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Higher Education Entrance Qualification for Persons with Foreign Education - The GSU-list

The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification. For applicants with foreign education, the requirements are specified in the GSU-list.

Who uses the GSU-list?

The GSU-list (Higher Education Entrance Qualification for foreign applicants) is used by Norwegian universities and university colleges in the admission process to higher education. In addition it is used in NOKUT’s assessment of applications for general recognition of foreign education.

What does the list contain?

The list contains information about what type of basic education you must have to qualify for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway. For some countries, you are required to have higher education* in addition to secondary education from the country of origin.

Download the GSU-list (pdf)

Please note: Some study programmes have specific requirements in form of subjects from upper secondary school, in addition to the general requirements (Higher Education Entrance Qualification).

*The higher education program must be a recognised program from a recognised institution of higher education in the country of origin.

Check the requirements for your country, European Baccalaureate or International Baccalaureate

Entrance requirement for admission to higher education consists of both of education requirements and language proficiency requirements in English and Norwegian. Find information about the Norwegian language requirements (PDF).

Last updated: 15 March 2016 (language requirements updated 13 June 2016)

The following countries were updated:

  • Bulgaria
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Japan
  • Morocco
  • Swaziland
  • Tunisia

In addition, there are some changes in the Language attachment to the GSU-list. 

Check the latest updates in the GSU-list and the Language attachment (pdf)

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Related information

  • The use of the list is binding for admissions to first-cycle studies pursuant to the Act relating to Universities and University Colleges of 1 April 2005. (FOR-2007-01-31-173).
  • The use of the list is guiding for admissions to second- and third-cycle studies, subject-specific recognition and general recognition.
  • The award of a student loan grant for studies abroad by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund is closely connected with general recognition of the studies in question by NOKUT.  The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund therefore also uses the GSU-list to determine which studies abroad can get financial support.
  • The list is updated twice a year: Medio March and Medio November.
  • Previous updates of the list.

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You can read more about Higher Education Entrance Qualification at The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service