Additional education in order for your education to be recognised in Norway

Requirements relating to your education/qualifications

You must have one of the following types of education/qualifications

  • a completed vocational training programme of at least three years at upper secondary school level, for example as a carpenter or health worker. There must be a corresponding vocational training programme in Norway.
  • completed education or degree from a university/ university college, for example a bachelor's degree as an engineer or nurse
  • special qualifications that you have obtained through long work experience, if relevant in combination with courses etc. A permit is only granted in such cases in exceptional circumstances. Your qualifications must be equivalent to those of someone who has completed vocational training.

Other requirements of the student

Requirements relating to the study programme

Special requirements of health personnel

  • You must apply to the Norwegian Directorate of Health (external website) for authorisation or a licence to work in the Norwegian health care system.
  • You can only be granted a residence permit to take courses that you, according to the Norwegian Directorate of Health, lack in order to obtain a licence or authorisation
  • If you are a nurse, you must have received an offer of admission to a study programme at the nursing education department of a university college. If relevant, you can then apply for exemption from individual courses.
  • If you are to complete your required practical training period ('turnus'), you must apply for a residence permit as a skilled worker instead.

Rights and obligations for applicants who are granted a study permit

  • If you are granted a study permit, you are automatically also granted permission to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week in addition to your studies and full-time during holidays.
  • Your spouse or cohabitant and children can usually apply to come and live with you in Norway. If your family members apply at the same time as you, you will receive the answer to your applications at the same time. 
  • The period you have this permit does not count if you later wish to apply for a permanent residence permit. 
  • You can hold such a study permit for a total of maximum two years.