Documentation of financing

International students must document their ability to finance their stay in Norway in order to be granted a residence permit for study purposes.

Who must document financing?

  • Citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland who do not already have a residence permit in Norway

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires that citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA-area and Switzerland can provide documentation of financial ability, i.e. a minimum amount of money required to cover living expenses for one academic year in Norway.

What happens if I cannot document financing?

If you fail to provide satisfactory documentation of financing within the application deadline, your application will not be considered. If you are offered admission, the required amount must immediately be transferred to the SiO deposit account in connection with your residence permit/visa application.

Required amount

The amount required for applicants to master's degree programmes is currently NOK 121 220.

No tuition fees

Since the University of Oslo is a publicly funded state university, there are no tuition fees. However, most students must pay a small semester fee. This fee goes to student benefits and services offered by the Foundation for Student Life (SiO).

How do I document financing?

Documentation of financing should not be older than three months at the time of the application, and must be uploaded to the application portal within the application deadline. Financing should be documented with one of the following documents:

  • A recent official bank statement/transcript in your own name. The bank statement or bank transcript can show any currency, as long as it is clear from the statement/transcript which currency is being used.
  • A letter confirming that you are eligible for a scholarship/student loan from your home country.
  • A sponsor guarantee letter + sponsor’s recent official bank statement/transcript. 

What is a sponsor?

A sponsor is someone who's willing to finance your living costs during your studies. It can for example be a relative, employer or friend. Please note that UiO cannot help you find a sponsor.

Sponsor's guarantee letter

In a guarantee letter, the sponsor states that they are willing to transfer the required amount upon your admission to the University of Oslo. The letter must be accompanied by the sponsor's bank statement or bank transcript and be uploaded with your application.

A guarantee letter from a sponsor should include the following:

  • Date
  • Sponsor’s name
  • Your name
  • Sponsor’s signature
  • Sponsor’s postal address and email address
  • A statement of guarantee of sponsorship and that the sponsor is willing to transfer the required amount upon your admission to the University of Oslo

UiO does not provide sample letters, but you will find sample letters online if you search for guarantee letter samples.


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Published Aug. 23, 2013 1:04 PM - Last modified Apr. 25, 2019 11:37 AM