Norwegian University of Science and Technology Admissions 2023: Requirements, Programs, Tuition Fees ,Trondheim,Norway

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Shilpa Saxena

Norwegian University of Science and Technology, denoted as NTNU, is a public research university in Norway. The vision of the university is "Knowledge for a better world". The university focuses on science and technology. It strives to provide the best possible academic education to students in the field of science and technology.

Known for conducting ground-breaking research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology serves in four strategic research areas viz. Health, Energy, Oceans, and Sustainability. The university further has international collaborations with:

  • NTNU Alumni chapters
  • Nordic Five Tech – alliance of Nordic Universities
  • ENHANCE – alliance of European Universities (EU initiative)
  • Collaborations at EU level and European platforms, networks and alliances
  • Low and Middle Income Countries

The university has 5 Nobel laureates - Lars Onsager for Chemistry, Ivar Giaever for Physics, Edvard Moser, May-Britt Moser, and John O-Keefe for Medicine or Physiology.

Table of Contents
  1. Courses Offered
  2. Eligibility & Documents Required
  3. Application & Tuition Fees
  4. Scholarships & Financial Aid
  5. Admission Process
  6. Student Diversity & Preferred Profile
  7. Part Time Work While Studying
  8. Campuses & Accommodation
  9. University Contact Information

Courses Offered

What courses are available to international students?

The university offers over 371 graduate and undergraduate degree programmes along with 400 doctoral degrees. Most of the courses offered to international students are taught in English.

Additionally, NTNU offers dozens of international student exchange programmes along with and over 300 cooperative or exchange agreements with 60 universities worldwide.

The popular study areas available are listed below:

NTNU Courses

All these courses are offered through eight faculties and one NTNU University Museum.

Eligibility & Documents Required

What are the eligibility requirements?

The eligibility criteria for international students aspiring to study at NTNU are as follows:

Undergraduate Requirements

  • Students must have a high school certificate or diploma from a recognised school or institute
  • International undergraduates are required to submit either of the following exam scores to prove their English proficiency:

English Tests

Minimum Undergraduate Scores


90 or above


600 or above

IELTS Academic

6.5 or above

PTE Academic




Graduate Requirements

  • Students must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree in relevant discipline from a recognised institution or university
  • International graduates are required to submit either of the following exam scores to prove their English proficiency:

English Tests

Minimum Graduate Scores


90 or above


600 or above

IELTS Academic

6.5 or above

PTE Academic




Note: These are generic requirements for graduates and undergraduates aspiring to study at the university. Some of the courses may have higher score requirements or different academic and language requirements. Please refer to the intended course page on the university website to check the exact limit on each course.

What documents are needed for the university application?

The following set of documents are required for international admissions at NTNU:

Undergraduate Requirements

  • Official high school certificates or diplomas from a recognised institute or school
  • Signed and stamped grade transcript
  • List of courses you are taking at the university
  • A copy of the passport
  • Proof of English Proficiency
  • CV/Resume
  • Additional form for exchange students

Graduate Requirements

Note: Document requirements may vary with different programs. To check the exact requirements, please refer to the intended course page on the university website. 

Application & Tuition Fees

Is there any application fees?

There is no application fee for applying to any programme at Norwegian University of Science and Technology as a national or international student.

What is the fee structure of different courses available at the university?

The university does not charge any tuition fees to international students. Education at NTNU is free of cost. However, students are required to cover their living expenses. Students are also required to document enough funds in the bank account to live in Norway.

The cost of living in Norway while studying at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology is covered in the ‘campus and accommodation’ section on this page.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Is there any scholarship or financial aid available for international students?

Since the university does not charge tuition fees, NTNU does not offer any awards and scholarships to Indian or international students. Students can explore or check for external funding to cover their living expenses if required.

However, the university provides assistantships to graduate students to assist them financially. Students can work on-campus as Teaching Assistants or Research Assistants based on their interests. More options for assistantships are discussed in the ‘part-time work while studying’ section on this page.

Admission Process

When do the admissions start?

The university accepts international applications in two intakes:

NTNU Admssion Intakes

The tentative deadlines for NTNU are given below:


Application Deadlines*

Exchange students

Spring Semester – Early October

Autumn Semester – Early April

Master’s programmes

Early December

Practical placement

Spring – Early October

Autumn – Early April

PhD programmes


Joint Nordic master’s degrees


*Deadlines vary depending on the course and can change frequently. We encourage you to check the university’s website for exact deadlines.

What are the steps to the application process?

International students can apply to any programme online via the Søknadsweb portal. The step-by-step process to apply at NTNU is as follows:

Step 1: Visit

NTNU Application Steps

Step 2: Click on “Login International Applicant”. New students are required to create an account.

NTNU Application Steps

Step 3: Answer the required questions related to citizenship, English proficiency tests, and other general admission-related questions.

NTNU Application Steps

Step 4: Register the international application for admission. Fill in your personal information, citizenship details, demographic details, contact details, postal address, educational background, and upload all the documents and other required information.

NTNU Application Steps

Step 5: After filling in all the required information for admission, review and submit the application.

Next, wait for the results.

When will I hear from the university after I submit my application?

International students will receive a decision within a few weeks after submitting the application. As all the applications are assessed individually, it might take some time to receive a decision. Students may check their application status on the admission portal. If there is any error or missing information in the application, the university will contact the students.

Note: It is recommended to register with an active email ID and check it frequently for the latest updates on admission related information. Also, students must remain active on the official website of the university to stay updated with any admission related announcements.

Student Diversity & Preferred Profile

What are the chances of getting into this university?

Admission at NTNU is highly competitive. Because education here is delivered free of cost, the university receives thousands of applications for limited seats.


All the applications are assessed individually. The university converts GPAs from other countries and assesses the applications. Applicants are ranked based on their assessments. Students are required to have outstanding skills and scores to secure a seat at the university. Some students might have to submit their work portfolios or essays for admission purposes. It is not easy to get into this university.

Facts of NTNU Student Body

  • NTNU Alumni network shows 38,000+ alumni worldwide
  • In 2019, NTNU awarded 7,586 bachelor and master's degrees

These figures show the estimated number of seats at the university each year and the number of its graduates till date.

How many Indian/international students study at the university?

As of 2019-2020, NTNU has a total of 42,379 registered students enrolled in its various undergraduate, graduate, and doctorate courses. Out of the total students, approximately half of them study Natural Sciences and Technology and 4,624 are registered in either further education programmes, experience-based masters or ICT courses.

NTNU Student Body

Out of the total students, 3,629 are international and make up to 9% of the total student body. Given below is a graphical representation of NTNU students as per the data of 2019-2020:

NTNU Student Body

Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

According to this data, this share of 9% international students comes from over 119 countries, including India. Also, more than 50% of the total student body are females.

Part Time Work While Studying

Can I work while studying here?

International students are allowed to work on or off-campus. Students are required to have a valid work permit to work in Norway. The work areas and job opportunities include research and teaching posts for doctorate and master's students. Students can work part-time for a maximum of 20 hours a week during a semester. During vacations, students can work for 40 hours a week. Students are required to get permission from the university to work while studying.

Students can find various job opportunities and lists on the Career webpage of the university. The vacancies include Teaching Assistant, Research Assistant, Postdoctoral Fellow, Associate, Assistant, Researcher, etc. For more vacancies, students can check the university's website.

Students can also work off-campus according to their interests and time constraints. Students can search for jobs in newspapers, magazines, job portals such as LinkedIn, etc. Apart from these avenues, students can contact their study departments to find vacancies matching their interests.

All international students are advised to check the conditions of working in a foreign country on their study visa. They are also advised to confirm any specific instructions on the same from their respective departments and faculties. Under no circumstances should they be found compromising with the law and order of the country.

Students must also get familiar with the rules and regulations of working in a foreign country and learn about the minimum wages they are entitled to. For more details, students can check the on and off-campus opportunities on the university website.

Campuses & Accommodation

How many campuses does the university have?

With its headquarters in Trondheim, NTNU has three main campuses. The main campus of NTNU, that is, Trondheim, is further divided into 11 sub-campuses. All campuses and sub-campuses are listed below:

NTNU Campuses

Salient Features of NTNU Campuses

The state-of-art campuses under the university feature the following interesting aspects:

  • Study Departments: 55
  • Library Departments: 16
  • National Centres of Excellence: 6
  • Research-Based Innovation Centres: 12
  • Total Employees: 9,000
  • Annual Budget: NOK 9.4 billion

The university libraries consist of more than 2 million printed books, 925,000 e-books, 275 databases, and over 3 million annual full-text article downloads.

Is on-campus housing available? How much does it cost?

Yes, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology offers both on and off-campus housing facilities to its students. Majority of the international students enrolled in master’s programmes receive guaranteed student housing.


During the Spring Semester, all students are allocated housing accommodation. But during the Autumn Semester, some new students are required to find private housing. Interested students are required to submit the housing application before April and October as per the intake semester.

Accommodation Cost

The residence halls include Steinman, Moholt, etc. with cheapest rooms starting at NOK 3,400. Students are required to pay NOK 5,000 to reserve a room in the student village.

Estimated Cost of Living

The living expenses for international students in Norway are given below:

Living Expenses

Monthly Cost* (in NOK)







Books and Supplies

Varies with programmes

Source: Norwegian University of Science and Technology

*Living costs vary depending on students’ lifestyle choices. Additionally, housing and dining rates are subject to change with progressive years. To know the exact costs of on or off-campus accommodation, please check the university’s accommodations webpage.

Private Housing

The university also provides private housing facilities to students who were not allocated student housing. Students can find a place near the university. The university has listed some private accommodation websites that students can use to find housing. Other than that, students can also live with their friends or family, if any, as per their requirements.

Please note that you must run a security check on any off-campus accommodation you choose. Also, you must prepare for the additional charges and facilities offered in off-campus housing. Since accommodations are offered on a contractual basis, it is recommended to do a thorough check before investing a huge amount in an unknown place.

University Contact Information

Whom should I contact in case of doubts?

In case of doubts or queries, international students can contact the university at the following address:


Address: Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Høgskoleringen 1, 7491 Trondheim, Norway

Telephone: +47 73 59 50 00

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