Proof of Norwegian Proficiency

Master UIT Arctic Norway

All applicants with basic education from outside the Nordic region (Danemark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) must document sufficient knowledge of Norwegian language proficiency to admission to UiT The Arctic University of Norway.

The information on this page is intended for the following applicants:

  • You intend to apply for Norwegian-taught study programmes.
  • You intend to apply  for English-taught programmes within the deadline 15 April.
  • You intend to apply for English-taught Singular Courses (Enkeltemner).


Applicants from the other Nordic countries with qualifications granting general admission to higher education in their home country, and who have studied their native language at the most advanced level at upper secondary school are not required to take a Norwegian language proficiency test.

Norwegian language proficiency must be documented by passing one of the following examinations:

    • examination in Norwegian / Norwegian as a second language on the “Vg3-level” (393 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school
    • level 3 examination in Norwegian for foreign students at Norwegian universities
    • examination from the 1-year (60 ECTS) course in Norwegian language and culture for foreign students, taken at a university or a university college
    • Test of Norwegian, advanced level (known as ” Bergenstesten”) with a score of at least 450, or with “Pass” mark after the introduction of the new scoring system beginning fall 2009.
    • Norwegian test for adult immigrants from Kompetanse Norge (VOX) with result B2 in all four parts

  • If you are missing one year or two years of university education to satisfy the Higher Education Entrance Qualification (GSU), you can only meet the Norwegian language requirement with the examination in Norwegian or Norwegian as a second language at Vg3 level (393 hours) in Norwegian secondary schools. In other words, you cannot take the other options for Norwegian language examination in order to satisfy the Higher Education Entrance Qualification.
  • The Norwegian language requirement can also be satisfied if you have completed a 9- or 10-year primary and lower secondary school education in Norwegian or another Nordic language as the language of instruction. This must be documented with the corresponding school diploma and in addition with a confirmation stating that you attended each grade of the Norwegian or Nordic language primary and lower secondary school education.
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UiT The Arctic University of Norway does not offer scholarships to cover your living expenses in Norway unless you already have one before your arrival or under certain exchange schemes in collaboration with your home university.

The Quota Scheme scholarships admission have been phased out. There will be no further admissions under this scheme.

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