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Admission to vocational education and training

Vocational schools in Norway offer a tertiary vocational education that is basedon vocational competence. So, the admission requirement is often a vocational certificate, though general study skills or practical skills can in given context also fulfil the requirements. As outlined in section-2, the courses are usually from six months to two years, with the possibility of a one-year professional extension. There are also shorter industry courses at vocational school level that give study credits. To be admitted, the student can apply for admission to many vocational schools through the Samordna opptak web-portal. On February 01 st each year, a study overview is published with admission requirements for vocational schools as admissions go through The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) that coordinates admission to undergraduate programmes at all universities, state university colleges and some private university colleges in Norway. Certain studies have an application deadline as early as on March 01 st , but the usual application deadline is on April 15 th . It is also possible to apply for admission to some private vocational schools by contacting the school directly. In some cases, the application deadline may vary from school to school. Some schools have rolling admissions until the education starts. So, the student must check the relevant schools to find out more about the application deadline and how to apply.

When it comes to students’ loans, grants, and costs at vocational school some vocational schools are free, while others cost money. Though the student pays for materials and equipment, the students are usually entitled to support from Lånekassen. For public owned vocational schools, some schools are financed
by the state and are free. Some courses still require the students to pay for materials and equipment. Online and part-time studies may incur an additional
tuition fee. For private owned vocational schools, most of them do not receive support from the State. The education is then financed, among other things, by a fee that the students must pay. The price of the course varies depending on the education and place of education. All vocational school education must be approved by NOKUT, which gives the right to support from the Lånekassen (Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund). In addition, students can apply for several scholarships and grants. These are often aimed at fields of study or applicants living in a specific geographical area.

Authors of the Report

The project Competences for the Future – Matching the Needs of the Labour Market benefits from a € 106 000 grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants. The aim of the project is to update the education offer through the exchange of opinions and good practices between organizations with experience in the field of vocational education of youth and adults.