Entrance Requirements

Every year we receive applications from many well-qualified applicants. We look for students with a relevant academic background, who can give evidence of good academic performance, who are active and who perhaps in addition to this have some work experience in the field they want to study.

Self-financed applicants:

  • Applicants must document their financial situation to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration when applying for visa, this amounts to NOK 103 950 that is intended to cover living expenses during one academic year.

NLA's TOEFL code number is 1886. Please use this code when indicating NLA as your score recipient. Then your score will be sent directly to us.

Bachelor level

The general basis for admission to university and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification. For applicants with foreign education, the requirements are specified in the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s GSU-list. To learn more about the language requirements, see NOKUT’s language requirement document. Please note that these are minimum requirements. Applicants offered admission tend to have higher scores than these.

For courses taught in Norwegian, knowledge of the Norwegian language is a prerequisite. Applicants must prove proficiency in the Norwegian language. Applicants must satisfy the Norwegian language requirements with one of the following:

  • The Norwegian Language Test - Advanced Level with a score of minimum 450 points
  • Level 3 in the Introductory Programme for Foreign Students at the Universities
  • One Year Programme in Norwegian Language and Civilization for Foreign Students

Master level

Master in Intercultural Studies

Applicants who apply for the Master in Intercultural Studies program should hold a bachelor degree in Intercultural Studies or equivalent specialization. Which means, learning outcomes and curriculum on cultural theories and descriptive cultural analysis at an international level (e.g social/cultural anthropology, ethnology, cultural studies) with at least 50 % of the 80 ECTs including  multicultural/intercultural empirical settings, such as ethnic and religious minority perspectives, transnational migration, and/or local appropriation and effects of globalisation.

  • Applicants ought to have the grade C or better according to the Norwegian grading system.
  • The English requirements differ from country to country. NOKUT’s searchable GSU-list gives an overview of the different countries’ English requirements. Applicants who need to prove English proficiency do that with a TOEFL or IELTS test.
  • In order to qualify you need to achieve a minimum score of 500 points on the Paper Based Test or 170 (computer-based) TOEFL test, or a minimum score of 5.0 from the IELTS (academic) test.

Master in Theology and Ministry (MATAM)

The Master program in Theology and Ministry is based on one of the following educational pathways:

  • a bachelor’s degree
  • a cand.mag. degree (first cycle degree which was awarded until 2005)
  • other degree or vocational education with a scope of minimum 3 years’ duration
  • an education which has been accredited as the equivalent of the above-mentioned degrees or educational pathways pursuant to section 3-4 of the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges.

Any educational pathway must include specialization in the theological disciplines biblical theology, church history, systematic theology, and practical theology, with a scope of at least 80 credits. (In special cases, the institution may recognize other documented qualifications as completely or partly equivalent to the educational pathways mentioned above.)

Applicants must document English language proficiency (See curriculum for details).

Master in Global Journalism

Admission requirements for applicants to the master programme in Global Journalism:

  • 3- or 4-year BA degree

 The applicant’s undergraduate degree or education must include either:

    a)      a specialization of at least 80 ECTS credits within Journalism, Media Studies, or another subject area with relevance for global journalism; or

    b)      an integrated degree in Journalism comprising of at least 120 ECTS credits.

The average grade in the undergraduate study (BA) must be at least C according to the European ECTS grading scale (A–F).

Foreign applicants should note that all students whose first language is not English, or who have not completed a major part of their schooling in English, must submit transcript, meeting the academic requirements and showing a proof of English language competency by completing the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (cf. GSU-list available at www.nokut.no). In order to qualify, students need to achieve a minimum score of 550 points on the TOEFL paper-based test or 80 points on the TOEFL Internet-based test, or a minimum score of 6.0 from the IELTS (academic) test.


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Erasmus student fall 2011
Studied Pedagogy