Practical Information



Study permit

​All students staying in Norway for more than three months must register with the Immigration Authorities*. The rules and registration procedures differ according to your citizenship and whether you are coming to Norway for a whole degree or on exchange. Please make sure you read the correct section below.

* Citizens of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Iceland) are exempt from this. They do not need a permit to stay in Norway.

EU/EEA citizens register online after arrival in Norway

- Within 7 days of your arrival in Norway, register online at (external link). It is important that you wait until you are in Norway, as you must register your Norwegian address.

- At the end of the online registration, you do not need to book an appointment with “Oslo, Service Center for Foreign Workers”.

- Instead you can submit copies of the following documents to BI within a given deadline:

  • Valid passport or European Identity Card (both sides)
  • Admission Letter from BI Norwegian Business School
  • Private or European Health Insurance card that is valid for your entire stay in Norway (both sides)
  • A print out from UDI's self-service web page that proves you have registered
  • Personal declaration stating that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Norway. (For the Academic year 2016/2017 the amount is NOK 10,400 per month.) A form is available in the reception area in C3, where you will submit all your documents.

- If you miss the deadline to submit your documents to BI, you must book an appointment with the Service Centre for Foreign Workers, where you need to present the documents listed above.

The Service Center for Foreign Workers is co-located with the Tax Office, "Skatt Øst", in Schweigaardsgate 17 at Grønland, close to Oslo Central Station. Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 09:00-14:30.

Non-EU/EEA citizens apply for a study permit in advance

Non-EU/EEA citizens must apply for a study permit prior to arrival in Norway. Most study permit applications can be done online through the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration's portal (external link). Applicants who cannot register their applications online must submit a paper application form to their nearest embassy or consulate.

Book an appointment with your nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate to submit your application together with the following supporting documents:

  • Admission Letter from BI Norwegian Business School
  • Copy of your passport (all pages)
  • Two recent passport-sized photos
  • Full-degree students only: confirmation of the bank transfer to the BI Deposit Account (see Transferring Money to BI).

Note: Exchange students attending BI for one or two semesters do not need to transfer money to a Norwegian bank account.

- When you arrive in Norway you must report to the Police in person. You need to book an appointment for this: the Police will be available at BI for booking appointments on Wednesday August 16th from 10:30 - 13:30

- Show up for your appointment with the Police to have your picture and fingerprint taken for your Residence Card.

- Your Residence Card will be sent to BI within two weeks after your appointment. You can pick it up from the Student Service Centre in U1.

Please note: before you receive your Residence Card you may not be allowed to leave Norway. Keep this in mind when planning travels abroad.

Oslo Police, Department of Immigration is located in Schweigaardsgate 15B at Grønland, close to Oslo Central Station (opposite Skatt Øst/Service Center for Foreign Workers).

Last Modified: 02/06/2017 15:30