Upper Secondary Education in Norway
Upper secondary school builds upon Lower secondary school (grunnskole).
Upper secondary education in Norway leads to either vocational or general/academic qualifications.
The vocational education (yrkesfag) qualifies candidates for an occupation (fagbrev). The academic education leads to Higher Education Entrance Qualification (generell studiekompetanse).
Right/admission to Upper secondary education for adults in Norway
Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be at least 25 years old
- Have completed a primary education of at least nine years in Norway or its equivalent from other countries
- Have not completed secondary education with either a vocational qualification certificate or Higher Education Entrance Qualification in Norway.
- This rule is changed with effect from 1 August 2017. Before this, persons with a completed Upper Secondary School from other countries did not have a right to Upper Secondary School even if their education was not recognized/approved in Norway. This limitation was removed from August 2017. This means that applicants in this category may be granted a right if they apply again.
Applicants must have a valid residence in Norway.
Applicants without a right may also may also apply, and may get an offer if it is a vacancy on the chosen program.
All participants in Upper Secondary have a right to complete their general pre-university studies or the theoretical part of the vocational programs. Please note that vocational students must provide their apprenticeship (læreplass) themselves in accordance with the official requirements.
Public secondary education is free.
Upper secondary education in Oslo VO
Upper Secondary Education in Oslo VO is at Oslo VO Sinsen. See their web site https://sinsen.oslovo.no/ for general information, and an overview on educational programs and subjects: Oslo VO Sinsens kurskatalog.
Applicants to Oslo Adult Education, Oslo VO, must have a registered Oslo-address in Folkeregisteret, the Population Register. Please give the Postal services (“Posten”) your correct address too.
It is recommended that you hold a minimum of B1 language skills in Norwegian when you start this education.
We also recommend that you speak to a counsellor at Oslo VO Servicesenter if you plan to apply for Upper secondary school.