Financial Requirements/ How to apply for a student residence permit in Norway?
Molde University College does not offer any other scholarships for international students at our undergraduate (bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s) programmes. Most of our international exchange and degree students will therefore finance their studies by themselves or by utilising different scholarships arrangements in their home countries. However, there is no tuition fees for Norwegian and international students at Norwegian state-run higher educational institutions, and international students from countries where a visa is required for entering Norway and the Schengen countries, only need to document a minimum of NOK 104 080 per academic year or NOK 52 040 per semester to cover for their own living expenses while studying in Norway. In addition, admitted degree students will have to pay a minor semester fee of NOK 695 per semester, mainly to the Student Services Organisation. International exchange students are not required to pay the semester fee at Molde University College, since they are already admitted to a degree programme at their home institutions.
Students who are citizens of countries where a visa for Norway is required, need to apply for a first time student residence permit at the nearest Norwegian consulate or embassy in their home country or from the nearest Norwegian consulate/ embassy in the neighbouring countries, if there is no Norwegian consulate/ embassy in the home country. The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) in Oslo requires that the admitted/ invited students with Individual Funding, transfer a minimum amount of money (NOK 104 080 per academic year/ NOK 52 040 per semester) to a deposit account at a Norwegian bank before the student residence permit can be granted. Most of the Norwegian higher educational institutions have established such deposit accounts in close collaboration with a Norwegian bank. In addition, the admitted/ invited international student must submit copies of all the pages in his/her passport, a copy of the invitation letter/ letter of admission from the Norwegian higher educational institutions, including information about the study plan for the student’s study programme in Norway, and documentation showing that a single room accommodation has been provided for the student by the Norwegian higher educational institution. This information is mentioned in the letter of admission for degree students and in the invitation letter for the exchange students. Detailed information about UDI’s financial requirements for obtaining a student residence permit to Norway, the arrangement for transferring the minimum amount of money into the Norwegian deposit account, and other documents that UDI requires to be submitted with your application for student residence permit to Norway, will first be given in the letter of admission/ invitation letter. Please also refer to the general information at UDI’s home page: http://www.udi.no/
, where admitted/ invited international students who are citizens of countries where there is no visa requirements for entering Norway can find useful information about the application procedures and requirements (e.g. Information for international exchange or degree students who are citizens of countries within EU or the European Economic Area).