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Practical information - International students

Practical information - International students



Welcome to The Oslo School of Architecture and Design. When moving to a new country, a million questions arise. This section will help you prepare for and make the most of your stay in Oslo, whether you are seeking a Master's degree, or are here as an Exchange or Guest student for a semester or two.

Here you'll find the information you need to begin your first semester with us. You'll find information about what you need to do before you arrive, about the school, housing and so on. Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. We can't wait to have you here!

Study Permit - Students with citizenship from outside EU/EEA
Please visit UDI’s website for information about the application process for your citizenship. Follow the link Want to apply to see what applies to you and follow all the steps carefully. 
We strongly recommend that you apply for your study permit as soon as you have received your offer of admission from AHO. The process can take up to eight weeks. 
Application Fee for a Study Permit: NOK 5,400 payable to the Norwegian Government. Please note that the amount is subject to change. 
You must pre-book an appointment with the Police to be issued a residence card. You can make the booking before you travel to Norway. The appointment has to be either during the first seven days you are in Norway, or the first available appointment you can find. NB – the waitlist is often long. We recommend checking their calendar frequently for cancellations. You register for the National Registry at the same time as meeting with the police to get the residence permit card.   The police will notify the Tax Administration (Skatt Øst) on your behalf.   The Tax Administration will send you a letter with a D-number (temporary ID number).   
If you are staying for 2 semesters or more (more than 6 months)  After receiving the D-number from the Tax Administration, you must follow the instructions in the letter and request a National ID number.  For further information, please contact the National Registry.    If you are staying for 1 semester (less than 6 months)  Students staying only 1 semester are not entitled to a National ID number, and do not have to contact the National Registry.  
Proof of Finance  The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) requires you to transfer money to a deposit account in order to secure a study permit. 
The amount you will be required to deposit is one semester of living expenses. For the 2022-2023 academic year, this is 64 445 NOK. For students staying for more than one semester, a full year’s expenses (128 887 NOK) must be transferred. 
The Student Welfare Organization of Oslo (SiO) manages the Residence Permit Deposit Account on behalf of AHO. 
In order to open a Residence Permit Deposit Account, you must first register as a SiO user here. After you have successfully registered, go to “My Page” -> “Residence Permit Deposit Account” and follow the instructions. Only students from outside the EU/ EEA area with a Study Contract from AHO use the Residence Permit Deposit Account. 
Once you have registered for an account, AHO will verify your enrolment status. After that, you will be invoiced by SiO for the amount you need to transfer to your residence permit deposit account. The invoice will include bank account details for the transfer of funds. 
Once you have paid the invoice and SiO receives the funds, SiO will issue a confirmation letter which you need for your study permit application. This may take up to 10 working days.
Study Permit - EU/EEA citizens

You do not need a study permit to study in Norway, but you must register online after arrival (not before) at selfservice.udi.no. Are you staying for more than six months, you must register in the National Registry and book an appointment at The Service Center for Foreign Workers
At the Service Center you must fill in the form Notfication of move to Norway from abroad. 
Insider tip: The waitlist is often long. We recommend checking their calendar frequently for cancellations.
You must bring the following to the Service Center: 

  • Police registration certificate
  • Passport
  • Housing contract
  • Admission letter

EU/EEA citizens Proof of Finance 
The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) requires you to declare that you have sufficient funds to live in Norway for one year / semester (depending on the length of you stay). We recommend you use this template. (LINK TIL DOK)

Nordic citizens registration scheme:
*Citizens of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden are exempt from the registration scheme. However, you must follow the same procedure as the students from EU/EEA to obtain a permanent ID number/National Identity Number. Please visit: www.skatteetaten.no/en/person/national-registry/moving/to-Norway/

Tuition fee

There is no tuition fee for applicants from EU/EEA or Switzerland, exchange students or existing students at AHO.  

In January 2023, the Norwegian Government introduced mandatory tuition fees for all students with citizenship outside of EU/EEA/EFTA. 

The tuition fee at AHO is set to 363 550 NOK per academic year. (Autumn + Spring). 

More information about costs and living 


All students admitted to AHO are eligible for accommodation through the Student Union in Oslo (SiO).

International students under the age of 35, including exchange students are guaranteed housing when applying by the deadline 1 June / 1 November. Apply for student housing through SiO here.

When asked to fill in your Norwegian ID-number, enter your date of birth.
Student villages close to AHO Campus include:

  • Grünerløkka Student House
  • St. Hanshaugen Student Village
  • Pilestredet Student House
  • Pilestredet Park Student House
  • Sofienberg Student House
  • Rodeløkka Student House
  • Iladalen Student House
  • Kansleren Student House
  • Carl Berner Student House
  • Bjølsen Student Village

It is possible to apply for private housing in Oslo if desirable, for example through Hybel.no and Finn.no.
However, the SIO housing is better organized and less expensive, hence AHO recommends all international students to apply for student housing through SiO. 

Course registration

Each semester the course registration opens near the end of the previous semester. The courses are presented in November and May, and changes to former course plans may occur. After formalities regarding your admission are in place, you will recieve more information about course registration approx. one week before the registration deadline.

Norwegian bank account

In order to open a bank account in a Norwegian bank you will need a Norwegian ID-number. Please note that the application process for this is usually minimum 8 weeks. 
Norwegian banks have advanced solutions for online banking so you can administrate your accounts, pay bills, and transfer money online. 
Foreign credit cards are widely accepted in Norway and cash machines are easily available, so you don’t have to worry about having cash. 

Health services and insurance

Health services in Norway are of high standards. SIO (The Student Welfare Organisation) provides General Practitioner (GP) to all students (provided semester fee is paid).

Health insurance for students from outside the EU/EEA 
All students from countries outside the EU/EEA should have private or public health insurance to cover their stay in Norway or until they have become a member of the National insurance Scheme. Students staying in Norway for more than 3 months can become members of the National Insurance Scheme.
We strongly recommend travel insurance in addition. 
If the duration of your stay in Norway is more than one year, you will automatically become a member of the National Insurance Scheme when you register as a resident in Norway with the National Registry (Skatt Øst). 
Health insurance for students from EU/EEA  
Students from EU/EEA must bring either the European Health Insurance Card or documentation of private health insurance. If you have private health insurance, please clarify with your insurance office whether your coverage applies to Norway.

Students staying in Norway for more than 3 months can become members of the National Insurance Scheme

We strongly recommend travel insurance in addition.

Original Diploma

All applicants admitted to AHO for a full-time masters, must present their original diploma with transcript of records from undergraduate studies for inspection upon arrival at AHO. Please wait for further instructions from the Admission Office.

Student ID Card/Identification

Student Identification consists of your personal Student ID Card and the Student ID App.

The Student ID Card serves as an access card to Campus, for photo copying, and for purchasing materials in the workshops. This card is personal, and you are responsible for keeping your pin code safe. If you lose your student card, a new card can be purchased at the Information Desk.  

Download the student ID App to your phone to get dicounts on public transportation and assorted shops, etc.
You must have registered and paid the semester fee in order for the student ID to be valid. 
If you would like to receive a semester card in paper format, you order this at the reception.

Orientation meeting and Buddy Weekend

The first Friday of each semester there is an Orientation Meeting for all new students. This is mandatory.
After the meeting our new students are greeted by their Buddies, Toghether they do social activities for the rest of the weekend.

The Buddy system is a Norwegian tradition for all schools from Primary to University, where new students are connected with older students. The Buddy functions as a go-to for matters concerning your student life. We strongly recommend that you participate! 

Workshop Courses

Each semester obligatory Workshop courses are offered at AHO. You will be allocated a group based on your Studio Course. You must take part in three Workshops; wood, metal, and plastic.
After which you are granted a Workshop Diploma and are allowed access to the Workshops unsupervised. 

Student Welfare

AHO is proud of our Student Welfare Team. We offer a wide range of services to provide social platforms, activities and help during your everyday student life.

Prepare for the Norwegian Climate

The winter season in Oslo lasts from late October til late March, with temperatures ranging from -15C to 5C. (5F to 41F). In summer from June - August, the average temperatures range from 11C to 25C (50F to 77F).
In order to dress for the different climate you may experience during your time in Norway we recommend that you bring the following: 

  • Raincoat/Wind resisting jacket 
  • Winter boots (water resistance) 
  • Winter jacket/coat 
  • Clothes containing wool 
  • Long underwear 
  • Sweaters 
  • Scarf, hat, mittens, and warm socks.
Transportation in and to Oslo 

Oslo Airport Gardermoen is located approx. 50 km from the city centre. There are several ways to get to and from the airport. We recommend to choose between the Airport Express Train (flytoget.no), Airport Bus (flybussen.no) or local trains (vy.no).

In Oslo all public transportation is part of the same ticket system operated by Ruter. Ruter’s tickets are valid for buses, trams, subways, ferries, and local trains. You can buy tickets with the Ruter App.

Norwegian Language Courses

In partnership with Folkeuniversitetet AHO offers Norwegian Language courses to our International Students. Please await information.

Work in Norway

To be updated.
The Student Council - SAHO

SAHO is the student organisation at AHO. We are an organisation of students for students.
Through its representatives SAHO takes part in shaping and improving the everyday life of AHO's students, both professional and social. By joining SAHO you will get the opportunity to improve the educational foundation across the AHO, as well as the physical environment such as canteen, workshops, printing room ect. As a member you will get an improved understanding of how AHO works and how to change things for the better.
SAHO's two goals:

  1. Ensure high quality at all our study programs and to strengthen the students voices in important discussions about all aspects of our education.
  2. Continue improve the social and professional community at AHO

Student board postions for foreign students: 

International representative
(1 assignment) 
As International Student Representative in SAHO you will have the opportunity to work hand in hand with the International Office in order to address questions and issues that affect the international students. International student representative is the connection between SAHO, International students and the International office. It will be of advantage if you are an international student yourself, even though it is not a requirement.

Social committee
(at least 1 international representant)

Access the SAHO main page here
Follow SAHO on Facebook

Opening hours and contact AHO

See opening hours here

Contact AHO

Do you have practical questions regarding student housing, residence permit, insurance etc?
AHO International Office is here to accommodate your needs, please don’t hesitate to contact us on

If your questions are directly related to your study program, please contact your study advisor.

General questions service desk (Zoom)
Monday - Friday 10-14

The Academic Services
The Academic Services is located on the 2nd floor and assists students with enquires about study programmes, rules and regulations, and other student related matters.

If you have questions related to being an international student, please contact AHO’s International coordinator. For questions about to your study programme, please contact the designated study advisor via the Info desk.

The Info desk in the reception area can assist you with different practical matters.
Please do not hesitate to contact us.

Phone number: +47 22 99 70 00


Read more about AHO and our staff here






SiO – The Oslo Student Welfare Association 

AHO is part of the organisation SiO, which aims to enhance the learning environment by improving the social, cultural, and material conditions of the student community. Students pay a small fee each semester for which a range of services is provided. This fee is included in your semester fee.  
Student housing 
SiO has thousansd of student housing units around Oslo, for singles, couples or families. Visit SiO’s online housing catalogue and choose the right profile to see your options. You will find information about our housing units, location and what is included in the rent, as well as possibility to compare housing units. 
SiO Athletica 
SiO offers gym memberships for a reasonable price. We have several fitness centers around Oslo with the nearest one at Vulkan, next door to AHO. Our gyms offer services like swimming pool, group sessions and personal training. 
Many students have challenges that grow to dominate their mind in a way that makes it difficult to study. Having someone to talk to can be helpful and relieving. At SiO Counselling we provide professional counsellors that respect confidentiality and have extensive experience in helping students. Free of charge. 
Health care 

SiO Health provides the students with a wide and versatile health service. Through our services the students can access doctors (GPs), dentists, psychologists, psychiatrists, a public health nurse, vaccination service, physical therapists, and social workers. 
More information: sio.no 

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