English language requirements

These English requirements concern students applying for a master's degree and exchange programmes at NTNU.


Exchange students

Exchange students from countries outside the EU (South-Korea, China, Japan, South America and Serbia) are required to document their English proficiency.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 90 points on the internet based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5

There are no formal language requirements for students from EU countries at NTNU, but we do expect that our incoming Erasmus students have a good level of English language that enables them to communicate well at an academic level. We recommend that their level of English proficiency is at least on level B2, preferably C1 at the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.


Erasmus Mundus programmes

The English language requirements for the Erasmus Mundus master's programmes vary. Visit the Erasmus Mundus programme website for information about programmes that are not listed here.

MSc in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management (CoMEM):

CoMEM requires the language certificate to have been issued within the past two years.

Please note:
Nationals from the USA, the English speaking part of Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand are exempt from the English language requirements.


Joint Nordic master's programmes

The English language requirements for the Joint Nordic master's programmes vary. Visit the website of your master's programme of interest for further information.


International master's programmes

These English language requirements are valid for applicants applying to an International master's programme. If you are uncertain if your programme is an International master's programme, please check it against this list.

  • A passing grade from a Norwegian upper secondary school (videregående skole)
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 90 points on the internet based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) with a minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • University of Cambridge tests: - First Certificate in English - Certificate in Advanced English - Certificate of Proficiency in English
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with a minimum score of 85 points
  • One year of study at a university in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or the USA. The language of instruction must be English.
  • A university degree with a major in English
  • If special situations warrant it, applicants may document their English expertise in other ways.

Possible exemptions

Applicants from countries that are members of the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) and/or the European Council/UNESCO-Cepes and who have had English as a second language over a period of a minimum of 7 years from elementary school through upper secondary school. In order to be eligible for this exemption, applicants must document that they meet these criteria. If special situations warrant it, applicants may document their English expertise in other ways.

Applicants with a Bachelor degree from a university in which the language of instruction is English:

  • Eligible countries:
    Botswana, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
     
  • Applicants who have an A-level exam in English, eligible counties:
    Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Cameroon, Kenya, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, Western Samoa, Zimbabwe

In addition, the following may qualify for an exemption:

  • Applicants from African countries with a BA/BSc/BEng degree where the language of instruction has been English and those who have passed English as a subject at GCE A-level with grade C or better.
     
  • Applicants with a university degree in English language (BA in English) are also exempted from the language requirement. Please be aware that applicants from Asian countries (for example Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam) with a BA/ BSc/ BEng degree where the language of instruction has been English are not exempted from the English language requirements, except for candidates holding a BA degree in English.

 


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