Information for prospective students
Department of Academic Affairs
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) currently offers 13 international master programmes and one international bachelor programme for self-financing students, where the medium of instruction is English.
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The portfolio of programmes to be offered for the following academic year are normally finalized in December. General information:
All applicants are required to meet NOKUT
's minimum requirements for admission to higher education in Norway which can be found in NOKUT
's GSU list.
These requirements vary depending on the country in which you received your secondary education. In addition, applicants need to document English language proficiency.
Applicants whose first language is not English are normally obliged to provide the results of either a TOEFL or IELTS test. Detailed country-specific information on English language requirements is available on NOKUT's webpages in the GSU list.
UMB has the following English requirements for admission to bachelor and master programmes:Bachelor programmes:
The requirement for admission to a Bachelor`s programme is, for TOEFL; a minimum score of 60 on the internetbased test and 500 on paper-based test, and for the IELTS test, a minimum score of 5.0. Master programmes:
For admission to a master`s programme, UMB has a special requirement: the minimum score of a TOEFL test is 550 on the paperbased test and 80 on the internet based test. For the IELTS test the minimum score is 6.0. Self-financed studies:
All applicants are regarded as self-financing students, meaning that the Norwegian University of Life Sciences will not be providing any funding for our students. In order to obtain a residence permit in Norway, all admitted students will have to provide documentation that they have a minimum of NOK 92.500 at their disposal in a Norwegian bank account*
for the upcoming academic year.
This documentation will have to be provided when applying for a residence permit to the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). You will not be required to provide documentation of your funding to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. *
The Norwegian University of Life Sciences offers a service
for admitted applicants, allowing for the amount to be deposited to a University bank account, as students will not be allowed to open a Norwegian bank account from overseas. An economic funds receipt will be issued in the applicant’s name. Failure to obtain a residence permit, or failure to attend the Norwegian University of Life Sciences after depositing the money, will result in a full refund minus any bank fees for the transfer.
Key dates:1 December 2012
: application deadline for 2013/2014 academic year. Mid-April 2013
: The first wave of offers of admission will be issued to the top-ranked candidates for all programmes. April/May 2013
: As applicants either accept or decline the offer of admission, new offers will be issued, until the available seats in the programmes have been filled. 1 June 2013
: Deadline for visa/residence permits applications. A complete application should be delivered to your nearest Royal Norwegian Embassy by this date, in order to ensure that the application is processed by August 1st.August 2013
: Opening of the 2013/2014 academic year.
The admission process:
After the application deadline December 1st, all applicants will receive an email confirmation that their application has been registered. The email notification will also contain an applicant’s number. Please include this number in all correspondence with the Norwegian University of Life Sciences.
After all registrations are finished, the admissions office will then pre-screen the applicants, disregarding all applications that do not fulfil the minimum admission requirements and lack documentation of English proficiency when needed, or is found to be incomplete in any other way.
After pre-screening has been completed, the applications will be forwarded to the institutes offering the programmes. The institutes will consider whether applicants fulfil the academic requirements for admission with regards to previous education. The admission committees at the institute reports back to the admissions office with a prioritized list of candidates to be admitted (based on Grade Point Averages of previous education).
After receiving a ranked list of candidates to be admitted, the admissions office will begin issuing offers of admission to the highest ranked candidates. Candidates for admission will be given a deadline for accepting or declining the issued offer of admission. In those cases where applicants decline the offer, or fail to respond within the given deadline, a new series of offers will be issued to the remaining candidates qualified for admission.
All documents not sent to us directly from the issuing institution, must be certified as “True copies” by a notary public, university administration or Norwegian embassy/consulate. All copies must bear the date, the signature of the official, and a stamp of the official and/or institution.
All documents which have not been issued in Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, English or German, must be submitted accompanied with an authorized translation of the original document.
IELTS and TOEFL test score reports should not be older than 2 years.
Applicants must expect that we might request the original document in cases when copies have been submitted. Failure to present original documents upon request may result in denial of admission or suspension.
“Registered post” shipments:
If you choose to send documentation as “registered post
” (requiring a signature upon retrieval) please formulate the address with the institution name first, i.e.:
Norwegian University of Life Sciences,
Att.: Admissions office
P.O. Box 5003
If your shipment is sent with the address denominating a specific person, it is regarded as personal/private mail, and can only be retrieved from the post office by that person. Due to unpredictable workload, illness or vacation, it is quite possible that such shipments will not be picked up from the post office, and will eventually be returned to sender.
For those already holding residence permits:
For those already holding residence permits in Norway, and who already have a Norwegian bank account, it will not be necessary to transfer funds to the university account if admission is granted. You will need to document funding for the renewal of your residence permit, but you can provide this documentation by getting a bank statement from your own Norwegian account at the time of renewal.
Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this matter.
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