Pre-arrival | International students - Student

Pre-Arrival Guide

Pre-Arrival Guide

Before arriving in Norway, make sure you complete the steps listed here. These are relevant for international exchange students, and international Master students. Please note: due to the coronavirus situation, changes may occur.

Accept your place and notify OsloMet of any special needs

Master's Degree students

Accept your place in "Søknadsweb". The deadline is approximately 10 days after receiving your offer.

Exchange students

Accept your place and notify us of special needs through the online Declaration of Acceptance form. The deadline is 28 October and 27 May.

You will  find more information about the relevant online form in your Admission Letter from OsloMet.


Students are responsible for finding their own housing in Norway.

OsloMet has a very limited number of student accommodation available this semester. These will be distributed among those of you who have already applied for student housing. As per late November, the distribution of the available housing is still ongoing, For further information about the status of your application, please contact SiO using the contact information you have received from them.

OsloMet is currently working on locating alternative accommodation recommendations and will by 1st December send you an email by with further information. If you have any questions on housing, please email us at:

Covid-19 test

You must present a certificate of negative Covid-19 test when you arrive in Norway. The test must be taken less than 72 hours before entry. If you do not present a certificate, you may be refused entry.

Please ensure that you bring a paper copy documenting your negative Covid-19 test.

10 day quarantine upon arrival

Please note that it is mandatory for all international students to spend 10 days in quarantine upon arrival in Norway, before you move into your housing.

You will receive information about quarantine by the border police at border crossings and other arrival points in Norway.  For those arriving by plane at Oslo Airport or other entry points, you will be assigned a hotel by the immigration authorities upon arrival. It is not possible to book other hotels or private accommodation. You will have full-board accommodation at the hotel during the quarantine period.

The general rule is that as a private person you should pay an individual share of NOK 500 per day at the hotel, making it a total of NOK 5000 for 10 days. OsloMet will cover this cost for you. We are trying to arrange so that you will not have to pay this cost first and get a refund later, we will get back to you with more information about this soon.

Moving from quarantine hotel to accommodation

After you have completed your quarantine stay you will receive a document from your hotel to prove you have been in quarantine. When you have received this document, you can move into your SiO housing or private accommodation. Please note that you cannot move into SiO housing before 5th January 2021.

Register or apply for Residence Permit and Visa

Get health insurance

As a student you need to have some form of health insurance during your stay in Norway. What kind of insurance depends on your nationality and the length of your stay. Please make sure your insurance covers Covid-19 relating issues.

Orientation Day

Please note the date for the OsloMet Orientation day which will be 11. January 2020. Orientation day is a kick-start to settle in as a student in Norway and at OsloMet. Due to the coronavirus situation, the orientation day will be in a digital format.

Start dates for the courses

Check your Admission Letter for individual start dates.