About MF

About MF

MF Norwegian School of Theology (1908) is an accredited Specialized University focusing on Theology, Religion, and Social Studies, located in Oslo. With three departments (the Department of Theology, the Department of Religious Education and Pedagogical Studies, and the Department of Religion and Society), MF educates scholars, teachers, ministers, and other professionals at the undergraduate and graduate level for leadership and service both nationally and internationally.

Mission Statement:

MF strives to continually grow as a leading school of theology through research in line with the highest standards of international excellence, the application and dissemination of knowledge, and the pursuit of quality education in an environment of freedom, credibility, and ecumenical cooperation, devoted to the personal growth and formation of students.

Management

Vidar Haanes, Kjetil Fretheim, Beate Pettersen, Hilde Brekke Møller, Gunstein Sandvik

Management

The management team consists of:

Rector
Professor Dr. Vidar L. Haanes
E-mail: vidar.l.haanes@mf.no
Phone: +47 22 59 05 40

Pro-Rector
Professor Dr. Kjetil Fretheim
E-mail: kjetil.fretheim@mf.no 
Phone: +47 22 59 06 25

Director
Cand. Jur. Beate Pettersen
E-mail: beate.pettersen@mf.no
Phone: +47 22 59 05 55

Director of Academic Affairs
PhD Hilde Brekke Møller
E-mail:
Phone: +47 22 59 05 00

Director of Finance
MBA Gunstein Sandvik
E-mail: gunstein.sandvik@mf.no
Phone: +47 22 59 06 44

The Board

The Board

Members of The Board as of July 1, 2016:

External members:
Jan Olav Olsen (Chairman 2016-2018)
Knut Lundby (Deputy)
Ole Martin Grevstad
Camilla Osnes
Elise Sandnes
​Internal members:
Kristin Bliksrud Aavitsland
Kristin Graff-Kallevåg
John Wayne Kaufman
Hildegun Hennum Høeg
​Student members:
​Trude-Christina H. Halvorsen
Anna Aas Lindahl

 

Deputy Members:

External deputy members:
Wenche Fladen Nervold
​Marthe Styve Holte
Marianne Uri Øverland
​Internal deputy members:​
Vegard Holm
Rune Vik
​​Student deputy members:​
Rebekka Opsal
Marianne Munz

New International Students

New International Students

The Study Abroad Team are looking forward to meet for practical arrangements, orientation and registration for the spring semester in January 2018.

To do before arrival

To do on arrival

International Student Guide

For basic information as a new international student, please download our international student guide at this link.

Arriving at MF

Please enshure that your travel arrangements permit you to be in OSLO and ready to attend The Orientation days starting 8th of Jaunuary.

We strongly advise against arriving after the 8th of January, because you will miss out on key sessions that have been set up for you and your fellow Study Abroad students. If circumstances will prevent you from arriving on time please send an email to international@mf.no  or  ">  and let us know your expected time of arrival.

Orientation days 2018

Info: 

If you are arriving from abroad: Remember to book an appointment at the foreign police office, using the UDI self-service portal (all international students) before arrival in August. More information is available at The Department of Immigration, Oslo Police District

Any Questions? Please send an e-mail to the international student assistant: isa@mf.no 

Please do also see the Student Handout for information about registering with police
and other important details.

Orientation days 2018

Programme - the Orientation Days 2018

MONDAY 8th january

10.00  Welcome to all new students - aud 4
Orientation for all new students:

̶  To be a student at MF
̶  Studentweb
̶  Fronter

Coffee and tea will be served at the orientation.

12.15  Start of classes in several subjects, incl
See the time schedule for more information.

Wednesday 10th january

10.00 Semester opening service at Majorstuen Church

Coffee and tea served at MF afterwards

 

Tasks you can do any day:
- Pay Semester fee: do so as soon as possible!
- Online bank transfer or with cash at post office (often found inside grocery stores). If you have deposited money to MF, the semester fee might be paid directly from this money (go the the student reception for more information). It Takes 2-3 days for system to register you’ve paid the fee, then you can use computers, get Student ID and Fronter, print from school computers.
- Register for classes AND exams on Student Web
- Ask questions in the International Office -- 3rd floor office, 10:00-14:00, about visas, housing, practical living questions, student systems at MF, etc.
- Ask for help with registration, receive Fronter password, print student receipt  in the student Reception, 3rd floor. Opening hours: 9:00-14:00 (Aug 14-18 and Aug 21-25; 10:00-14:00 the rest of the semester)
- Remember to present passport or ID to register
- Get Student ID – take picture in library (near printer room). Opening hours:  Monday-Friday 10:00-12:00, (Aug 14-18 and Aug 21-25). Saturday, Aug 19th 11:00-13:00
- You need ID to take exams and get discounts.

Buddy Groups

Buddy Groups

In a buddy group you will get:

  • The possibility to join a social network and make friends from your first day at the university.
  • The possibility to take part in several enjoyable events such as concerts and theatre shows with your buddy group.
  • A tour of the MF campus

The buddy group
Each buddy group is made up of two-three buddies and 10- 20 new Norwegian and international students. As a member of a buddy group you will meet other students from your study program or related academic field, who are also new at the university. The buddies have already studied at the university for some time and know what it is like to be a student. They are familiar with the joys and sorrows of student life and are there to answer any questions you might have about student life at the University and in Norway.

Any questions? Please send us an e-mail to the international student assistant: isa@mf.no

Checklist - student registration

Checklist - student registration

- Pay Semester fee: do so as soon as possible! Can be paid by oonline bank transfer or with cash at post office (often found inside grocery stores). If you have deposited money to MF, the semester fee might be paid directly from this money (go the the student reception for more information). It Takes 2-3 days for system to register you’ve paid the fee, then you can use computers, get Student ID and Fronter, print from school computers.

- Register for classes AND exams on Student Web

- Ask questions in the International Office -- 3rd floor office, 10:00-14:00, about visas, housing, practical living questions, student systems at MF, etc.

- Ask for help with registration, receive Fronter password, print student receipt  in the student Reception, 3rd floor. Opening hours: 9:00-14:00 (Aug 14-18 and Aug 21-25; 10:00-14:00 the rest of the semester)

- Remember to present passport or ID to register

- Get Student ID – take picture in library (near printer room). Opening hours:  Monday-Friday 10:00-12:00, (Aug 14-18 and Aug 21-25). Saturday, Aug 19th 11:00-13:00

- You need ID to take exams and get discounts.

Housing (SiO)

Housing (SiO)

You must apply online through the Student Housing Office from SiO, which is responsible for reserving rooms for international students and issuing tenancy contracts.

Exchange students: please notify the international office that you will apply for housing in order to be put on a priority-list for accommodation. Please use this email address (name, date of birth and programme): international@mf.no

Housing Application Deadline

  • Students starting their studies in the autumn semester must apply for housing by 1 June.
  • Students starting their studies in the spring semester must apply for housing by 25 November.
    Please note that family housing can NOT be expected to be provided from the beginning of your stay due to very limited availability. This means that you can expect to be on a waiting list for a very long time (can take up to one year).

Arrival at the Student Residences

  • At the student residence receptions, you will receive your room key by showing the receipt for your housing deposit payment.
  • The staff at the reception will give you directions to your student village.

Housing Contract

  • Housing contracts are as a rule issued for entire semesters.
  • The Autumn semester is from 1 August - 31 December
  • Spring semester from 1 January  - 31 July.
    Please note that if you move out before the set dates, you must give 2 months notice.

Housing Deposit
All students who rent housing must pay a deposit. This deposit will be returned to you after you have moved out, providing there is no damage to the room or its furnishings, and that it has been properly cleaned, and all rent has been paid.

  • The following group must pay the deposit before arrival in Norway: Erasmus, Nordplus/Nordlys, regular degree students, bilateral exchange students, EEA-programme- and guest students.
  • The following group must pay the deposit after arrival in Norway: Quota Scheme students, NOMA students, Erasmus Mundus and other special agreement and programme students from developing countries and Eastern Europe. These students should pay the housing deposit within one week after arrival.

Arrival at SiO

Arrival at SiO

Picking up keys and getting to the student residences*
Students assigned a room at Sogn Studentby, Bjerke, Kringsjå, Ullevål og Vestgrensa Studentby-/hus are to pick up their key at the reception at the SiO Center on Blindern Campus.

How to get to SiO Centre at Blindern Campus:
We suggest you take the train or the coach to downtown Oslo.
From Jernbanetorget station Oslo S (Central Station) you can take metro # 6 to Sognsvann or #4 Ringen.
Get off at Blindern station and walk for a couple of minutes to campus.
The SiO Centre reception is located in the Kristian Ottosen building (low rise service building, building no. 2 on campus map) next to the Lucy Smiths building.

How to get to Kringsjå student village:
We suggest you take the train or the coach to downtown Oslo.
From Jernbanetorget station in the Oslo S (Central Station) you can take metro no. 6 to Sognsvann. Get off at Kringsjå station. Cross the main road and you will see the Kringsjå Student Village.
Travel time from Jernbanetorget to Kringsjå is about 18 minutes.

Taxi: Depending on which taxi company you choose, a taxi from the airport may cost approx. NOK 800,-. If you share your taxi with others, this may be a cheaper solution. A taxi from Oslo Central Station to Kringsjå student village costs a minimum of NOK 250,- Please note that higher rates apply for the evening, weekend and night.

Before arriving in Oslo you should find the address of your student village, search for a map online and print it out. Then it is easier to find your way around in Oslo. Follow the link below to search: Google maps

Arrival outside opening hours is not recommended. In case you arrive after opening hours, you will need to find alternative accommodation.

You may contact SiO by e-mail studentboligene@sio.no or preferably call (+47 22 18 83 35)  and see if you can arrange for your keys to be delivered by one of SiO's caretakes. This must be done well ahead of your arrival.

Residence Permit

Residence Permit

Non-EU/EEA-citizens
Follow the instructions in your Welcome Letter.
All Non-EU/EEA students are advised to apply for a residence permit from home. Citizens under the Norwegian visa regulations are required to apply for a visa and residence permit before entering Norway.

How to apply
Fill in the application form for first time residence permit and apply through the nearest Norwegian Embassy/Consulate in your country of residence.
Be sure to include the following documents together with the application form:

  • A certified copy of a valid passport.
  • A certified copy of your Letter of Admission from the MF.
  • The sheet (in your admission letter) addressed to the Norwegian Immigration Authorities (which you will receive together with the Letter of Admission).
  • Documentation of financing. This is applicable for Degree students and Guest students. This is also applicable for Bilateral exchange students under the visa regulations. Bilateral exchange students who do not need to apply for a visa are not asked to deposit money in Norway.
    Should you have any problems receiving an answer regarding your residence permit application in due time, please contact the Norwegian Embassy/Consulate in your home country.

You must register with the Oslo Police, Foreign Section within 7 days after arrival. Please book an appointment at https://selfservice.udi.no/ as soon as possible.

EU/EEA-citizens
EU/EEA students no longer have to apply for a residence permit, but you do have to register with the Police if staying in Norway for more than 3 months. Please register online: https://selfservice.udi.no/

Remember to bring with you the following documents to Norway:

  • Letter of Admission.
  • Passport or National ID-Card.
  • European Health Insurance Card or proof of other private health insurance coverage.

Health Insurance

Health Insurance

Students from the European Economic Area (EEA)
Students from EU/EEA countries must have health insurance coverage from their home country. The European Health Insurance Card documents that you are entitled to necessary medical treatment during temporary stays in other EEA countries or in Switzerland. You are entitled to treatment on a par with the citizens of the country where you are staying.

For further information about the correct card/form please check with the nearest health authority office in your home country. If you decide to use private health insurance you have to check with your insurance office as to whether your coverage applies to Norway.

NB: You must bring the European Health Insurance Card when you enter Norway.

Read more about the European Health Insurance Card on the European Commission's website.

Students from countries outside the European Economic Area
If the duration of your stay in Norway is more than one year you automatically become insured under the National Insurance Scheme (nav.no) when you register as a student at MF and as a resident in Norway.

If the duration of your stay in Norway is between 3 and 12 months you should fill in a special form entitling you to social security coverage with regard to health services in accordance with the National Insurance Scheme. The form must be sent to the insurance office in the municipality in which you are staying. For students living at Sogn or Kringsjå studentby the address is:

Nordre Aker trygdekontor
Postboks 320, Alnabru
0614 Oslo
Telephone: 21 06 67 00
Students who do not fill in this form or students who stay in Norway less than three months should have a social security coverage from their home country.

Health services for international students at MF
Your semester card which you receive by semester registration basically allows you free medical treatment at the Student Health Services. The cost of medicines is only covered if you are hospitalised or suffer from a serious disease and are member of the National Insurance Scheme or have the European health insurance card or other form of social security which covers these costs.

Declaration of Acceptance

Declaration of Acceptance

Deadlines

Exchange students (Erasmus, EEA, Bilateral, USAC and Nordplus/Nordlys):

  • 25 June for the autumn semester
  • 25 November for the spring semester

Degree students (Master, Bachelor and Quota Scheme) and certain Scholarships programmes:

  • Information about the specific deadline for accepting the place of study will be sent by e-mail and/or will be in your admission packet.

In your admission letter you will find further information about the Declaration of Acceptance and how to accept your place of study.

Registrations Every Semester

Registrations Every Semester

Deadlines

  • Autumn semester: 1. September
  • Spring semester: 1. February

Read more about registrations every semester

Semester fee
All students (except Erasmus, Nordplus/Nordlys and Bilateral students) must pay the semester fee, the copy fee. You will receive a giro in your welcome package.

Student card or access card
Student cards are issued to students who are staying more than 6 months and who have:

  1. Completed the semester registration
  2. Received a permanent Norwegian ID number.
  3. Reported their permanent Norwegian ID number to the Student Reception.

Approx. 5 days after reporting your Norwegian ID Number to the Student Reception, you can come back and pick up your card. The total waiting time obtaining a student card could be up to 8 weeks after your arrival to Norway.

Admission Packet

Admission Packet

Admission letter for degree students:

The Admission letter contains

  • Letter of Admission
  • Welcome letter

Students who have applied for a master's degree programme will receive this information by post sometime within February.

  • By May/June all international degree students will receive more information by e-mail
  • Semester start program
  • Information guide for new students
  • Some basic information
  • How to get to MF

Admission letter and information for exchange students:

The admission letter contains:

  • Letter of Admission
  • Welcome letter
  • Semester start program
  • Information guide for new students
  • Some basic information
  • How to get to MF

Students from exchange programmes (Erasmus, Nordplus/Nordlys, bilateral etc.) starting in August will receive the admission packet in June. Students who have applied for an exchange programme (Erasmus, Nordplus/Nordlys, bilateral etc.) starting in January will receive the admission packet in November.

Students may also download the following documents:

Budget and Cost of Living

Budget and Cost of Living

To give you an idea of the living expenses for a student in Norway, we have put together a modest budget for one semester (all numbers are approximate):

  • Housing: NOK 15 000
  • Food: NOK 12 400
  • Books & Supplies: NOK 4 700
  • Transportation: NOK 1 700 (students under 30)
  • Other expences: NOK 10 750

Total for 5 months: NOK 44 500

During your first semester, you must be prepared to use a substantial amount of money for setting up your household and for buying suitable clothing for the Norwegian climate.

Student discounts
International students are guaranteed student housing through the student`s welfare organisation, SiO. Students under the age of 30 with a valid semester card are also entitled to reduced fares on public transport, including the airport train. Your student card also entitles you to certain discounts on opera, theatre and museum tickets.

Part time work and work permit
Students from the EU/EEA area can work up to 20 hours pr. week after they have registered with the police.

What to bring for new students

You are advised to bring some Norwegian currency with you when you arrive in Norway or change money at Oslo airport - Gardermoen. You will need to have money to pay for the airport train to Oslo. It will also make it easier for you during your first few days, especially if you happen to arrive during the weekend when banks and post offices are closed. It is also advisable to bring along money in the form of traveller's cheques, or to have an international credit card.

Please note that personal expenses like clothes, medicines, dental care, leisure activities etc. are not included in the budget. If you are not able to bring along warm clothes from your home country, it is important to have enough money with you to buy suitable clothing for the different seasons. We suggest that you bring along/buy: waterproof/windproof jacket, woollen sweater, scarves, gloves, hats, warm long underwear (wool)/tights and warm and waterproof shoes/boots.

How to Find MF

How to Find MF

Metro

Metro services from the centre to Majorstuen

1 Frognerseteren
2 Kolsås
4 Ringen
5 Østerås
6 Sognsvann

Follow this link for a map of the metro rutes.

Tram

Tram services from the centre to Majorstuen:

11, 12 eller 19 til Majorstuen

Follow this link for a map of the tram rutes.

For a map of MF, Majorstuen, follow this link:

For the Metro, Tram or Bus schedule, follow this link

(Or use Google Maps' route function)

Norwegian Loan Fund

Norwegian Loan Fund

In order to receive grants and loans from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund you must

The first weeks: Procedures to complete during the first weeks:

Registration with the Police for Non-EU/EEA citizens
All Non-EU/EEA students must report to the Police within 7 days after arrival. Bring with you your passport and the letter of invitation/appointment from MF. If you are staying for more than 90 days, you need a residence permit. You should apply for a residence permit through a Norwegian foreign service mission abroad (embassy, general consulate, consulate) as soon as possible.

Foreigners residing in Oslo register at Oslo Police District - Aliens Section (Oslo politidistrikt - Utlendingsavsnittet).

Registration with the local tax office
Anyone moving from abroad to take up residency in Norway for more than six months must must appear in person at one of 41 chosen tax offices in Norway (skatteetaten.no) and deliver the completed form Notification of move to Norway from abroad RF-1401E (pdf) (skatteetaten.no). You must bring with you an approved identity document and other required documents (skatteetaten.no). The notification must be given within eight days of arriving in Norway or of being granted residence/work permit.

Foreigners residing in Oslo must visit the Oslo Tax Office (Skatt øst Oslo) (skatteetaten.no) (Norwegian)

National identity number or D-number
The application for a tax deduction card for foreign nationals acts as an application for a national identity number or a D-number if such a number has not been applied for earlier. The number is stated on your tax deduction card and is used to identify you to the authorities.  When you open a bank account in Norway, you must give this number to the bank

Applications for a national identity number or a D-number may also be sent directly to the National Registry. The form Notification to the National Registry of move to Norway from abroad RF-1401E (pdf) (skatteetaten.no) acts as an application.

The National Registry normally processes applications within two weeks.

Arrival- start up loan and applying for the first time
Before arriving to Norway, Department of Academic Affairs (DAA) at MF will apply for a start-up loan for you. This start-up loan is equivalent to 2 months basic support, and is only given once (NB: This is a part of your total grant. It is not extra money). You will receive a check from DAA that you can cash in any bank after producing your passport as ID.

After receiving a Norwegian ID number, MinID and opening a bank account, you have to apply for loan for the rest of the semester, and continue to do so every semester for the duration of your degree. Quota students are eligible for support 12 months a year, as opposed to other students who only receive support 10 months (excluding the summer months). You are responsible to apply for loans for the spring- and fall semesters, as well as summer loans if you are going for field work in your home country.

When applying for loan the first time, it is advised you do so in collaboration with Student administration, as some of the text in the online application form only is available in Norwegian. Processing time is up to 8 weeks, so please make sure to apply for loan as soon as possible after arrival.

Travel
When coming to Norway, you have to book and pay for your own flight/transportation. When applying for loan from Lånekassen the first time, you can also apply for the travel expenses to be refunded. Lånekassen refunds your expenses in accordance with a set rate.

In addition the refunding your travel expenses for your initial travel to Norway, Lånekassen will cover travel expenses in connection with field work and an annual travel to your home country, however for the annual travel home it is required that you’ve been in Norway for at least one year.

In order for your travel expenses to be reimbursed, you must fill out the Q form, and have confirmed by SA. If you’re going home for a field work, you’ll need a conformation letter from your supervisor stating that the field work is an approved and necessary part of the education in Norway. The field work period must appear (date from and date to).

After your graduation, Lånekassen will cover your travel expenses for your final travel home, which must take place no later than three months after your graduation.

Repayment or cancellation of debt
After you have completed your degree, you can apply to have the debt from Lånekassen cancelled. This is only possible if you go back to your home country and take residency there after your disputation. If you’ve had your debt cancelled, you may not return to Norway for ten years, or you will have to repay the debt.

Quota students who stay in Norway after completing their master thesis will receive a payment schedule and must expect to repay the loan on normal terms.

Arriving in Oslo

Arriving in Oslo

Pick up at the train/bus station?
Please send an e-mail to the international student assistant: isa@mf.no

Picking up keys and getting to the student residences
Students assigned a room at Sogn Studentby, Bjerke, Kringsjå, Ullevål og Vestgrensa Studentby-/hus are to pick up their key at the reception at the SiO Center on Blindern Campus.

You must check SiO Student Housing to locate which SiO service center or reception you will have to collect your keys at.

How to get there

How to get to SiO Centre at Blindern Campus:

  • We suggest you take the train or the coach to downtown Oslo.
  • From Jernbanetorget station Oslo S (Central Station) you can take metro # 6 to Sognsvann or #4 Ringen.
  • Get off at Blindern station and walk for a couple of minutes to campus.
  • The SiO Centre reception is located in the Kristian Ottosen building (low rise service building, building no. 2 on campus map) next to the Lucy Smiths building.

Taxi: Depending on which taxi company you choose, a taxi from the airport may cost approx. NOK 800,-. If you share your taxi with others, this may be a cheaper solution. A taxi from Oslo Central Station to Kringsjå student village costs a minimum of NOK 250,- Please note that higher rates apply for the evening, weekend and night.

Please also see Getting to MF

How to get to Kringsjå student village:

We suggest you take the train or the coach to downtown Oslo.
From Jernbanetorget station in the Oslo S (Central Station) you can take metro no. 6 to Sognsvann. Get off at Kringsjå station. Cross the main road and you will see the Kringsjå Student Village.
Travel time from Jernbanetorget to Kringsjå is about 18 minutes.

Route map for the metro in Oslo (pdf)

Before arriving in Oslo you should find the address of your student village, search for a map online and print it out. Then it is easier to find your way around in Oslo. Follow the link below to search:

Google maps (external link)

Arrival outside opening hours
Arrival outside opening hours is not recommended. In case you arrive after opening hours, you will need to find alternative accommodation.

You may contact SiO by e-mail studentboligene@sio.no or preferably call (+47 22 18 83 35)  and see if you can arrange for your keys to be delivered by one of SiO's caretakes. This must be done well ahead of your arrival.

Exchange students

Exchange students

Register for courses:

  • Exchange students can register for courses at Student Web. To register, log onto the StudentWeb using the preliminary registration number and pin code provided at the welcoming letter.

Certificate of Arrival / Confirmation of Erasmus Exchange

Where can I get my document signed?

  • Exchange students who need a Certificate of Arrival / Confirmation of Erasmus Exchange signed by the University of Oslo, please drop by the international office, 2nd floor.

How do I send it to my home university?

  • You are responsible yourself for returning the signed document(s) to your home university by post or by e-mail.

Scanning of your documents

  • If you want to send your document by e-mail to your home university you may ask in the student administration
  • The scanners are free of charge.

Learning Agreement

Who can sign my Learning Agreement?

  • As an Erasmus student you need to contact your Departmental Coordinator in order to get your Learning Agreement or any changes to the Learning Agreement signed. This might be the department of Theology, Department of Religion and Pedagogics and Department of Religion and Social Science.

Self-funding students

Self-funding students

Applicants who are not EU/EEA or Swiss nationals must document that they can finance their stay in Norway.

Info: 

Prepare your application
Make sure that you are eligible to apply.
Be aware that applicants from outside the EU/EEA area have to submit documentation of financial ability to the UDI for the VISA application.

Register your application
Submit your online application with required supporting documents within the application deadline (February 1th).

Result of your application
Admissions will be announced by March.

Required amount

The Norwegian Immigration Authorities require that non-EU/EEA/Swiss nationals can provide a minimum of NOK 111 657,- for one year. This is the minimum amount of money required to cover living expenses for one academic year in Norway. 
Students who are granted admission must immediately apply for a study permit for study purposes, and the required amount must be transferred to a deposit account. The application for a study permit will not be processed before the whole sum of the required amount available on the deposit account.
Further information about this is given in the admission letter.

Sponsor guarantee

Many students depend on a sponsor to enable them to complete their education. If you have a sponsor MF will ask for a letter included in the application form from the sponsor(s) stating that they are willing to transfer the whole sum of the required amount,-  if/when you are admitted, in addition to the bank transcript.

The procedure the sponsor must be aware of is as follows:

  • Master applicants: If the student does not have a personal bank account with minimum of the required amount,- the sponsor must provide a letter of agreement, as well as a bank statement showing that the sum will be available. Or the student can transfer the amount to a temporary account provided by MF, until the student gets their own account. MF will then provide a letter which certifies the amount.
  • If/when admission is granted: Students who are granted admission must immediately apply for a resident permit for study purposes. This will not be processed before the whole sum of the required amount is paid to the deposit account.

It is urgent that your sponsor is aware that this sum must be available as soon as the applicant is admitted.

Tuition fees

There are no tuition fees at MF.

More information

You can find more information about the visa application at MF's website or at the UDI's website.

Special Needs

Special Needs

New incoming students with special needs for the exam should fill out this form and submit it in the Student reception addressed to Pirjo Krabye.

Remember to bring valid documentation confirming your special needs.

We can help you with:

  • Study guidance for students with dyslexia
  • Guidance for students with hearing impairment (however, hearing aids and equipment should be brought along)
  • Adaptation of workplaces in reading rooms
  • Reservation of seats in lecture halls for students with wheelchair
  • Mobility guidance
  • Loan of technical aids (i.e. chairs or special desks). Documentation necessary.

Please inform Pirjo Krabye (Pirjo.Krabye@mf.no) about your special needs as early as possible.

Wheelchair users 
All places/rooms at MF are accessible. There are two elevators and two handicap toilets (basement floor and 3rd floor) at MF. It should be remembered that there is snow and ice during the winter and this should be considered before applying to study here.

Health Care Centre
The University of Oslo has a Health Care Center on campus, with a team of doctors as well as psychologists and psychiatrists. Long term mental health treatment is, however, not available.

Departments

Departments

Department of Theology and History

Chairman:  John Wayne Kaufman
Vice Chairman: Terje Hegertun
Fredrik Saxegaard
Jan Terje Christoffersen
Kristin Joachimsen
Glenn Ø. Wehus
Marthe Bogen
Students: Simon Eikill-Moen and Solveig Vatn Weisser

Observer: Hanne R. Løvaas
​Observer: Inge Westly

First Deputy: Andrew Wergeland
Second Deputy: Idun Strøm Sefland
Student Deputies: Rebekka Opsal and Sigurd Wessenland Gravdal

Department of Religion and Education

Chairman:  Ann Midttun
Vice Chairman: Solvor Mjøberg Lauritzen
Morten Holmqvist
​Hanne Birgitte Sødal Tveito
Emil Sætra
​Mona G. Bø
Students: Siv Hanne Kjærland and Mats Garte

Secretary: Elisabeth Løsnesløkken
Observer: Bente Røren

Deputy: Astrid Sandsmark
Student Deputies: Rebekka Opsal and Trude-Christina Halvorsen

Department of Religion and Society

Chairman: Roar G. Fotland
Vice Chairman: Marielle Stigum Gleiss
Sturla Stålsett
Berit Widerøe Hillestad
Students: Anders Østby and Nashat Quazi

Observer: Inger Johanne Gillebo

Deputy: Lars Laird Iversen
Student Deputies: Rebekka Opsal and Trude-Christina Halvorsen

Student Satisfaction

Student Satisfaction

MF students are engaged and committed to making student life as fulfilling as possible.  Everybody has a chance to help improve the school because students are democratically represented in every governing body within MF, as well as bodies that represent students nationally in Norway.  The NAUTILUS Survey confirms that MF students are more satisfied overall than students from other institutions, both in social environment and academics.

E-mail addresses:
Student Council: sr@stud.mf.no 
Environment Committee: mu@stud.mf.no 
Young Theology: ut@stud.mf.no

The NAUTILUS Survey

The NAUTILUS Survey

The survey provides an overall national representation of how students evaluate different aspects of their educational institution. The survey is conducted by the NIFU STEP institute.

 Survey results reveal that the faculty and administrative personnel are clearly considered to be more attentive and service-minded at MF than at other institutions.

Students at MF:

  • are significantly more satisfied with their educational institution and the quality of their education than average.
  • express more often that the teaching inspires them to further their academic studies.
  • are significantly more satisfied with the faculties preparations, dissemination, and enthusiasm than average.
  • are far more positive concerning the social environment than the other students that took part in the survey.

Memberships

Memberships

MF Norwegian School of Theology is member of:

Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance

The Quality Assurance System (or QAS) is designed to ensure that MF provides education of high international quality, and that the education of students who graduate from MF is well adapted to the workplace they will be stepping into. It relies on students’ perspectives on MF’s recruitment, learning and teaching environment, exam procedures, and additional preparations for professional life. The system encompasses all of MF’s undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education programs.

The requirement to have a Quality Assurance System is established by law, and regulated by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education. Internally, the MF Board oversees the Quality Assurance System, and provides guidelines for ongoing quality improvement. The Board of MF holds primary responsibility for the education quality, and delegates the implementation of the system to other departments within the institution.

International Partners

International Partners

Below you find the list of all the partners in Europe, America, Africa and Asia:

Europe

Aarhus University, Denmark.

København University, Denmark.

Lund University, Sweden.

Uppsala University, Sweden.

Johannelunds Teologiska Högskola, Sweden.

Stockholm School of Theology, Sweden

EELK - Eesti Evangeelse Luterliku Kiriku Usuteaduse Instituut, Estonia

Helsinki University, Finland.

Åbo University, Finland.

University of Iceland, Iceland.

Leuven University, Belgium.

University of Sofia, Bulgaria.

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.

University of Craiova, Romania.

University of Timisoara, Romania.

'Lucian Blaga' University of Sibiu, Romania

VU Amsterdam, Netherlands.

PThU Groningen/Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tilburg University, Netherlands.

Comenius University, Bratislava.

Charles-University, Czech Republic.

University of Rostock, Germany

Georg August University Göttingen, Germany

Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany.

University of Leipzig, Germany.

University of Tübingen, Germany.

W. Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany.

Augustana Hochschule, Germany.

University of Hamburg, Germany.

Kirchliche Hochschule Wuppertal/Bethel University, Germany

University of Durham, United Kingdom.

Heytrop College, University of London, United Kingdom

Maymooth College, Ireland

St. Thomas Aquinas University, Italy

LUMSA University, Roma, Italy

FIDEM, Medieval Studies, Roma, Italy

'Josip Juraj Strossmayer' University of Osijek, Croatia

 

 

America

Africa

Kenya Methodist University, Meru, Kenya.

St. Paul’s University, Limuru, Kenya.

Stellenbosch University, South-Africa.

Tumanini University, Makumira, Tanzania.

Africa University, Mutare, Zimbabwe.

Uganda Christian University, Uganda

Gbarnga School of Theology, Liberia

 

 

Asia

Vacancies

Vacancies

Currently there are no employment vacancies at MF Norwegian School of Theology