Medical insurance and health services for international students
Until international students have established a personal general practitioner (which you cannot do until you have received you Social Security ID from the immigration authorities/police) the only way to get access to medical services is through emergency medical care wards. See more information below.
Health care benefits during a temporary stay in Norway
Students coming to stay between 3 and 12 months are not automatically covered by the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. Depending on the country of origin you may be entitled to medical coverage.
Students from the Nordic countries are always entitled to medical health services under the National Insurance Act.
Students from the EEA are normally not members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. However, if the student is a member of the national insurance scheme in their home country during the studies in Norway, that student is entitled to medical coverage according to Norwegian regulations. If the student isn't entitled to a health insurance card from their home country, that student needs another insurance that gives medical coverage in Norway.
Students from countries outside of the EEA are not automatically members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. You may apply for voluntary membership if you are attending studies for a shorter period than 12 months and have legal residence. Voluntary membership entitles you to medical coverage through the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme.
Go to NAV's website for foreign students in Norway, for more information about which health care services applies to you.
What are the regular health care benefits under the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme?
You will get a refund from VID when you are a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme. You have to apply using our application form before 31st of January for a refund based on the previous year's payment to Operation Coordinator, Nina Kaisdatter: firstname.lastname@example.org. The refund is for payment to general practitioner up to Free card (NOK 2258) withdrawn a fee of NOK 350.
Application form for deduction for general practitioner and psychologist
Download the application form
Submit the form to the Operation Coordinator, Nina Kaisdatter.
Regular general practitioner scheme (fastlegeordning)
NAV offers access to the regular general practitioner scheme (fastlegeordningen). If you need medical assistance and have a general practitioner this is your first line of inquiry, unless it is an emergency.
Students pay for the medical expenses in advance and apply for a refund from VID.
You will find instructions on how go get, or change, a regular general practitioner (fastlege) at the public webpage helsenorge.no.
You can read more about general public health related services at Helfo.
Emergency Medical Care in Oslo
In emergencies – call 113.
Fractures and major wounds: If you have a major wound or suspected fracture, go to Legevakten (emergency ward) at Storgata 40 (open 24 hours a day).
When the problem is not so urgent:
During the day:
Contact your general practitioner. If your doctor is unavailable for any reason, his/her medical clinic (legekontor) will tell you who can help. You will find the name, address and telephone number of your general doctor at the bottom of the letter from the Social Security office.
In the evenings, at weekends and on holidays
Go to one of the city's emergency ward centres:
- Legevaktbase sørøst, Ryenstubben 3
- Legevaktbase nord, Linderud senter, Erich Mogenssønsvei 38
If you require emergency medical assistance between 22.30 and 08.00, go to the emergency ward at Storgata 40 or call +47 22 93 22 93.
Psychology and Counselling Clinic
VID has an agreement with Diakonhjemmet Omsorg, Dialog, in Borgenveien 3 C, which offers psychological assistance to students. They offer up to eight hours and the student pays a deduction of NOK 200 per hour. Contact Dialog.
It is also possible to reimburse the expenses of a psychologist with a public agreement for up to six hours, less deduction of NOK 200 per hour. Submit your application form for deduction to the VID studentvelferd Oslo Operation Coordinator, Nina Kaisdatter.
VID works in partnership with dentists in Bogstadveien 51, who offers a student deal (examination and two x-rays) for NOK 300 and 20 % discount on all treatments. The offer is valid for treatments with a general practitioner (not specialist). The student discount is only valid upon presentation of valid student ID-card and only by cash / card payment. Appointments by phone: +47 22:46 42 89 or e-mail: email@example.com. Other dental clinics also provide student discounts upon presentation of student ID.