As a new international student, there are some things you need to remember:
All international students must cover all costs during the study period in Norway, such as accommodation, food, books, residence permit, travel to and from Norway and full health insurance covering all aspects for all the study period in Norway.
To apply for a Study Permit (see below) for educational purposes in Norway, students from Non-EU/EEA countries must document that they have access to NOK 123 519,- for the first academic year (10 months). Once you have accepted the offer of admission you will receive information on how to transfer money to the University of Agder deposit account. This deposit is meant to finance your living costs in Norway. It will take some time before you get access to your money after arrival. Please make sure you have access to sufficiently funds or a credit card/ATM card. Check with your home bank that the card is valid in Norway.
Once you have accepted the offer and transfered the deposit you will receive a statement of deposit. Then you will need to apply for a Study Permit (visa) for studying in Norway. This must be done from your home country as soon as possible. Most applicants can apply electronically at https://selfservice.udi.no. For more information please visit: www.udi.no
For 2020 the fee for Study Permit is 4900 NOK.
Membership in the National Health Insurance Scheme (NAV) is normally automatic granted for students staying for more than 12 months, provided you are a student with a current residence permit. This entitles you to medical care under the Norwegian National Health Scheme. Expenses related to dental care and illnesses contracted before arrival in Norway are not covered.
All students from EU/EEA countries must bring a valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from their own home countries. This entitles students to medical care under the Norwegian National Health Scheme.
It is the students responsibility to make insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from, or in any way connected with, the study period in Norway.
Students from outside of Europe will need proof of insurance from their home countries in order to register with the police, and to apply for reimbursement after receiving Norwegian health services.
Once you have accepted the offer of admission you will receive information about student housing.
You will find more information about student housing at the Student Welfare Organizations webpage (SiA).
Your housing contract will be from 6 August until 14 June 2021.
The rooms are furnished but do not contain kitchen equipment, bedlinen or towels. If you are not able to bring bedlinen pillow/duvet, you are welcome to order it from SiA. Send order to email address firstname.lastname@example.org before 18 July.
If you have questions regarding student housing write to email@example.com
The Orientation Meetings for all international students are Tuesday 11 August.
There will be one on-campus meeting at 11:00 and two Online Zoom meetings. If you are unable to attend the on-campus meeting due to quarantine or because you will be studying online this semester, please register for your preferred Online Zoom meeting.
In order to obtain your residence permit, you need to register with the police and meet at the local police office in Kristiansand.
You will need to book an appointment with the police and meet at the local police office in Kristiansand at the time of your appointment. Please find more information about how to book your appointment via the Application Portal. The appointment must the first available after your 10-day quarantine and you must have no symptoms of respiratory infections. You can make the appointment before you travel to Norway. Make sure you bring along copies of following documents as shown in the checklist from UDI (originals must also be presented):
The police will order your residence card when you have registered with them. A residence card is a plastic card that proves that you have been granted a residence permit in Norway.
You will need to book an appointment with the police and meet at the local police office in Kristiansand at the time of your appointment. The appointment must be as soon as possible after you have arrived, but after your 10-day quarantine (if applicable). Make sure you have completed the online registration form before you go to your appointment bring along the following documents:
The police will issue a registration certificate, a document that confirms that the police have registered you as an EU/EEA national living in Norway.
It will take at least ten working days from your appointment with the police until you received the card/certificate in the mail. Please ensure you are registered with the correct address when you are at the police and that your letterbox is clearly marked.
After you have been to the police to order your residence card, the police will notify the Norwegian Tax Administration that you have been granted a residence permit. You will then receive a letter from the Tax Administration with you national identity number or your d-number
You will need to fill in the form "Notification of relocation to Norway from abroad". Please see Norwegian Tax Administration website for the form and for information on what documents you need to bring. When your relocation has been correctly reported, you will automatically receive a National ID number within 2-3 weeks.
Students from countries with high occurrence of tuberculosis are required to undergo an obligatory health check upon arrival as part of the visa process. An email will be sent to those students who requires a health check with details of your appointment with the Health Centre.
You need to pay your Semester fee within 1 September for the autumn semester and 1 February for the spring semester, in order to keep your UiA study permit at UiA. As soon as you receive your username by SMS from UiA, you can access your Studentweb account, create a password and download your Semester fee invoice. You can download the app/get your semester card and receive your student ID-card.
Semester fee payment can be done in several ways:
There is currently no way to pay your Semester fee by cash, credit or debit card. If your cant download your invoice, please contact UiA Help, and they can assist or direct you.
Register for classes and exams on the StudentWeb as soon as possible and before the deadlines (1 September for the autumn semester and 1 February for the spring semester).
Download the semester card app to access your semester card after registration on the StudentWeb. Read more about the digital semester card here.
Create a student card in the photo booths on campus, and pick up the card at the UiA Help; remember to bring an ID and your semester card (app). You will not receive a student ID card until you pay the semester fee.
Canvas is the e-learning management system used at UiA.
Log on to Canvas and check that you have access to all the right courses.
Check your UiA e-mail address and Canvas at least once a week for important information.
You are required to present the original documents of your diplomas and transcripts upon arrival to the Admissions office. You will receive more information on this during semester start.
As a UiA student, you have free access to a variety of useful tools, and should familiarise yourself with some programmes and apps you need to use in your studies:
Responsible for this page: firstname.lastname@example.org
The wireless network at UiA is called "eduroam". Here you connect with your UiA username and password.
The username must be entered in this way: email@example.com.
During the study start you will also find an open network called "semesterstart" which you can connect to without a username and password.
This network is only available for 2 weeks.