Insider's Guide to NTNU
- Frequently asked questions for prospective students
- What do I do if I'm not Norwegian and want to study at NTNU?
- Are there organized campus tours of NTNU for international students?
- What are NTNU's tuition fees and are there scholarships?
- What is the semester fee and how do I pay it?
- What are the costs of living like in Trondheim and Norway?
- Can I get an undergraduate degree at NTNU if I don't speak Norwegian?
- Do I have to speak Norwegian to get a master's or PhD degree at NTNU?
- What are the application deadlines?
- What do I do if I want to study at NTNU as an exchange student?
- What do I do if I want to study at NTNU as an undergraduate student?
- What do I do if I want study at NTNU as a master's student?
- What do I do if I want to study at NTNU as a PhD candidate?
- Do you offer Norwegian courses?
- I can't find what I'm looking for!
- Where can I find course descriptions (ECTS information)?
- Where can I find practical information about living in Trondheim?
- What do I do about housing for my stay at NTNU?
- When does the semester start and when are the exam periods?
- I need help with my application or I want to know if I have a chance to be accepted to the university! Can you answer specific questions about my application?
Much of what you need to know is listed in the frequently asked questions on this page, or on our Studies webpages. There are separate pages for visiting or exchange students, students who wish to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree here, or for potential PhD candidates. If you don't find the information you're looking for, the Office of International Relations is the contact point for all international students. PhD candidates and international researchers can contact International Staff Services.
There are currently no organized campus tours for non-Norwegian students.
There are no tuition fees at NTNU. There are also a very limited number of scholarships available to help with living expenses and other costs. There is a small semester fee (in 2013, NOK 510) that students pay to SIT, the Student Welfare Organization in Trondheim, which covers a variety of student offerings.,
All international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to document that they have enough funding to live in Norway while attending university.
The Norwegian immigration authorities will only issue a student residence permit if you have proof that you have the funds needed to live here. For the 2013-2014 academic year, the minimum amount that you must document for the authorities is NOK 94,400 (approximately US $16,000).
The semester fee is paid to the Student Welfare Organization in Trondheim (SiT). You pay in the autumn and again in the spring, at the beginning of each semester. The fee is 510 kroner and finances a variety of student welfare services. Once you have paid you get a semester (ID) card, access to NTNU's computer systems and the like.
It is expensive! But to be more specific, you should probably budget about NOK 9,500 per month to cover your basic costs, such as housing, food and other university expenses. In fact, this is why the Norwegian government requires students to demonstrate that they have funds of NOK 94,400 (in 2013-2014) before a student residence permit is issued. Your single biggest expense will be housing, which is typically between NOK 4000 and NOK 4500, or more, depending upon whether you live in a little room or something a little larger.
Many students rent a "hybel", which is a bed-sit (UK English) or a studio apartment (American English). This is often a room in someone's home, typically in the basement (but with windows) and with its own entry.
Food is also very expensive, since most of it comes from outside of Norway. But since there are no tuition expenses in Norway, you have to look at the overall costs of your education in that context.
In a word, no. Nearly all undergraduate level classes are instructed in Norwegian. But if you really want to earn your undergraduate degree here, you can take Norwegian classes at NTNU that will eventually enable you to study in Norwegian.
No. NTNU offers a range of international master's programmes and PhD programmes in English. But you will have to demonstrate that you are proficient in English if you come from a country where English is not a native language.
The application deadline varies depending on the programme:
- Exchange students : May 1 for the autumn semester, October 1 for the spring semester.
- IFUS applicants: December 1 of the year before you intend to start your studies.
- International master's programmes: December 1 of the year before you intend to start your studies. Final application deadline: February 1.
- Applicants with a Norwegian or Nordic Degree have a deadline of April 15.
- Ordinary undergraduate degree programmes taught in Norwegian: Application to the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) by March 1 of the same year that you intend to start your studies.
- PhD programmes: The deadlines vary depending upon the individual vacancies, but are typically early in the year for a programme beginning in the autumn.
If you want to become an exchange student at NTNU, you have to fill in the application form on our website. The application deadline is May 1 for the autumn semester, and October 1 for the spring semester. After you have filled in the form and sent it electronically, you must print it, sign it and send it to us in the post with your transcripts. You can also browse a complete list of course descriptions on our website to help you decide what to study while here.
First, you have to learn Norwegian if it's not your native language -- it's one of the primary admissions requirements. Note that native speakers of Finnish, Swedish and Danish do not have to meet the Norwegian language requirement. We offer a one-year full-time course in Norwegian called IFUS for students who would like to study at NTNU but don't know the language. The course starts in August every year, but the application deadline is December 1 of the year before you intend to start your studies. After you have passed the Norwegian course, you may continue to study at NTNU within your chosen field.
If you can document your knowledge of Norwegian, you should apply through the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS). The application deadline for applicants with a foreign educational background is March 1 of the same year you intend to start your studies.
NTNU currently offers more 30 international master's programmes. These programmes are open to applicants who have a bachelor's degree or equivalent in an academic area that is relevant to the programme they wish to pursue at NTNU. If you are either employed or a student at one of NTNU's collaborating institutions in Africa, Asia, the Palestinian Areas or Central- and Eastern Europe, you may be eligible for a loan and scholarship through the Quota Scheme.
The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Development also may be a source of funding through the NOMA programme. All master's programmes start in August, and there is no admission for the spring semester. For both Quota Scheme applicants and applicants with individual funding, the preliminary application deadline is December 1, with the final application deadline of February 1 for applicants who have passed preliminary screening.
If you intend to come to NTNU as a PhD candidate, you are advised to contact the relevant Faculty directly. Please see our website on or a list of all faculties and departments at NTNU. You should also check our listing of vacant positions. There are no fixed deadlines for PhD applicants, and applications may be submitted at any time, although clearly if you're applying for a vacancy, you'll want to adhere to the deadlines in the description.
We have an online beginner course called NOW.
We have an intensive summer course that lasts for 3-4 weeks, which is mainly intended for exchange students or master's or PhD students who are coming to NTNU in the autumn semester and need to learn some Norwegian first.
We have courses that run for the whole semester (you have to pass three semesters to meet NTNU's language requirements).The semester course is intended for students/ employees at NTNU who are staying in Norway for some time. Everyone with a residence permit in Norway may apply for this course, however, and some places are reserved for applicants that are not connected to NTNU.
We also have a year-long intensive Norwegian course that upon successful completion meets NTNU's Norwegian requirements. The intensive summer course is mainly intended for exchange students or master's or PhD students who are coming to NTNU in the autumn semester and need to learn some Norwegian first.
You can find more information about these courses on our website.
If all else has failed, you can check the sitemap.
We maintain a list and descriptions of all courses offered at the university, organized by topic.
We have compiled a range of useful information on our Living in Trondheim webpages.
All students who have applied for an exchange period at NTNU will receive information about housing from the Office of International Relations. You can also read more about housing on the Innsida Housing page. Unfortunately, NTNU cannot guarantee housing for all incoming exchange students, although there are programmes in Trondheim to help.
Exchange students from countries outside of the EU/EEA are guaranteed housing due to visa regulations. Students from within the EU/EEA will be informed when their application to become an exchange student has been processed.
If you are a PhD student and need housing, you should fill out the common housing application form, which will put your name on a list and get you started. You can read more about this on NTNU's Housing for Employees page.
Because the dates change from year to year, the easiest way to answer is to have you look at the current calendar.
Unfortunately, no. We literally have thousands of applicants every year from around the globe, so we unfortunately cannot offer individual help or guidance to everyone who needs it. We have tried to make our webpages as comprehensive as possible, and we believe that you should be able find the information you need on our website. Good luck!
Are you a prospective PhD candidate or employee?
Contact NTNU's International Researcher Support if you need help as a prospective PhD candidate or a new or prospective employee.
We also have lots of information on the NIRS webpages, where you can also read more about what to do if:
- You're thinking of coming to NTNU as a PhD student or employee and wonder what you need to do
- You're newly arrived and need answers to basic how-to questions
- You've been on the job for a bit but still have some unanswered questions about your job or living situation