Arrival in Norway as a new student

Moving to Norway

For international students

Traveling to Norway for the first time

On this page, you will find useful information you as an international student need to travel to NTNU and Norway.

Please familiarize yourself with the information in the below before your journey. Also make sure to read the checklist for new international students.



Prepare for moving to Norway

Prepare for moving to Norway

Students from non-EU/EEA countries will require a valid student visa, obtained in advance, in order to be allowed Norway. EU/EEA citizens do not need a visa before arrival. In order to be eligible for a student visa you need to document:

Self-financed students must deposit the required amount to NTNU’s deposit account and submit the confirmation of deposit with their visa application.

Exchange students who are not EU/EEA citizens, but who will be going to NTNU through an Erasmus+ agreement, may apply for a visa upon arrival in Norway, as long as they have a valid Schengen visa. Exchange students with an Erasmus+ scholarship do not need to transfer money to NTNU's deposit account. If you have questions regarding this, please contact our Exchange officer:

Visa applications are continuously being processed by the Directorate for Immigration (UDI) -  see UDIs webpages for further information about visa application.

We unfortunately cannot guarantee accommodations/housing for EU/EEA citizens or exchange students - however, if any options at the student villages open up you will be informed. International Master's students from non-EU/EEA are guaranteed accommodations if they have paid their deposit within the deadline.

Read more about housing here.
For a guide on finding private accommodations, see this page.

If you have questions regarding accommodation, feel free to contact us by e-mail:

The Office of International Relations is currently closed to the public, but we are available online and hope to open for students in time for the spring 2022 semester. 

If you are either moving into an unfurnished apartment, need more furniture, kitchen utensils or whatever for your room or apartment, you can find free or reasonably priced stuff in Trondheim.

On you can find a lot of furniture given away for free. Choose “Torget”, then “Møbler og interiør”. On the left side menu you choose “Trøndelag” under “Område”, then the option for “Trondheim”. Below you can choose “Gis bort” to only see what is given away for free.

NTNU ReStore or The ReStore Facebook groupStudents that are moving out leave their stuff for those who move in.

Fretex: There are three Fretex secondhand stores in Trondheim.
They are located in Nardovegen 10, Fjordgata 40 and Rosenborg gate 9-11.
Other secondhand shops are Sirkulus, Transit, NMS Gjenbruk. Outside of the city centre you can find Brukom (at Heggstadmoen), NLM Gjenbruk (at Saupstadsenteret).


Entry and testing

On January 26th 2022, the Norwegian government removed the requirement for travel quarantine upon entry to Norway.

Therefore, no one entering Norway will need to enter travel quarantine.

There are also no longer any rules for testing or entry registration with the state.


Travelers no longer need to quarantine upon arrival to Norway.

If you test positive for Covid-19 upon arrival to Norway, it is recommended that you enter isolation for four days or until symptom free.

Your visa decision letter states that you should report to the police station within 7 days of arrival in order to obtain your residence card. Due to the circumstances surrounding Covid-19, this is not possible. You will have to register with the police eventually, but not within the first week.

For various reasons, including after-effects of the pandemic, there are currently very few appointment hours available at the Trondheim police station, but the NTNU Office of International Relations will organize appointments for new international students. Dates and times for Trondheim appointments will be e-mailed to you.

Students at NTNU in Ålesund and Gjøvik will receive separate information regarding visa appointments at the police later.

This information applies only to International master's students, not exchange students.

Most new international students have already deposited money to the NTNU deposit account in order to document financing. These students will receive a cash card with NOK 60 000,- to cover expenses until they are able to open their own bank account in Norway.

In order to recieve a cash card, you need to deposit the money before arrival in Norway.

Instructions how to obtain your cash card will be posted here.

For more information on financing, see this page.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries staying in Norway for more than 12 months will automatically be covered by the Norwegian National Health Insurance scheme from the moment they arrive in Norway.

It is however important that you arrangee your own travel insurance before going to Norway. This should be done well in advance of your journey. Please note that there may be special circumstances concerning the corona situation in terms of insurance policies.

Students from EU/EEA countries must bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).* 
If you do not have a European Health Insurance Card,you must have private insurance.

*Exemption: Nordic citizens are entitled to medical care under the National Health Insurance Scheme without any insurance documentation.

For more information on insurance, see this page.

The 2022 spring semester starts January 10th, though activities and lectures for individual courses may begin later. On NTNUs e-learning platform Blackboard, you will find complete overviews of your courses and their learning materials, including any messages from course administrators/teachers. You log in to Blackboard with your NTNU credentials and password through NTNU's intraweb: Innsida. (You may not receive this log-in info until shortly before the semester starts).

Lectures will mainly be in-person, but some courses may also have some online lectures or activities. This information will also be available in each course's page on Blackboard.

Please note that before going on campus, you must complete the online course in infection prevention.

Keep up-to-date on any developments

International master's students and exchange students

Please note the difference between international master's students and exchange students

  • International master's students have been admitted to a full degree and will spend 2+ years at NTNU.
  • Exchange students from other universities spend 1-2 semesters at NTNU before returning to their home university, where they are getting their degree.

There are some key differences to note between these two groups, such as exchange students (and master's students from the EU/EEA) not being guaranteed accommodations. Please take careful note of which group you belong to and thus which information applies to you.

Course in infection prevention



NTNU Office of International Relations

Application questions:

Questions about visa, financing or immigration:


Phone: (+47) 701 61 234

Student Welfare Society
Phone: (+47) 735 38 620