Information for new PhD students
Department of Academic Affairs
Welcome as a new PhD-student to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB). New PhD-students will find some practical information here.
The PhD student coordinator at your department
can help you or direct you to the right person regarding concerns like employment and supervision. A list of the department PhD coordinators can be found at the bottom of the page of Contact persons
. More specific information about regulations
can be found on the links at the left hand side. Residence Permits
There are three main categories for international PhD students who wish to study at UMB:1) Right of residence in Norway for EU/EEA/EFTA nationals
If you are a citizen of an EU / EEA / EFTA country, you no longer need to apply for a residence permit, but you must make a registration. You can make a preliminary registration at www.udi.no
and then you visit a police station
to complete the registration.2) International PhD students financed through employment
You should apply for a skilled worker residence permit at the Norwegian embassy in your home country if you come from a country that requires a visa to travel to Norway. If you can travel to Norway without a visa, you can apply for a residence permit from within Norway. The residence permit application will require a copy of your employment contract. For more details about the application process, you can visit www.udi.no
. 3) International PhD students financed through scholarships or non-employment sources
You should apply for a residence permit at the Norwegian embassy in your home country. The residence permit application will require proof of admission to the PhD programme, housing and financing guarantee. For the academic year 2010/11, documentation of financing must be a minimum of NOK 89.000 per year.
Residence Permits and renewals are processed at the local police station:
- For students living in Ås:
Vestveien 16, 1400 Ski (Closed Mondays)
- For students living in Oslo:
Grønlandsleiret 44, OsloSemester Registration Fee
PhD students who are financed by Lånekassen can choose to pay the semester registration fee. All other PhD students are not defined as "STUDENTS" in this connection, and are not allowed to pay semester registration fee.
If you are living in the student dorm (Pentagon) you are required to pay the fee. By paying this fee, you get discounts in cafeterias on campus and on some train/bus tickets.
Since not all PhD students are required to pay, an invoice for semester registration is not automatically generated. Invoices are printed at the Student Information Centre (SiT) upon request. SiT is located on the ground floor of the Economy Building (building 27 on the campus map). Course Registration
PhD students wishing to take courses at UMB can register for regular courses on the StudentWeb
. If web registration is not possible, please visit SiT in person for course registration.
For more information regarding visas, residence permits, semester and course registration, contact SiT. The PhD student contact at SiT is Vilma
, phone 6496 5056. Identity (ID) card/Library card
If you are doing your PhD degree as an employee at UMB, you can choose between a staff and a student ID card. If you are not employed at UMB, you may only get a student ID card. The advantage of having a student ID (valid only with the semester registration card) is that it gets you discounts in cafeterias on campus and on some train/bus tickets. The ID card also works as an electronic key card to most entrance doors and as a library card. If you require special access to buildings on campus, only your department can approve and request this.
The ID card is issued by Student Computer Services (1st floor of the TF building). Student Computer Services will take your photograph for the card. Opening hours are 10-15:45 (15:00 in the summer). The University Library
The UMB library is located on the ground floor of Tårnbygningen (building 31 on the campus map). For more info about the library's services, see her
The Head of Administration issues keys to your office door and to other places you may need to access. Please lock the doors outside normal working hours. Parking
If you want to park your car on campus you need to have a special parking permit. You can get this at the reception in your department. Sports
There are sports facilities on campus. If you want to take part in one or several of the sports activities, you are required to be a member of the employees’ sports association and buy a sports hall card . Contact UMB-BIL. Accommodation
SiÅs for student accomodation rooms, or DSA for UMB flats and houses. Health and Welfare Services In the case of medical emergency – dial 113
As an employee you should contact the staff in charge of personnel matters at your department
Information regarding access to medical and social services can be found her
As a PhD student with “non employee status” you can contact the social consultant Torgeir Hansen
. Phone 6496 6360/9015 6440
His office is in the Economy Building, entrance left of the main entrance,
(building 27 on the campus map).
Mon-Fri 0900-1100 (“drop-in” talks)
Mon-Fri 1200-1500 on appointment UMB in general
We ask all students to check the homepage for information about UMB
in general, education, research etc. Obligatory registrations with Norwegian authorities
SiT offers regular information meetings general guidance on obligatory registrations such as residence permits, work permits, health controls, opening bank accounts, etc. with Norwegian authorities at the beginning, during and at end of a study period at UMB.
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