Visa Info for Nigerian Students Going to a University in Norway

  • 2-3 Months Start applying
  • 556 EUR Visa fee
  • Unknown Proof of language

Residence Permit for Studies

If you're a student from Nigeria, you'll need the Residence Permit for Studies to study in Norway. This visa is made specifically for students like you who are ready to begin their study abroad adventure in Norway. Find out the best information about the process of getting the Residence Permit for Studies to decide if studying abroad in Norway is right for you.

How much time will it take to get my visa?

Be sure to allow extra time for your visa application. Immediately after you've been accepted to and enrolled in the university of your choice, you can already start your application for the Norwegian Residence Permit for Studies. You should apply at least 2-3 months before your university degree programme starts.

After you've applied, you can expect that you'll wait about 30 to 45 days for the decision.

Main steps to take for the Norwegian student visa

Here is what Nigerian students have to do to get a student visa that will allow them to study in Norway:

Register your application in the UDI Application Portal. Hand in your application documents and give your biometrics to the nearest visa application centre in your country.Because of circumstances in your home country, it may be difficult to get a residence permit for studying at a lower level than Master's.

Nigerian students maybe have to provide biometrics during the visa application process. Your biometrics are, basically, extra identification (e.g. fingerprinting and pictures) that countries use for security purposes.

You will have to attend a visa interview during the application process.

The Residence Permit for Studies from Norway is valid for up to course duration. So that you can stay during your entire degree programme, you may need to renew your visa every year. If you want to stay in Norway after your degree is over, you will have to apply for a different visa, or a visa renewal through the immigration office.

How much will I have to pay for the student visa?

To apply for the Norwegian Residence Permit for Studies, you will also have to pay a fee of 556 EUR. Depending on your situation, Norwegian authorities will allow you to pay this fee online, on location at a visa application centre in Nigeria, or through a bank transfer.

Nigerian students won't need to get health insurance for the Norwegian visa.

Visa processing fee 25 EUR.

What documents will I need to get for my student visa?

When you apply for your visa, one of the most important things you need to prove is that you can support yourself during your study programme. For Norway, they require you to prove that you have enough money to live in Norway 12211 EUR/year either from an external source, or already in your bank account.

Nigerian students won't have to prove they speak English well enough to study in an international university in Norway. These language skills ensure that you can succeed in your classes and manage your way around Norway.

Nigerian students won't need to take a medical test before arriving in Norway.

Nigerian students won't need to set up a Restricted Bank Account. This type of bank account restricts the amount of money you can withdraw every month, and only allows you to access it when you arrive in Norway.

Look at the Norway immigration website for more detailed visa information.


The land of Fjords, the town named Hell, and a knighted penguin, Norway is intriguing, to say the least. But past the curiosity, Norway is also a top destination to do a Bachelor's or Master's degree.

Here, you'll find teachers that are genuinely concerned with students' success, as Norwegian teachers are open and friendly, and you'll enjoy some of the most modern educational facilities.

So be sure not to miss checking out degree programmes that attract most international students who say Yes! to Norway, like Environmental Studies and Earth Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and Social Sciences.

View Bachelor's programmes in Norway!

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