Courses and study programmes for refugees
Courses and study programmes for refugees
We are allocating temporary student places in Trondheim, Gjøvik and Ålesund for refugees who have registered for collective protection or received individual asylum in Norway in 2022 from spring 2023 onward. Please note that you must be present in Norway when applying.
Being a new student from Ukraina
NTNU offers a wide range of single courses, in various academic disciplines, taught in English.
Single courses on a master's level require that you have completed a bachelor degree in a relevant field and that you cover the same English language requirement as the international master's programmes have.
Single courses on a bachelor’s level may have additional requirements that you can either cover with a secondary school specialisation in these particular subjects, or a relevant specialisation in these subjects at undergraduate level:
- Biology courses require mathematics, as well as one additional natural science
- Courses within architecture, computer and information science, engineering, physics, and technology, generally require mathematics and physics
- Courses within technology, as well as TPD4121, SØK1151, and FY2045, also have a grade requirement in mathematics
You can apply for level 1 and/or level 2 of the Norwegian for Foreigners course for spring semester 2023. Each course lasts one semester, and consists of 78 hours of classroom teaching in total, 6 hours per week for a duration of 13 weeks. Information about the course content is available on the web page of the Department of Language and Literature.
You need to have English language skills equivalent to level B1 to be considered for admission for the Norwegian language course.
If you apply for the level 2 course, and do not have sufficient documentation of your Norwegian language skills, you will be called in for a placement test.
Online beginner's Norwegian course
NTNU also offers internet-based Norwegian language learning resource for beginners for anyone wanting to learn Norwegian.
Admission for spring semester 2023
- From 20 October you can register your application on NTNU's Søknadsweb.
- If you do not have a Norwegian ID number yet, please choose "Login International Applicant" to register yourself using your email address and a password.
- Select "Admission for refugees" on Søknadsweb.
- Choose the study programmes or courses you want to apply for.
- If you want to take single courses, please write both the code and the name of the course(s) in the comment field in your application.
- Upload the required documentation (see "Admission requirements" on this web page).
Application deadline: 1 December
We will send you an email if there is documentation missing from your application.
Please note that you must be present in Norway when applying.
Minimum requirements for admission
For the academic year 2022/2023, higher education institutions may make exceptions from the general admission requirements for individuals with collective protection or asylum in Norway. On the NOKUT web page you will find the general minimum requirements for admission to higher education in Norway for applicants with foreign education.
After registering your application, please upload the following documents on Søknadsweb:
- Documentation of completed high school or higher secondary school
- Documentation of your higher education
- Applicants who cannot document the higher education requirement are welcome to apply, and will be assessed individually.
- Translations of educational documents to English or a Scandinavian language if you have this
- Documentation showing that you have refugee status in Norway
- Documentation of your English language skills
English language requirement
As all courses are taught in English, you need to have a good command of the English language, and you may need to provide TOEFL/IELTS test scores. Applicants who lack an English language test will be given the opportunity to take a test, funded by NTNU, to document their language proficiency. We will contact you if this applies to you.
Our international master's programmes require that you cover the English language requirement in one of the ways described on our web page.
Admissions will operate on a first come, first served basis.
For more information about the education system, credits, and the grading system in Norway, as well as general information about being a student in Norway, you can have a look at the following web page: www.studyinnorway.no
PhD opportunities, staff and academics working at NTNU
At the moment, our best recommendation for refugees that would like to take a PhD is to apply for relevant vacant PhD positions at NTNU. NTNU is committed to open merit-based recruitment.
You may also contact potential supervisors within your field and discuss the possibility to apply for funding of a PhD within your interest field. Such an application process may take some time (a year or more) depending on the financing institution.
Note that you must have a residence permit to work in Norway also as a PhD candidate. Academic staff may obtain residence permits for skilled workers. Refugees who have been granted collective protection may also work in Norway.