Admission to Norwegian for Academics (NORA)

When to apply

    Courses starting in January

    • The Application Portal opens October 1.
    • The application deadline is November 15.

    Courses starting in August

    • The Application Portal opens April 15.
    • The application deadline is June 1.

      1. Check if you meet our basic admission requirements

      2. Check who can apply?

      • If you come from a country outside the EU/EEA you are only allowed to apply for NORA courses if you already have a Norwegian personal number or a D number.
      • It is not possible to get a student visa for taking this course.
      • If you are not from the EU/EEU and do not have a Norwegian personal number or D number now, but are living in Norway legally and/or know that you will get a residence permit before the course starts, you can write us an email to explain your case: nora-admin@iss.uio.no . We will inform you about how to apply.
      • If you still have visa questions, these must be addressed to the UDI, not the UiO.

      3. Determine your level

      • Read our course descriptions
      • If you still are uncertain of which level to take, write to nora-admin@iss.uio.no to ask for an online placement test.
      • On basis of the results of the test, we can guide you to the course that would suit you best.

      Applying for NORA0120:  If you have attended a Norwegian level A2 course outside of the UiO (Norskprøven level A2), documentation of this must be produced on the first day of class. Students, who fail to bring this documentation, must take an in-class test on the first day of class. Students who fail to document their A2 level will be demoted to level I.

      Applying for NORA0130:  If you have attended a Norwegian level B1 course outside of the UiO (Norskprøven level B1), documentation of this must be produced on the first day of class. Students, who fail to bring this documentation, must take an in-class test on the first day of class. Students who fail to document their B1 level will be demoted to level II.

      4. Check the course fee and how to pay

      • Read about how to pay the course fee
      • Payment must be made in full - a payment plan is not possible. Please make sure that your budget can accommodate the course fees before you apply.
      • Make sure you understand the cancellation policy before applying.

      Please note: Students at NORA-courses level I-III, will not be granted student loans by Lånekassen.

      5. Apply online

      When you apply online, upload documentation in UiO's Application Portal "Søknadsweb". You will find NORA under "single courses/enkeltemner" after you have logged in.

      Former or current NORA or UiO students who have already uploaded documents online in the Application Portal:

      You still need to choose your course in the Application Portal, but if you can still see your documents there you are not required to upload any documents again.

      Application period

      Admission period for spring 2019: October 1 to November 15, 2018. The application portal is now closed. 

      6. Getting your application results

      Applicants can expect an answer within 1 month after the application was submitted. 

      • Complete your payment after admission to secure your place. 

      Accommodation: We cannot arrange accommodation for NORA students, and UiO/SiO offers no housing guarantee for NORA students. NORA students are, however, allowed to apply for student housing through SiO, but since demand is very high, this is a risky option if one has no back-up plan. Hybel.no and finn.no are the biggest search engines for the private housing market.

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