Practical Information

Practical Information

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Schedule
The schedule is available in our website. Here is the step-by-step manual.

NB: There may be changes in the schedule as well as additional information that are only available on Canvas. Each student is responsible for keeping themselves up to date

Student user account
To get the login information for your user account, you have to bring a valid ID to the IT-help in the 2nd floor. Remember, you have to activate your account at https://activate.mf.no before you get access to Canvas or WiFi. You can find more information about your user account here.

Canvas
Canvas is the electronic learning platform that MF uses. This is being actively used in teaching, and it is important that our students are familiar with Canvas and its features.

Canvas student tutorial

Information from teachers and the student administration
Information throughout the semester will primarily be provided on Canvas, which is the faculty’s online learning tool. All students must frequently log on to Canvas in order to get access to the online "rooms" and respective courses. Remember to register at Student Web and pay the semester fee. If you don't have access to Canvas (and relevant online course rooms) after the semester starts, please contact the Student Reception on the 3rd floor. During the semester you may also receive some information on e-mail. In addition, it is expected that you are familiar with the information given at mf.no.

Whom to ask
If you have any questions of an academic nature, please contact your teacher or course coordinator/adviser. The course coordinator/adviser is responsible for operating particular courses. If you have any questions concerning course selection, the program schedule, course descriptions, or academic programs, a student adviser would be happy to help you. See here for student advisors.
 

Questions regarding technical issues, exams, semester registration, and the Student Loan Fund, should be directed to the Student Reception on the 3rd floor.

Significant Dates

Info: 

Please notice that dates far ahead may be changed.

Significant Dates

2019

Spring:
Orientation day for new students: Tuesday 8th January
Start of lessons: Tuesday 8th January
Semester Opening Service: Thursday 10th January
Graduation Ceremony: Tuesday 18th June

Autumn:
Orientation week for new students: Monday 12th August - 19th August
Academic Semester Opening Ceremony: Wednesday 14th August
Start of lessons: Wednesday 14th August
End of semester: Wednesday 18th December

2020

Spring:
Orientation day for new students: Tuesday 7th January
Start of lessons: Tuesday 7th January
Semester Opening Service: Thursday 14th January
Graduation Ceremony: Wednesday 17th June

Autumn:
Orientation week for new students: Monday 17th August - 21st August
Academic Semester Opening Ceremony: Wednesday 19th August
Start of lessons: Monday 17th or Wednesday 19th August
End of semester: Friday 18th December

2021

Spring:
Orientation day for new students: Tuesday 5th January
Start of lessons: Tuesday 5th January
Semester Opening Service: Tuesday 12th January
Graduation Ceremony: Wednesday 16th June

Autumn:
Orientation week for new students: Monday 16th August - 20th August
Academic Semester Opening Ceremony: Wednesday 18th August
Start of lessons: Monday 16th or Wednesday 18th August
End of semester: Friday 17th December

2022

Spring:
Orientation day for new students: Wednesday 5th January
Start of lessons: Wednesday 5th January
Semester Opening Service: Wednesday 12th January
Graduation Ceremony: Friday 17th June

Autumn:
Orientation week for new students: Monday 15th August - 19th August
Academic Semester Opening Ceremony: Wednesday 17th August
Start of lessons: Monday 15th or Wednesday 17th August
End of semester: Friday 16th December

FAQ

FAQ

Admission/Further Studies

If I am in a study programme, do I need to apply again every semester?
If you are a student at MF this semester and want to continue the same programme of study, you do not have to reapply. Fill out your education plan on StudentWeb and sign up for the exam during the semester registration period (August/January). If you wish to change study programmes, contact a student advisor. Students that are admitted to individual courses have the right to study with unlimited duration, unless you fail to pay the semester fee two semesters in a row. Then you must apply for admission within the applicable deadlines. A paper invoice will not be sent; you must go in to Payment in StudentWeb and generate your invoice.

Semester Fee

All current full-time and single subject students must generate an invoice every semester on StudentWeb under Payment.

For more, See payment under practical information.

What is StudentWeb?

StudentWeb is a net application where students sign up for exams, sign up for seminar groups, change address, get an overview over their grades, etc. ​

Is there a user manual for StudentWeb?
The user manual for StudentWeb is found on the PCs in the learning resource center on the 2nd floor. The online version is /2014/11.08/603600/semesterregistrering_engelsk_-_20140811_162326_8.html"> here.

Where do I find the PIN code for logging in to StudentWeb?
The PIN code is found in the upper right hand corner of the invoice sent to you before the start of the semester. If you have lost the code, you can have a new one sent to you. If you have previously registered your email address on StudentWeb, you can log in with your date of birth and personal number, and click on the button “Send Pin”. Or you can contact student reception on the 3rd floor at MF.

I have paid the semester fee, but it is not updated on StudentWeb. What is wrong?
It takes two work days from when the invoice is paid before it is registered. If it has been more than two days, the cause can be that you did not use the KID-number that was given on the invoice when you paid it. Then it will take a little bit longer before the payment is registered, and you have to be patient.

How do I get a receipt for semester registration?
We refer you to the Student ID app, available for all smartphones and other similar devices.

Do I have to register on StudentWeb or can I do it in another way?
Semester registration must be done on StudentWeb. If that for some reason does not work, contact the student reception on the 3rd floor at MF/student@mf.no

Do I need an email address?
You will get an email address from MF. Email is our preferred way to contact you for individual inquiries and to give information to student groups. Lectures may be cancelled, classes may be moved etc.

Do I have to use the email address I was given by MF?
Emails to your MF-address may be automatically forwarded to your private email address if you register for this on the StudentWeb. Forwarding works after you have activated your account. 

Student Card/Library Card/Sports Card

Where do I get a student card?
After completing the semester registration, and paying the semester fee, go to the 2nd floor (library). There will be special opening hours the first two weeks (see notice on the door). We take your picture and you get the card immediately. Please note that payment must be registered the day before you pick up the card. The card can be used as a library card at the library the next day. Get your student card as soon as possible.

What do I need to bring when I pick up the card?
You must have identification with you (driver’s license, bank card, or passport). A picture will be taken there, so you do not need to have that with you. Remember that your payment must be registered the day before you pick up the card.

Sports Card
Using the gym and the training room in MFs basement is free of charge. You can also join SiO Athletica's ​gyms

The Student ID app (Semester Card)

The student ID app functions as a ID for students in services related to the Student Welfare Organization (SiO) and collective transport companies (i.e.NSB and Ruter).

The student ID app is valid when you have paid the semester fee and registered in the StudentWeb. The student ID app is available both in English and in Norwegian. If you do not have a smartphone, or do not want to use the app, email student@mf.no to get a paper version of the student ID.

 
Instructions - A new version of the Student ID app

The new version includes:
- a new login solution
- barcode for scanning of valid student ID
- now also available for Windows Phones

The new version of the Student ID app can be downloaded from App Store (iOS), Google Play (Android) or Windows Store.

a) Downloading the app for the first time
Download the app from your app store.

b) If you are already using the Digital Student ID
Important: The old version of the app will be shut down during the autumn. If you are using the app today, but do not download the new version, you will lose your Digital Student ID.

Notification about downloading the new version
-If you are connected to the internet you will, a week after release, be notified that your user is no longer valid: "Sorry. Your user is no longer approved. Please log on again." When you try to log on, a web page with a link to the app store to download the new version of the app, will appear.
-If you update the information in the app, or if you log out and then log on again, you will be asked to download the new version of the app.
-If you are not connected to the internet, do not update the information in the app or do not log out, you will not receive any notification about downloading the new version.

How to log on to the student ID for the first time?
1) Open the app (requires internet access)
2) Choose your institution
3) Log on with your username and password (given to you from your institution)
4) Read the declaration of consent and accept (The app can only be used if you give your acceptance)
5) Read the terms and conditions and approve (The app can only be used if you approve the terms and conditions)

If you have paid the semester fee and you have completed the registration, this information will be shown in a yellow box at the bottom of the page. The semester receipt is saved in the app itself. This means that the app, after logging on and registering your payment of the semester fee, can be used without any internet connection.

Questions about the Student ID app

Q: How do I log into the app?
A: Use the same username and password you use in other systems (Canvas, StudentWeb, computers etc.).

Q: When can I start using the app?
A: As soon as you've paid your semester fee and registered in StudentWeb. It may take 3-5 days until your payment is registered.

Q: Do I still need a student ID (access card)?
A: Yes. The use of a physical student card depends on the institution. At many institutions, a card is needed for access to buildings and borrowing books at the library.

Q: How do I use the app to prove I have the right to student discounts at public transport services?
Q: During ticket inspections, show your valid ticket and the digital student ID app. The app will show you're an active student at your institution.

Q: Why is there no photo of me in the app?
A: If you haven't obtained a student ID (access card) with a photo of you, there won't be a photo in the app either. You will receive more information about where and when you can get your student ID at the beginning of the term.

Q: I have a photo student ID, but there's still no photo of me in the app. Who should I contact?
A: Please contact the institution you belong to for help.

Q: Is the student ID app valid if there's no photo of me?
A: If there's no photo of you in the student ID app, you need to show another kind of ID as well. The app will still prove that you're an active student.

Q: I need help. Who should I contact?
A: Please see your institution's webpages.

Q: I'm getting an error message. What does this mean?
A: Please contact studentbevis@fsat.no.

Q: What kind of personal information will the app collect?
A: The app will collect the following information: name, photo, date of birth, student number, institution, and whether you're a valid student (if you've paid the semester fee and registered for the term).

Q: Where will this information be saved?
A: This information will be saved in the phone only.

Q: The transition from one semester to another and the duration of the semester card
If I am a student only for the spring semester, when will the app no longer show my semester card?
A: The semester card for the autumn semester will be shown from the 1st of January until the 31st of August.

Q: If I am a student only for the autumn semester, when will the app no longer show my semester card?
A: The semester card for the autumn semester will be shown from the 1st of August until the 31st of January.

Q: If I have registered and paid for both the autumn and the spring semester, when will the semester card change in the app?
A: A valid semester card for the autumn semester will be shown every time you update the app between the 1st of August and the 31st of December. As soon as you update the app after 00:00 the 1st of January, the semester card for the spring semester will be shown in the app.

Q: If I have registered and paid for both the spring and the autumn and semester, when will the semester card change in the app?
A: A valid semester card for the spring semester will be shown every time you update the app between the 1st of January and the 31st of Juli. As soon as you update the app after 00:00 the 1st of August, the semester card for the autumn semester will be shown in the app.

Exam/Portfolio Assessment

See the exam pages.

Information about portfolio assessment i TEOL1811

Click the link for a submission walkthrough in TEOL1811

Schedule

Education Plan

All students (except single course students) have an individual education plan. This is usually identical with the programme plan for your study programme, though some programmes will have more room for choosing courses than others. You can also deviate from the study programme to a certain extent, but only in accordance with set regulations and in dialogue with your student advisor. This includes part-time studies and extension of the study period.

The individual education plan in Studentweb is a way for you to plan your studies ahead and for you to communicate this to the administration, but also a way for the administration to communicate with you. The plan is completed one semester at a time, and you can always change your mind about future semesters until the registration deadlines February 1st/September 1st.

Student PC

Where do I get the password for the student PCs?
The password to the PCs and Canvas (same password!) can be picked up in study reception on the 3rd floor. Remember to activate your account and confirm that you agree with the IT rules at MF.

Can I change my password? How?
The password can be changed by logging in to a PC. Go in to students' intranet and pick “password” from the menu to the left.

I get an error message when I log in to the students intranet - do I need a new password?
To log in to the intranet, you must have activated your account and waited 30 minutes. Other than that, your password should work if you have not changed it yourself earlier. Check capital and lowercase letters, and the difference between the letter O and the number 0 (zero). If you have forgotten it, you can always retrieve the password, as described above.

How do I log into the wireless network with a laptop?
A printout of “directions” is found hanging outside the reading hall. If you have problems you can get help from IT-support in the library.

How do I use the computers or printing at MF?
For some basic information about how to use computers or Microsoft Word, you can have a look at these PowerPoint slides from our computer course for international students.

Lånekassen

We refer our international students to Lånekassen's pages.

 

Degrees/Qualifications

Upon completion of a study programme, you will be awarded a bachelor, master or phd degree according to the programme. The diplomas for master degrees will be presented in a graduation ceremony at the end of each semester, diplomas for bachelor degrees can be obtained from the student councellor of each programme.

Canvas

What is Canvas?
Canvas is the electronic learning platform that MF uses. This is actively used, and it is important that our students are familiar with Canvas and its features.

Where do I find my password for Canvas?
At the student reception on the 3rd floor. You can also order a new print out by phone or email to student@mf.no 

Canvas student tutorial

Transcript

Transcript of records can be ordered sent to your mail adress via StudentWeb. Use vitnemalsportalen.no for electronically signed pdf or for sharing your results with third party recipients (employers etc.).

Lost and Found

Where do I find left behind things?
You can check with reception on the 1st floor (ground floor). They do not store all the left behind things there. Everything that does not have a name on it and does not have a lot of value is kept in the basement. There are some shelves which contain a wide variety of things, and it is worth taking a look down there if you cannot find something, like your notes for a lecture. Things that are lost are kept on the 2nd floor for a while before they end up in the Lost and Found room in the basement.

Facilities of the MF building

  • Parking: Up to 5 parking spaces for handicap vehicles can be found by the main entrance, along the wall. It is possible to apply for a permanent parking place one semester at a time if you have a communal parking pass.

  • Entrance: Two entrances to the building. The main entrance (towards the music college) has automatic door openers. A new wheelchair ramp will be built at the main entrance with the planned repairing of the exterior access. The B-entrance (towards the States Work Environment Institute, Stami) leads to the Bi-elevator. Students that use a wheelchair , can receive a key card to the bi-entrance by appointment.

  • Elevator: There are two elevators in the building. The area in the main elevator is 110x160 cm. The opening width of the door is 91 cm. BI-elevator: area is 112x189 cm, and the opening width is 90 cm. Both the elevators are adapted with tactile and low buttons together with Braille on the floor buttons both on the inside and the outside.

  • Doors: The door to the library has automatic door openers. In connection with the rehabilitation further automatic doors will be installed. All the doors fulfill the required opening width, and there are not any high thresholds in the building.

  • Handicap-toilet: The building has two HC-toilets that can be reached by the elevator - a completely new, separate HC-toilet is located in the basement, available for students and visitors. In addition one of the toilets on the 4th floor was upgraded and extended for students with specific needs.

  • Classrooms: All rooms can be accessed by the elevator or ramp. There is a loop system in the largest and most used auditorium (aud. 1). The plan is to get this in auditorium 2 and 3.

  • Resting Room: A resting room, located in the basement. Reservation is done at the main reception on the 1st floor.

Microsoft Office software

All our students can now use Microsoft Office for free on their private PCs and on Mac. More information here.

Semester Registration

Semester Registration

If you need information about how to use the Student Web, see the step-by-step guide here.

When will your semester registration be completed?
Your semester registration is completed when you:
  1. Have paid the semester fee
  2. Registered in Student Web and signed up for courses (simple guide to registering

After that, you are registered as a student for the respective semester.

When is the deadline to complete this registration?
Autumn semester: September 1st 
Spring semester: February 1st 
Be aware that some courses may have earlier registration deadlines.
 
If you have been granted registration for a course/allowed to register for the semester after the stipulated deadlines, it will cost you NOK 200 in administrative fees.
You can pay VIPPS no. 89000.
 
How can you generate your invoice to pay the semester fee?
Once you are logged into Student Web, click on More and then Payment. In the payment section, you can also register for a paper invoice if you wish.

Student Card (ID)

Student Card (ID)

Student Card and Student ID

You need a student card in order to borrow books in the library. You also need this student card in order to get your printouts at MF.
 
For the student card to be valid, you need confirmation that you have paid the student fee for the current semester. The student ID app functions as such. It also functions as ID for students in services related to the Student Welfare Organization (SiO) and collective transport companies (e.g. NSB and Ruter).
 

Student ID

The student ID app is valid after you have paid the semester fee and registered in StudentWeb each semester. The app is available both in English and in Norwegian, and it will follow the standard language of your mobile phone. If you do not have a smartphone, or do not want to use the app, you can ask for a paper version of the student ID card (please email: student@mf.no).

Instructions

  1. Download the app "Student ID" on your smartphone:
    Last ned fra App Store    Tilgjengelig på Google Play    
  2. Start the app and press "Log in".
  3. Select MF Norwegian School of Theology from the list of organizations. You may have to scroll down and click on "show all" to get that option.
  4. Log in with the username and password that you use for Canvas. If you have paid the fee and registered for the respective semester, it will be shown in a yellow box on the bottom of the page. The receipt will be saved in the app, which means that after logging in and registering, you can use the app without access to the internet.
  5. If you do not have a picture of you in the app, you can take one in the 2nd floor (in the library "kortsentralen").

 

Exams

Info: 

Contact
student@mf.no
+ 47 22 59 06 24

exam@mf.no
+ 47 22 59 05 00

Read SiO's helpful tips on exams.

Exams

Grading of exams at MF
Criteria for grading of exams at MF and expectations for exam answers are presented in the document Grading of exams at MF.
 
Exam Registration
You have to approve the education plan and pay the semester fee in StudentWeb every semester. The deadline for both is September 1st for the Autumn semester and February 1st for the Spring semester.
Make sure that you are signed up for exams in your courses each semester. Log in to StudentWeb and choose the tab «My active courses». Contact the student administration if you discover any errors.
 
Exam Language
The exam answer should normally be in English or Norwegian, according to the language of instruction. The course description states what language is used.
 
Exam Forms
The course description describes which exam form or combination of exam forms that apply to your course, and how much time you have at your disposal. Note that there might be course requirements in addition to the final examination.
 
 
Exam Attempts
You have the right to three exam attempts in a course. Failed course requirements, failed exams and not meeting for exams all count as one exam attempt. You may withdraw prior to an exam in order to not use an exam attempt. Read more about withdrawing prior to an exam.

Written exams

Written exams

Exam dates can be found on StudentWeb and in the course catalogue. A list of all exams is available here. Exams are usually arranged November 15th - December 15th (Autumn semester) and May 15th - June 15th (Spring semester). Exam dates will normally be available by the start of each semester.

Before the exam, you must read the instructions for candidates taking written exams (pdf)

The exam location and the candidate number are published on the front page of StudentWeb no later than three days before the exam (see the information column). On the day of the exam, a list in MF’s reception will also inform about the location of the exam.

Reminders before written exams

  • Written exams usually begin at 9:00 am. You need to arrive at least 15 minutes before the exam begins.
  • You must bring your own pen/s (blue ballpoint pen) and a valid ID (e.g. a student card or a credit card with a picture).
  • The use of examination support material is permitted on some written exams. More information below.
  • Bring food and drink.
  • Telephones and similar equipment must be turned off and placed in the designated area before the exam starts.
  • Short breaks can be taken when you want, though not within the first hour of the exam. Raise your hand and wait for the exam inspector.
  • Communication between candidates (in any form) is not allowed during the exam. Read more about cheating.
  • The teacher of the course usually comes during the first hour of the exam, and you may ask him/her if you have difficulties with understanding the exam question(s).
  • You can hand in your exam after one hour, at the earliest.
  • Withdrawal during an exam is regarded as one exam attempt (out of three). There are special rules for withdrawing from an exam due to illness. Read More.
  • The Student Welfare Organization (SiO) provides a list of ten tips for the exam period.

Support material

The use of examination support material is permitted on some written exams. Please confer the top of the course description to see if this applies to your exam.

Confer the overview of allowed support material to see if you need to bring support material yourself. In courses where Bibles are allowed, New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) bibles will be available at the exam location. Remember to bring your library card if you need to borrow support material from the library.

An inspector will check all support materials before the exam. Underlinings in the support material are allowed, but not written notes. If you have illegal aids at your disposal after the exam has started, it will be treated as an attempt at cheating.

If you take a course in Norwegian and have a native language other than Norwegian, you can apply for the use of a dictionary and Bible in your language. More information on facilitation and application deadlines are found here

See the overview of allowed support material (pdf) for more information. List F, F2 and F3 deal with courses taught in English.

Exam submissions

Exam submissions

NB! The information on this page is only valid for exam submissions, not for course requirement submissions. Consult the course catalogue (and search for your course) if you are unsure of whether a submission is an exam or a course requirement.

General information

  • The exam dates and the submission deadlines are available on the front page of StudentWeb under «Upcoming events» as well as in the course catalogue.
  • Submission for essays and portfolio exams will open no later than three days before the deadline, at which the course will become visible in WISEflow. An e-mail will be sent when this happens.

WISEflow

You can log on to WISEflow at any time and submit a demo exam as many times as you like (see the user guide for more). We recommend recently updated versions of the browsers Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Internet Explorer is not recommended.

Regarding the submission

  • Note that it is only possible to submit PDF-files. A general guide on how to convert files to PDF is available here.
  • Your submission must be anonymous. Do not write your name anywhere, including in the file name.
  • We that you state your candidate number (in the introduction). You can find it on StudentWeb.
  • You will be asked to agree on an academic integrity commitment statement after you have uploaded your exam paper.
  • Note that MF is using a plagiarism checker. The examiners will receive a plagiarism report on your submission. It is therefore crucial that you refer to sources correctly, both in the running text and the bibliography. See the resources for academic writing below.
  • If you experience problems with submitting, contact the exam office before the deadline passes. If the deadline has passed, you should send an e-mail with the submission attached to exam@mf.no within five minutes. Note however that late submissions normally will be rejected. Do not contact teachers if you have technical problems.

General requirements for the submission

Use the font Times New Roman, spacing 1.5 and font size 12 (10 in footnotes), and otherwise normal margins and consistent use of headings. Your submission should also include information about:

  • Course code and semester (for instance "RL1011 Autumn 2018)
  • Word count (excluding front page, table of contents and bibliography. Footnotes do count.)
  • Total page numbers on the cover page (and running page numbers in the footer)
  • Title/research question/the question for the assignment
  • Other information you may have been asked to supply, for example sub-discipline

We recommend using the template for exam submissions to ensure that these requirements are met.

Resources for academic writing

Oral exams

Oral exams

Exam dates can be found on StudentWeb and in the course catalogue. A list of all exams is available here. Exams are normally arranged November 15th - December 15th (Autumn semester) and May 15th - June 15th (Spring semester). Exam dates will normally be available by the start of each semester.

The exam location and the exact time of the exam are published on the front page of StudentWeb (see the information column), no later than three days before the exam. Normally it is published at least one week before the exam. This information will also be available in the MF reception on the day of the exam.

The use of examination support material is permitted on some oral exams. Please confer the top of the course description to see if it applies to your exam. See the overview of allowed support material for exams (pdf) for more information. List F, F2 and F3 deal with courses taught in English.

Facilitated Exam

Exam accommodations

A student can apply for exam accommodation in cases of illness or disability. 

MF shall safeguard that the exams of students with documented needs are accommodated in a way that offsets the disadvantage(s) caused by the disability in question. At the same time it must be ensured that all students are examined on equal terms. The accommodation can not be so extensive that it proves an advantage compared to other students. This means that the student is not guaranteed the exact accommodation for which he/she applied. 

Deadline:
September 1st (autumn semester) and February 1st (spring semester). 

A dispensation from the deadline can be granted if the needs for accommodation arise after it has passed, or if there are other special reasons to deviate from the deadline.  

Application form:
Application for accommodated exam (pdf)

Documentation: 
You must be able to document the need for accommodated exams. All statements/documentation must be dated recently and clearly state that there is a need for the accommodation for which the student is applying. 

The application form includes a form to be filled out by your doctor/a health professional. This, or other satisfactory documentation, must be appended to the application, or be forwarded as soon as possible after the student has applied for accommodation. 

Submit/send the application to:
The application form and documentation must be submitted to exam advisor Hilde S. Førre (room 363), or be sent to: 

MF vitenskapelig høyskole
v/Hilde S. Førre
Pb 5144 Majorstuen
0302 Oslo.

Application process:
The application will normally be processed within four weeks after the deadline. Each case will be treated in accordance with our confidentiality regulations. 

A letter of resolution will be sent by mail to your registered address. If an accommodated exam is granted, this will also become visible in Studentweb, where it will be specified what you have been granted and for how long the resolution is valid. Resolutions concerning accommodated exams are preferably made for one-three years at the time. If the needs in question are of a permanent character, accommodation may be granted for the entire study period. 

You will find more information about accommodated exams here: 
Reasons for accommodation​ (pdf)

For further questions, please contact Tilrettelegging@mf.no

Withdrawing from an exam

Withdrawing from an exam

 
NB: Note the distinction between withdrawing prior to an exam and withdrawing during an exam.

 

Withdrawing prior to an exam

You can withdraw prior to an exam if you wish. This is done in StudentWeb from the tab «My active courses». Mark the course you wish to withdraw from and click the button «Withdraw from exam».

If you do not withdraw and do not show up for an exam, you will use one out of three exam attempts in the course. Withdrawal prior to an exam does not count as an exam attempt but does not give the right to register for the new exam.

The deadline for withdrawal is:

  • November 1st / May 1st for exams scheduled during the main exams periods: November 15th–December 15th (autumn semester) and May 15th–June 15th (spring semester).
  • Fourteen days before the examination day for exams scheduled outside the main exam periods. Home exam: 14 days before the exam is given. Written assignment: 14 days before the submission deadline.
  • For the new and deferred exams, see separate deadlines.

Withdrawing during an exam

You can withdraw during an ongoing exam. Withdrawing during an exam is the same as a failed exam, and counts as one exam attempt. Withdrawing during an exam gives the same rights to take the new exam as not passing their exam. On a written exam, you withdraw by filling out a form given to you by the exam supervisor. On home exams in WISEflow, you withdraw by choosing "Hand in blank" under submission. It is not possible to withdraw from the submission of essays.

Illness and absence

Illness and absence

Illness, funerals, or concurrent examination dates at MF count as valid reasons for absence. Other reasons for absence are only valid in certain circumstances. Valid absence, when duly documented, will not count as one of the three exams attempts, and it will give you the opportunity to sign up for the deferred exam.

Illness
If you fall ill before or during the exam, you must document the absence with a doctor’s note. The doctor's note should not be dated later than the date of the exam.

  • If you fall ill before the exam, contact the doctor if you think the illness will last until the exam. Deliver the doctors note to the Examination Office.
  • If you fall ill during a school exam, you must choose whether you wish to submit the exam or withdraw. If you choose to withdraw, a medical certificate must be submitted to the Examination Office within three days after the exam, in order not to use one exam attempt. The doctor's note should be dated the same day as the exam
  • If you fall ill during a home examination or before exam submissions, you may in certain circumstances be granted an extension to the submission deadline. Consult a doctor for a doctor’s note and contact the examination office.

Doctor’s notes must include the following information:
a) Your inability to conduct the exams at MF because of illness/sudden illness
b) The period/date the note applies for
c) The course code the note applies for
d) The doctor’s signature and stamp

Doctor’s notes must be postmarked or delivered no later than three days after the first exam it applies for. You may deliver the doctor’s note in the student reception on the 3rd floor at MF or mail it to the following address:

MF vitenskapelig høyskole
Exam Office
Postboks 5144 Majorstuen
0302 OSLO

Death/funeral
Death or the funeral of a close family member must be documented to be accepted as a valid absence from exams. The same applies in case of extended deadlines for course requirements. Examples of documentation are a death certificate (officially translated into English), an obituary or equivalent documentation which states close family relationship to the deceased.

Concurrent exams
If you have concurrent exams at MF, please contact the examination office: exam@mf.no.

Exam Results

Exam Results

Exam results are published in StudentWeb in the tab «Results». The release date for results is normally no later than three weeks after the exam. The deadline may be extended due to holidays in December and July. For master’s theses, the release date is within the first six weeks after the submission deadline.

A description of what the grades mean is given in Grading of exams at MF.

Transcript of records can be ordered sent to your mail address via Studentweb (choose the tab "More" and click "Orders"). Use vitnemalsportalen.no for electronically signed pdf or for sharing your results with third-party recipients (employers etc.).

Explanation and Appeal

Explanation and Appeal

Explanation for a given grade

Students may ask for an explanation of a given grade. Explanations are short and present the general principles underlying the assessment.

Enquiries about an explanation must be addressed to explanation@mf.no.

The deadline for asking for an explanation is one week from the release of the examination result in StudentWeb. On oral exams students must ask for an explanation directly to the examiners immediately after the grade is given.

The enquiry must include the student's name, the course code, the exam form, and the candidate number. This information is available in the results tab in StudentWeb.

The processing deadline is normally two weeks.

 

Appeal on a grade/formal error

Students can appeal a given exam grade. It is recommended to ask for an explanation before an appeal is made.

Appeals on grades must be given on the following form: Appeal on grade awarded.

The deadline for appealing is three weeks after the grade has been published or three weeks after an explanation is given.

An appeal will be dealt with anonymously. The exam submission is assessed by two new examiners who are not informed about the original grade. The new grade can be either the same, higher, or lower than the original, and replaces the original whatever the outcome. The student may not appeal the new grade, cf. Act relating to universities and university colleges § 5-3. You can not make an appeal on the grade from an oral exam, courses where the final assessment is based solely on the fulfillment of course requirements or other assessments whose nature is such that reassessment is not possible.

The result of the appeal will be given in writing. The processing deadline is normally three weeks after the deadline for appealing expired.

If the result from an appeal is not received within the deadline for registering for a new exam, and you have the right to register for the exam due to failing, we advise that you register for the new exam.

Appeals on formal errors are regulated by Act relating to universities and university colleges § 5-2. Any such appeal must be given in writing to MF (address below).

 

E-mail: 

Mail Address:
MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society
Exam Office, PO Box 5144 Majorstuen
0302 OSLO

New/deferred exams

New/deferred exams

Access to new and deferred exams

  • If you have a valid reason for absence during an ordinary exam, you have the right to a postponed exam. Illness, funerals, or concurrent examination dates at MF normally count as valid reasons for absence. However, you must provide documentation for that to apply. See Illness and absence.
  • If you fail a regular exam, or withdraw during a written exam or a home exam, you have the right to another attempt, as stated in the Regulations for exams §6, unless otherwise specified in the course description for that subject. Please note that it is not possible to withdraw during an examination if the exam form is submission of an essay or a portfolio.
  • If due to studies abroad, or deferred internship, you have not been able to attend the regular exam, you will be given access to the deferred exam by applying to exam@mf.no.
  • If you do not show up for the exam, you will not be entitled to a new examination.
  • If you do not complete, or pass, the new or deferred exam, you are not entitled to take the course again until the next ordinary exam. This also applies to students that have a valid reason for absence for new or deferred exams.
  • In order to improve grades on a course in which you already have passed, you have to subscribe for the next ordinary exam. Note that this will cost additional NOK 1500,- 

PS: At new/deferred written exams or home exams candidates will be given a new exam question to answer. If you have failed an exam with essay or portfolio submission at the ordinary exam you can submit a revised version for the new exam. In these cases you do not have to write an entirely new essay or portfolio.

 

How to register for new/deferred exams

You must sign up for new/deferred exams on StudentWeb. You cannot register before the exam result is announced in StudentWeb. This is also the case if you have a valid reason of absence from the exam.

  • Log on to Studentweb and choose the tab «Results».
  • Click the button «Resit course» to the right of the relevant course. A new window opens.
  • Step 1 Classes, click the button «Do not wish to sign up for class» (seeing as you are only taking the exam).
  • Step 2 Exam, Choose the exam in question from the list (06/12 kont).
  • Click the button «Finalize».

It is also possible to register through the tab «My active courses». Choose the right course from the list or by looking it up in the search field.

If you have problems registering, you must contact the exam office (exam@mf.no) within the registration deadline.

 

New/deferred exams spring semester 2019 (August 2019)

  • The deadline for signing up for new and deferred exams is Sunday, August 4th.
  • Written exams are arranged between August 12th and August 19th.
  • Home exams are arranged between August 12th and August 26th.
  • The submission deadline of individual written assignments will be August 19th before 12.00 pm (noon).
  • Dates for oral exams will be announced consecutively after the ordinary exam.

Exact exam dates will be made available in the course catalogue.

Master’s Thesis

Master’s Thesis

We recommend that you use the preconfigured template for master's thesis (word).

 

General information

  • You must pay the semester fee and register for the master's thesis course through StudentWeb, just as for other courses at MF. For theses written over two semesters, you should register in the first semester. The deadlines for registering are February 1st/September 1st.

  • Your chosen thesis topic and Supervision Approval Contract must be filled in with your supervisor and handed in to the Student's reception. The contract should normally be handed in the same semester you are taking a course in method. The deadlines for submission of the contract are May 2nd/ November 1st.

  • Note: It is usually not possible to receive supervision during holidays.

Course requirements and submission registration

Students registered to submit their master' thesis this semester, must perform submission registration within the registration deadline. This is a course requirement. The registration consists of:

1) Choosing a submission deadline
2) Naming the temporary title for your master's thesis and giving a short description of your topic. This updated description of your topic will be used to find qualified examiners.
 
 

Link to registration  (Feide login required)

The registration deadline is April 15th (spring semester) or October 15th (autumn semester). The registration opens approximately one month before the registration deadline. A reminder will be given on e-mail. Students who do not do the registration use one exam attempt and will not be able to submit the master's thesis in the given semester.

 

Exceptions

  • If you are asking for an extension until the next semester, you do not need to perform the submission registration. More information on extensions is available further down the page.

  • If you wish to submit to the deadlines March 15 or October 15, you are required to notify exam@mf.no no later than two weeks before the deadline. If you submit to one of these deadlines, you do not need to do the submission registration, as the submission deadlines are before or at the same time as the deadline for submission registration.

Application for extended submission deadline

The deadline for applying for an extension until the next semester is April 15 (spring semester) or October 15 (autumn semester). A reply will normally be given shortly after the deadline has passed.

Link to the application form  (Feide login required)

Extensions for more than one semester at a time will normally not be given. Students who do not submit their thesis and who have not applied for an extension will use one exam attempt.

Submission deadlines

The possible deadlines for submission of your thesis in the spring semester of 2019 are:

  • March 15th at 12.00, noon (result published by April 25th)

  • May 15th at 12.00, noon (result published by June 13th)

  • August 13th at 12.00, noon (results published by September 16th). If you submit to this deadline, the submission will count for the current semester, but you will not be able to attend the graduation ceremony on June 17th.

It will be possible to submit from two weeks before your registered deadline. The deadlines for the next semester are October 15th, November 15th and January 13th.

Requirements to layout of thesis (checklist)

Make sure that your thesis is structured according to the following requirements:

  • That you have used the cover page in the template for master's thesis (word). Using the entire template will make it easier to fulfill other requirements on this list.

  • That you have used 1½ distance between the lines

  • That you have used the font Times new roman, script 12 (10 in footnotes/petit)

  • That your margins are normal (app. 2, 5 cm)

  • That you use headings consistently

  • That you use the same reference technique consistently in your entire thesis

  • That your list of references/bibliography is consistent

  • That you have used a table of contents (with correct pagination)

  • That you have used your candidate number on the cover page (The candidate number will normally be made available in StudentWeb two weeks before the submission deadline. See this picture for the exact location).

  • That a word count is given on the cover page, and that the number of words is according to the word requirement given in the course description (under "Final Assessment"). The word count must not include the following: The cover page, any acknowledgment, the abstract, any abbreviation overview, the table of contents, the bibliography, and any attachments must be excluded from the word count. Footnotes must be included.

  • That the thesis contains an abstract (200-300 words); a summary of the research question(s), method, and conclusions. The abstract should be placed before the table of contents.

  • That your name or the full name of relatives are not mentioned in the thesis (as your thesis should be anonymous to the examiners).

Final submission (WISEflow)

Master's theses are submitted electronically only, in the digital exam system WISEflow. See the «User guide for exam submissions in WISEflow» (pdf) for how to submit. The procedure is the same as on an ordinary exam.

You can log on to WISEflow at any time to see how it looks like. You can also submit a demo exam as many times as you like (see the user guide for more). We recommend recently updated versions of the browsers Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Internet Explorer is NOT recommended.

 

At submission:

  • PDF: The thesis must be submitted in PDF format.

  • Academic integrity commitment: You must accept an academic integrity commitment statement and consider electronic publication of the thesis after you have uploaded your exam paper. See the questions here.

  • Restriction: Master’s theses containing information subject to confidentiality must be placed under restrictions, meaning it will not be available to the public in any form. Read more about restrictions here.

  • Plagiarism check: Note that MF is using a plagiarism checker. It is therefore important to make sure you refer to sources correctly, both in the running text and the bibliography. See the resources for academic writing under 'Resources and links'.

 

After submission:

  • Assessment: Master's theses are graded by an internal and an external examiner. Candidates will get their result published in StudentWeb and will be notified by e-mail once the result is available. See 'Submission deadlines' for announcement dates.

  • Publication: The publication date for master's theses in Bibsys Brage are normally in mid-March/October, in the semester following the semester when the thesis was submitted.

Resources and links

Cheating

Cheating

Cheating is a violation of academic integrity. MF takes cheating very seriously, as this is a breach of trust between the student and MF as an institution. As a student, you are obligated to familiarise yourself with the applicable regulations and demonstrate academic integrity.

Approved aids for school exams are listed in the course description. If you have unapproved aids at your disposal after the exam has started, it will be treated as an attempt at cheating.

There are strict requirements for the proper use of sources and citation rules. With all final submissions, an Academic Integrity Commitment must be accepted and submitted along with the submission. See the document «Formal guidelines for writing assignments at MF» (PDF) for information about how to refer to literature. See also the web sites Search and Write, and The Citation Compass for more information about academic writing. Note that MF is using a plagiarism checker to check the transcripts of submitted papers, book reports, other study requirements and exams. The program checks the degree of similarity between submitted assignments and texts on the internet, in various text databases, and other submitted assignments.

Consequences for students that cheat/ attempt cheating are stated in the Higher Education Act § 4-7 and § 4-8.

Course requirements

Course requirements

Course requirements are tied to the implementation of a course and assessed by a pass/fail grade. The course requirements must be approved before you can take the exam. Examples of course requirements can be requirements of attendance, drafts of an assignment, book reports, short tests, etc.. The course requirements are listed in the course description. Information about deadlines for submissions of course requirements is found in Canvas.

If you are prevented from completing course requirements and have a valid reason, you must contact the academic person responsible for the course. The requirements for documentation are the same as on exams. Read more about valid reasons for absence here.

If you have passed course requirements in a course earlier, you can apply for an exemption. The application must be sent to the person with course responsibility (listed in the course description).

Fourth exam attempt

Fourth exam attempt

In special cases, a committee appointed by the rector may grant dispensation for a fourth and final exam attempt, cf. the Regulations § 17.2 (Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen ved MF vitenskapelig høyskole).

Fill out this form to apply for a fourth exam attempt. The committee's conclusion will be sent to the e-mail address you register here.

Regulations and Legislation

Regulations and Legislation

Facilitation

Facilitation

To the extent it is possible and reasonable, MF will facilitate the requirements and needs for students with special needs. On these pages, you will find information about accommodated exams and how MF helps facilitate student life.

More information about student’s rights for facilitation in regard to the education institution, studies and exams at MF can be read here

Facilitation of special needs

Facilitation of special needs

If you have any special needs requirements, contact:

E-mail:
Tel.: 22 59 06 55
Hilde Sjo Førre (room 363)

The student counsellors will also be able to answer questions concerning special needs. This includes the following: 
- Information about curriculum audio books (NLB).
- Information about interpretation for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
- Parking permit application form for students with impaired mobility (pdf) 
(application deadline September 1st/February 1st)

Evacuation and registration of presence: 

Students with special needs can request an individual plan in case of evacuation of the building. Please contact Nadia Sand (nadia.sand@mf.no) in order to assess your needs.

Students who are either using a wheelchair or are dependent on a lift, are obliged to register their presence at the reception in the 1st floor upon arrival as well as when leaving the building. This is due to evacuation routines.

 

Exam accommodations

Exam accommodations

MF shall safeguard that the exams of students with documented needs are accommodated in a way that offsets the disadvantage(s) caused by the disability in question. At the same time it must be ensured that all students are examined on equal terms. The accommodation can not be so extensive that it proves an advantage compared to other students. This means that the student is not guaranteed the exact accommodation for which he/she applied. 

Deadline:
September 1st (autumn semester) and February 1st (spring semester). 

A dispensation from the deadline can be granted if the needs for accommodation arise after it has passed, or if there are other special reasons to deviate from the deadline.  

Application form:
Application for accommodated exam (pdf)

Documentation: 
You must be able to document the need for accommodated exams. All statements/documentation must be dated recently and clearly state that there is a need for the accommodation for which the student is applying. 

The application form includes a form to be filled out by your doctor/a health professional. This, or other satisfactory documentation, must be appended to the application, or be forwarded as soon as possible after the student has applied for accommodation. 

Submit/send the application to:
The application form and documentation must be submitted to exam advisor Hilde S. Førre (room 363), or be sent to: 

MF vitenskapelig høyskole
v/Hilde S. Førre
Pb 5144 Majorstuen
0302 Oslo.

Application process:
The application will normally be processed within four weeks after the deadline. Each case will be treated in accordance with our confidentiality regulations. 

A letter of resolution will be sent by mail to your registered address. If an accommodated exam is granted, this will also become visible in Studentweb, where it will be specified what you have been granted and for how long the resolution is valid. Resolutions concerning accommodated exams are preferably made for one-three years at the time. If the needs in question are of a permanent character, accommodation may be granted for the entire study period. 

You will find more information about accommodated exams here: 
Reasons for accommodation​ (pdf)

For further questions, please contact Tilrettelegging@mf.no

Accessibility of the MF building

Accessibility of the MF building

Parking: There are up to five parking spaces for those with impaired mobility by the main entrance. It is possible to apply for a permanent parking space for one semester at a time if you have a municipal parking permit. The application for the MF parking permit can be found here (deadline: September 1st/February 1st). 

Entrance/doors: All doors open according to a prescribed width, and there are no tall thresholds in the building. There are automatic door openers by the main entrance and the door to the library. 

Students who use a wheelchair may, according to a special agreement, be given a key card to the side entrance and elevator. 

Elevator: There are two elevators in the building. The main elevator is 110 x 160 cm. The door’s opening width is 91 cm. The side elevator is 112 x 189 cm, and the door’s opening width is 90 cm. Both elevators have sensitive and low-hanging buttons, with tactile writing on the floor buttons on both the inside and the outside. 

Toilet for the mobility impaired: There are two handicap toilets in the building which can be reached by elevator. One is localized on the ground floor basement, and one on the fourth floor.

Lecture rooms: All rooms are accessible by elevator.  There is an induction loop system in the largest and most-used auditorium (Aud 1). A map of where best to sit in relation to the inductive loop system can be found on a pole by the auditorium entrance. 

In case of fire/evacuation: MF has assigned fire duties to selected staff who are responsible for different sections of the building in the case of fire. The staff responsible will make sure that these sections are emptied in case of fire.

Students who are either using a wheelchair or are dependent on a lift, are obliged to register their presence at the reception in the 1st floor upon arrival as well as when leaving the building. This is due to evacuation routines. Students with special needs can request an individual plan in case of evacuation of the building. Please contact Nadia Sand nadia.sand@mf.no in order to assess your needs.

Transcript

Info: 

Transcript

Transcripts of records
Transcripts are available at Student Web under orders in the left menu. A printout will be sent to your registered semester address.
If you for some reasons cannot order a transcript on Studentweb, contact the Student Reception: student@mf.no

Diplomas for degrees
MF provides diplomas for the following degrees: Bachelor of Theology, Bachelor of Arts and Social Sciences, Master in Cultural and Social Studies, Master in Religion, Society and Global Issues, Master's in Clinical Counseling, experience-based Master's degree in Practical Theology, experience-based Master of RLE / Religion and Ethics, Master of Theology, Master of History of Religion, Master of Religious Education, Master of Diakonia, Bachelor of Theology, and PhD-studies.

You must apply to be awarded a degree and ensure that any external exams that are part of the degree are documented and approved by MF. We print diplomas four times a year (15.3., 15.6., 15.9., and 15.12.). One diploma will only be printed in one language (depending on the language of instruction in the program leading to the degree).
 

European Credit Transfer System

Info: 

European Credit Transfer System

One full year of study equals 60 ECTS credits. The majority of courses are 10 ECTS credits. The academic year is divided into two semesters. MF has a wide range of degree programmes, each with its own plan of study that will help the student fullfill the degree requirements.

Courses can be between 10 and 30 ECTS credits. Each degree is made up of a number of courses arranged according to the specifications of the degree programme.

The credit system is based on pages of literature read in the course in question, counting 100 pages per ECTS credit. For outgoing exchange students, our crediting is based on the normal workload for a full-time student at the institution in question. If our student has had a normal workload, we credit the student with 30 ECTS per semester of study.

A master's degree is a furthering specialisation, normally formed upon a bachelor's degree in the same area. A master's programme is two years in length and requires course work, as well as writing an academic thesis. Some programmes are theoretical, while others are designed for continuous education within a specific profession. (The latter are normally not open to international students.) The program for the degree of Master in Theology is a full five-year program. Students holding a Bachelor's degree in Theology may enter into the MTh program after the third year.

Learning systems at MF are designed to enable students to take charge of his or her own learning process as soon as possible. A combination of lectures, seminar groups, research papers, supervision, LMS software, colloquia, and personal study all aim to assist the students in forming good work habits and developing a sense of progression. Tests, essay requirements and examinations are spread throughout the semester. In many courses, written essays and shorter tests are collected in a portfolio. That way you are relieved of the stress of one big exam at the end of the semester. Courses are divided into different levels: 100-level courses are introductory and 200-level courses are intermediate courses at the undergraduate level. 500- and 600-level courses are general and specialised courses at a lower level before you can be admitted to courses at a higher level.

The Norwegian grading system uses a scale from A (best) to E (poorest), F means failed. The average grade given would be C (which is typical in the European system). Some courses are graded only as Pass or Fail.

Diploma Supplement

Info: 

Diploma Supplement

The diploma supplement is issued in English, it is free of charge and is given each student upon graduation. The Diploma Supplement provides a description of the programme of study and the degree that has been awarded to the student. The intention of the diploma supplement is to create transparency in higher education and facilitate academic recognition for further studies.

Diploma Supplement Sample

For further information on the history, goals and implementation of Diploma Supplement in Norway, please visit the webpages of Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT)

Learning Environment and Welfare

Learning Environment and Welfare

We want a good learning and working environment for all students and employees

Work Spaces

All students that have paid the semester fee can use the work spaces at the research center on the 2nd floor. Some places are << Reserved Seats >>, they are reserved for certain students and cannot be used by others. All other places are free to use.

Application deadlines for reserved seats and book cabinets can be found on student's intranet.

Parking

MF currently has only a few parking spots, which are reserved for special purposes. These are located next to the entrance​.

Do you want a parking permit?
Consult reception on the 1st floor for temporary permission to park there, and to get a parking permit that you can place on your windshield​.

Who can apply for a permanent spot?
Students with reduced mobility that need a permanent parking spot close to the main door can apply for a permanent spot one semester at a time. See “Special Needs” in the margin to the left.

Gym/Training Room

MF has a gym, training room and sauna that can be freely used by students. You can reserve time in the gym at the beginning of each semester. The training room is always open. Check the notice in the sauna (in the locker room) to find out when it is on.

Undesired behavior

Bullying and / or undesired sexual attention

Harassment is, in Norwegian law, defined as "actions, omissions, or statements which work or have the purpose to work as offensive, intimidating, hostile, degrading or humiliating [...]" This may be related to ethnicity, colour, language, religion, creed or gender.

Harassment in the form of undesired / troublesome sexual attention may appear in different ways. Sexual attention may be perceived negatively even if it is not meant negatively, and it is he/she who perceives himself/herself as a victim who has the right to define what would be undesired sexual attention.
Bullying refers to the action when a person repeatedly and consistently is exposed to harmful actions.

Action Plan
The Board of the Norwegian School of Theology has adopted an action plan against harassment divided into two main categories:

  • Bullying

  • Undesired sexual attention

​​Contact
MF has appointed a contact person whose task is to provide support, guidance, and assistance to students who are subjected to any form of harassment. Whoever appeals to the contact person will have his/her confidentiality preserved.
Contact:
Chaplain Elin Lunde (room 327)

Phone: 22 59 05 90
Email: elin.lunde@mf.no

Setting Limits
It is the victim of undesired words or actions who determines whether the words are serious / threatening or not. Setting limits to what one can accept is an individual right, but for many it could be hard to speak up. In such situation, it may be helpful to seek the advice of the MF contact person. Do not be afraid to contact for advice and help, and if desired it is also possible to remain anonymous.

MF’s Regulations

MF’s Regulations

Legal: Adopted by the Board of Theology 2 November 2005 pursuant to Act 1 April 2005 no. 15 Universities and Colleges § 3-3, § 3-4, § 3-5, § 3-6, § 3-7, § 3-8, § 3-9, § 3-10, § 3-11, § 4-5, § 4-7, § 4-8, § 5-1 and § 7-1. Changes: Changed with the regulations 26 November 2007 no. 1530.

____________________________________________________________________

Excerpt:

Chapter 1: General Rules

§ 1. Scope

  1. The regulations pertain to the studies at MF Norwegian School of Theology, except for studies at the Doctorate level (PhD).
     
  2. The regulations provide rules for admission to studies, organization of studies, exams, requirements for the awarding of degrees, and orders of the students’ and the institution’s duties and rights.
     
  3. The rules below are based on students following the normal progression of studies. For students that have applied for and received lower progression, this is taken into account when it comes to the application of the rules, unless otherwise specified.

Payment

Payment

Semester Fee

All current full-time and single course students must pay a semester fee each semester. Log in to Student Web and all necessary payment data will be available.

The semester fee for English study programmes is NOK 3400,- (NOK 3550,- from autumn 2019)
This includes the SiO fee of NOK 600,-  and voluntary donations to MF students' Assistance Fund (NOK 40) and Norwegian Students' and Academics' International Assistance Fund SAIH (NOK 10).

Questions:

Where do I find the invoice to pay the semester fee?
Log in to StudentWeb and choose "Payment" on the left menu. You can also order a printed version, while you generate the invoice for the respective semester. Note that MF does not have a tuition fee, and you will therefore not need to document this payment for the UDI.

What are the different items of the semester fee?
SiO fee: A fee which all students in Oslo pay to Student Welfare Organization in Oslo. All students must be a member of a welfare organization. In case you study in more than one place you will only pay the semester fee once. You must show the receipt from the other institution to us.
Deductible: Consists of two parts:
A part that finances the student democracy and various welfare measures in the academic environment (grants for the Welfare Council, newspaper subscriptions, gymnasium, training centers, etc).
A part that is used to cover study materials that are equated as teaching aids (copying, Classfronter, etc)
These amounts are both mandatory.
In addition, there is a voluntary amount to MF student's assistance funds: Each student pays NOK 40,-. This money creates a fund, which each year is given to a good objective. Such a purpose is determined by the students' general meeting at MF. The same applies to NOK 10,-  to the Students and Scholars' International Assistance Fund, which is also voluntary.

I also study at other educational institution and I pay SiO fee (or similar) there. Must I pay this fee again to MF? 
No. You have to present a valid proof of payment from the other institution at the Student Reception at the 3rd floor. In this case, the semester fee to MF will be reduced by the amount that corresponds to SiO fee. But even before that, you can simply deduct the SiO fee from the invoice and pay only the remaining amount. 

I have stopped my studies, decided not to study, or paid the SiO fee in two institutions. Can I get my money refunded?
Yes. Send an e-mail to the Student Reception before the registration deadline (Autumn: 1st September / Spring: 1st February), reporting your case together with the bank account number, then you will get your money back. 

Improving Grades

If you wish to improve grades in a course that you have already passed, subscribe for the next ordinary exam (StudentWeb). Note that this will cost an additional NOK 1500,-. We send the invoice by mail after the registration deadline. 

Administrative Fee

If you have been granted registration for a course/allowed to register for the semester after the stipulated deadlines, it will cost you NOK 200 in administrative fees.

Copying/printing

Your copying and printing quota will be prefilled with 100 kr when you activate your MF student account the first time, then you will get 100 kr every quarter year (1 January, 1 April, 1 July and 1 October.)

Prices per 16.01.2018 are in the following table, prices are subject to errors or changes. Any updated prices will be shown on the copy machine.

Format One-sided printing, price per sheet Duplex/two-sided printing, price per sheet
A4 black/white 0.40 kr 0.70 kr
A4 color 1.00 kr 1.90 kr
A3 black/white 0.80 kr 1.50 kr
A3 color 2.00 kr 3.90 kr

 

If you wish to print or copy more, you can pay to refill your quota on:
      https://betal.mf.no
Note that sometimes it may take 10-15 minutes before the money is added to your print account.

Avoid adding large amounts of money unless you plan on using it right away, as it is not possible to get this "money" back, and the quota will be deleted if your semester registration or semester fee has been missing for two semesters in a row.

Purchasing literature

Purchasing literature

Because students can choose between numerous subjects it is not always possible for all the traditional bookstores to have all the relevant literature in stock. You must either order in advance at the book shops or order directly online. The latter can often be the fastest. Bok og Media Oslo and Akademika Blindern receive all of our curriculum lists and should have everything available (which are not marked “Compendium” in the literature lists).

  • Bok og Media
    Akersg. 47, 0180 Oslo
     
  • Akademika
    Problemv. 9 (Campus at Blindern), 0313 Oslo
     
  • Norli
    Universitetsg. 20-24, 0162 Oslo

Other book shops can also order most books.

Leave of absence

Leave of absence

You may apply for leave when health- or welfare issues, conscription, public office or other conditions make normal student activity difficult. An application explaining the reasons for leave must be sent  to the school administration before the semester registration deadline for the semester you wish to apply for leave. If the need for leave arises after the deadline or there are special reasons for disregarding it, applications will be considered even though the deadline has passed. Remember to include relevant documentation.

When we consider an application, we will, among other things, give weight to the reason given for leave and and to what degree this would make it difficult for you to participate in normal school activity. Normally, MF grants leave for up to two semesters, and, as a rule, for whole semesters. When considering the length of leave granted, we will, among other things, take into view the consequences the disruption will have for your study plan.

Contact the school administration when you wish to begin studying again.

Leave because of childbirth or adoption
For students who give birth during their studies, there are specific rules regarding the right to take a leave. This is regulated by The act relating to universities and university colleges (universitets- og høyskoleloven) § 4-5.  Contact your student advisor for more information about this.

Applications for maternity or paternity leave need to be documented with a due-date confirmation, birth certificate or the like.

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund places certain requirements for the payment of birth grants and the conversion of loans to grants. You are responsible for understanding these conditions when you apply for maternity or paternity leave. MF will not report to the Sate Educational Loan Fund that you have status as a student when you are on leave. Therefore, the Sate Educational Loan Fund requires documentation from your school that you have status as a student and are on leave.  Contact your student advisor to ask for this.

You may choose to pay the semester fee and register in studentweb while you are on maternity or paternity leave, even though you are not going to take any classes. You will then receive a semester receipt and be able to use the services of the Student Welfare Organization (Studentsamskipnaden). The normal deadlines for paying the semester fee and registration apply.

You can sign up for classes, be an active student and take exams even though you are on maternity or paternity leave if your study program is set up in a way that makes this possible.

Your alloted time of study will be expanded by the same amount of time granted for maternity or paternity leave. This applies even when you choose to pay the semester fee, register, take classes and sit for exams.

Contact the school administration when you wish to begin studying again.

Rules for leave can be found here (Norwegian only).

How to Finance Your Studies

How to Finance Your Studies

Tuition Fees
The students at MF do not pay tuition fees, but must pay a small semester registration fee. This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Foundation for Student Life (SiO). Erasmus, Nordplus, and most bilateral exchange students are exempt from paying the semester registration fee.

Student housing
We recommend SiO student housing. The rooms are comfortable and the student villages are close to the main campus. Students admitted to exchange programmes at MF are guaranteed student housing at competitive prices. 

Budget and cost of living
Students under the age of 30 with a valid semester card are entitled to reduced fares on public transport. Most museums offer discounts for students. Most social events on campus are either free of charge or offered at student-friendly prices.

Part-time work
Depending on your study programme, you may be permitted to work part-time to help finance your stay. A student may work a maximum number of 20 hours per week during the semester. Students who are looking for a part-time job or starting to plan for their career, may visit the Career Centre.

Scholarships and grants
MF cannot assist students financially. Please contact your home university, the educational authorities, or funding organizations in your home country to see if you are eligible for other types of funding.

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 18 000
• Food: NOK 12 000
• Books & Supplies: NOK 5 000
• Transportation: NOK 1 700 (students under 30)
• Other expenses: NOK 10 000

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 organization, 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
You are advised to bring some Norwegian currency with you when you arrive in Norway or change money at Oslo airport - Gardermoen. It will 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. We also advise you to bring 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.

The Student Welfare Organization (SiO)

The Student Welfare Organization (SiO)

The Student Union in Oslo and Akershus, SiO is a union of 26 educational institutions in Oslo and Akershus. As a student at MF you can use their services (after paying the semester fee).

Check out SiO on YouTube here.

SiO's main goal is to offer the students products and services that:

  • Contribute to an effective learning process and a stimulating campus life.
  • Contribute to a high academic quality.
  • Create favourable conditions for job satisfaction among students.

SiO strives to have an outstanding service for users and contribute to the associated educational institutions having the most attractive learning environment in the country.

Financing
All of SiO’s income goes directly back to the students. SiO does not have a goal of economic profit - only a healthy economy to manage students’ assets in the best possible way.

Welfare opportunities are financed among other things by students semester fees. SiO also receives direct state support and support from educational institutions in the form of free locations (called free stations). The profits from the business operations are transferred to the welfare departments.

Board
It is the students who make up the majority of the Upper Welfare Association Board, which determines the semester fee, and which welfare offers the organization should have for their students.

The student representatives on the board are elected by the student democracy at the educational institutions. In addition, the Board consists of representatives from educational institutions and the staff of the student organization.

Law and Regulations
SiO was established in 1939 and is Norway’s oldest student union.
Laws for the Student Union
Regulations for the Student Union

A wide range of services

A wide range of services

SiO Housing
SiO Housing has over 8400 student accommodations in 25 student villages and houses all over the city. They have a wide range of flats in different sizes and standards, for singles, couples and families. All of them with an affordable rent, so that you have more money to spend on funnier stuff! Read more at sio.no/en/housing 

SiO Sports
SiO Sports (also known as SiO Athletica) has five clubs where you can enjoy a wide range of sports and exercise. SiO Athleticas facilities include a swimming pool, squash and outside tennis courts, bouldering wall, weights machines, and more.
They offer a variety of group training classes and courses, and if you wish to have closer training, Athleticas PT- team can help you reach your goals. Read more at sio.no/en/sports 

SiO Health services
SiO Health Services offers complete health services for students. In addition to general practitioners (GPs), SiO Health has dentists, psychiatrists, psychologist and specialists in psychosomatic physiotherapy, together with student consultants on staff. As a regular GP patient with us, you can get your expenses reimbursed if they exceed 350 NOK per calendar year. Read more at sio.no/en/health-services

SiO Food and Beverage
SiO offers meals to 50 000 students every day. They have a good selection of affordable and tasty everyday meals, including great options for lunch and dinner. Check out the menu in the SiO-app.

SiO Kindergartens
SiO Kindergartens offer a strong educational service with experienced and dedicated staff. The 11 kindergartens are located close to the educational institutions and the student housing villages and have 600 placements for children between 8 months until 6 years old. The kindergartens have ongoing admission.

SiO AssociationsThere are more than 450 student associations affiliated with the Student Welfare Organization in Oslo (SiO). This means that you can choose between 450 associations to join – or you can start your own association. There are a wide range of student associations; you can read all about them here. Take a look at this overview and find your association!

Read more about SiO here.

Canteen

Canteen

Opening hours
Monday to Friday from 10:00-16:30
(Closed 15 June - 15 August)

Warm lunch is served from 12:00.

There are vending machines on the 1st floor.

What is on the menu this week?
Kafe Ole offers you lunch of the day, sandwiches, salads, cakes, and a variety of hot and cold beverages. The lunch menu is daily updated here (served between 11:00 and 13:00).