Before you decide to study abroad, it is important that you make sure that the programme you want to study will be recognised in Norway. Here are some helpful tips.
Remember that you are responsible for finding out whether the programme you want to study abroad will require recognition when you return. If you want to work in a regulated profession (i.e. you are required to have an authorisation), you need to find out what you will need to do to be allowed to practise this profession in Norway. Check the list of regulated professions
Is the programme recognised as higher education in the country where you plan to study?
Before you decide which programme you want to apply for abroad, it is important that you are aware that not all foreign education will be recognised in Norway. Therefore, it is important that you check whether the educational institution and/or programme are/is recognised as higher education in the country where you plan to study. You can do this by checking the websites of the appropriate authorities in the country you plan to study. In addition, you should find out how NOKUT usually recognises higher education from the country where you wish to study. You cannot apply to NOKUT for pre-approval of your programme, but you can check yourself using the tools below.
- Foreign Educational Institutions
- Enic-Naric (gateway to recognition of academic and professional qualifications)
- Recognition of foreign higher education
- NOKUT's country database
Are your receiving financial support the first year of a bachelor’s degree abroad?
Lånekassen (the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund) provides support to the first year of a bachelor's degree, although this year is not always equivalent to a bachelor's degree level in Norway.
If this applies to the education you are taking, it is not certain that NOKUT recognises this year as equivalent to Norwegian education at bachelor's degree level.
General recognition is the alignment of Norwegian and foreign higher education. Your education will be evaluated against the Norwegian degree structure, i.e. whether it corresponds to a bachelor’s degree. It also describes the number of credits the programme is worth. Read more about how NOKUT assesses foreign higher education: NOKUT's criteria
Do you need authorisation to work in the profession you plan to study?
Although a programme may be recognised as higher education in the country where you complete your studies, you may not be entitled to practise that profession in Norway. This is because some professions are regulated in Norway, i.e. you need authorisation to be allowed to practise the profession. Different rules apply for EU/EEA nationals and citizens of countries outside the EU/EEA. More about regulated professions