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Competitive_Grape306

This is exactly what I did! I learned Norwegian from scratch, and will find out on July 20th if I got into my school program (fingers crossed...) It took me one year and one month of fairly heavy (hours per day) study to pass my Bergenstest at B2 level. I documented the resources I used and my journey more generally on r/norsk at [this link](https://www.reddit.com/r/norsk/comments/t0fczv/bergenstest_from_0_to_b2_in_12_months_working/). You have to have either 3 AP classes or one year of college to even be eligible to apply. I am not sure whether your smattering of university and college would count! You should email Samordna Opptak to check (but they likely won't answer you until September, they are SWAMPED with the current application cycle). With a GPA of 2.7, and assuming you are over 24, you have a baseline score ("poengsum") of 46.3. If you have AP classes in languages or math, you could have higher. You can look through ALL of the bachelor options at [this link](https://sok.samordnaopptak.no/#/admissions/8). Glancing through very quickly, I see that you qualify for Informatikk (which is something Comp Sci-ish) in Tromsø (application limit: 44.2)! But not a ton of options, to be honest. If you can swing the money, I think going to Folk high school would be a really good option for you. It's about 14,000$ maybe, though? I didn't look it up, to be honest. If you complete the year, you would speak Norwegian fluently, and you would also get an additional 2 points on your application (48.3). You might qualify for "Elektronikk, informatikk og teknologi" (which had an point limit of 47.3 last year) but keep in mind the point limits tend to go up every year. I think 1) learning Norwegian and 2) getting the money for the visa will be the most challenging parts for you!


PresumptuousBadger

>If I can demonstrate fluency in Norwegian, I will be able to attend a public university for "free", correct? Well, there are cheaper places to study in the EU if the lack of tuition fees is you main motivation for coming here. You have to prove that you can provide for yourself, meaning you can show upfront that you have at least $38 302 ($12 750 each year) to even qualify for a visa. You're unlikely to thrive on such a budget, so it would be a bad idea to apply without being able to allocate at least 16-$17k for two semesters. >Are there 6 month - 1 year intensive language learning programs at any of these universities (or other places) that accept all? No. Norwegian bachelors are not designed with foreigners in mind, so you're 100% on your own. No free language courses. >Even if I can demonstrate a fluency in Norwegian, I presume I will still have to apply to the university's bachelor degree program and possibly be denied? What are the realistic chances of acceptance with my above circumstance? Varies from year to year, this you can probably figure out with a calculator. Last year's scores are alway public. This is probably easier for you to do than us, we're not familiar with the US grading system. >If the chances are low, how can I drastically increase them? For example, attend and excel at a local community community college for two years. Improve your high school GPA I guess? That's the only thing that counts, really. >Which school would be the best fit for the above degrees? NTNU and Oslo University probably. Whether you'd get in is a different matter, and if not it probably doesn't mean much where you apply. >Where and when should I start the visa process? Your answers should be [here](https://www.studyinnorway.no/study-in-norway/student-residence-permit). >Anything else relevant I should consider, know and/or look into for this venture? Probably that you should lower your expectations a bit. It's uncommon, expensive and usually not worthwhile for foreigners to do a bachelors degree in Norway.


okayteenay

As far as I know, there are no language learning study visas, so you’re on your own to learn Norwegian. You’ll need to take either the [Bergentest](https://www.folkeuniversitetet.no/eng/Artikler/Spraaktester/Test-of-Norwegian-advanced-level-Bergenstesten) or the [Norskprøve](https://www.kompetansenorge.no/prover/norskprove/ove-til-proven/) to demonstrate fluency at minimum B2 level. University in Norway is “free”, but you will have to have about $14k (USD) per year of study to get a study permit. This is for your living expenses. If you can achieve the above, you can find information on Norwegian bachelor’s programs here: [Samordnaopptakk ](https://www.samordnaopptak.no/info/opptak/opptak-uhg/index.html). Keep in mind you’ll be competing for a place with every other Norwegian. Your grades may hinder you here depending on your program. You cannot apply for a study visa until you have acceptance from a qualifying study program. This is an achievable goal, but it will take maybe a few years and lots of hard work.


NorthernMission

Thank you very much for the informative response and resources, okayteenay! This is an achievable goal in which I'd like to prioritize and accomplish! If I may, I have some followup questions: Do I have to "prove" to the university or any governing entity that I can financially support myself during my studies? Or did you mention that as just a rough annual cost to keep in mind? What did you have in mind when mentioning it will take a few years? In that learning the language itself may take that long? Or acquiring fluency in Norwegian and in conjunction with attending a local community college for 2 years to then transfer? Ideally, I'd solely focus on attaining language fluency and then attend university for a bachelor's degree for the fall of 2023. And if possible, even as soon as spring 2023. Despite my past grades, is that possible? Ultimately, what path would you suggest I embark on to best increase my chances? (As an aside, in the coming weeks I'm intending to start the process of acquiring citizenship from an EU country my family is from. The entire ordeal could be a multi-year process. Will an EU citizenship/passport help with the process of attending a Norwegian university for a bachelor's degree?) Once again, thank you so much!


anon_meg

If you are an American citizen (i.e. non-EU citizen), the acceptance round opens around October-December 2022 for Fall 2023 intake. Which practically means you have 4-5 months to prepare the documents including proof of Norwegian proficiency if you want to start Fall 2023. I won't say impossible, but unlikely, if you are looking into Norwegian-taught programmes. There are English-taught programmes too, for which you then will have to compete for a place, but then the majors you mentioned are not among them. Now, I'm not American, nor have I have experiences with bachelor application in Norway (I've only done one for master's) so I don't know the details. But you can find all the info you need in the homepages of each university & other websites. It will take some time, but it will be easier than asking and waiting for answers here if you really want to do something.


Competitive_Grape306

The application window period for Americans applying to Norwegian-language Bachelor's degrees is actually February 1 - March 15\* \*You would need to apply early ("Tidlig opptak" I think) to get your visa in order for fall studies, which means ALL coursework and tests would need to be done by then. Otherwise, there is a deadline in April which most Norwegian folks use + a documentation deadline of July 1.


anon_meg

Ah, so it is different for bachelor's. I stand corrected.


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NorthernMission

It's truly unfortunate you feel that way. Why hold such a regressive view when one is trying to better themself and reciprocate that back?


okayteenay

You will have to have the $14k in a bank account in order to apply to a university and you will have to transfer it to the university you are accepted to before you can apply for a visa. Learning Norwegian to B2 fluency while overseas is a daunting task. Unless you are spending the majority of your time learning, you will not reach fluency in time to apply for school for admission fall 2023. You have to account for the time it takes to sign up for the test, pass it and receive results as well. The tests are conducted in Norway, so you will have to fly there to take it. The tests are only offered a few times a year. There may be exceptions to this for the Bergentest, but you’ll have to research this on their website. Applications for international students probably start in October/November for fall 2023 (at least it does for international masters students). If you are planning on beefing up your qualifications while learning Norwegian at the same time, this will be a long process. I do not think you will be able to attend a Norwegian university for a bachelor’s degree by fall 2023 with your current status and what you still need to achieve. Work on the EU citizenship… even though it’s also a long process, it may take just as long as this other plan.


NorthernMission

okayteenay, you've been so very helpful! I appreciate you taking the time out of your day to thoroughly reply. I'll revisit this comment later today for further reflection and responding.


okayteenay

No problem! For context, I will be attending UiO in August for a master’s degree. This process has been two years in the works. There has been a lot of naive expectations on my part that have been tempered through trial and error. Like I said, this IS possible for you, but you need be diligent, thorough and stubborn to make it happen. It will take a while. Be patient and keep at it.


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okayteenay

Thanks for your unsolicited and uniformed opinion.


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okayteenay

Hm. You must be fun at parties.


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okayteenay

Lol. Nice one!