English proficiency requirements

A good command of English is required of all students attending the University of Oslo. International students; PhD research fellows and post doctoral research fellows who are not native speakers of English, must document their proficiency in English by taking one of the following internationally recognised tests:

  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing Service
  • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) and Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) from the University of Cambridge

Applicants to the programme for the PhD degree in Science must obtain a minimum score of 90 (internet-based) on the TOEFL test, or a minimum score of 6.5 from the  IELTS (academic) test. The same applies to applicants for post doctoral research fellow positions.

Test information

TOEFL is administered either as a paper-based or a computer-based test. Computer-based testing is available year-round in many locations throughout the world. Paper-based testing is available on a regular basis in locations where computer-based testing is not available.

Bulletins of Information with registration forms are available from:

TOEFL Services
Educational Testing Service
P.O. Box 6151, Princeton
NJ 08541-6151, USA
E-mail: toefl@ets.org
Phone: + 1 609 771 7100
Fax: +1 609 771 7500

Residents of Europe may obtain a Bulletin of Information from:

P.O. Box 1203
6801 BE Arnhem
The Netherlands
E-mail: registration@cito.nl
Phone: + 31 26 352 1480
Fax: + 31 26 352 1278

It is possible to take the IELTS at nearly every overseas British Council office. Local offices will supply information about the availability of the test and the fee charged.


The following applicants are exempted from the above-mentioned requirements:

  • applicant from EU/EEA-countries
  • applicants with one year of completed university studies in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, United Kingdom, United States
  • applicants with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
  • applicants who have completed a Bachelor’s and/or a Master's degree with English as the language of instruction in one of the Nordic countries or the Netherlands

Contact guide

Published Apr. 11, 2016 4:34 PM - Last modified Mar. 24, 2021 1:28 PM