How to apply for Visa

  • Check on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's website to see if you need a visitor's visa to study at the ISS.
  • The application process can take several months, start early.
  • Contact the nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate as soon as you confirm your place in the program to start the visa application process.
    • If Norway does not have an Embassy/Consulate in your country, contact a Swedish, Danish, German, French or Belgian Embassy or Consulate for assistance.
  • If you plan to travel to other countries in the Schengen Area, you must apply for a visa that includes the total amount of time in the Schengen Area.
  • If you plan to travel to countries outside of the Schengen Area, you must apply for those visas separately. 
  • Visa fees may be very high, and are not covered by any ISS scholarships.

What to bring to the embassy?

  • Admission letter (can be downloaded from the online application portal).
  • Proof of health insurance coverage (ISS students have coverage in the ISS Group Health Insurance Policy). If you are asked to purchase health insurance, contact the ISS office first. 
  • Airline ticket showing travel dates.
  • Other documentation required by the Embassy/Consulate.

Visa rejected?

  • The ISS cannot alter negative visa decisions.
  • If you are denied a visa and cannot attend the Summer School, contact the ISS office immediately. You may be entitled to a refund. 
  • As a rule, visa applications from self-financed ISS students who are from and who reside in countries with an extremely weak currency will be declined.
  • We therefore strongly discourage this group from applying, since our experience shows that an admission letter from the ISS has no effect, consequently the student will only end up wasting his/her money and time.
  • If you need to cancel your place, please see our cancellation policy.

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Published Oct. 28, 2016 10:46 AM - Last modified Jan. 19, 2018 12:28 PM