Sunday, May 2, 2010

NTNU - Norwegian Institute of Science and Technology

How to apply

– International students
NTNU welcomes international students, either as degree students or as visiting or exchange students. Close to 10 per cent of NTNU students come from countries other than Norway, and the university offers a variety of programmes and services to help international students feel welcome and to find the information they need during their studies here.

While many undergraduate courses are taught in Norwegian, many master's and PhD programmes are available in English. The university also offers Norwegian language instruction.

Admission and language requirements, like application procedures, vary depending on the type of programme you intend to pursue (degree, international master's programme, PhD, exchange, visiting/non-degree).

Although all Norwegian universities are tuition-free, Norway requires all international students to document or declare a minimum of NOK 85 000 per year in funds to cover living and other expenses.

The general admission and language requirements for the university's various study options are provided under each category in the left menu.

You can find the general English language requirements for ordinary degree-seeking students at NTNU here. See also: Norwegian language requirements for degree-seeking students.

If you are an Exchange student or visiting student and do not require additional information, use the online application to apply.

International Master's Programmes

– Degree students

NTNU offers dozens of different International Master`s Programmes taught in English, ranging from subject areas in the arts, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, architecture, medicine and Erasmus Mundus. If you want to apply, you should know that the university receives thousands of requests for information about admission from international applicants every year, which makes the competition for places in each programme quite strong.

The academic and English-language requirements vary depending upon your educational background and source of funding, as described here:

Applicants with individual Funding

This category applies to applicants who have their own source of financing, and can be divided into three sub-categories:

  1. EU/EEA/EFTA-citizens with a non-Norwegian degree.
  2. Applicants who are not EU/EEA/EFTA-citizens.
  3. Norwegian applicants who have obtained a first degree from a university outside Norway.

According to regulations from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI), applicants from outside EU/EEA/EFTA-countries have to apply for a student residence permit in Norway before entering the country. In order to receive the residence permit, applicants must document that they have their own source of financing during their stay in Norway. The minimum amount of money required is currently NOK 85 000,- per academic year.

This means that applicants who fall into this category must document their source(s) of funding in their application. Documentation of funding may be confirmation letters from sponsors, confirmation of scholarships/ grants, bank guarantees etc. Applications without such documentation will not be processed.

Students in this category who are admitted to an International Master’s programme will be requested to transfer NOK 85 000,- to a Norwegian bank account administered by the Student Welfare Organisation in Trondheim before their arrival in Norway. Information about the practical arrangements for transferring the money will be given together with the letter of admission.

EU/EEA/EFTA-citizens are not required to document funding in order to receive a student residence permit in Norway.


1) Preliminary application screening - Deadline December 1st 2008:

For admission in the year 2009, all applicants who want to be considered for the International master's programmes through individual funding must fill in the electronic preliminary application form.

The evaluation of the applicants’ background will be based on the information given in the electronic preliminary application form. Applicants should therefore use some time when filling in all the questions in the database, and be careful to give correct information. The information on the electronic preliminary application form will later be checked against your certificate and other required documents submitted with the final application form. NTNU will not follow up applications from applicants where the information given in the two application forms are not corresponding.

Deadline for the preliminary application: December 1st 2008

Click HERE to go to the online preliminary application form (Database open for registration from October 1st 2008)

2) Final application procedure - Deadline February 1st 2009:

Applicants who have passed through the preliminary screening can expect to receive the final application form in early January 2009, sent directly to their email address.
Please fill in the online application form, take a printout of the form, sign it and send it to us within the deadline - February 1st 2009. All your relevant documents must be enclosed with the application. This includes:

  • Diploma from your first degree
  • Your transcript of records
  • Documentation of English - more info
  • Any letters of recommendation
  • Documentation of financing for applicants from outside EU/EEA/EFTA

This application form applies only to applicants with individual funding. Please note that applicants for the Quota Scheme using this form will not be considered.

International Master’s programmes – admission for Autumn 2010

Online preliminary application form for individually funded applicants

Online preliminary application form for applicants under the quota scheme

Application for applicants with a Norwegian/Nordic degree (deadline April 15)

The deadline for submission of the preliminary application is December 1, 2009 for applicants with an educational background from outside the Nordic countries.

For applicants with a Norwegian / Nordic degree, the application deadline is April 15, 2010.


Oddrun Maaø

Higher Executive Officer

Office of International Relations NTNU


International Master's Programmes

NTNU offers more than 30 international master's programmes taught in English, ranging from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, architecture, medicine and Erasmus Mundus programmes.

Programme Catalogue 2010-2011 (PDF)

Because the language of instruction for these programmes is English, you don't have to comply with NTNU's Norwegian language requirements. You do, however, have to be able to demonstrate your English-language proficiency if you come from a country where a language other than English is the native language.

MPhil in Childhood Studies
MSc in Chemical Engineering
MSc in Coastal and Marine Civil Engineering
MSc in Condensed Matter Physics
MPhil in Development Studies - Specializing in Geography
MPhil in Development Studies - Specializing in Urban Challenges in East Africa
MSc in Electric Power Engineering
MPhil in English Linguistics and Language Acquisition
MSc in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
MSc in Exercise Physiology/Sports Sciences
MSc in Geotechnics and Geohazards
MSc in Globalization - Global Technology Management
MSc in Globalization - Global Politics and Culture
MPhil in Human Development
MSc in Hydropower Development
MSc in Industrial Ecology
MSc in Information Systems
MSc in Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering- (New from 2009)
MSc in Light Metals Production
MPhil in Linguistics
MSc in Marine Coastal Development
MSc in Marine Technology
MSc in Mathematics
MSc in Medical Technology
MSc in Molecular Medicine
MSc in Natural Gas Technology - (New from 2009)
MSc in Natural Resources Management
MSc in Neuroscience
MSc in Petroleum Engineering/MSc in Petroleum Geosciences
MSc in Project Management
MSc in Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS)
MPhil in Risk Psychology, Environment and Safety
MSc in Silicon and Ferroalloy Production
Msc In Sustainable Architecture (new from 2010)
MSc in Telematics - Communication Networks and Networked Services
MSc in Urban Ecological Planning (Next admission 2011)

Erasmus Mundus:
Master's Programme in Applied Ethics
Master's Programme in Coastal and Marine Engineering and Management
Master's Programme in Security and Mobile Computing
Master's Programme in Embedded Computing Systems

Norad’s Programme for Master Studies:

  • MSc Programme in Petroleum Engineering and Petroleum Geoscience
  • MSc Sandwich Programme within the Petroleum Sector in Asia and Africa
  • Master's Programme in Sustainable Energy Systems
  • MSc Programme in Hydropower Development
  • MSc Programme in Mathematics

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