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International Students

Everything you as an international student needs to know about residence permit, visa deposit, housing and student residences and expenses.

Studying in Norway

Moving to Norway and studying in a foreign country is an exciting and sometimes challenging adjustment. There are tons of things to learn about student life in Oslo, housing, residence permits, neighbourhoods, health care, etc. This page will direct you to the most essential information you need to know to kick off your academic career at the Academy and settle into your new life in Oslo.

Start of Semester 2020

  • Tuesday 18 August: Start of the semester for international students.

Information about the start of semester/language course for new first-year students embarking on the English variant of the Bachelor of Music Performance (classical) programme, will be communicated directly to the students in question.

Semester Dates 2020/2021 (PDF on

Residence permit / legal stay

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.

Subsistence requirements for student residence permit

Students from countries outside EU/EEA must show the ability to cover living expenses by proof of funds amounting to at least NOK 121 220 (academic year 2020/2021).

Housing and student residences

The Norwegian Academy of Music has no campus residences and student housing in Oslo is in short supply. Although it is possible to find accommodation on the private market, the cheapest and most secure way to find a suitable flat in Oslo as a student is to apply for student housing through the student welfare association, SiO. You should plan and apply for a SiO residence well in advance to your arrival.

Expenses and budget