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Student life

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 reception/Academic Services. Your first card is free of charge.

Replace lost, broken or worn out access card

You can order a new card from the Academic Services. If you have lost your card it costs NOK 150 to replace it. If your card is worn out, you can 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 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 and 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 unfortunately also lost.

Admission to study

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

You can lose the admission to study if you:

  • have exceeded the stipulated limit for standardised and extended time. 
  • have not produced credits in the last three semesters in the programme of study to which you have been admitted. Please note that if special needs are documented, you may apply to the faculty for an individual education plan that goes beyond this.
  • have used all your examination attempts in a course that is mandatory according to the programme description.
  • have completed the same mandatory practical training twice, without a passing grade.
  • have 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.

If you are at risk of losing your right to study, you will be given a written notice, within the start of the semester. In the event of a decision to revoke your admission to study you will receive a written notification of the decision. The notification will state the reasons for the decision, and the possibility of appealing the decision. 

Apply for leave abscence

When can students 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 deadline Autumn term: May 1st (the semester before) 
Application deadline Spring term: November 1st (the semester before)  

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, as 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 opportunity to appeal if your application is rejected. If you have additional or updated information, you can submit this. 

If your appeal is rejected, the application will be forwarded and reviewed by the Appeals Board. Decisions made by the Appeals Board cannot be appealed further.

Read the following 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 infosenter@aho.no.

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 must have completed the semester registration in Studentweb and paid the semester fee 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!

Frequently asked questions about the digital student identification app

How do I log in 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 can start using the app as soon as you have completed the semester registration 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 an 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 Vy? 

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 the registration of students and access to the school, and a consequence of this 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 an additional picture ID. The app proves that you are an active student at AHO.

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

Please contact infosenter@aho.no if you get an error message.

How can I order a semester card in paper format?

Please contact infosenter@aho.no if you want to order a semester card in paper format. You can pick up your card at the Info Centre for 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, and student status (whether you have completed the semester registration 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 are valid until January 31st for the autumn semester and until August 31st for the spring semester.

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

Please contact infosenter@aho.no for inquiries regarding the app. 

What is Feide?

Feide is the electronic identification system chosen by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research to provide secure access to the education systems 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 is a student ID at student welfare organizations in Bergen and Oslo. Other operators may decline to accept the app as a student ID. If the app does not include your picture, you are required to show an additional picture ID.

When you start using the app for the first time, internet access is required to download the 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 is not responsible for fines or misuse of the application etc.

Ethical Guidelines for Academic Supervision

Excursions/field trips

Students travelling for excursions or field trips have to fill out the following declaration form:
Declaration form for students on field trips

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

For more information about the declaration form:
Information about the form

You have to have a travel insurance in order to travel. 

All group travels must have appointed a person responsible for the group who informs the Academic Services about the intinerary in advance.


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

Each semester all students must pay the semester fee and complete the semester registration, in order to keep the admission to study at AHO.

Please note that exchange students are exempt from the semester fee

You complete the semester registration in Studentweb. The semester registration involves accepting the education plan for the study program you have been accepted to, and have admission to. 
In Studentweb you will also find the invoice for the semester fee.

If you fail to complete the semester registration and/or haven't paid the semester fee, your access card will be blocked and eventually you will lose your admission right to AHO. 

Deadline for completing the semester registration and paying the semester fee:

  • Fall semester: September 1st
  • Spring semester: February 1st
Please contact infosenter@aho.no if you experience any issues or have questions related to this matter. 


Change of personal data

We must register the correct information about you, such as name, address, and Norwegian National Identity Number/D Number. The name you are registered with is used on grade transcripts, diplomas, student cards, the student ID app, and more.   

Adress change

As soon as you receive your Norwegian address, please update this in Studentweb

  • Click on your name in the right corner.  
  • Select "My profile" and enter the correct address (home address and semester address). 
Remember to notify Posten Norge about address changes and mark your mailbox accordingly. 

Name change

If your name is incorrect in Studentweb, or if you change your name in the National Registry during your studies, please report the change in this form in Nettskjema. 

Documentation that confirms the name change, or a copy of your passport with your correct name, must be uploaded in the form. 

Norwegian national identity number

When you receive your 11-digit Norwegian ID number, please report the change in this form in Nettskjema. 

Documentation from the Tax Agency that confirms the ID number, must be uploaded on the form. 

Adapted studies

Do you have a disability, special needs, or illness that makes it difficult to study? You may apply for individual adaptation of your studies or exams. Here you can find information about how to apply. 

Who can apply? 

Individual adaptations must compensate for the disadvantages caused by your disability. You can apply for individual adaptations that do not reduce the academic requirements in your education. 

Examples of what can provide a basis for individual adaptation: 
  • Dyslexia 
  • Impaired functioning 
  • Mental challenges 
  • Psychosocial difficulties 
  • Visual impairment 
  • Reduced hearing 

How to apply 

To apply for adaptations, send in an application via Nettskjema. Feel free to send an inquiry to infosenter@aho.no to book a conversation with your study adviser about possible adaptation measures before sending in the form. 

Application form for adapted studies in Nettskjema.


Medical certificate or similar documentation must be uploaded onto the application form only. Medical certificates contain sensitive information and should therefore not be sent by e-mail. 

The documentation must contain the following information: 
  • The student's full name, birthdate, and Norwegian National Identity number if applicable. 
  • Signature of doctor or expert 
  • Recommended adaptation measures 
  • If the condition is chronic 


  • Adaptations for exams: The application deadline is one month before the exam date.  
  • Other adaptations: No set deadline. The applications are processed ongoing.