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War in Ukraine – consequences for UiT students and employees

On these pages, you will find information about the effects the invasion of Ukraine will have on UiT The Arctic University of Norway. 

The Norwegian government has decided to limit educational cooperation with Russia. This is stated in a press release published on March 4th 2022(in Norwegian only).

UiT will take care of our students from Ukraine and Russia in the best possible way. They have no responsibility for what the government in Russia has started. Ukrainian students cannot go home now, and Russians might lose access to their bank accounts in their home country and be left without financial means due to the sanctions.

The Norwegian Government is offering financial support to Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarusian students in Norway. You can check if you qualify for this grant scheme and apply here.

As of now, UiT does not have a special admissions program for Ukraine refugees or Russian students in need of protection. UiT is awaiting national guidelines regarding such admissions from The Ministry of Education and Research. Any relevant information on this will be available on our web page at a later date.



UiT is planning for a special admissions program for Ukrainian refugees, but is still awaiting national guidelines from The Ministry of Education and Research. The planned admission will comprise English taught singular courses on bachelor’s and master’s level, Norwegian language courses as well as some international master’s programmes. Any relevant information on this will be available on our web page by the end of April.

Residence permit
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has decided that Ukrainian citizens who are in Norway on permits or visa-free visits that expire can continue to stay here until further notice. Please refer to their web page for further information. 

Norwegian language courses
UiT has informed the Norwegian Ministry of Education about the capacity to admit Ukrainian citizens to the existing Norwegian language courses for foreign students. Currently, we are awaiting new regulations regarding exemptions from the regular admission process to these courses.  

Norwegian language courses are offered at different levels on three of the UIT campuses: Tromsø, Narvik and Alta. UiT has study places for new Ukrainian students who would need Norwegian language training at all three campuses, and at different language proficiency levels. 

Single courses and degree studies at UIT
The Ministry of Education has also requested information on UiT's capacity to receive students from Ukraine who had to abrupt their education at home and would like to start on a higher education in Norway.  

UiT has reported that we can increase admission to a large number of single courses taught in English as well as English-taught bachelor's and master's programmes within various subject areas.  

At the moment UIT is awaiting the Ministry’s regulations on necessary exemptions from formal admission requirements and deadlines. UIT is willing to put effort into facilitating smooth admission of applicants from Ukraine to our studies.  

UIT is currently looking at possible solutions for students who graduate from UIT in summer 2022 but who would prefer to continue education after the graduation. More information will be available on these pages shortly. 

Financing  

Refugees from Ukraine admitted for studies in Norway may be eligible for loans and grants from the Norwegian Educational Loan Fund:  Refugees from Ukraine eligible for loans and grants (lanekassen.no)

 



The  Norwegian government will still be working to help Russian students in Norway. The Ministry of Education and Research has asked the universities and colleges to report specific challenges that these students have or that they think will arise in the future.

Residence permit
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) has information to Russian citizens regarding returning home after the existing residence permit or visa expires, as well as information about the processing of applications from Russian citizens Please refer to their web page for further information.  

Student status spring 2022
Russian students who are already enrolled at UIT will not be affected by the decision of the Norwegian authorities to put on hold institutional collaboration with Russia on the level of official connections.  

There will not be any intake of new exchange students from Russian partner institutions for the autumn semester 2022. 

Exchange students admitted to spring semester studies proceed with the studies and examinations according to what is originally planned.  

Exchange students who already are studying on our campuses and who are interested in the extension of their exchange period with one semester should send their request to mobility@uit.no .

The request must be sent by April 10th and must contain

  1. reasons for why the student cannot go to the home country after the spring semester 2022.
  2. a Learning Agreement /course list equivalent to 30 ECTS. The Learning Agreement should be approved and signed by a student adviser at your department at UiT. For more information about the Learning Agreement, please consult our web pages INBOUND STUDENT MOBILITY: COURSE MODULES FOR EXCHANGE STUDENTS | UiT

In case of enrolment for one extra semester, the student is responsible for keeping the home institution in Russia informed.  

Scholarship for the autumn semester 2022 may be granted by UIT on the same conditions as for the spring semester 2022. For financial support in June/ July students may apply for a grant from the Norwegian Government which will be announced soon on these pages.

Degree students follow their study programs as usual.  

UIT is awaiting national guidelines regarding solutions for students who graduate from UIT in summer 2022 but who would prefer to continue education after the graduation. More information will be available on these pages shortly. 

Prospective applicants

International applicants from Russia who have applied for master’s or bachelor’s degree studies within the given deadline will have their applications considered and will receive an answer to their applications in accordance with the information given by the admissions office. 



Who can apply?

  • Ukrainian, Russian, or Belarusian citizens who are students and PhD candidates registered at UiT for the spring semester 2022
  • Students who lost access to their money due to the war in Ukraine and the financial sanctions against Russia.
  • Students who are not eligible for support from Lånekassen (or any other financial support scheme) for the period they apply funding for.

What is the amount of the grant?
Students who qualify for the financial support from the Norwegian government can receive up to NOK 11 500 per month, while PhDs can receive up to NOK 21 000 per month.

How long will the grant scheme last?
The financial support can be given for the period March - August 2022.

What is the deadline for submission of the application for support?
The deadline is 31 July 2022.

How will the money be transferred?
Students with a Norwegian bank account, or another own account abroad, will be able to get the money to the account. The account must be in the applicant’s name.

Students who do not have a Norwegian bank account, or who no longer have access to their foreign bank account, will be able to receive the money on a cash card from UiT.

Please note that money transfers to foreign accounts with IBAN and SWIFT take longer time than payments to bank accounts in Norway.

Application form:   https://nettskjema.no/a/260154

We will contact applicants if we need more information or documentation during the consideration process.
Applications will be processed continuously.



Information from Norwegian authorities on arrival, residence permits and residence in Norway

Information about the situation in Ukraine - UDI

Flyktninger fra Ukraina | IMDi

Krigen i Ukraina – Politiet.no

From 16 March it is possible to apply for protection in Norway by registering with the local Police District.

Applying for collective protection as a Ukrainian national – Politiet.no

Please contact the Police for scheduling an appointment: 

Troms Police District- phone nr: 77796000, e-mail: post.troms@uit.no

Finnmark Police District - phone nr: 45 72 00 64 finnmark.utlending@politiet.no

Nordland Police District – phone nr: 75589000 grensepoliti.nordland@politiet.no

Information on residence for Ukrainian refugees in the municipalities of Tromsø, Harstad and Narvik

Ukraina & Tromsø | Tromsø kommune (tromso.kommune.no)

Situasjonen rundt flyktninger fra Ukraina - Harstad kommune

Ukraina - Narvik kommune innbyggerportal - Narvik kommune



The war in Ukraine will result in refugees seeking asylum in Norway. The Ministry of Education and Research urges Norwegian institutions of higher education to offer studies for refugees from Ukraine.

UiT is planning for a special admissions program for Ukrainian refugees, but is still awaiting national guidelines from The Ministry of Education and Research. The planned admission will comprise English taught singular courses on bachelor’s and master’s level, Norwegian language courses as well as some international master’s programmes. Any relevant information on this will be available on our web page by the end of April.

Faculty members who are contacted directly by students from Ukraine interested in studying at UiT, should refer to this web page or contact innsatsgruppe@uit.no for updated information and advice on admission and practical matters.



06.05.2022: Retningslinjer fra russiske myndigheter ang. samarbeid

Russiske myndigheter har nå offentliggjort nylig vedtatte retningslinjer som får store konsekvenser for videre samarbeid mellom norske og russiske høyere utdanningsinstitusjoner.

Det stilles nå blant annet nytt krav om ekstra godkjenning fra Russlands visestatsminister for avtaler med institusjoner fra «uvennlige stater». 

I et brev fra den norske ambassaden i Moskva blir det nå redegjort for konsekvensene av de nye retningslinjene: Les brevet her


The government freezes research cooperation with Russia

The Norwegian government has released the following: 

  • The Ministry of Education and the underlying agencies suspend all dialogue with the Russian authorities. 
  • The Research Council's joint announcement with Russia is stopped. 
  • The Norwegian-Russian education agreement is suspended. 
  • The recently negotiated research agreement with Russia is put on hold. 
  • Generally, all agreements between Norwegian and Russian institutions must be put on hold. The institutions may choose to maintain agreements, but a thorough assessment must be made in each individual case. Any agreements and cooperation regarding nuclear preparedness or fisheries and resource management will continue as usual for the time being.
  • At the same time, it is desirable that researchers continue to have contact with each other across national borders (so-called researcher-to-researcher collaboration). 

More information about the situation will come as soon as it’s available to UiT.



Information from Norwegian authorities on arrival, residence permits and residence in Norway

Information about the situation in Ukraine - UDI

Flyktninger fra Ukraina | IMDi

Krigen i Ukraina – Politiet.no

From 16 March it is possible to apply for protection in Norway by registering with the local Police District.

Applying for collective protection as a Ukrainian national – Politiet.no

Please contact the Police for scheduling an appointment: 

Troms Police District- phone nr: 77796000, e-mail: post.troms@uit.no

Finnmark Police District - phone nr: 45 72 00 64 finnmark.utlending@politiet.no

Nordland Police District – phone nr: 75589000 grensepoliti.nordland@politiet.no

Information on residence for Ukrainian refugees in the municipalities of Tromsø, Harstad and Narvik

Ukraina & Tromsø | Tromsø kommune (tromso.kommune.no)

Situasjonen rundt flyktninger fra Ukraina - Harstad kommune

Ukraina - Narvik kommune innbyggerportal - Narvik kommune



Someone to talk to for UiT students: 

Someone to talk to for UiT staff: 

Useful web pages

Kontaktinformasjon for studenter:

Kontaktinformasjon for ansatte:



There is also a digital dimension to the situation in Ukraine. UiT has contact with relevant security authorities, and maintains increased supervision of UiT's IT resources in order to be able to detect irregularities at an early stage.

However, a vital part of IT security lies with the individual user, and we ask our employees and students to exercise extra caution in the time ahead.

What to do?
As part of the digital warfare, it is known that computer attacks are aimed at official sites in Russia and Ukraine. We therefore ask employees and students to be especially attentive and careful when visiting such sites, as they may be compromised and damaged.

Such malware can be embedded in documents and software that you download, but there may be cases where you get malware only by visiting a given page. This risk increases considerably if the browser you use has vulnerabilities. Therefore, make sure that the browser you are using is fully up to date. We recommend Edge, Chrome or Firefox, and employees can download these via UiT's Software Center. Students are asked to be aware of only downloading browsers via the provider's official pages.

DO NOT use Internet Explorer (no exceptions).

Furthermore, we remind you of the risk that the information on compromised pages may have been changed, as part of misinformation campaigns.

What you otherwise have to be aware of is no different than usual, but it is important to be extra careful during this period. Info and guidelines on information security can be found at uit.no/security, but we remind you in particular:

  • Do not share your user account with others
  • Do not use UiT's equipment or network for actions (hacking, DOS attacks, etc.)
  • Be vigilant with regard to social manipulation (eg phishing via email, malicious websites, etc.)
  • We encourage everyone to look through the mini-course on social manipulation that UiT sent out in the security month, you can find it here. On the last page of the mini-course you will find links to the other courses that were given during the safety month, we encourage you to review these again.

Keep all your devices up to date: 

Employees get regular updates to their UiT Windows and Mac computers through either Software Center (Windows PC) or UiT Self Service for Mac. Please apply any updates as soon as possible! 

Students can check and execute any pending system updates by using Windows Update or iOS’ Software Update. 

In addition, all UiT employees and students should make sure their mobile phones and tablets are updated to the latest available versions: 


Employees and students who are in "risk countries" are asked to use UiT's VPN service at all times, and then the profile that sends all traffic through VPN. This is done by following the recipe for using «alltrafikk» / «alltrafikkstudent», see uit.no/vpn for further information.

If you have questions or think you or others have been exposed to digital attacks, contact the Privacy and information security office via security@uit.no.





The Norwegian Government wants to help Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarusian students in a difficult situation. Students who are struggling financially due to the war will now receive funding to cover their subsistence costs. Read more here



In connection with the war in Ukraine, the Norwegian Government has introduced several measures that provide financial support to Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian students. UiT has decided to establish measures that supplement the national measures. This will include support for exchange and degree students from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus who were affiliated with UiT when the war broke out, in addition to Ukrainian, Russian and Belarusian university staff / researchers who have left their countries due to the invasion and are no longer affiliated with their original home university. The concrete measures will be announced shortly.

I forbindelse med krigen i Ukraina har regjeringen innført en rekke tiltak som gir økonomisk støtte til ukrainske, russiske og hviterussiske studenter. UiT ved rektor har besluttet at det ved UiT skal etableres tiltakspakker som supplerer de nasjonale tiltakene. Dette vil omfatte støtte til utvekslings- og gradsstudenter fra Ukraina, Russland og Hviterussland som var tilknyttet UiT da krigen brøt ut, i tillegg til ukrainske, russiske og hviterussiske universitetsansatte/forskere som har forlatt sine land pga invasjonen og ikke lenger er tilknyttet sitt opprinnelige hjemuniversitet. Endelig form på tiltakene vil bli kunngjort innen kort tid.



Russiske myndigheter har nå offentliggjort nylig vedtatte retningslinjer som får store konsekvenser for videre samarbeid mellom norske og russiske høyere utdanningsinstitusjoner. 

Det stilles nå blant annet nytt krav om ekstra godkjenning fra Russlands visestatsminister for avtaler med institusjoner fra «uvennlige stater». 

I et brev fra den norske ambassaden i Moskva blir det nå redegjort for konsekvensene av de nye retningslinjene: Les innholdet i brevet her