Corona - For new degree students

If you have been admitted to a degree or exchange studies at NTNU are planning to journey to Norway in the 2020 fall semester or early 2021, please read the arrival guideline for new degree students .

International Master's degrees - fall 2020

International Master's degrees - fall 2020

13 July 2020

Information for international students who have been offered admission to an International Master’s programme at NTNU from August 2020, as well as students in an Erasmus Mundus, Nordic 5Tech or other double degree programme.

All lectures for the autumn semester will be offered digitally. While some students will be able to enter Norway in August, we recommend that you wait until the start of the spring semester in January before coming to Norway.  

On 25 June, the Norwegian Government published some changes concerning the travel restrictions that were introduced earlier this spring to limit the spread of the Corona-virus.

From 1 July, all international students who have been offered admission to a study programme at a Norwegian university are allowed to come to Norway. This applies to EU/EEA-citizens and citizens from countries outside the EU who have already obtained a residence permit in Norway.

After 15 July, those traveling from most European countries will be able to enter Norway freely, however some countries still have quarantine requirements upon entry.  

Despite these new rules, we still recommend that you all stay at home for the autumn semester and schedule your arrival in Norway for January.

Official travel advice and guidelines

Non-EU / non-EEA citizens

The changes in travel restrictions will not lead to any changes for the autumn semester at NTNU, as you have to apply for a visa before entering Norway, and to do that you will need housing and documentation of financing. As NTNU cannot guarantee housing for the autumn semester, and the process of depositing money and applying for a visa is very time-consuming, you will in any case not be able to arrive at NTNU in August. We will therefore continue as planned and send you all the necessary practical information in August to prepare you for your visa applications for January 2021.

EU/EEA citizens

You may in some cases be able to travel to Norway and start your studies physically from August, as you do not need a visa. However, there are two factors that you need to be aware of:

  1. Not all study programmes will offer physical lectures in the autumn semester
  2. NTNU cannot guarantee or provide housing for the autumn semester

An e-mail has been sent out to everyone who has accepted their place, with more information.

Housing and visa

Student housing should be booked from January, and we will send out information about how you can book a room at the student village in August/ September. Admitted students should also wait until August/ September to apply for a student visa. More information will follow in August.

Study start

Everyone who has accepted their offer of admission, will get further information by e-mail regarding the start of the semester. Information and updates about digital lectures, etc, in the autumn semester will be distributed by student advisors at the faculties and study programmes. Information will also be posted on the websites of the various study programmes.

More information for new students


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 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.

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