Academic approval



Exemption (course-by-course)

If your background covers BI courses that are included in your degree, you can apply for exemption for examination on a course-by-course basis. 

Exemption from an examination


On the basis of formal competence 

If your external examination has been taken at a college / university that is a documented approved institution in the country where it is based, you can apply for exemption on a course-by-course basis. Single courses for which you are granted exemption, appear with “exemption” on your certificate.

On the basis of non-formal competence

If your external examination has been taken at a school that is not a documented approved institution in the country where it is based, and / or you are applying on the basis of whole or partial prior work and learning experience, you can also apply for a course-by-course exemption. It will be evident from your certificate that the exemption is granted on the basis of non-formal competence / prior work and learning experience.


For guidance as regards course-by-course exemptions, you can contact your guidance counsellor.

Regarding applications for exemptions on the basis of non-formal competence / prior work and learning experience, send an e-mail to:

Master of Science student? 
Please contact the Master Administration on for guidance. Applications are also to be sent there. Separate deadlines apply. 
You can only be granted exemption based on courses on a master level, courses on a bachelor level will not be considered.

Please note:

    • A granted exemption from an examination can change the degree programme and thus have consequences for loans / stipends through the Norwegian Loan Fund (see

    • An exemption does not reduce tuition fee. 

    • Exemption is only given for whole BI courses.

    • Exemption is not given for elective courses.

    • The course for which you are applying for exemption must be part of your degree programme, and you must be within the completion deadline to apply for exemption.

    • If exemption is granted for a course, you can still take the examination. The rule assumes that the courses are part of the course portfolio at BI, and that you are within the completion deadline. If you have been granted exemption in a course, and you choose to take the course examination at a later time, you must personally register for the examination within the given deadlines. You can choose whether you want your certificate to read the grade or exemption.

    • If you have used up your examination attempts, you cannot apply for exemption

    • For Bachelor of Management, you can only apply for exemption from core courses in the degree programme.

    • If exemption is not granted, you must personally remove yourself from the examination during the term in question, if you do not want to take the examination.

Regarding formal competence

  • Exemption applications with documented formal competence must have a relevant professional background which in sum covers the BI course’s credits.

Regarding non-formal competence

    • Non-formal-competence / prior work and learning experience must be acquired after 18 years of age, and you can be granted course-by-course exemptions on this basis for a total of 29 credits.

    • for examinations / studies forming the basis for authorisation, and thus have grade requirements, you cannot apply for exemption on the basis of non-formal competence / prior work and learning experience (see the Academic regulations Section 4-4, 2 b)

To earn a degree / certificate

    • The student must have earned at least 60 credits at BI Norwegian Business School to be awarded a degree

    • To receive a certificate from one-year studies, a minimum of 30 credits must be earned at BI Norwegian Business School​


Exemption form can be found here 

Please see the Academic Regulations at BI Norwegian Business School, Section 2-1 Definitions, Section 2-3 (3) Tuition fees, Section 2-8 Academic recognition of other education, Section 2-8 (4) and Section 5-7 (1) Examination attempts.

Last Modified: 23/08/2017 11:57