Studies - Refugees
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 received collective protection/individual asylum in Norway. 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 and master's programmes, 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 may also have a grade requirement in mathematics
Spring semester 2024
The following Norwegian for Foreigners courses will be published for admission:
- Level 1 in Trondheim
- Level 1 in Gjøvik
- Level 2 in Trondheim
- Level 2 in Ålesund
- Level 2 in Gjøvik
- Level 3 in Trondheim
- Level 1-3: 15 ECTS. 78 hours in total, 2 times 3 hours per week over 13 weeks, weeks 34-47.
Online beginner's Norwegian course
NTNU also offers internet-based Norwegian language learning resource for beginners for anyone wanting to learn Norwegian.
English for Academic Purposes is a language course at B1-B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The course aims to improve students’ English language proficiency and academic English language skills relevant for studying in the Norwegian higher education system, or fulfill the English language requirement for international master's studies.
Admission for spring semester 2024
- 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
From autumn semester 2023, higher education institutions can't make exceptions from the general admission requirements for individuals with collective protection/individual asylum in Norway. On the web page of the Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills you will find the general minimum requirements for admission to higher education in Norway for applicants with foreign education.
English language requirement
As we cannot make exceptions from the general admission requirements from autumn semester 2023, you need to document that you cover the English language requirement to be considered for admission.
- For single courses at bachelor's level and the Norwegian for Foreigners course you have to cover the "General English language requirement" as stated on the above mentioned web page
- For single courses at master's level and master's programmes you have to cover the English language requirement for international master's programmes
Please note that the English language test by Folkeuniversitetet we could offer to refugees last year, does not cover the regular English language requirements, and can therefore not be accepted for the admission process for autumn semester 2023.
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
- Authorised translations of your educational documents to English or a Scandinavian language
- Documentation showing that you have refugee status in Norway
- In most cases this should be documented with a letter from UDI stating that you have received collective protection
- Your residence permit is not sufficient documentation unless it explicitly states your refugee status
- Documentation showing that you cover the English language requirement
Admissions will operate on a first come, first served basis as long as there are available places.
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.
If you have residence (asylum) in Norway due to protection, you are exempted from tuition fees. Information about the exemptions is available on NTNU's web page about the tuition fees. Please note you will not have to send a separate application for this exemption.