General requirements

Each study here at the Sámi University of Applied Sciences has their own entrance requirements. Here at Sámi University most of our classes are taught in Sámi, and therefor the entrance requirement for these classes are Sámi language proficiency.

Please read carefully under each study which entrance requirement applies to you. The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification. 

1. General requirements to study at a Norwegian university or university college:

  1. Meet the general entrance requirements
    The general basis for admission to universities and university colleges in Norway is called Higher Education Entrance Qualification. Read more about your general entry requirements from the country list. If your country is not listed, check the GSU-list
    If you do not meet the general entry requirements, you must pass some basic subjects in Norwegian upper secondary school. 
    Some study programmes have requirements in specific subjects from upper secondary school, in addition to the general requirements.

  2. Meet the Norwegian and English language requirement
    When you apply for admission you must be able to document specific levels of Norwegian and English language proficiency.
  3. Meet the document requirements
    You must document your education qualifications and language proficiency. Choose your country from the country list to find out what applies to you, as document requirements may vary.



2) Real competence

If you do not meet the Higher Education Entrance Qualifications, you can also apply based on real competence. Your work experience and prior education will then be assessed according to the study you are applying for and their entrance requirements. Real competense is competense in the form of knowledge and skills accquired by you through work, education, volunteer work, organizational work or spare time activities. Realkompetanse er kompetanse i form av kunnskap og ferdigheter en person har tilegnet seg gjennom utdanning, lønnet arbeid, ulønnet arbeid, frivillig arbeid, organisasjonsarbeid eller fritidsaktiviteter. The opposite of real competence is formal competence in the form of education or certification.

To apply based on real competense you must:

  • be 25 years old, or turn 25 years old the year you apply for admission and
  • have at least 5 year work or educational experience, whereof a minimum of 3 years have to be relevant for the study you apply for and 
  • have to be suitable for the study.  

These documents you must upload when applying for realcompetence:

  • Work certificates, or certificates from volunteer or organizational work
  • Diplomas, transcripts or certificates from school, classes or education that you have taken
  • A motivational letter where you explain why you are applying for the study and why you think you are suitable for the study.

If you have any questions related to admission requirements, please contact the study administration: