Language requirements

English taught programmes

NMBU offers one bachelor programme and several master programmes with English as the medium of instruction. 

Applicants must document their proficiency in English, either by an approved test or previous education. 

NMBU recognizes the following tests in the table below. The table shows the required score for each programme level. Applicants with a lower score will not be offered admission.

    Programme

 

Test

Bachelor

Master

PhD

TOEFL paper-based/internet-based (iBT)
(Institutional code: 8457, must be sent directly from TOEFL + uploaded in the application portal)

550 / 80

580 / 92

580 / 92

IELTS Academic
(Institutional code: 6935) required overall band score

6.0

7.0

7.0

Cambridge
First certificate in English


B or better

 

A

A

Cambridge
Certificate in Advanced English


C or better

 

C or better

C or better 

Cambridge
Certificate of Proficiency

C or better

 

C or better

 


C or better

 

Pearson PTE Academic

59

65

65

Vg1 course in English at Norwegian upper secondary school (140 hours)

4

4

4

Advanced course in English at Norwegian upper secondary school

Pass

Pass

Pass

 Other approved ways to document sufficient level of English:

  • Minimum one year of studies on university level in Great Britain, Ireland, USA, Canada, New Zealand or Australia. Please note that branch campus, validated and franchised programmes and distance learning students are not exempt from providing an English test
  • Bachelor degree or minimum one year of master studies (60 ECTS) with English as the medium of instruction completed in one of the Nordic countries
  • University degree in English language and/or literature (a degree in other disciplines taught in English does not meet this requirement)
  • IB Diploma. For admission to autumn 2021, applicants need English A with grade 3 or better or English B with grade 5 or better.
  • Upper secondary education from certain European countries with satisfactory completion of the specified English language course
  • Applicants educated in a country listed with no English requirement in the NOKUT GSU list are exempt from the above test requirement. If your country is listed with "Yes" or "Yes 1-4",  documentation of English (with a test or education as listed above) is required.

Please note that having worked in an English speaking environment or lived in an English speaking country does not satisfy the English language requirement.

Language requirements for programmes taught in Norwegian  

NMBU offers bachelor programs, master programs and non degree studies with Norwegian as medium of instruction. For these programs/courses, proficiency in Norwegian and English is required.

If you have any questions, please check out our frequently asked questions page.

Published 29. December 2010 - 8:00 - Updated 13. April 2021 - 8:48