Upper secondary school abroad

Does not apply to exchange students or those attending upper secondary education in the Nordic region.

Upper secondary education abroad

If you live with your parents, you only receive the grant for course materials. Most people who do not live with their parets receive for one academic year
  • grant for course materials from NOK 1,071 to NOK 4,412
  • housing grant of NOK 46,030
  • travel grant from NOK 1,789 to NOK 9,733

Upper secondary education outside of the Nordic region

As a general rule, you cannot get support for upper secondary education outside of the Nordic region, but there are exceptions.

Residing abroad due to special circumstances (illness)

If you are residing abroad for a limited period of time due to your own illness, you may apply for support.

If your family is residing abroad due to illness on the part of one of your parents or your spouse, you may apply for support, even if the stay is not for a limited period of time.

The need to reside abroad due to illness must be confirmed by a doctor.

French lycées

You may be eligible for support if you will be attending a French lycée and have been admitted through the Institut français de Norvège or the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (Diku).

Vocational training not available in Norway or that is considered a protected traditional craft

You may be eligible for support if you will be attending vocational education at a level equal to upper secondary education abroad and the education is not available in Norway or if the education is considered a protected traditional craft in Norway. The relevant professions can be found on a list published by the Norwegian Ministry of Education 

If the vocational education abroad is equivalent to Norwegian vocational school, you may be eligible for the same support as those attending vocational school in Norway. This also applies if you are over the age of 24, or, for other reasons, do not have statutory rights as a young person.

Application deadlines

You must have a school place before applying. The same deadlines apply to all grants:

  • 15 November for the entire year or just the autumn semester
  • 15 March for the spring semester

How to apply

For all support, with the exception of grants for tuition fees, you must use the usual application form for grants for upper secondary education for applicants with statutory rights as a young person. If you do not have statutory rights as a young person, you must select the application form for a full degree abroad.

 

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Housing grant

You can receide
NOK 4,603
per month

When you attend upper secondary school abroad, you may be eligible for a housing grant if you do not live together with your parents.

No separate application form is required for this, but you need to tick that you will be living away from your parents in the usual application form for grants.

Grants for travel

Support for
two trips home
for a full academic year

If you live abroad and away from your parents outside of the Nordic region, you may be eligible for travel support.

35 per cent of the travel support is a grant, while 65% is a loan. Everyone is entitled to the grant element and you can choose to also apply for the loan element. The loan must be repaid later.

No separate application form is required for travel support, it is part of the usual application form.

Amount for various continents

The amounts are intended as subsidies for two round trips during the year:

Continent NOK, grants NOK, loans
Europe 1 798 3 323
North and Central America 6 671 12 389
Oceania 9 733 18 075
South America 8 541 15 863
Asia 6 139 11 401
Africa 7 349 13 863

Travels within Norway

If you also have to travel within Norway to get to Oslo Airport, you will receive a subsidy for two return trips in Norway for each kilometre you have to travel:

  • 0-300 kilometres: NOK 1.86 per kilometre
  • 301-1,500 kilometres:  NOK 1.03 per kilometre
  • 1,500 kilometres or more: NOK 0.37 per kilometre

The entire sum is paid as a grant, but we will deduct an excess of NOK 805. To calculate how much you can get for travels within Norway, you must calculate the amount for one travel and multiply with four (two return trips) and subtract the excess of NOK 805. 

Are you above the age of 18 and want to take out a loan?

You may borrow up to
NOK 3,323
per month if you live away from home

If you are above the age of 18 and don’t live with your parents, you may borrow up to NOK 3,323 per month.

The loan is not means-tested against income. This means that you can receive the loan regardless of how much you or your parents earn.

The loan must be repaid

This is a loan you must repay. When you no longer receive grants and loans from Lånekassen, interest accrues on the loan and you must repay it. You must pay the entire loan plus interest, but you repay it in monthly instalments.

How to apply

There is no separate application for loans. When you apply for an ordinary grant and check the box indicating that you are living away from home, you are asked if you also want to apply for a loan.

Up to
NOK 96,619
in tuition fee grants

Tuition fees

If you will be attending a school where tuition fees are payable, you may be eligible for more support.

Tuition fee grants

You may be eligible for a grant to pay some of your tuition fees. The grant is for up to 85 per cent of tuition fees, but there is an upper limit of NOK 96,619 per year.

Grants are available for tuition fees only but do not cover, for example, programme fees payable to an exchange organisation. The school must verify that you pay tuition fees.

A separate application form is available to apply for a grant to cover parts of tuition fees

Loans for tuition fees

If you have to pay tuition fees, you may also borrow up to NOK 27,794 per year to cover these fees. You cannot receive more in support for tuition fees than you are actually required to pay. You will apply using the usual application form.

Go to the application form for grants for tuition fees (P-skjema)
Grant for course material expences

If you are taking all years of upper secondary school abroad, you will receive  NOK 1,071 in grant. If you are taking only parts of upper secondary school abroad you will receive a grant for course materials in accordance with the rates for the programme of education you are following in Norway.

Does your family have a particularly strained economy?

If your parents have very low income, you may be entitled to more grant.

If the combined annual salary for both parents is more than NOK 700,480 you are not entitled to this grant regardless of your family situation. If you have less than three siblings or if one your parents have new spouse or cohabitant, the income limit is lower.

Language grant

You may be entitled to a grant or loan to attend a language course if teaching takes place in a language other than English.

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Upper secondary education abroad

Upper secondary education abroad may not provide general study competence in Norway.

Even if you complete upper secondary school abroad, there is a chance that the programme of education alone will not provide general study competence in Norway. In order to be admitted to university and university college education through the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service and to be eligible for support from Lånekassen for university and university college education outside of the Nordic region, you must have obtained general study competence before the education programme starts.

Different countries have different requirements

If you have attended High School in the USA, there are different requirements for upper secondary education than if you have completed A-levels in the UK. It is therefore important that you familiarise yourself with the requirements applicable to the upper secondary education you would like to undertake. The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service has an overview of the different countries and requirements.

In order to obtain general study competence in Norway and to be admitted to university and university college education in Norway, you need to meet the requirements for knowledge of both Norwegian and English. Lånekassen may disregard the requirement for Norwegian knowledge in connection with the assessment of general study competence if you will be studying abroad in countries outside of the Nordic region. 

You may still be required to demonstrate knowledge of Norwegian when we assess your links to Norway.

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