Documentation requirements - USA

Required education:

High School Graduation Diploma + 4 years university / college studies in academic subjects

Required documents:

All applicants must upload scanned copies of their supporting documents into the application portal, please name your uploaded files as suggested in the tables below.

Required document Description
Copy of passport or ID card

Please note that only a copy of the ID-page is required. The passport must be valid for at least six months after your departure from Norway.

Name the pdf file passport or idcard

Documentation of name change (if applicable)

Documentation of name change must be uploaded if your name appears different in any document.

Name the pdf file namechange

Documentation of English language proficiency

Applicants with education from the US are exempted.

Secondary education

Required document


High School graduation diploma and transcript

We do not require a copy of your High School Diploma and transcript. NOTE: If you apply to other study programs at the University of Oslo you will be required to submit these documents.

Higher education

Required document


Final bachelor's degree diploma

A scanned copy of the original document must be uploaded. If you hold a master's degree you should also upload your original master's degree diploma as well as the bachelor's degree diploma.

Name your pdf file(s) bachelor / master

Note: If it is clear from the official transcript that the degree is awarded, you do not have to upload your final diploma.

Transcript of records for your bachelor's degree

To be sent directly to the International Summer School North American Branch Office by the issuing institution:

International Summer School
University of Oslo
c/o St. Olaf College
1520 St. Olaf Avenue
Northfield, MN 55057-1098

Note: In addition, you must upload a scanned copy of your transcript. However, only applications with transcripts that are sent directly will be considered.

Under certain circumstances, we will also consider the submission of electronic transcripts (e-transcripts). If your institution offers this service, please contact us so that we can make a more detailed assessment.

In the same manner you must also submit separate transcripts for courses from other institutions included in your degree, such as exchange semesters, transfer or exempted credits or in cases of admission to a bachelor’s program due to advanced standing.

If you hold a master's degree you should also submit a transcript of records for your master's degree, sent us directly from the issuing institution.

Name your pdf file(s) bachelortranscr / mastertranscr

Courses to be completed - Only applicable for Nordic and EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway.

Are you completing your degree/relevant courses in the same semester as the application deadline?

Within the application deadline you must upload:

  • a list of the courses you are registered for this semester with the expected date for completion. You still have to document your higher education completed to date, as described under the header "higher education".

If you are admitted you must submit your final transcript and diploma before the start of the program. If you have not received your diploma yet, you must upload a confirmation from you educational institution stating that you have obtained a degree.

Only applicable for Nordic and EU/EEA/Swiss Citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway.

Name the pdf file course-completion


If the language of the original document is not English, an official translation made by an authorized translator must be uploaded. Please note that the original language version must always accompany the translation.

Name your pdf file(s) bachelortransl / mastertransl

Statement of purpose and CV

Required document Description
Statement of purpose

Your statement of purpose should be one page, typed, double spaced (max. 400 words). Tell us why the course is important to you, how it helps you fulfill future goals or how it relates to your current studies or employment. Briefly state your personal qualities that make you a good representative of your country.

Applicants to Norwegian Levels 3 and 4 must write their statement of purpose in Norwegian.

Name the file statement

CV Name the file cv

Scholarship form and letter of recommendation (for scholarship applicants only)

Required document Description
ISS scholarship form

Download, complete the scholarship form, and upload it in the Application Portal. Eligible scholarship applicants will get the scholarship form when they apply.

Name the file scholarship

Letter of recommendation

You should submit one letter of recommendation from a person who is not related to you by blood or marriage. The referee should give information regarding your character, intellectual ability and seriousness of purpose. The letter should be written on official letterhead and must include contact information for the reference person. The letter should come from your professor, lecturer, headmaster, or your employer.

Name the file recommendation

Norwegian documentation (for Norwegian language courses levels 2-4 only)

Required document Description
Norwegian language

Applicants to Norwegian language levels II, III or IV should submit a copy of transcripts or test scores of previous Norwegian courses or exams.

For scholarship applicants to Levels II, III or IV, recommendations from a teacher or employer must be written on official letterhead.

If you have not taken any formal courses, simply explain how you have learned Norwegian in your statement of purpose.

Name the file norwegian

Important about documentation:

  • Upload documents preferably in PDF or JPG format in the online application portal (Søknadsweb) by the application deadline.
  • When uploading documents, you acknowledge that the University of Oslo may contact the issuing institution for verification.
  • Submission of fraudulent documents is illegal, and will be reported to the proper authorities and may lead to dismissal and loss of right to study. You are liable for uploading true and unaltered documents.
  • Incomplete applications will be rejected.

Continue the application process:

Need help?

See our guide to the application portal.


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Published Nov. 22, 2016 3:09 PM - Last modified Dec. 6, 2017 3:10 PM