Checklist for international master students

This information applies for students attending a full Master’s degree programme at HVL, not Exchange students.

Important information regarding COVID-19 and your admission to HVL

Updated information regarding the situation can be found at the following pages:

Information from Norwegian Institute of Public Health. 

Information from HVL.

Updates about Visa and study permit application

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is accepting and processing applications for student visa and study permits for students outside the EU/EEA. In some countries, however, embassies and VFS application centers are closed due to the corona virus, so for some applicants it will not be possible to have their application delivered right now.

This may change at short notice as a result of changes to local guidelines, and we therefore recommend that students follow the websites of the individual embassy/VFS center where information is published continuously. You can find more information about Embassies, consulates and Visa Applications Centers here.

Due to the corona situation, strict rules apply for entry into Norway for citizens from all countries. Please check the information page from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) to stay updated about when you are allowed to travel to Norway.

HVL do not have any possibilities in impacting your visa application and questions about the application must be directed to UDI.

Updates about student accommodation and housing

If you are to apply for a visa/study permit you need proof of accommodation for your application to The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). Students that are to move to Norway and apply for a study permit should therefore apply for accommodation as this will help you in the process of getting a visa/study permit.

HVL offers housing arrangements in cooperation with Sammen, the student union (welfare organization). Please find more information on housing here:

Housing in HaugesundHousing in Sogndal 

To apply for student housing you first have to log in or create a new account. You create a new account by clicking the Login Mypage button on the top right of the page. Then you follow the instructions. Remember to the select the option Date of birth if you do not have a Norwegian social security number.

2. Semester Fee

In order to register as a Student you need to pay your student union membership fee of NOK 780. You go to 'More' and 'Payments' on StudentWeb. An invoice is automatically generated when you register in Studentweb. Your registration only becomes valid once this invoice is payed.

If you pay from a foreign account, you must use the following information:

  • Bank: Den norske Bank ASA
  • Bank account no: 7694 05 17644
  • IBAN: NO62 7694 05 17644

Once you have registered you will be granted access to Canvas; a digital communication platform used for essential communication between HVL and you. On Canvas, you will receive specific information about each course you will be attending. It is also the main information platform between you and the lecturers.

Who: All students, except exchange students
Where: Any Norwegian bank or online bank
When: Deadline 1 September / 1st of February
What you need: The KID number from the invoice generated in Studentweb when you register

4. Health insurance

You need to have a valid travel and medical insurance for your entire stay at HVL. These insurances must be obtained before you arrive in Norway. It is your own responsibility to make insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from, or in any way connected with, your study period in Norway.

6. Norwegian ID Number

If you are going to stay in Norway for more than six months, you should register with the National Registry so that you can be awarded an 11-digit identity number (your date of birth plus a 5 digit personal number).

The ID number is required for opening a bank account, obtaining a student card among other things.

Students from EU/EEA/EFTA countries

EU/EEA/EFTA students staying in Norway for more than six months must apply for a Norwegian ID number after obtaining the registration certificate from the local police authorities.

For more information please check the Tax Adminitration website Report a move to Norway from abroad.

Students from non-EU/EEA countries

If you are a student from a country outside of the EU/EEA area, you will register for the National Registry at the same time as you meet with the police to order a residence permit card.

The police will notify the Norwegian Tax Administration that you’re moving to Norway and need a Norwegian identification number (national identity number or D number).This means you do not have to go to the tax office to obtain a Norwegian identification number.

Note: You must notify the police if you have changed your address, so that the correct residence address is registered in the National Registry.

Please check the UDI website How to get a national identity number.

8. Accommodation

HVL offers housing arrangements in cooperation with Sammen, the student union (welfare organization). In order to apply for housing you must create an account and formally apply on the Sammen website.

It is important that you apply for accommodation before the deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will not normally be processed.