Important information regarding COVID-19 and your admission to UiA
This page will be continually updated as the situation changes. Last update: 6 August 2020.
The global situation surrounding the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the higher education sector on a worldwide scale. Despite the uncertainty of the situation, the University of Agder (UiA) is welcoming some international degree-seeking students in the autumn of 2020, in accordance with the measures implemented by the Norwegian National Authorities.
The Norwegian Government has lifted their entry restrictions for international students, making entry into Norway possible for EU/EEA students, and for students from non-EU/EEA countries who have been granted a residence permit as a student in Norway.
Students who have already applied for a study permit, should have their application processed before the 15 August.
Students who havereceived the Statement of Deposit from UiA, but not yet applied for a student permit and plan to arrive in August 2020, must apply immediately. UDI will accept Study Permit Visa applications, and process them before 15 August, if they are submitted by 1 July 2020.
Students who have deferred their studies to Autumn 2021 will be allowed by UiA to retain their admission for the Autumn semester 2020, providing the International Education Office at UiA is informed by 15 July. Please note that only students who have received the Statement of Deposit can apply for a study permit now.
Anyone arriving in Norway from abroad must be in quarantine for 10 days, with the exception of specified countries in Europe with low COVID-19 transmission. This means that you must limit your contact with other people and stay in your room as much as possible. You are still allowed to go the supermarket or pharmacy and take short walks outside, but ensure that you keep good distance (at least 1 meter) from other people. If you feel unwell during the quarantine, please contact us (email@example.com) immediately so that we can assist you in taking the necessary precautions.
Some study programmes have implemented online teaching, see the individual study programme. We recommend that persons who are unable to arrive by 1 September complete the autumn 2020 semester online and arrive at UiA for the spring semester, 6 January 2021.
For study programmes where online teaching is not available, lectures and coursework already given will normally not be repeated. You are responsible for obtaining the information provided at the start of the semester.
For applicants who have applied by 1 December 2019, the results of the applications will not be published before 12 May 2020. This information has previously been sent out to applicants corresponding to this group.
For applicants who have applied by 1 March 2020, the results of your application will be published on 30 May 2020, or 10 July if you are finishing a degree or language test this semester.
Study permit and travel to Norway
Travel to Norway is restricted at the moment. Most of Norway's visa application centers abroad are unfortunately closed until further notice, potentially causing difficulties both in applying for a residence permit and in obtaining an entry visa. We do not know how long the measures set by the government will be in effect.
UiA cannot guarantee that you will be able to travel to Norway. Please be advised that physically attending studies at UiA might not be possible if the current situation does not change. UiA is currently working on digital solutions if the situation does not change.
Normally, the deadline for obtaining a visa in time for semester start for applicants from countries outside EU/EEA is 31 May. Follow the updates on the coronavirus situation on the page of The Norwegian Directorate for Immigration (UDI) or contact UDI directly.
Applicants from countries outside EU/EEA will have to transfer a deposit (means of subsistence) the University of Agder deposit account. Information will be sent out once you have accepted the offer of admission.
Normally, international students are guaranteed housing. More information will come when you have accepted the offer of admission.
Semester start and lectures (autumn 2020)
The beginning of the autumn semester is planned to start on 10 August.
For some study programmes, a digital start-up and a later arrival in the autumn semester may be possible. More information on your study programme will come.
Since the situation is very uncertain, we offer you a chance to defer the offer of admission to the next autumn semester, 2021. If you wish to defer the offer due to the ongoing situation, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining your situation. You will then receive information regarding the procedure for how to apply next year.