How to apply

Please note that you have to choose the campus listed in the original agreement with your home institution. The online application system is open for nominations and applications until 15 October.

Application periods

Autumn semester: 1 March - 15 April
Spring semester: 1 September - 15 October

Please note that HVL operates with 4 weeks processing time after the end of call for applications.

Step 1: Nomination

You have to be nominated by your home university before you can apply for admission. After you have been nominated by your home university, you will receive two e-mails: One with instructions on how to apply in our online application system SøknadsWeb, the other with your password and a link to the application.

Step 2: Log in

Use the link in the e-mail you have received to go to the online application system. Select English language in the left hand menu, choose «Login for users without Norwegian National Identification Number», and log in with your e-mail address and password.

Step 3: Fill in My Profile

Fill in your personal information in My Profile. Please fill out your complete home adress, including postal code and city of residence. 

Step 4: Choose courses/study area

Please choose your courses/study area.

Step 5: Upload required documents

To complete your application, you must upload the following required documents:

  • ID (passport or national identity card)
  • Official Transcript of Records in English from home institution
  • Learning Agreement, signed by the student and coordinator(s) at home institution. (Only required for Erasmus students). 

Note! The documents must be uploaded as PDF-files.

What’s next?

When you have finished all the steps above, the Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation at HVL will process your application. Please note that HVL operates with 4 weeks processing time after the end of call for applications.

Below is a list of questions and answers about what happens after you finished your application.

When will I receive the result of my application?

You will receive the result of your application within 4 weeks after the application deadline. It is important that you accept the offer of admission via Søknadsweb within the given deadline.

When you have accepted the offer your executive officer will send you more information about accommodation and semester start.

Where can I find the result of my application?

When HVL have finished processing your application you will receive an e-mail with the application results. You can also check the status of your application at Søknadsweb.

Where do I get information about where to live, how to get there and other information about my campus?

When you have accepted the offer of admission, HVL will send you an email with information about housing in the city your campus is located. HVL cooperates with the student welfare organisation, Sammen, regarding housing. 

Read more about accommodation, student life, how to get there, the campuses and more here. 

Is there anything more I need to do before I get the result of my application?

No. If you have handed in all necessary documents and registered which subjects you wish to take, there is nothing more to do before receiving the result of your application and respond to this. If there is anything missing from your application, HVL will contact you by e-mail.

Whom can I contact if I have any questions?

You can contact the Division of Research, Internationalisation and Innovation at

I haven’t received any answer to my application, and it has been over four weeks. What should I do?

If there has been over four weeks since the application deadline, you should contact us at

Please note that the processing time is four weeks from the deadline (15 April or 15 October), and not from the date you applied.

Do I need a visa? And when do I need to apply?

You can only apply for a visa once you have received an offer of admission from HVL. You should apply for a visa and/or study permit as soon as you receive this, as it might take some time to process the application(s). You can read more about visas and study permits on our webpages

Will there be an introduction/orientation week?

In the beginning of each semester HVL organises Orientation days. Over two days we make sure that you get all the necessary information about being a student in Norway and at your campus.

The HVL buddy program organises activities during the Orientation days and throughout the semester. In the buddy program you are divided into groups consisting of both buddies and international students. Your buddies will introduce you to the city and include you in campus life in general.

See the dates for the Orientation days at your campus here.