University of Oslo, Norway – Full Information for International Students

The University of Oslo (UiO) was founded in 1811, and is Norway’s oldest and largest institution of higher education. UiO has contributed substantially to research, innovation, and education in and outside of Norway.

The University of Oslo, until 1939 named the Royal Frederick University, is the oldest university in Norway, located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.

The University of Oslo has well-equipped lecture rooms, laboratories and computer labs. Study facilities also include state-of-the-art libraries and a wireless network zone for portable computers.

Reasons you should study at University of Oslo

  • Learn from the best
  • A research university
  • Quality education
  • A leading European university
  • Stay in shape and eat well

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

When to apply

Study programmes starting in August

The application portal opens 1 February.
The application deadline is 15 April (1 March if you qualify for an early result)

Bachelor programmes at UiO

The University of Oslo’s four-year bachelor programmes (one year of compulsory Norwegian language courses + three year bachelor’s programme) is presently on hold and it is undecided if UiO will be offering admission to these programmes this coming year.

Please refer to this web page for updates concerning UiO’s four-year bachelor programmes for international students.

At this point in time, the University of Oslo only offers bachelor studies where Norwegian language proficiency is a prerequisite to be qualified for admission.

Applicants who can document that they are already proficient in the Norwegian language, may apply for bachelor programmes at the University of Oslo via NUCAS (Samordna opptak).

Application to master’s programmes – applicant groups

Because the application process and deadlines vary for different groups of applicants, it is important that you read the information relevant for your group.

  • Application procedure for nordic citizens and applicants residing in Norway
  • Application procedure for EU/EEA/Swiss applicants

When to apply

Study programmes starting in January

  1. The application portal opens 15 September.
  2. The application deadline is 15 October.

Study programmes starting in August

  1. The application portal opens 1 February.
  2. The application deadline is 1 March.
  • Application procedure for applicants from outside EU/EEA and Switzerland

When to apply

Admission is once a year:

  1. The application portal opens 1 October.
  2. The application deadline is 1 December.

Studies start in August.


Doctoral degree and PhD

The University offers research training of a high international standard, with a broad range of subject areas and strong research environments. A doctorate from the University of Oslo qualifies candidates for an academic career as well as other professions requiring a high level of competence.


Admission for exchange students

The University of Oslo has exchange agreements with more than 500 recognized universities around the world and participates in exchange programmes such as Erasmus+ and Nordplus. Exchange students apply through their home institution and study at the University of Oslo for one or two semesters.

Exchange programmes offered at the University of Oslo, Norway

  • Bilateral agreements
  • Erasmus+
  • Nordplus/Nordlys
  • Fulbright


How to apply in the UiO online application service

The University of Oslo (UiO) uses an online nomination and application system for exchange students coming to UiO (Søknadsweb).

Students who have been nominated by their home institution will receive an email with password and instructions on how to complete their application.

The deadline is 1 May for studies starting in August and 1 November for studies starting in January.

How to log in

Use the link in the email sent to you to go to the online application service:

  • Log in with your registered email-address and password (sent in separate email).
  • If you did not receive the email with the password you may order a new password on the login page.


Admission Requirements

  • Some programmes require documentation that is not listed below; please refer to the relevant programme description for specific information. Recommendation letters are never required.
  • You must upload scanned copies of your supporting documents into the application portal. You do not need to send any documents by post, however, for some of the countries mentioned below, we require that specific documents are sent directly from the issuing institution.
  • Which category you choose in the application portal is not relevant. Documents that do not fall under the other categories can be uploaded under “other documents” as “letters”. This might apply to your passport, course descriptions etc.
  • Please name your uploaded files as suggested in the tables below, and follow the guidelines for uploading documents.

University of Oslo, Norway

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