Links to Norway
In order to receive support to study abroad, you must meet at least one of the conditions below concerning links to Norway. Information about the conditions and any documentation you must submit can be found below.
For those who have lived in Norway for at least two years during the last five years
You may be eligible for support if you have lived in Norway for a continuous period of at least two years during the last five years before the studies commence. Your actual place of residence must have been in Norway. It is not enough to simply have been registered with an address in the Norwegian National Register.
You must submit documentation showing that you have lived in and had your main occupation in Norway for at least two consecutive years. This could be documentation from an employer or school.
For those who have been studying in Norway for a period of at least three years in total
You may be eligible for support if you have attended school in Norway for at least three years. The three years do not have to be continuous. Primary and secondary education also counts.
You must submit a transcript of grades or other documentation showing the period during which you were studying. You do not need to submit documentation if you received support from Lånekassen during the period in which you studied in Norway. In this case, please select “I have submitted documentation before” to proceed with the application.
For those who have a child, spouse or parent living in Norway while you are studying
You may be eligible for support if you have family who live in Norway while you are studying abroad.
You must submit documentation showing that you are either living together with the family member in Norway when your studies start, or that you have lived with the family member for at least two years, in Norway or abroad. You must also document Norwegian language ability at level B1 according to the Common European Framework for Languages.
Do you do not meet any of the aforementioned conditions but still believe that you have a strong link to Norway?
We can then carry out a comprehensive discretionary assessment of your situation. In the assessment, we will place particular emphasis on Norwegian language ability.
You must submit all documentation showing your attachment. This could be a letter in which you explain your links to Norway and in which you also document the circumstances that attach you to Norway. You must also submit a certificate showing that you have completed a Norwegian language test at level B1, or other documentation showing that you have equivalent Norwegian language ability.
For those who are EEA/EFTA cross-border workers or family members of an EEA/EFTA cross-border worker
You must submit documentation showing that you are an EEA or EFTA cross-border worker or family member of an EEA or EFTA cross-border worker who has worked in Norway for at least two of the last five years. If you are a family member of an EEA or EFTA cross-border worker, you must document that you have lived in the Nordic region for at least two of the last five years. You must also document Norwegian language ability at level B1 according to the Common European Framework for Languages.
A cross-border worker is a person who lives in one EEA country and works in another and who travels back to their country of residence every day or at least once per week