NIS - how to apply

Who can apply

It is possible for everyone to apply to our 1-year Norwegian language course. However, international students who wish to continue their studies at Volda University College in one of our Norwegian-taught study programmes will be give priority. 

Note! The Norwegian Immigration Authorities states that acceptance to a Norwegian language course in itself is not enough to apply for a student visa (student residence permit). Citizens from outside the EU/EEA-countries need to have a specific plan for further studies at Volda University College, to be granted visa/resident permit.


How to apply

1. Academic requirements.

Applicants must meet the general Higher Education Entrance Qualification requirement for admission to Norwegian universities and university colleges. This means education equivalent to the completed Norwegian secondary school diploma. The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) administer the GSU-list which shows this entrance requirement for applicants from various countries.  

2. Language requirements

Applicants must meet the English language requirement for studies at Norwegian universities and university colleges. Prior knowledge of Norwegian language is not required. See the English language requirements for admission to university-level education in Norway.

3. On-line application system.

You must submit an application in our on-line application portal 'Søknadsweb'.
The application portal opens 1st December and first time applicants must register their profile in Søknadsweb.

4. Documentation to be uploaded with your application

  • Original diplomas from secondary school and university
  • Translated version of these diplomas (translated to English or Norwegian)
  • Documentation of English language skills (for example IELTS or TOEFL test)
  • Copy of passport (the page with your photo and personal information)
  • Motivation letter. 
  • Applicants from outside the EU/EEA-area must be qualified for further studies to be considered for admission to NIS. The study programme you intend to continue on after completing NIS must be a programme at Volda University College. Please note in your motivational letter, which bachelor or master’s programme you intend to apply to after completing NIS.

  • Applicants with residence permit in Norway, must submit a copy of this.

The documents in support of your application should be uploaded in Søknadsweb. Do not send documents by e-mail or post. 

Application deadline:

Deadline for applications is 1st March

Note: If you are already studying Norwegian language at one of our partner universities abroad, can apply to the second half of the Norwegian course (NIS 102) as an exchange student. See admission process for exchange students.