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Exemptions at the Faculty of Social Sciences (SAM)

Exemptions at the Faculty of Social Sciences (SAM)

Have you previously passed a test or exam and are wondering if you can be exempted? Here's what you need to know about exemptions at the Faculty of Social Sciences.

How do I apply?

You will find a link to the application form at the bottom of the page.

Prepare necessary documents for upload before you continue, such as:

  • Course plan(s) with syllabus list(s) for the subjects you are applying for credit. If possible, use a link to the course plan and syllabus list online. The course plan and syllabus must be from the year you took the exam in the subject.

  • Transcript of records or diploma if the educational institution where you took your exam in not listed on this list.

You are responsible for providing sufficient documentation of the subjects you have previously taken. To be granted an exemption, the subject you are applying for credit must correspond to the level, scope, and academic content of the subject.

When can I apply?

You can apply after you have been admitted as a student to a study program. In most cases, we wait until you have started your studies before we process your application.

The application deadline is 2 months before the examination. Even if you send the application 2 months before the exam, you must still be aware that some applications are complicated to assess, and it is not certain that the application will be processed before the exam. It is therefore advisable to send the application as soon as you know that you will be applying for recognition / exemption.

Specific deadlines

If you are a student in one of the following programs, there are separate application forms and deadlines for you:
•    Bachelor in Economics and Administration (3 + 5 years) 
•    One-year program in Economics and Management 

The application period is August 9th - September 5th each year in a separate online form (at the bottom of the page).

Please note that applications for recognition / exemption outside this deadline will not be processed.

If you have a diploma from either the college candidate program in economic-administrative subjects or a bachelor's degree in economics and administration, you can apply for exemption for all / parts of the 1st and 2nd year.

Case processing time

Applications for exemption or recognition are often complicated and can take time to process. This applies especially to applications that involve larger parts of the education, applications with a background in foreign education, and applications where we have to request correct or more documentation. In such cases, it may take longer than usual to process your case. The number of courses you include in your application can affect the processing time.

Who can apply?

Under the University and University Colleges Act §§ 3-4 and 3-5 ( and Regulations on studies and exams at OsloMet - metropolitan university § 3-3 (, you have the right to have previously completed education from other accredited universities and colleges credited in the study program you are now enrolled in. You can also apply for exemption from parts of education based on § 3-5 letter f in the Act on Universities and Colleges ( Please note that for the issuance of a diploma for an obtained degree, a minimum of 60 credits included in the degree must be completed at OsloMet.

What do I do about teaching when I have an application for credit / exemption?

Even if you have applied for an exemption, it is not certain that you will receive approval, so it is important that you attend teaching and participate in work requirements even if you should be exempted afterwards. If an exemption is granted, you will be deregistered from the subject.

What should I consider in connection with the exemption?

Before you submit an application for exemption, we encourage you to carefully consider whether you really want to apply for previous education to be recognized.

If you are granted an exemption for the entire academic year, it is not certain that you can move directly up to the next academic year.

If you apply for exemption from an exam, you should be aware that it can affect the student support you receive from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen). Lånekassen calculates your support based on the number of credits you take. Exemption from an exam reduces the number of credits you receive per semester.

If you do not notify Lånekassen of the reduction in credits, they will consider it a delay in your progression of study.

Application form

Application for exemptions at the Faculty of Social Sciences (English)