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Frequently asked questions about admissions

What is the Oslo National Academy of the Arts?

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts (Norwegian: Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo, KhiO) is a university college with about 500 students and 180 employees. Oslo National Academy of the Arts was established on the 1st of August 1996 through the merger of five formerly independent colleges.

The Oslo National Academy of the Arts consists of the following departments: Academy of Dance , Academy of Opera, Academy of Theater, Design, Art and Craft, and Academy of Fine Art.

The Academy offers three-year bachelor's programmes (180 cedits), two-year master's programmes (120 credits), and one-year programmes (60 credits) in Opera and in PPU (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). The Oslo National Academy of the Arts also offers PhD programmes.

Oslo National Academy of the Arts is accredited as a specialised university college by NOKUT (the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education), an independent expert body under the Ministry of Education and Research.

How much does your study programmes cost?

The Oslo National Academy of The Arts is a public institution funded by the Government of Norway and tuition is free for all students. All students must pay a semester fee to The Student Welfare Organisation of Oslo and Akershus (SiO). Expenses for any materials that you use in your works you must cover yourself.

However, Norway is an expensive country to live in, so students from certain countries outside the EU have to pay a deposit (NOK 123 519; in 2020) before they arrive to show that they have enough financial support to stay here. For more information about this and how to apply for a study permit, please see The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

Please take a look at our International Student Handbook for more information about this as well as other topics relevant to international students.

Do you offer financial support?

No, we do not offer any financial support for our students. We advise you to research what opportunities for financial support there might be in your own country. There are some limited opportunities from The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund («Lånekassen») for foreign students.

Do you offer any student housing?

Students at The Oslo National Academy of the Arts can apply for student accommodation through the Student Welfare Association – SiO. Make sure to apply early.

All questions regarding the application form and housing in general must be directed to SiO Housing.

If you prefer, there is of course also the option of private accommodation.

Can you check if I am qualified before I submit my application?

No, we are sorry, but we do not have the capacity to assess if you fulfil our entrance requirements beforehand. Please submit your application.

When does the studies start?

We have admission once a year, and all our studies start in August.

How is the study programme structured, where can I find detailed information about the study programme?

You will find information about the study programmes and admission under each department:

Academy of Dance
Academy of Opera
Academy of Theater
Design
Art and Craft
Academy of Fine Art

Please see the programmes curriculum for detailed information. This is linked to at the bottom of the page describing the program.

What are the entrance requirements for your bachelor programmes?

Since all our bachelor programmes - unless explicitly stated in the programme description – requires documented proficency in Norwegian/another Nordic language, please see the information in Norwegian.

However, here is a short summary: The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification or "Generell studiekompanse (GSK)". Minimum requirement for admission to Norwegian colleges and universities is the successful completion of Norwegian upper secondary education or equivalent international education.
Nordic/Scandinavian education that qualifies for entrance to universities in your own country, also qualifies in Norway. The same usually applies for all of Europe. For the details regarding your country, please see Higher Education Entrance Qualification for Persons with Foreign Education.

What are the language requirements?

All our bachelor programmes - unless explicitly stated in the programme description – requires documented proficiency in Norwegian/another Nordic language

For the one-year programme in Opera and Master's in Opera proficiency in a Nordic language is required.

Applicants to Master’s in Theater must document proficiency in one of the Scandinavian languages and English.

The master’s programmes are designed for students who only master English, such that all courses and electives can be completed without the student mastering Norwegian.

Applicants with educational background from either outside of the Nordic countries or from non-English-speaking countries must demonstrate English proficiency.

Please check the requirements for your country, region or your international qualification in the GSU-list at NOKUT. More information about required language tests and documentation is also found at NOKUT.

Note! It is not possible to start the studies and take the language test simultaneously. The test must be completed before your start, and you must have sent us the results by 1st July. This applies to the required documented proficiency in both English and Norwegian.

How and when can I submit my application?

We only accept applications registered and uploaded to our application portal “Søknadsweb”.

"Søknadsweb" and information about the admission process will be available on our webpage two months before the application deadline.

I haven't taken all my exams yet, but I will recieve my diploma this summer. Can I apply?

You can apply on the condition that you will send us your diploma by 1st July.

When you apply, use the comment field in “Søknadsweb” and kindly let us know that you are in the process of finishing your exams and that you will send us the Diploma as soon as possible, and no later than 1st July.
For now, please upload a transcript of records.

I am in the process of taking a language test, but will not get the result by the application deadline. Can I apply?

When you apply, use the comment field in “Søknadsweb” and kindly let us know that you are in the process of taking a language test and that you will send us the certificate as soon as possible, and no later than 1st July.
Please inform us of when your test is to take place.

I’ve already done a similar study programme at another academy. May I transfer to the Oslo National Acadamy of the Arts?

No, we do not consider this during the application process. You need to apply to our programme. If granted admission and you accept the offer, you can apply to have your previous studies recognized and included in your degree here.

I’m on the waiting list, what happens now?

You must first accept to be on the waiting list on our application portal “Søknadsweb”. We will contact you if a place becomes available. This can happen up until a couple of weeks after the programme have started. We are not able to say how likely it is that you will be offered a place.

Can I come visit the school and get a guided tour?

Normally the school is open to visitors, but due to the Corona-situation we are in and for reasons of infection control, it will not be possible to come and look around right now.

KHiO usually arranges an Open Day every academic year in November (cancelled in 2020 due to restrictions). We do not offer guided tours except from this day.

Feel free to sign up for our newsletter (in Norwegian) for information about events happening on campus you might want to attend if you are visiting Oslo, including Open Day.

You could also check out KHiOs Instagram account in order to get an impression of the school.

Is there a lower or upper age limit for applicants?

No, anyone that fulfils the entrance requirements can apply.

I have other questions that are not answered here.

Have you read the information on our webpage about the program and admission?

The programmes’ curriculum might also answer many of your questions, you'll find it linked to at the bottom of the programme's page. You should also check our International Student Handbook.

If you still have questions, you can send us an e-mail to postmottak@khio.no, please write the name of the study program in the subject field.