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Access card

Your first access card

Groups of new students will be given a time for when they can take a photo for their access card. Cards can then be picked up from Academic Services. Your first card is free of charge.

Replace lost, broken or worn out access card?

Order your new card from the reception/Academic Services. Lost or broken cards costs NOK 150 to replace. If your card is worn out, you hand it in to receive a new one free of charge.

Your new card can be picked up from the reception approximately 2 days after you have ordered it, unless you have been given other information.


You can change your PIN by contacting Academic Services. The change will be effective after a few hours.

Additional access levels

All students have the same basic access level through AHO’s card system. If you need special access to a room for a shorter or longer period of time, you can fill out the form for additional access level. The form must be signed by your superior or responsible teacher who can confirm your need for additional access.

Activate your card for copy/print

New cards will normally be activated for copy and print before they are handed out. If your card is not activated, you can contact IKT@aho.no.

Transfer money to your print account

You can transfer money to your print account here. If you order a new card, you can transfer the money from your old card if you still have it. Contact IKT@aho.no. If your old card is lost, the money is also lost unfortunately.

Admission to study

Admission to study is granted to those who have been accepted to a programme. 

You may lose the right to study when you:

  • has exceeded the stipulated limit for standardised and extended time. See information below on extended study admission.
  • has not produced credits in the last three semesters in the programme of study to which you have been admitted. Note that if special needs are documented, you may apply to the faculty for an individual education plan that goes beyond this.
  • has used up your examination attempts in a course that is mandatory according to the programme description.
  • has completed the same mandatory practical training twice, without a passing grade.
  • has not submitted the original documents that has provided the basis for admission to programme when prompted. Rector decides in matters of termination of admission under this provision.

You will be notified and have the opportunity to make a statement within the specified time limit, before a decision is made. You are entitled to an appeal. 

Apply for leave abscence

When can you apply for leave of absence?

All programme students may apply for leave of absence. You can apply for either general leave without attaching documentation or leave on the basis of documented needs. 

A leave of absence can usually be granted for the following reasons:

  • pregnancy or child care 
  • military service 
  • illness
  • other compelling reasons of a professional, social or personal nature 

Application deadlines 

  • Autumn term August 15th 
  • Spring term January 15th

How to apply

Fill in this form "leave of absence" and upload documentation if required (login with username and password). Do not send medical certificates by email since they contain sensitive information. 

The academic services will process your application and notify you by email. 

What if my application is rejected?

You have the oportunity to appeal if your application is rejected. If you have additional or updated information, you can submit this. 

What if my application is rejected a second time?

If your application for leave of absence is rejected twice by the academic services, you have the option to get the application reviewed by the Appeals Board. Decisions made by the Appeals Board cannot be appealed further.

Read this before applying for leave of abscence 

  • In your abscence, there may be changes in subjects and study plans (for example, changes in the syllabus, work requirements and examination methods).
  • When on leave, you are responsible for keeping yourself informed about changes in deadlines and rules for program and course plans, and make any subject choices..
  • You are responsible for notifying when you return to the study within set deadlines. If you do not do this, you may lose your study place.
  • If you do not want to return to AHO, you must send a termination notice  to the academic services.

Digital Student Identification App

You can get your student ID and semester card as an app on your smartphone.

  • The student ID App is accepted by Ruter, NSB and SiO, among others.
    You can download the app on IOS (iPhone/iPad) and Android.
  • You must have registered and paid the semester fee in order for the student ID to be valid.
  • You can also use your student ID card together with your semester card. If you would like to receive a semester card in paper format, you order this in the reception at academic services. 

Download the app!

  • App store (IOS).
  • Google Play (Android).

FAQ - Digital Student Identification App

How do I log on to the app?

You log on with the same username (sxxxxxx) and password you use on other AHO systems (mail, computer etc.).

When can I start using the app?

You may start using the app as soon as you have registered in StudentWeb and paid the semester fee. Please note that it can take up to 5 working days before your payment is registered in our system.

Do I still need a AHO student card (admission card)?

Yes, you need your student ID card to borrow books from the library, to print, to access the workshops and to get into the AHO buildings where you have your classes. All students must keep their student ID cards on them whenever they are on campus.

How do I use the app to prove that I have the right to buy a student ticket on NSB or Ruter? 

When you meet a ticket inspector, you need to show your transport ticket (NSB or Ruter) together with your Digital Student Identification App and valid picture ID. The app proves that you are an active student at AHO.

Why doesn’t my picture show on the app?

AHO has different systems for registration of students and access to the school. At the moment the consequence is that your picture will not be visible in the app. We are working on making the two different systems compatible. 

Is the Digital Student Identification App valid when it doesn’t show my picture?

Yes, it is valid, but you will have to show additional picture ID. The app still proves that you are an active student at AHO.

I am getting an error message. What does that mean?

Please send an email to studieinfo@aho.no if you get an error message.

How can I order a semester card in paper format?

Please send a mail to studieinfo@aho.no. You can pick up your card in the information desk at academic services. 

What kind of information does the app gain access to?
The app gains access to the following information: name, date of birth, student ID number, educational institution, student status (whether you have registered and paid the semester fee or not).

Where is this information stored?

The information is stored in the app, on your device.

How long is this student ID valid for?

The semester registration and payment is valid until 31 January for the autumn semester and until 31 August for the spring semester.

I need help with the app. Who do I contact?

Send an email to  studieinfo@aho.no

What is Feide?

Feide is the electronic identification system chosen by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research to provide secure access for the education system. AHO uses Feide. This implies that you can use the same username (sxxxxxx) and password to get access to a range of services, including this app.

What is FS?

FS is an administration system used by AHO as a database for student information and records. The Digital Student Identification App uses this system to access necessary information about you.

Terms and conditions for the use of the Digital Student ID App

The application will show information such as name, educational institution, and whether or not you have registered and paid the semester fee.
The app functions as student ID at student welfare organizations in Bergen and Oslo. Other operators may decline to accept the app as student ID. If the app does not include your picture, you are required to show additional picture ID.
When you start using the app for the first time, internet access is required to download necessary information. The information will be stored on your device, so the app can be used offline. In the event of your device running out of battery or malfunctioning, you will be required to use your semester card and valid ID to document your student status.

The Oslo School of Architecture and Design carries no responsibilities for fines or misuse of the application etc.

Ethical Guidelines for Academic Supervision

Excursions/field trips

Students travelling abroad for excursions or field trips have to fill out the declaration form.
You have to have a travel insurance in order to travel. 

Login using Feide. Contact IT-support if you have trouble logging in. 

All group travels must have appointed a person responsible for the group who informs the Academic Services about the intinerary in advance.  Download pdf: Instructions for teachers (English)


Leganto for students

You will find your course reading lists in Moodle. Leganto is connected to Oria and you will find all physical and electronic documents we have access to here.

How do I find the reading lists for my course?

Under "Course reading list in Moodle. Note: not all courses have reading lists. 

You can also search for reading lists in Leganto here using the course code or name. You will find all reading lists added to Leganto. Limit your search to this semester by chaning the  "Course Status" to "Active". 

How do I get access to the literature?

You can find out if the library has the book or article electronic or in print. 

Under "Links & accessibility" you will find information about where the document is located and if it is available. 

Use the "localise" link to find physical books in the library collections.


Semester registration & Studentweb

In order to keep your admission to study at AHO you must 

  • Pay the semester fee 
  • Exchange students are exempt from the semester fee
  • Register at Studentweb 
  • Accept the plan for the programme you have been accepted to and have admission to. 
  • Use the invoice you'll find in Studentweb
If you fail to accept the education/study plan and/or haven't paid the semester fee, your access card will be blocked and eventually you will lose your admission right to AHO. 


  • Fall semester: September 1st. 
  • Spring semester: February 1st.