International Applicants - Before You Apply

Carefully study the requirements and procedures before you apply, read up on immigration and insurance issues, and educate yourself about student life in Norway.

Applying as an International Student

International students applying to the Academy must submit their application using the ordinary online application system. Information about the application procedures can be found on

Applying as an exhange student?
Application procedures for exchange students

Admission Requirements

Eligible applicants must meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to Norwegian colleges and universities, as well as passed auditions and entrance examinations. A high level of performance skill on your principal instrument is expected, as well as excellent aural skills and good knowledge of music theory.

The normal basis for admission to undergraduate programmes is completion of the credentials that lead to university admission in your country of study and entrance examinations. The normal basis for admission to master programmes is completion of a 4 year bachelor programme in Music and entrance examinations. Consideration is given to the complete academic record, audition and entrance exam performances, as well as language requirements. Admission is highly competitive and applicants who present the minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission.

Please check the GSU-list, compiled by The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT, for detailed information regarding additional requirements for your country.

Consult the admissions pages to find specific programme requirements.

Language Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate their proficiency in English or Norwegian, depending on the tuition language of the chosen study programme. There are special requirements for Music Education and Music Therapy programmes. 

Tuition Fees?

All students in Norway must pay a semester fee (approx. 600 NOK) and institutional copy/resource fee (approx. 200 NOK) each autumn and spring. There are no additional tuition fees at the Norwegian Academy of Music. However, international students from a country outside EU/EEA must pay a proof-of-funds deposit (approx. 121 000 NOK) to ensure that living expenses are covered for your academic year in Norway.

Funding Opportunities

Residence Permit

As a foreign student you must apply for a residence permit to have a legal stay in Norway. There are different procedures for students from EU/EEA and other countries.

Support and Services for International Students

  • Newly admitted international students can find essential information about moving to Oslo and studying at the Academy on our International Students pages.
  • The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education can help you on your way with general information and services for foreign students through the Study in Norway programme.
  • Students at the Academy are members of the student welfare organisation, SiO. The role of the student welfare organisation is to look after students' welfare needs at their places of learning.


Contact the Admissions Office at the Norwegian Academy of Music.

Last updated: 1. January 2019