International Master's degrees - fall 2020

International Master's degrees - fall 2020

Information for International students who have been offered admission into an international Master’s programme at NTNU from August 2020.

The Norwegian Ministry of Justice and Public Security have on 18 May issued a temporary bill on restricted travel across Norwegian borders until 1 January 2021. This bill is currently undergoing an official hearing, but we do expect that it will be passed within a few days. The bill states that only Norwegian citizens and people who already have a valid residence permit in Norway will be allowed to enter the country, which means that it will be more or less impossible for any international students to travel to Norway for the whole of the Autumn semester and admitted students must consequently plan on following lectures digitally for the first semester. Students should then arrange to travel to Norway in January to start the second semester of your Master’s programme.

This also means that accommodation should be booked from January, and we will send out information about how to book a room at the student village in August/ September. Admitted students should also wait until August/ September to apply for s student visa, as the Norwegian Immigration Authorities are currently not issuing any entry visas to applicants from outside the EU/EEA. More information will follow in August.

It is very important that offers of admission are replied to by the deadline 25 May. Information and updates about digital lectures etc in the Autumn semester will be distributed by student advisors at the faculties and study programmes, and it is important that they know who have actually accepted their seats to ensure that this information reaches everyone. Information will also be posted on the websites of the various study programmes, which are found in this overview:

We are sorry about any inconvenience this may cause, but also confident that this solution will be for the best for most of our international grade students, considering the many uncertainties we are all currently facing. This also gives more time to arrange deposits and visa applications, which we know may be difficult to organize in many countries at the moment, due to closed offices and lockdown issues. We hope that everyone will all be able to follow lectures digitally in the Autumn semester and that we will see our new students in person in January 2021. Information about joint digital information meetings for new students and practical issues such as how to register for exams etc will be sent out in mid-June to those who accept their seats, and we will also hold some digital information sessions at the start of the semester.

Please note that it is not possible to defer a seat until next year. Students who decide to decline their offered seat this year, will have to apply again for admission in 2021 when the application portal opens in early October.


Please do not hesitate to contact the office of international relations or your study programme coordinators for any questions you might have.