Admission

This study programme starts in August.

When to apply 

  • EU/EEA/Swiss applicants: from 1 February until 1 March  
  • Nordic citizens and applicants with a permanent or renewable residence permit in Norway: from 1 February until 15 April 
  • Non-EU/EEA applicants: from 1 October until 1 December 

How to apply

Admission requirements

Admission to master's degree studies requires:

  • Higher Education Entrance Qualification and a completed bachelor's degree comparable to a Norwegian bachelor's degree. Applicants with foreign education, please refer to the country list.
  • a specialization defined by the programme
  • a minimum grade average of C (in the Norwegian grading scale) or equivalent from the specialization in your degree.
  • a language requirement documented by one of the tests/exams below:
    a) Passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed examination in English from second and/or third school year in Norwegian upper secondary school, or
    b) An internationally recognised English language proficiency test.

Required specialization

  • An in-depth study of at least 80 ECTS credits within Arabic, Persian, Turkish or Hebrew at BA-level with a minimum average grade C.
  • 30 ECTS credits within Middle East area studies.

Students who do not have a bachelor's degree with a specialisation within a Middle Eastern language may also apply on the following two conditions:

  • They possess near-native fluency in spoken and written Arabic, Persian, Turkish or Hebrew, and can document this with transcripts from national secondary school.
  • They hold a bachelor's degree with a specialisation corresponding to 80 ECTS credits in a relevant discipline, such as anthropology, history, political science, religion or language or literature studies pertaining to the region.

Documentation

You have to upload all required documents in UiO's online application portal.

If you have completed studies outside the University of Oslo, you must in addition document descriptions of the courses that are relevant for admission.

A course description contains:

  • academic content
  • prescribed books
  • amount of teaching
  • other relevant information

The course name and code on the course description must match the course name and code on the transcript, and not come from previous curricula. The description should be submitted in English or in Norwegian, but a translation does not have to be provided by an authorized translator.

Ranking of applicants

Applicants are ranked according to their average grade in the specialisation of their degree.

Either:

  • With an in-depth study of at least 80 ECTS credits within either Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish language at the BA-level.  Applicants will be ranged on the basis of these 80 credits, with the minimum average grade C, corresponding to the Norwegian grading system.

Or:

  • Applicants who have documented their knowledge of Arabic, Hebrew, Persian or Turkish with transcripts from national secondary school, will be ranged on the basis of their specialisation, corresponding to at least 80 ECTS credits in a relevant discipline in cultural or social science studies. The minimum average grade of these 80 ETCS credits must be C, corresponding to the Norwegian grading system.

Applicants who cannot be ranked according to their grade average, will be ranked on the basis of an individual assessment.

Recognition of prior education

If you have previous higher education, you may apply for specific recognition of this education as part of your degree. Education from both Norwegian and non-Norwegian higher education institutions may be recognised. Recognition depends upon whether the education meets the specific requirements of your degree. Read more about recognition of prior education.

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