Since Norway is one of the Schengen countries, you may need to apply for a Schengen short stay Student VISA, to study in Norway, if your studies is less than or equal to 3 months.
Or you apply for the Norway long stay VISA, if your studies is longer than 3 months.
Norway Student VISA
A Student Schengen VISA is an entry permit to the Schengen Zone, granted to third-Country Nationals wishing to enter and remain for short-stays in any of the member states, under the purpose of studying.
The following are the required documents for Schengen Norway Student VISA;
- Two VISA application forms; Fully completed, with correct and honest answers. Print it and sign the form at the end.
- Two identical photos; Taken within the last three months according to the Schengen VISA photo requirements.
- Valid passport; Issued within the last 10 years with validity of at least 3 months after the end of the planned journey.
- A copy of passport’s biometric data.
- Previous passports; Tied together with a rubber band. Do not staple them!
- Proof of residency; Some sort of document issued by the country where you are applying from as a proof that you are a citizen or resident of that country.
- Roundtrip reservation or itinerary; Specifying the dates and flight numbers of entry and exit from the Schengen area. Here you can learn more about how to book a flight reservation for eu VISA application.
- Travel medical insurance; A document issued by your Europe health insurer, confirming you have insurance for the whole Schengen territory, throughout your whole stay with coverage of €30,000 for emergency health situations.
- Proof of Accommodation; Evidence where you will be staying at, during your time in the Schengen zone. This could be one of the following:
- Dormitory contract. Signed between you and an official of a dormitory in the country where you will be staying.
- Rent Agreement. A contract with a property owner in this Schengen state, specifying the address and other information details about the facility and landlord.
- Letter of Invitation. A letter written by a resident in the country you are applying to enter, confirming they are willing to take you in their home throughout the period you will be there.
- Letter of acceptance at an EU University/College/School. A recent, official and signed letter stating your name/type of studies/length of studies/part of a European program if applicable/number of hours per week.
- Proof of academic qualifications. Diploma, academic records, attestation of the application for equivalence or decision / dispatch of equivalence.
- Proof of financial means. Documents that show one is able to reside and financially maintain him / herself during their stay in the Schengen zone. This can be one of the following:
- Original attestation of an official scholarship of minimum 631€/month.
- Bank account statement. Showing your bank balance for the last three months.
- Proof of paid VISA fee.
Additional Documents required for Minors
- An extract of the minor’s birth certificate.
- An identity document bearing the parents’ signature (one document for each parent).
- A declaration of consent from both parents, stating that the minor can travel.
- If relevant: a court judgement stating which parent has been allocated parental responsibility for the minor.
- If relevant: a declaration from the minor’s school consenting to his/her absence.
Proof of occupation.
- If employed:
- Employment contract
- Leave permission from the employer
- Income Tax Return
- If self-employed:
- A copy of your business license,
- Company’s bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
- If a student:
- Proof of enrollment
- No Objection Letter from University
You have to follow the steps below if you want to apply.
- Check if you need the Norway Student VISA: You have to check if your Country needs the Norway Student VISA or not.
- Figure out where you need to apply: Submit your Student Schengen VISA Application at the responsible Embassy/Consulate/VAC of your main Schengen destination in your Country of residence.
- Figure out the best time to submit your VISA application: The earliest you can apply is three months prior to your trip towards Schengen. The latest you can apply is 15 days prior to your trip. But it’s best for you to apply about 4 weeks prior to your departure date, since this way you will give to the embassy enough time for processing your VISA.
- Fill the application form for a short-stay VISA.
- Collect the required documents for a Student Schengen VISA.
- Make an appointment.
- Attend the interview.
- Pay the student VISA fee.
- Wait for a response.
Other things To Note
- The Validity of a Student Schengen VISA is up to three months, within a six-month period. When you get the passport with the VISA in it, check the VISA sticker information, to make sure about the validity period and the duration of permitted stay in the Schengen Area.
- The Norway Student VISA can be extended only in some very specific cases as late entry, humanitarian reasons, force majeure or important personal reasons.
- You cannot work under a Student Schengen VISA in Europe.
Norway Student VISA (Long Stay)
If you’re planning to study in Norway for a long time, then you have to apply for the Norway Long stay VISA.
Who is exempted from the Norwegian Student VISA?
Students from Finland, Denmark, Sweden or Iceland are exempted from applying for the Student VISA for Norway, and do not need to register with the Police.
You must report to a tax office in Norway for an ID check, and to report your move to Norway if you plan to study in Norway for more than six months.
Students from Nations within the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and the European Economic Area (EEA), can study in Norway for up to 90 days without applying for a Student residence permit.
However, these Students will need to apply for a Student residence permit for stays of over 90 days.
You will need to register with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration online first, providing details of your correspondence address in Norway, and then go in person to the nearest Police station on arrival, to present the relevant documents showing your basis for residence.
You will need to show:
- Your passport
- Confirmation of admission to an approved educational institution
- Private health insurance or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- Personal declaration of sufficient funds to support yourself while you study in Norway
You also do not need to apply for the Norway Student VISA, if you fulfill one of the other exemptions to the VISA requirement, as listed on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website.
Note: If your Country is not among the aforementioned groups, then you need a VISA to enter into Norway.
After Checking if you need a VISA, the next move is for you to possess an admission letter from you preferred school in Norway, and the Educational Institution must be accredited.
When you get your letter of admission, contact Norwegian Embassy or Consulate for more information about the application procedures.
You may need to apply online or in paper in your Country’s Norwegian Embassy or consulate. However, you have to compile and submit the following documents when applying:
- A completed application forms.
- Receipt of having paid the application fee (NOK 5,300, which is roughly US$650).
- A valid travel document (i.e. passport).
- Two recent passport-sized photos with a white background.
- Evidence of admittance to an approved full-time education program.
- Evidence of sufficient financial funds for the entire period of study, including funds to support any accompanying family, which should be in a Norwegian Bank Account (it can be difficult to open an account in a Norwegian bank without a Norwegian personal number, so you can usually deposit the required amount into an account established by your Educational Institution). You need to prove you have access to NOK 116,369 for each academic year (10 months), which is approximately US$14,350.
- Evidence that you have somewhere to live (such as a house, apartment, bedsit or room in a hall of residence).
- Evidence that you will leave Norway when your residence permit expires (usually in the form of a return ticket).
- Completed and signed UDI document checklist, which you should print off and hand in along with your other documents.
Processing times for the Student residence permits will vary and may take two months or so. Therefore it is advisable to apply as soon as you are able.
If your application is granted, you must then obtain a residence card. This is proof that you have the right to live in Norway, and is issued by your Local Police station in Norway.
You’re required to visit the Police Station within seven days of your arrival in Norway. You’ll have your fingerprints and photo taken, and will be sent your residence card by post within 10 working days.
You can renew your study permit through the online Application Portal Norway at least three months before it expires, providing evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself, as well as satisfactory progress studying in Norway (your Study Progression Report, issued from your faculty, confirms this).