English language requirements

These English requirements concern all international students at NTNU except students native to the nordic countries, who do not require to document any language proficiency. 

Who needs to document language proficiency

Erasmus exchange students

Students who are admitted to NTNU through the Erasmus programme do not need to document english proficiency, but we do expect that our incoming Erasmus students have a good command of the English language that enables them to communicate well at an academic level. The level of English proficiency should be at least B2, preferably C1, using the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages scale.

International exchange- and master's students

International exchange students from outside the EU/EEA/EFTA and students applying to an International master's programme must fulfill, and be able to document, at least one of the English language requirements listed below to be eligible for admission. 

English tests must be no more than two years old at the time of applying to NTNU. This means that tests taken more than two years from the application date will not be accepted. The exception is the Cambridge test (CAE, First Certificate or Certificate of Proficiency), for which there is no expiration date.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Programmes

The English language requirements for the Erasmus Mundus master's programmes vary. Visit the Erasmus Mundus programme website.

Joint Nordic Master's Programmes

The English language requirements for the Joint Nordic master's programmes vary. Visit the website of your master's programme of interest for further information.

How to prove English proficiency

Accepted English proficiency tests

To be eligible to apply you will need to have at least one of the requisites in the list below:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):
    • Minimum score of 90 points on the internet based test
    • minimum score of 600 points on the paper based test
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) 
    • academic test with a minimum overall band score of 6.5
  • University of Cambridge tests, at least one: - First Certificate in English - Certificate in Advanced English - Certificate of Proficiency in English

Other proofs of English proficiency

  • A passing English grade from Norwegian videregående skole or Higher Secondary Education in the Nordic Countries. We also accept International Baccalaureate with a minimum score of 4.
  • One year of study at a university physically located in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Great Britain or USA (the language of instruction must have been English).
  • A university degree with a major in the English language (BA in English).
  • Applicants who have completed a minimum of one year of university level studies with English as the language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries. This include both degree and exchange studies.
  • A bachelor degree where the language of instruction is English from the following countries: Botswana, Ethiopia, the Philippines, Jamaica, Gambia, Ghana, Cameroon, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, South Africa, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
  • A-level exam in English from the following countries: Botswana, Gambia, Ghana, Hong Kong, Cameroon, Kenya, Macau, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tonga, Uganda, Western Samoa, Zimbabwe


Trondheim - Office of International Relations

International House, O. S. Bragstads plass 3, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Student drop-in: Monday to friday 13:00 - 14:30

Exchange students: exchange@st.ntnu.no

Master's degree students: admissions@st.ntnu.no

Gjøvik - Office of International Relations

Visiting address: Office G104, Teknologivegen 22, 2815 Gjøvik, Norway
Postal address: P.O. box 191, 2802 Gjøvik, Norway

Exchange students: international@gjovik.ntnu.no 
Master’s degree students: opptak@ntnu.no

Ålesund -  Office of International Relations 

Visiting address: K-building, office numbers KP-245 and KP-246, Larsgårdsvegen 2, 6009 Ålesund
Postal address: P.O. Box 1517, 6025 Ålesund, Norway

Exchange students: Anne Ulla au@ntnu.no / Kristian Severeide kristian.severeide@ntnu.no
Master’s degree students: opptak@ntnu.no

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Web: ntnu.edu/international
FAQs: ntnu.edu/studies/faq