum, that international students meet the Higher Education Entrance Qualifications for foreign applicants. 

Short programmes at UiT is awarded after one year of full-time study (60 ECTS)

The bachelor's degree at UiT is awarded after three years of full-time study (180 ECTS).

The master's degree is normally obtained after two years of study (120 ECTS) or (90 ECTS), following the completion of a bachelor’s degree. A master’s degree programme includes independent work (normally a thesis) of between 30 and 60 ECTS.

The Doctoral degree Philosophiae Doctor is normally obtained after three or four years of study, following the completion of master’s degree programme or a professional degree/programme. You will find more information on PhD programs here.

Assessment methods


A number of assessment methods are in use at UiT. The most common of which are written examinations, oral examinations, portfolio assessments, home examinations/assignments and joint project papers written in collaboration with fellow students.

The written and oral examinations set at the university last from one to eight hours. The different assignments and papers to take home vary from a work period of a couple of days to a whole semester. The course lecturer will provide supervision during the work period.

Examinations at UiT

Grading system


Grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations at UiT are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade. In contrast to the ECTS grading scale, which is a convertion table, the Norwegian scale is qualitative rather than quantitative. However, it is expected that the distribution of grades along qualitative criteria will vary only slightly from the quantitative ECTS grades, given a large number of examinations and in a time span of 3-5 years. The qualitative grades are awarded according to the following criteria:

Grade Description Evaluation criteria
A Excellent An excellent performance, clearly outstanding. The candidate demonstrates excellent judgement and a high degree of independent thinking.
B Very good A very good performance. The candidate demonstrates sound judgement and a very good degree of independent thinking.
C Good A good performance in most areas. The candidate demonstrates a reasonable degree of judgement and independent thinking in the most important areas.
D Satisfactory A satisfactory performance, but with significant shortcomings. The candidate demonstrates a limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.
E Sufficient A performance that meets the minimum criteria, but no more. The candidate demonstrates a very limited degree of judgement and independent thinking.
F Fail A performance that does not meet the minimum academic criteria. The candidate demonstrates an absence of both judgement and independent thinking.

 

For some examinations a pass/fail grade is given. There is no transfer of grades from one grading scale to the other. 

Diploma/transcript and supplements


Upon graduation every student receives automatically and free of charge a Diploma, a Transcript of Records and a Diploma Supplement. The Diploma Supplement is issued in English.

The Diploma Supplement is useful when applying for jobs or recognition of qualifications, as well as in connection with further studies abroad. Please note that the Diploma Supplement is only a supplement to the diploma, concerning one specific degree obtained by one individual graduate. This is valid only together with the specific diploma.

For further information on the history, goals and implementation of the Diploma Supplement in Europe and Norway, please see: Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT).

9 great reasons to choose UiT the Arctic University of Norway:

1- UiT is truly arctic.
UiT is the northernmost university of the world. Our location on the edge of the Arctic implies a mission. The Arctic is of increasing global importance - climate change, the exploitation of Arctic resources and environmental threats are topics of great public concern, and which UiT takes special interest in.

2- No tuition fees.
UiT offers all students a distinct advantage over many universities around the world: there are no tuition fees for international students to study at UiT in Norway.

3- Student life at UiT.
By making the most of the opportunities at UiT, you can create the best student experience for you, and reach your full potential through academic support, sporting clubs and our various student organisations on our campuses.

4- Study in English at UiT.
Recent years have seen a surge in the number of international students wanting to study at UiT. One of the reasons for this solid reputation comes from the fact that UiT offers a variety of courses and programmes in English. Consequently, admission does not require proof of Norwegian skills.

5- Building bridges.
Building bridges through internationalisation at home and abraod. International cooperation is a precondition in order for UiT to offer outstanding education and world-leading research for students, trainees, researchers, academic groups and staff from our partner universities.

6- Research intensive & high quality learning environment.
Our central location in the High North, our broad and diverse research and study portfolio, and our interdisciplinary qualities make us uniquely suited to meet the challenges of the future. As a student at UiT, you learn from teachers who are proud to make their mark on the subject they teach in a favourable teacher-student ratio of 1:8.

7- Urban life - wild nature.
The Arctic Adventurer - Do you have it in you?

We have various stunning places of study in Alta, Harstad, Narvik, Tromsø and Svalbard. Explore the locations to discover what each one has to offer, from programmes, adventure, music and art to nightlife and activities.

8- Student accommodation.
The Arctic Student Welfare Organisation has some of the best and affordable accommodation and catering facilities at UiT, providing a perfect base for your studies and a place to relax with friends.

9- Student support services.
At UiT, we offer our international students special treats that include among others: comprehensive orientation programme (Debut WEEK International), priority accommodation, student counselling, social events and various student organisations that cover every interest imaginable.



UiT the Arctic University of Norway has no scholarships to offer to cover your living expenses in Norway unless you already have one before your arrival, or under certain exchange schemes in collaboration with UiT and your home university:

Erasmus +
Nordplus/Nordlys
EEA/Norway grants
Norwegian-Russian Scholarship Scheme
These grants or scholarships are usually awarded automatically to students admitted to the exchange programme through their home institution.

Other Scholarships (You should be aware that these funding opportunities are few and will in most cases not cover the total costs of you stay in Norway):

Study In Norway



If your application is rejected, or if you are put on a waiting list due to limited number of places available, you have the right to ask for grounds of rejection and appeal the decision.


IMPORTANT: It is your responsibility as an applicant to provide all required documents within the deadline. Unless you have received an email from us stating a specific deadline, the deadline to submit any kind of documents is the same as the application deadline for the program. If you fail to provide all required documents within the given deadline, your application will be rejected. Please make sure to check your registered email for any important messages from us after the application deadline. This includes the spam filter in your email account. If the reason for rejecting your application is that you have not provided all required documents within the given deadline, your appeal will be disregarded.


According to the Norwegian Public Administration Act, § 24, you have the right to ask for grounds for the decision. The time limit is three weeks from the day you receive the email with the decision.


If you ask for grounds of rejection or appeal, we will review your application again, to see if there might have been an error when processing your application. If an error has been made, you will receive a new letter with results of your application. If the results of your application are correct, the first rejection is valid.
According to the Norwegian Public Administration Act, § 28, you have the right to appeal the decision. The time limit is three weeks from the day you receive the email with the decision. In case of appeal please specify your reasons for appealing the decision.


NOTE: We will always treat your first response as a question of grounds for the decision. If you receive grounds for the decision, there will be a new deadline to appeal the decision, three weeks from the date you receive the grounds. This is according to the Norwegian Public Administration Act § 29.


An appeal should sent to the admissions office by email. The appeal must be signed by you or your proxy. If your proxy is not an attorney, you must attach a written power of attorney. In your appeal you should give grounds for your appeal in accordance with the Norwegian Public Administration Act § 32.

Contact information: admission@uit.no



Under certain conditions it is possible to apply for "recerved place on a program of study". This is regulated by the Regulations concerning admission to UiT the Arctic University of Norway section 7. 

If you wish to apply for deferred admission you must do this by sending us an email to: admission@uit.no no later than 3 weeks after you received your offer of admission. Applications sent after the deadline of 3 weeks will not be considered. 



E-mail: admission@uit.no


Telephone: +47 77 64 55 90

(10:00 am - 14:00 pm, Monday - Friday, Norwegian Time)

The telephone line will be closed on December 7th, and from December 26th to December 30th. We recommend that you send us an email if you have questions in this time period, and we will respond to your email as soon as possible. 


Post address:

UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Admissions office
Postboks 6050 Langnes
9037 Tromsø
Norway



Due to the war in Ukraine UiT has offered an extraordinary admission for refugees residing in Norway.

This admission for the autumn semester 2022 is now closed. 

The application portal for applying to singular courses starting in january 2023 is now open. If you are interested in one or more singular courses, please send us an email to: admission@uit.no so that we can help you find the right course/courses for you. 

When your application has been registered, you will gain access to the application portal where you can submit the required application documents.

The Norwegian government has published more information regarding admission for refugees on this website: Study in Norway for refugees. Please make yourself acquainted with the information on this website. 



To be eligible, you must meet the formal and academic admission requirements for the programme/course in question. The formal admission requirements are listed here:

- Status as a refugee residing in Norway

- Higher Education Entrance Qualification (General entrance requirements) 

- English language proficiency (requirements dependent on level of studies)

- For master's programmes / master's level courses: Bachelor's degree corresponding to a Norwegian bachelor (180 ECTS) and average grade corresponding to the grade C in the ECTS-scale

In addition, the academic requirements for the specific master's programme, bachelor's programme or singular course must be met. The academic requirements are listed in the programme description for master's and bachelor's programmes. Academic requirements for singular courses are listed in the course description.

Questions regarding admission requirements can be directed to: admission@uit.no



ID-document

- International passport, national ID card or equivalent

Proof of refugee status in Norway 

- Card for asylum seekers (asylsøkerbevis) or a residence card (oppholdskort) that states that you have a residence permit as an asylum seeker in Norway

Higher Education Entrance Qualification (General entrance requirements)

Scan and upload your official certificate/diploma and transcripts documenting that you have completed your upper secondary education. For some countries additional years of higher education is required. 


For applicants with foreign basic education, the requirements for secondary school education, English proficiency and/or additional year(s) of higher education are specified in the Country list (GSU-list).

Bachelor's degree (for master's level studies)

Bachelor's degree corresponding to a Norwegian bachelor (180 ECTS) from an accredited institution. Documented with an official bachelor's degree certificate and academic transcript. Upload the original documents together with the translated versions (English or Scandinavian language).

English language proficiency

Singular courses, bachelor level

Singular courses, master's level

Bachelor programmes

Master programmes



The application portal opens on October 15th

Application deadline: November 15th

Exemptions: 

  • Fine Arts Master: Application deadline March 1st
  • Landscape Architecture Master: Application deadline March 1st


The specific admission requirements to each programme is listed on the programme site. You will find your programme in the english study catalouge. 

If the programme you are looking for is only listed in the Norwegian study catalouge, you must meet the Norwegian language requirements to apply.

Do you require a minimum grade point average (GPA) for admission?


Yes. The general admission requirements (average grade requirements) stipulate the minimum requirements for admission.

However, we may receive a large number of applications that exceed our minimum standard.
This means that you are not guaranteed entry even though you meet the minimum requirements.

Is there an age limit for admission?


No. As long as you meet the admission requirements, you are welcome to apply for admission, regardless of age.

My programme has special admission requirements. How do I know if I qualify?


The special admissions requirements refer to Norwegian educational qualifications.
If you have educational qualifications from another country, the admissions office and responsible faculty will assess whether your qualifications are equivalent to Norwegian educational requirements, in accordance with national guidelines.
This happens after you apply, and after you have submitted all required documents. As a general rule, we do not pre assess your documents. Your application will be considered after the application deadline, when your application is complete. 
To ensure that the faculty is able to assess your qualifications accurately, it is important that you provide full and legible documentation of your educational qualifications. This includes approved translations of documents that are not available in English or a Scandinavian language, in accordance with our documentation requirements.

Do I need to know Norwegian?


You do not need to know Norwegian if the programme you are applying for is taught in English (teaching language is also specified on the study programme page).
If you wish to apply for a programme or course taught in Norwegian then you will have to fulfil the Norwegian language requirements.

There are no preparatory courses in English available at our University. More information on English language requirements on this site: " How to apply".

I grew up in an English-speaking country. Do I need to prove proficiency in English?


As a rule, no. As long as you meet the educational requirements specified in the country list provided by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT), you will not be required to provide proof of English proficiency.
You can check the qualifications requirements for your country by following these steps:
1. Go to the GSU list on NOKUT's website 
2. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, choose your country and select search
3. You will now see the requirements for English and basic education under the search.

I have an IELTS test. Do you need my overall band score or the score for each module?


If you are submitting an IELTS test to document English language proficiency we require the overall band score.

  • For admission to short programmes the current minimum score requirement is 5.0.
  • For admission to bachelor degree programmes the current minimum score requirement is 6.0
  • For admission to master degree programmes the current minimum score requirement is 6.5

Please note: For some of our programmes you have to meet the minimum score for each module. 

For how long is my test of English proficiency valid?


The test expires after two years from the test date. The test must be valid on the application deadline. 

I have a university degree from an English taught university. Do I have to submit an English test? 


Certain applicants are exempted from the requirement of English test in the country list. 

More information in our list of exemptions

International applicants that applied by the deadline of November 15th will receive the results of their applications by the end of April.

I have received an offer of admission from UiT. What do I do now?


Congratulations! Welcome to our university. To accept your offer and start planning, visit our website "After admission​".

I was placed on a waiting list. What does this mean?


If you have received notification that you are on the waiting list, it means that you may be offered admission if one of the other applicants rejects their offer. If you wish to stay on the waiting list, you must accept the offer to stay on the waiting list before the deadline for acceptanse has passed. 
Once the deadline for acceptance of admission offers has passed, the admissions office will review the intake to see if there are any places available for those on the waiting list.
If a place is available for you, you will receive a formal offer of admission. If not, you will continue to stay on the waiting list until you either get an offer of admission, or the admission process is finished. 
More information for unsuccessful applicants is provided below under "My application was rejected".

My application was rejected. What can I do?


There are a number of reasons why UiT rejects applications.

If you lacked documentation or submitted your documentation late, it means that you sent incorrect or insufficient documentation, or did not adhere to the given deadlines.
The university enforces strict rules and deadlines for submission of documentation relating to identity and qualifications.
If this is the case, you must wait until the next intake to apply again. We recommend obtaining all necessary documentation for admission well before the admissions deadline.

If you were not qualified, it means that you do not have the academic foundation required for admission to the course.
In this case, you can consider applying for a different course at the next intake, or taking further studies before the next intake to increase your chances of being admitted.

If you were qualified, but did not attain the necessary rank for admission, it means that you had the formal academic foundation but your grades were not good enough to compete with other applicants in the admissions round.
This usually applies to programmes with a large number of applicants, and a limited number of places available. In this case, you can consider taking additional studies before the next intake to improve your grades, or applying for a different course at the next intake.

If you believe an error has been made in the assessment of your application, you may appeal the decision within the given deadline. See below for the rules that apply to appeals.

How do I appeal a decision of the admissions authority?


If your application is rejected, or if you are put on a waiting list due to limited number of places available, you have the right to ask for grounds of rejection and appeal the decision. More information on "How to appeal".

Who can I speak to about my application?


All communication regarding applications should be directed to the Admissions Office at UiT (see contact information below).
Programme and course coordinators can answer questions about academic content, however academic staff do not accept enquiries regarding the admissions process.
All enquires regarding the progress of applications or the outcome of an admissions round will be directed to the Admissions Office at UiT.

Contact the Admissions Office
By phone: + 47 77 64 55 90 Monday- Friday 10:00 - 14:00 (Closed for lunch 11:30-12:00)

By e-mail: admission@uit.no



Does the university offer scholarships or other financing?


No. The university does not offer scholarships or other forms of financing for full degree students.
However, if you choose to undertake studies in Norway you may be eligible for other forms of loans or financing.
These include:

  • Erasmus+ grants or other financing for exchange students from partner institutions. See Student Exchange for more information
  • Study loan from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund for full degree applicants who meet one of the eligibility requirements stipulated by the fund.

If you are in one of the groups identified by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, you may apply after you are admitted to UiT.

The application period for the main autumn intake is from Octover 15th to November 15th.

We do not offer admission to the spring semester for international applicants. 

You can find the deadlines and other useful information about applying and admission by choosing your level of study on the "How to Apply" page.
When your application is successfully registered, you will receive a receipt for your application to your registered email address. 

I can not find an application deadline on the programme page. Is there a deadline? 


Application deadline: November 15th

Exemptions: 

  • Fine Arts Master: Application deadline March 1st
  • Landscape Architecture Master: Application deadline March 1st

Please note: This page relates specifically to programmes taught in English and aimed at the international market. Different deadlines may apply for applicants to the central admissions authority.
Programmes offered through central admissions require Norwegian language qualifications.

Is it possible to apply for admission in the spring? 


No, not to degree programmes. All international degree programmes at UiT the Arctic University of Norway admit students in the autumn, with commencement in August.

For Nordic and EU/EEA applicants it is possible to apply for singular courses on masters and ph.d. level that starts in january. More information here.
Exchange students can apply for packages and individual courses in the spring semester. Find out m​ore about student exchange here.

Am I eligable for admission if I graduate from secondary school/higher education after the deadline? 


If you are an applicant outside the EU/EEA: NO.
If the studies you are currently undertaking form the basis of your application for admission you must be able to document that you have completed and passed these within the deadline for submission of documentation. We do not accept provisional certificates.

If you are an applicant from within the EU/EEA: YES, but only for admission to masters degree programmes. 
You must let us know that you are undertaking studies that create the basis of your application for admission so that we know to wait for your complete documentation. 

I have already finished my MA in the same field in my home country. Will this have any negative impact on my application?


No. We do not decline your application because you already have another degree in the same field. 

Does it cost money to apply?


No. It is free to submit your application.

Does it cost money to study at UiT the Arctic University of Norway?


TUITION FEES AT UiT:

The Norwegian government has proposed the introduction of tuition fees for students from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA, beginning in the 2023 autumn semester.

A final decision is expected by mid-December 2022. This does not apply to exchange students from partner universities, or to students from the EU/EEA/EFTA.

Until further notice, applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA applying for a degree at UiT starting in 2023 should be prepared to pay tuition fees. We recommend that you still register your application within the application deadline November 15th.

At the moment we do not have any information on how much this tuition fee will be, if the Norwegian government decides to introduce this.

More information will be provided once it is available.


​In addition: If you are a non-EU/EEA applicant you must be able to document "financial capacity" in order to obtain a study permit and travel to Norway.
This means that you must show that you have enough money to cover the cost of living in Norway for at least one year. This is a requirement of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
The amount for the study year is NOK 128 887. The amount is subject to change. ​Updated information about study permits is always available on UDI's website.

All degree students at UiT the Arctic University of Norway must pay the semester registration fee each semester. This fee covers administrative costs and contributes to student welfare services.
You do not have to pay the semester until after you have accepted your offer, received your welcome letter and activated your student account.
The semester fee is currently NOK 625 per semester

The deadline to submit all required documents to your application is the same as the application deadline of the programme you are applying to.

Note: If you have not obtained all the required documentation previously, it may take time. For some applicant groups, documents must be sent directly from previous educational institutions.
Passports can also take time to process. Start organising your documentation as soon as you know you want to apply to study in Norway.

What documents do I need to upload after I apply?


This depends on where you obtained your educational qualifications. An overview of the documents you need to submit is provided on the "How to apply" pages for undergraduates and graduates.
You will usually be required to upload copies of the following documents:

  • enclosure form (all applicants)
  • your secondary school diplomas and transcripts (the document that shows your grades and credit points for each course).
  • any relevant tertiary diplomas and transcripts
  • copy of your passport, or other valid ID-documents (all applicants)
  • documents showing change of name (if relevant)
  • proof of English proficiency if stipulated in the country requirements provided by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education.
  • proof of financial ability (non-EU applicants)
  • CV (all applicants)

- motivational letter/statement of purpose, documents of work experience or other additional documents might be required to some programmes. Please read the admission requirements to the programme you wish to apply to. 

Note: You must also provide approved translations of documents that are not written in English or a Scandinavian language. You can not translate the documents yourself.

Do I need to upload a coversheet with my documentation?


Yes, to indicate which documentation you are sending, you must submit our enclosure form. You can download the enclosure form from the "How to apply" pages. The enclosure form helps us to understand your documentation. It will also help you understand what documents you must submit to your application. You only have to submit pages 1 and 2 of the enclosure form, page number 3 is for your information. 

Will you confirm that you received my documentation?


Yes. When you submit a new document, you will receive an automatically generated receipt for your document to your registered email address. 
However, it is also possible to check that your documentation has been uploaded successfully by logging into the online application portal, under "My documents".

Can I send documents after the deadline in exceptional circumstances?


​​No. The deadlines for submission of documentation are absolute. Your application for admission will be rejected if we do not receive the correct and complete documentation within the given deadline. This also includes the results of the English language test.
The deadlines ensure that we can assess your qualifications and provide an offer of admission (if relevant) in time for you to plan your trip to Norway, including any permit applications or housing requirements.

Tip: If you have not obtained all the required documentation previously, it may take time. For some applicant groups, documents must be sent directly from previous educational institutions. Passports can also take time to process. Do not wait until after you have applied to organise documentation. Start as soon as you know you want to apply to study in Norway.​

Can I delete or replace documents after I have submitted them?


When we process your application, we lock your documents to prevent them from being deleted. This means that you can delete documents right after uploading them, but it is not possible to delete documents when we have started processing your application. 

The deadeline to submit any documents is the same as the application deadline. Documents submitted after the application deadline will not be included in the assessment of the application.

Can I upload attachments to my application electronically?


Yes. You should upload your documentation to the online application portal, where you submitted your application for admission. Documentation includes diplomas, transcripts, English language test results etc.
Applicants from some countries are required to submit documentation in hard copy. Check if this conserns you. Documentation submitted by post, should be sent to:

Admissions Office
UiT the Arctic University of Norway
Postboks 6050 Langnes

9037 Tromsø, Norway

How to submit a successful application