Q&A for Ukrainian students
We are allocating temporary student places at HVL for refugees who have registered for collective protection or received individual asylum in Norway in 2022 from this autumn onward. Here you will find what programmes HVL offer in English, as well as answers to frequently asked questions for Ukrainian students wanting to apply for studies at HVL.
Programmes taught in English
You can apply for one of the programmes or study options, and it is not possible to apply for more than one option.
Please note that you must be present in Norway when applying.
Single-courses and semester programmes in English
HVL offers the following courses taught in English. Admission requirements are in accordance with the GSU list
The application deadline for the program Fjords and Glaciers is August 1st, and the application deadline for the other programs/courses are August 10th 2022.
Master’s programmes in English
HVL offers several master’s degrees taught in English. Although the application deadline was 20 April, refugees who have registered for collective protection or received individual asylum in Norway in 2022 are still eligible to apply.
Please note that there are no exceptions from the admission requirements for international master's programmes.
The application deadline for our master programs is August 10th 2022.
Under each programme, you will find detailed information regarding the campus, curricula and academic admission requirements.
For more information about other academic programmes offered at other universities in Norway please check:
PhD programmes in English
Our other one-year programmes, bachelor's degree programmes, five-year master's degree programmes and professional programmes are taught in Norwegian. Applicants must meet the Norwegian and English language requirements.
The next application deadline is 15 April 2023 for studies from the autumn 2023. You are welcome to apply next year.
How to apply?
How to register your application
Please note that you must be present in Norway when applying.
- Register your application on HVL’s Søknadweb within the correct deadline.
Please note that admission is only open for refugees currently in Norway, who can document this with a card for asylum seekers (asylsøkerbevis) or a residence card (oppholdskort) that states that you have a residence permit as an asylum seeker. You need a national ID number or a D-number to apply.
- Log in using your National ID number/D-number and a MinID user in order to apply. See how to register a MinID user.
- Go to the admission called “Bachelor and “Master Programmes for International Students” à “Studyprogrammes in English for refugees with a residence permit in Norway Autumn 2022”.
- Choose the study program or course you want to apply for.
- Upload the required documentation (see "Admission requirements" on this web page).
Supporting documents must be uploaded in Søknadsweb as soon as possible, and no later than 5 days from you registered your application.
We will send you an email if there is documentation missing from your application.
Minimum requirements for admission
For the academic year 2022/2023, higher education institutions may make exceptions from the general admission requirements for individuals with collective protection or asylum in Norway. Such exceptions will be considered individually. On the NOKUT web page you will find the general minimum requirements for admission to higher education in Norway for applicants with foreign education.
After registering your application, please upload the following documents on Søknadsweb:
- Documentation of completed high school or higher secondary school
- Documentation of at least one year of completed higher education
- Applicants who cannot document the higher education requirement are welcome to apply, and will be assessed individually. Translations of educational documents to English or a Scandinavian language
- A card for asylum seekers (asylsøkerbevis) or a residence card (oppholdskort) that states that you have a residence permit as an asylum seeker
- Documentation of your English language skills
- If you are applying for one of our Master’s degrees documentation of a relevant Bachelor degree equal to 180 ECTS must be documented with both Diploma and Transcript.
Supporting documents must be uploaded in Søknadsweb as soon as possible, and no later than 5 days from you registered your application. You upload your documents after you have applied, by going to the top line menu titled “My Documents” and upload the documents directly to your application. You can see what documents that have been uploaded by checking “My documents”.
English language reguirements
As all courses are taught in English, you need to have a good command of the English language, and as a general rule proof of proficiency in English is to be documented according to the GSU-list.
Our international master's programmes require that you cover the English language requirement in one of the ways described on our web page.
Admissions will operate on a first come, first served basis.
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: STUDY IN NORWAY FOR REFUGEES
Answers to your questions about admission
Does HVL offer Bachelor's programmes taught in English?
Currently HVL does not offer any Bachelor's programmes taught in English. All undergraduate programmes are taught in Norwegian and requires Norwegian language proficiency. HVL does not offer qualifying language courses.
If you want to apply for undergraduate studies in Norway, you must follow the guidelines on the NUCAS (Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service) website.
Is it possible for me to study at HVL?
HVL will accept applications from refugees who have registered for collective protection or received individual asylum in Norway in 2022 from this autumn onward even if the ordinary deadlines for international students have passed. Applicants must fulfil all the admission requirements to be considered as eligible for admission.
Is it possible to transfer to a study programme at HVL?
It is not possible to transfer to a HVL study programme. Students must be granted admission to a full programme before they can apply for recognition of previous studies.
When can I start my studies?
The earliest start date is August 2022.
What are the application procedures?
See the instructions above on how to register your application to HVL. Questions regarding admission can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does HVL charge tuition fees?
HVL is a public institution of higher education and does not charge tuition fees, but you will have to pay a minor study fee per semester. Please note, however, that some courses demand additional fees for excursions and fieldtrips.
I do not have an international student ID, what should I do?
You will get a new student card once you are admitted to HVL.
Does HVL offer student housing?
The Student Welfare Organization Sammen offers rooms with private and shared facilities. Further information will be provided to the admitted students. You can also read more about student housing for international applicants here.
For more information
- For applicants with questions about admission to HVL: email@example.com
- For information about the start of studies at HVL please have a look at this page.
- For information about fees and expenses check this page.
- For information about student accommodation.
- For information on protection and residence in Norway for Ukrainian citizens, we refer to the latest updated information from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
- If you currently are in a different municipality than where our campuses are located, please contact your municipality for any questions about moving and how this may affect your benefits.