Frequently asked questions about admissions

How much does your study programmes cost?

The Oslo National Academy of The Arts is a public institution funded by the Government of Norway and tuition is free for all students. All students must pay a semester fee to The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus (SiO). Expenses for any materials that you use in your works you must cover yourself.

Do you offer financial support?

No, we do not offer any financial support for our students. We advise you to research what opportunities for financial support there might be in your own country. There are some limited opportunities from The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund («Lånekassen») for foreign students.

Do you offer any student housing?

Please read about accommodation in our International Student Handbook.

Can you check if I am qualified before I submit my application?

No, we are sorry, but we do not have the capacity to assess if you fulfil our entrance requirements beforehand. Please submit your application.

What are the entrance requirements for your bachelor programmes?

Since all our bachelor programmes - unless explicitly stated in the programme description - requires proficency in Norwegian, please see the information in Norwegian. 

But here is a short summary: The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification or "Generell studiekompanse (GSK)". Minimum requirement for admission to Norwegian colleges and universities is the successful completion of Norwegian upper secondary education or equivalent international education. 

Nordic/Scandinavian education that qualifies for entrance to universities in your own country, also qualifies in Norway. The same usually applies for all of Europe. For the details regarding your country, please see Higher Education Entrance Qualification for Persons with Foreign Education

I haven't taken all my exams yet, but I will recieve my diploma this summer. Can I apply?

Yes, you can apply on the condition that you will send us your diploma by 01 July.

Is there a lower or upper age limit for applicants?

No, anyone that fulfils the entrance requirements can apply.

Can I submit my application by ordinary mail or deliver it by hand to you?

No, we only accept applications registered and uploaded to our application portal “Søknadsweb”.

I’m on the waiting list, what happens now?

You must first accept to be on the waiting list on our application portal “Søknadsweb”. We will contact you if a place becomes available. This can happen up until a couple of weeks after the programme have started. We are not able to say how likely it is that you will be offered a place.

I’ve already done a similar study programme at another academy. Can I start directly in the second year?

No, we do not consider this during the application process. If you accept the offer to start the study programme, you can then apply to have your previous studies recognized and included in your degree here and then perhaps be “upgraded”. 

How is the study programme structured, where can I find detailed information about the study programme? 

Please see the programmes curriculum for detailed information.

I’ve got other questions that are not answered here.

Have you remembered to read the application attachment for your programme? The programmes curriculum might also answer many of your questions. You should also check our International Student Handbook.

If you still have questions, you can e-mail us.