Moving to Norway during the pandemic

Illustration - moving to Norway during COVID
We are exicted to welcome you to NTNU and to Norway, but due to COVID-19, you will need to prepare carefully. Photo: NTNU

Arrival in Norway - COVID-19

Arrival in Norway during the pandemic

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, students accepted to two-year, full-time international Master’s programmes at NTNU have mostly attended their studies online during the Autumn semester.

Students have been informed that they should plan on going to Trondheim physically for the spring semester 2021. Information about how to apply for a visa and how to book accommodations has been sent to most students from outside the EU.

There are a number of things you need to be prepared for before journeying to Norway, including mandatory 10-day quarantine upon arrival. Please familiarize yourself with all information in the toggler below before your journey. Also make sure to read the checklist for new international students.

The COVID-19 situation is continously developing, and changes may occur before, or during, your stay in Norway. Before arriving and throughout your stay, it is imperative that you keep up-to-date on any developments on NTNUs Corona page. If you have questions about Corona and student life at NTNU that are not answered here, check the Corona FAQ.

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.

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 into the country. EU/EEA citizens are not required to obtain 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 non-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 NTNUs deposit accound. 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, but if any options at the student villages open up you will be informed. 
International Master's students from non-EU/EEA countries who have paid their deposit within the deadline are guaranteed accommodations.

You must have (confirmed) accommodations ready before journeying to Norway in order to be allowed to enter the country.

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:

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

The Office of International Relations is closed to the public, but we are available online. 
All signing of contracts and necessary paperwork will be done digitally.

Yes. All students coming from abroad are currently required to stay in quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in Norway. You are responsible for observing your own quarantine - please note that breaking quarantine rules may result in fines up to NOK 20 000,- or more. Read the following guide thoroughly.

Upon arrival:

  • You will be required to wear a face mask on the flight to Norway, and must keep the mask on until you arrive at your residence for quarantine. It is also highly recommended that you take the COVID-19 test offered at the airport before leaving. Please note that the 10-day quarantine is mandatory regardless of test results from the airport.
  • If you are studying in Trondheim, the easiest way to get to the student villages at Moholt or Voll is to take the airport express bus (Værnesekspressen), from right outside the Arrival hall. The bus stops right outside both student villages. 
  • It is important that you make as few stops as possible along the way, and maintain the minimum safe distance of 1 meter from other people at all times.
  • Please familiarize yourself with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health's official regulations for quarantine and isolation. Note that there is a difference between 'quarantine' and 'isolation', with the latter having stricter rules and being neccessary if you have a confirmed COVID-19 infection.

While you are quarantined, you are not allowed on campus or in other public places (cafés, shops, etc.), but you may go outside as long as you keep a good distance from others. Keep a safe distance from any roommates, and remember to disinfect kitchen surfaces etc. after use.

You are allowed to carry out necessary errands such as grocery shopping or going to the pharmacy, but avoid going during the busiest hours (13:00-17:00), and make sure to maintain social distancing. Alternatively, multiple grocery stores offer home delivery of wares, and Facebook groups exist in which you can ask other students for help with tasks such as grocery shopping:

Please keep in mind that quarantine means you will be unable to go out and buy bedsheets/blankets/pillows etc. for the first 10 days. The NTNU Office of International Relations and the Student Welfare Society will provide duvets, but not bedsheets, to students guaranteed a place in student villages. You should therefore bring, at minimum, bedsheets, a pillow and a blanket.

If you experience any symptoms of respiratory tract infection (fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue, etc.) isolate yourself at home and get tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible. Any roommates will have to go into quarantine. On the municipality's webpages, you will find information on how to book a test Trondheim, Gjøvik or Ålesund. As you will not yet have recieved official Norwegian identification (BankID/MinID), you will be unable to book a test online - instead, please call the Corona helpline at:

  • (+47) 905 09 052 - Trondheim
  • (+47) 611 58 911 - Gjøvik
  • (+47) 701 64 060 - Ålesund

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 mandatory quarantine, this will not be possible - do not break quarantine to go the police station.

Due to the pandemic, there are currently very few appointment hours available at the Trondheim police station, but the NTNU Office of International Relations will organize joint group appointments for new international students in late January/ early February. For students arriving during the Autumn semester, we will try to organize group appointments in October/ November as well. Dates and times for Trondheim appointments will be posted here.

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 2021 spring semester starts January 11th, 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.

Lectures may be online or in-person, depending on the course - this information will also be available in each course's page on Blackboard.

If you have courses with physical attendance, please follow the course digitally during quarantine, and if you experience any kind of sickness (in which case you are required to stay at home).

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

The biannual Orientation week for international students will be a hybrid of online and physical (outdoor) meetings. The physical meetings will be held later in January/early February, when most or all arriving international students are out of the mandatory quarantine.
Read more about the Orientation week in:

Mandatory course in infection prevention

Mandatory course in infection prevention

NTNU's course in infection prevention is mandatory for all students before going on campus.

Contact information and planned meetings

Contact information and planned meetings

The Office of International Relations is currently closed to the public, but we plan to arrange a number of physical meetings for international students in the Spring semester, in order for students to be able to meet us and each other face to face. We will provide further information on time and location.

We will also organize informational Zoom meetings which will be advertised here and in our Facebook groups. 

You are of course also welcome to contact us with any questions. You may also want to contact the Student Welfare Society (Sit).

NTNU Office of International Relations


Phone: (+47) 735 98 139 / (+47) 735 95 180


Phone: (+47) 611 35 163


Phone: (+47 701 61 698

Student Welfare Society

Phone: (+47) 735 38 620