Upper Secondary Education in Norway
Upper secondary school builds upon Primary and Lower secondary school (grunnskole).
Upper secondary education in Norway leads to either vocational or general/academic qualifications.
The vocational education (yrkesfag) qualifies candidates for a practical profession (fagbrev/svennebrev).
The academic education (pre-university) 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 minimum 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 means that persons with a completed Upper Secondary School from other countries may have a right to Upper Secondary School, if their education is not recognized/approved in Norway
Applicants must have a valid residence in Norway.
Applicants without a right to Upper secondary may also apply, and may get an offer if it is a vacancy in 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 Adult Education (Oslo VO)
Applicants to Oslo Adult Education must have a registered Oslo-address in Folkeregisteret, the National Population Register. Please give the Postal services (“Posten”) your correct address too.
Ordinary Upper secondary education in Oslo VO is at Oslo VO Sinsen and at Oslo VO Rosenhof.
You can find more information about Upper secondary education for adults on Oslo VO Sinsen. There you will also find a course catalogue with an overview on educational programs and subjects.
More about Upper secondary school at Oslo VO Rosenhof can be found here.
Oslo VO Helsfyr also has some vocational courses, application is via NAV.
Counselling: We recommend that you have a talk with a counsellor at Oslo VO Servicesenter if you plan to apply for Upper Secondary school. Norwegian skills: It is recommended that you hold a minimum of language skills in Norwegian when you start Upper secondary education. You can get advice on this at Oslo VO Servicesenter. Based on documentation or tests, Oslo VO will recommend starting levels. Some applicants will be offered a pre-course to improve their Norwegian skills.
Fix an appointment for counselling here, or use our Drop-in-services at Oslo VO Service Centre on Mondays 12-18.