Admission

Admission

Admission process

  • Admission to our English study programs are once per year. 
  • The deadline for non-EU citizenship is February 1st 2019. Applicants to the February 1st deadline must pay an application fee of 500 NOK. You will get an answer to your application after March 1st. 
  • The deadline for EU/EAA/Swiss/Nordic/Norwegian citizenship is June 1st. 
  • No applications will be processed before the deadline. 

Study start 

  • The English study programmes begin early in August.
  • Attandance for orientation week is mandatory for all new international students. 

Tution fees

  • MF does not take tuition fees.
  • MF does not offer any scholarships or any other financial support.
  • Non-EU applicants must document sufficient funding for living in Norway in order to get a study permit/visa. 

Study exchange

Norwegian study programs

Requirements

Requirements

Bachelor in Theology, Religion and Society 
General admission requirements are described on the GSU-list. Applicants have to meet the general admission requirements (except proficiency in Norwegian) in order to be eligible for admission.​
Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will be ranked according to their level of written English proficiency. Your chances to be admitted will depend on your level of English proficiency. All applicants must document their proficiency in English. Please see English profiency. 

Master History of Religions
A bachelor's degree or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognized Higher Education institution: The degree must be in disciplines related to the master's programme (history, religious studies, theology, archaeology, art history, etc) with an average grade equivalent to Norwegian C level (British Second class, upper division). General admission requirements (except proficiency in Norwegian). 
Applicants who complete a bachelor degree before July 1st can apply, but the application will not be considered before the completed degree is documented with diploma and transcript of records. 
All applicants must document their proficiency in English. Please see English profiency. 

Master Religion in Contemporary Society (based on a revision of Master in Religion, Socety and Global Issues)
A Bachelor’s degree or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognized Higher Education institution. The degree must have a combination of relevant social sciences and religious studies: A minimum of 80 ECTS credits including specialisation in one subject area, and a minimum of 20 ECTS credits in the other subject area and an average grade equivalent to Norwegian C level (British Second class, upper division). Applicants who complete a bachelor degree before July 1st can apply, but the application will not be considered before the completed degree is documented with diploma and transcript of records.
All applicants must document their proficiency in English. Please see English profiency. 

Master Theology
A Bachelor's degree (or a period of study comparable with a Norwegian Bachelor's degree from a recognized Higher Education institution) in Theology or Religious Studies, with an average grade equivalent to Norwegian C level (British Second class, upper division). A minimum of 80 ECTS must be in Christian theology. General admission requirements (except proficiency in Norwegian). Applicants who complete a bachelor degree before July 1st can apply, but the application will not be considered before the completed degree is documented with a diploma and transcript of records.
All applicants must document their proficiency in English. Please see English profiency. 

English proficiency

English proficiency

Proficiency in English must be documented through one of the following:

1) TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language. Minimum total score 80. Minimum writing score: 17. In order for your test result to be included in your application, your official TOEFL score report must be sent directly from ETS to the admissions office at MF. MF's TOEFL code (DI code) is 7308
2) IELTS - International English Language Testing System (academic) test. Minimum overall band score: 6.0, minimum writing score 5.0. Documentation of this test type must be uploaded to the application web
3) PTE Academic. Pearson Test of English Academic. Minimum overall score: 51. Minimum writing score:51. Documentation of this test type must be uploaded to the application web
4) English from Norwegian upper secondary school with minimum grade 4

Are you exempt from submitting an English language test? 

The following applicants are exempt from submitting an English language test. 

  • Applicants who have passed examination in English foundation course (140 hours/5 periods per week) with a minimum grade of 4 in Norwegian upper secondary school (or an equivalent grade from a Nordic upper secondary school) or passed "programfag" in English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school.
  • Native speakers with completed upper secondary education from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore or Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Applicants who have completed a minimum of one year's university studies in academic subjects with English as the language of instruction in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or Australia. Please note that branch campus and distance learning students are not exempt.
  • Applicants who have completed a minimum of one year of master's degree studies with English as the language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands, or completed a bachelor's degree with English as the language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands.
  • Applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme with English at Higher Level (HL) with the minimum score of 4.
  • Applicants who have completed both upper secondary school and a bachelor’s degree taught in English from Fiji, Mauritius, Samoa or South Africa.
  • Applicants with completed upper secondary school from Hong Kong with an AS-level examination in Use of English with grades A-C or HKDSE English Language Subject Level grade 5.

How to apply

How to apply

Deadlines

The deadline for all Non-EU citizenship is February 1st. You will get an answer after March 1st. 
The deadline for EU/EAA/Swiss, Nordic and Norwegian citizenship is June 1st. You will get an answer after June 15th. 

No applications will be processed before the deadline.
MF's English study programmes start early in August and it is mandatory to participate in orientation week. 

Application form
You can find the online application form here. 

Application fee for Non-EU Citizenship
Applicants for the February 1st deadline must pay an admission fee to be considered. The application fee is NOK 500, which is approx. 60 USD. The fee must be paid before February 1st, using a VISA- or Mastercard. Applicants who have not paid the fee will not be considered. The fee will in no circumstances be refunded. This also applies to applicants who are not offered admission. You can pay the application fee here.  

Guide to the online application form 

If you do not have a Norwegian ID-number

  • Click the link for online application
  • Change language from "Norsk bokmål" into English (top menu)
  • Enter the link/tag at the right hand side which reads "International Applicant"  
  • If you have applied for studies at MF earlier: You MUST use the email address and password used the first time. (Use "Send me a new password" if you don't remember your original password)
  • If you have not applied before: Use the "Register new international applicant" button. After completing the form, you will receive an email with your username and password. Check your spam filter!  
  • Click on the button "Login for Users without Norwegian National Identification Number." 
  • Follow further instructions to register your application

If you have a Norwegian ID-number

  • Click the link for online application
  • Change language from "Norsk bokmål" into English (top menu)
  • If you have not applied before: Click the button "Register new user". Here you will be asked to create your own PIN code
  • If you have applied for studies at MF earlier: You MUST use the same user account. Click "Send PIN code by email" if you don't remember your pin. It will be sent to your previously registered email address. Check your spam filter!  
  • Use the link at the top: "Logon using your 11-digit ID and PIN"
  • Follow further instructions to register your application
  • You can apply to up to two prioritized study programmes.

Documentation

Applicants for BA and MPhil programmes
To be considered you must document a relevant academic background with diploma and transcript of records, and English language proficiency documentation. No other documentation is necessary for the admission process. Upload all documentation at the online application site as scan files in .pdf or .jpg file format. Hard copies are not necessary for the admission process, but you might be asked to present originals after admission. Emails with attachment will not be considered nor replied to. 

Applicants who complete a bachelor degree before July 1st can apply, but the application will not be considered before the completed degree is documented with diploma and transcript of records. All other necessary documentation must be received by the application deadline, including the required English language test results.

Ranking of applicants
Only applicants who meet the admission requirements are qualified, and can be considered for admission. When the number of qualified applicants surpass the number of available places, applicants will be ranked. 
MF prioritises applicants according to

  • grades and academic relevance of previous studies at a lower level
  • level of proficency in English
  • geographical balance

Applicants for master's programmes who are already master students or have completed a master's programme in Norway will normally not be prioritised.

Study permit and visa

Study permit and visa

For students within the Nordic Countries

If you are Swedish, Danish, Icelandic or Finnish citizen, all you need to do to live in Norway is to report a move to the National Registry. 

For students within EU/EEA/Swiss

Students with EU/EEA citizenship need to register with the Oslo Police if staying for more than 3 months to get a registration certificate. We recommend that you register on the UDI portal after arrival in Oslo. 
In order to recieve a registration certificate you must: 

1. Register at the online UDI application portal 
Create a new user account. You will receive an email to activate your account.
Choose "Go to EU/EEA registration"
Select "Oslo police district, Service Center for foreign workers" when you are asked to choose a police station.
Book an appointment with the Police. 
Make a copy of:
Passport or both sides of your National ID-card
Both sides of the European Health Insurance Card or proof of other private health insurance coverage. Must be valid for the whole period you are staying in Norway.
Print-out of from UDI's self service page that proves that you have registered
Admission letter from MF
Fill out the form "Declaration of funds for EU/EAA/Swiss citizens". This is a written declaration that you have sufficient funds for your period of stay.

Non-EU/EEA citizens

Students from outside the EU/ EEA must apply for a student residence permit immediately after they have received their Admission letter from MF. Do not leave for Norway before the study permit has been granted. Be aware that an application for a study permit may take up to 5 months to process,

UDI is the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration and will process your application.

Useful links:
UDI checklist
UDI who needs a visa
UDI’s application portal

How to apply for a study permit

1. Print UDI’s checklist and gather necessary documents
2. Create an account on UDI’s Application Portal and
- Submit your online application
- Pay the application fee (currently NOK 5300)
- Book an appointment to hand in your documents
3. Hand in the application and documents in person at the nearest embassy

Always check the updated application procedures for your country at the UDI’s website. 

Useful tips and info

  • MFs organizational number: 917 387 079

  • E-mail: international@mf.no

  • Address in Norway: P.O Box 5144 Majorstuen NO-0302 Oslo

  • Start early: Check application procedures for your country and plan ahead how you will get all the required documents and how you will hand in your application. Norway does not have consular services in every country.

  • Visa to enter Norway: You automatically receive an entry visa (if needed) when you are granted your study permit. You do not need to apply for a visa separately.

  • Part-time work permit: You automatically receive a part-time work permit along with your first-time study permit. This allows you to work up to 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time between semesters.

  • Bringing family members: Contact UDI immediately to ensure that you and your family member/s meet the requirements to apply for a family immigration permit.

  • Upon arrival in Norway: When you arrive in Norway, you must report to the police within the first week. Please book an appointment using the UDI- online visa application form: https://selfservice.udi.no/en-gb/
    In the online portal, choose Oslo Police District, Department of Immigration. Bring the following documents for your appointment:

    • Passport or national ID card

    • Address in Norway written on a piece of paper

    • Receipt from the MF Deposit Account

How do I document financing?

According to the UDI regulations, all non-EU/EEA students must submit documentation that they have enough money to cover living expenses while living in Norway. The amount is currently NOK 116 369 per year. We recommend that you transfer the required amount to the MF deposit account so MF can issue a confirmation of sufficient funds.  

The procedure is as follows:

  1. Transfer the amount to MF Norwegian School of Theology and notify the international office at international@mf.no with a copy to the department of economy at: okonomi@mf.no
    Account number: 3000.18.99704
    Name of the bank: Sparebanken Sør
    Address: Postbox 200, 4662 Kristiansand, Norway
    IBAN nr: NO6130001899704
    BIC/SWIFT address: SPSONO22

  2. MF will send you a confirmation receipt by email as soon as possible after your transfer

  3. Submit the receipt with your application for a study permit

How to access your money

When you have a Norwegian bank account, MF can transfer the money directly to your account.You can also access your money by getting Cash Cards to cover daily expenses. The Cash Cards are issued by the Student Reception at MF (remember to bring a valid ID). If your student residency application is rejected, the amount can only be transferred back to the bank account it was originally transferred from.
For further questions about your visa application, please contact the International Relations Office at: international@mf.no

Renewal
Study permits are given for one academic year at a time, and you must therefore apply for study permit each year. A renewed permit is given if the conditions for a residence permit still are fulfilled. Please make sure that your passport is valid until the end of your stay. In addition you must have sufficient progress in your studies. If you use more time than normal, it can be difficult to get a renewed permit. MF will provide you with a statement regarding this, using a specific UDI- form at the end of each academic year (May/June).

Semester fee
MF charges an administrative semester fee. You will receive this invoice on. Please note that this is NOT a tuition fee, but a semester fee to cover copies and administrative expenses. UDI does not require this fee to be paid in advance in order to get a study permit. The semester fee is currently NOK 3550. 

Contact us

Contact us

You can contact the Admission office at admission@mf.no if you have questions.