Rumors of application deadline in January
There seems to be a misunderstanding among students that the application deadline is in January. This deadline is for those who wants to start at the university in February. For those who will complete their Noroff course in June, the September startup is the one you should aim for.
That said: It´s a good idea to start the application process as soon as possible, as the amount of school work will increase during the last semester at Noroff.
Rumors of limited number of students
There is a rumor saying there is a limited number of students getting offered a place at the Sound courses at USW. It is not!
Average grade requirement
The offer letter from USW will state "successfully completing the [...] course at Noroff with a C grade average". USW may be able to show some flexibility if you don’t meet the grade requirement, so don´t let your grades stop you from applying. If you are still studying at Noroff, and are planning to go to USW, consider this an extra motivation to make an effort to achieve the best grade possible!
ImportantFirst of all, if you intend to apply, please tell us at Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.! That way, we can make sure you get your English certificates, and be of help with the application. As a Noroff student you should put NOROFF as "agent" on the application form. Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den. is a NOROFF EMAIL, and you can write Norwegian. It is the Noroff administration that gets that email, not the university. We need you to tell us you are thinking about going to University of South Wales.
You can now download the most updated version of USW´s International Student guide here.
1. Do I need studiekompetanse to study at University of South Wales?
It's not a requirement from University of South Wales. But to get financial funding from Lånekassen, you need to fulfill several requirements. One of this requirements are studiekompetanse. Lånekassen can make exceptions, if you are over 25 years old and have what's called realkompetanse. Please visit Lånekassen's homepage for further information about studying abroad. If you have loan in Lånekassen, and are going to finance your further studies on your own, i.e without financial support from Lånekassen, remember to inform Lånekassen that you still is a student. if not, your loan will increase due to the interest rate, and you will be asked to pay back.
2. How about my English skills?
If you have an English grade from videregående skole that is 4 or better, you're safe. See the details of demands here: https://myusw.southwales.ac.uk/.
Your videregående skole will - most likely - be able to give you an English diploma, but ask for it early in the application process, the schools are known to use a long time to get it translated.
If you don't have an English grade from videregående skole that is 4 or better, ask your agent (Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.) for a English test. It´s called a "Password test".
The USW Password Skills test is a high-stakes test and we therefore strongly recommend that:
You thoroughly prepare for the USW Password Skills test using the presentation “Taking the Password Skills Test” and additional online resources found here: http://www.englishlanguagetesting.co.uk/for-test-takers/. We recommend students should have approximately two weeks to familiarise themselves with the test format and prepare themselves for the test.
REQUIREMENTS TO TAKE THE PASSWORD-TEST
You have to apply FIRST, before signing up for the password test. When you apply, and USW finds that you need to take the test, they will ask us to arrange the test for you. You can not sign up for the test prior to applying!
Another alternative is to take an English Language test like the TOEFL or the IELTS test. You'll find even more information regarding the IELTS- and TOEFL-tests on Folkeuniversitetet homepage and probably on the ANSA homepage, or Google.
You´ll find more about the requirements for Norwegian students here: http://international.southwales.ac.uk/country/norway/en/
3. Which course should I apply for?
If you are a Network and IT Security student you can apply for advanced entry to any of the following courses:
- BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics
- BSc (Hons) Computer Security (the most selected course by Network and IT Security students at Noroff)
- BSc (Hons) Computer Games Development
- BSc (Hons) Computer Science
- BSc (Hons) Computing Mathematics
- BSc (Hons) Information Communication Technology
- If you plan to apply for this course, you have to provide a portfolio before USW will give you an offer. Please look into the Portfolio and interview Guide to see how to provide a portfolio. Most of you should read page 13.
If you have an online portfolio, put the link in a pdf file called "Portfolio" and upload it as a Supporting document.
If you are a Sound and Music Production student:
- BSc (Hons) Creative Industries (Popular Music Technology) – Top-up route
(this is the particular course that has been created for students wishing to enter directly in to our top-up programme)
In addition, we also have the following stand-alone BSc degrees:
- BA (Hons) Popular Music
- BA (Hons) Music Technology
- BA (Hons) Sound Technology
And it may also be possible to enter into the third year of these degree programmes, however, it will depend on the subjects that you have previously studied, so that we can ‘match’ up the best course for you, based on your qualifications and experience.
You probably find this pdf useful as well: Studying Music and and Sound: Progression from Noroff
If you have another Noroff degree, we do not have an 2+1 agreement on any other courses at the university. We are in the process where 3D students can apply for several courses, and we hope the university will be able to offer 2+1 for them, too. Information will be updated.
- First, register your interest by your agent, which is Noroff, by sending an email to Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den., where you tell the Noroff International Study Advisor when you plan to start, and who you are. Then he will add you to Noroff´s list of applying students, and make sure you'll get your English Noroff Certificates. This is not an option, not even a feature - it's the law! :)
- Please update your personal details under Mine sider on this page.
- Then, visit USW´s online application portal, https://myusw.southwales.ac.uk/ (See details below). Choose to register an International application, NOT through UCAS.
!!! If you apply for a 3D course, send the portfolio along with the application !!! See above for link to the portfolio guide.
- At last, send a copy of your application confirmation email to Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.. That would speed up the application process!
Register your application. The first page in the application asks for which type of application you would like to registert. Choose the one that states you apply "International" (NOT through UCAS).
One of screen "Further Applicant Details" you should put in the agent details. Please type in according to the image below, stating that Noroff is your agent.
When asked for funding, choose Myself/Family!
This applies even if you are to apply for a loan and scholarship from Lånekassen. That is a personal loan, and is considered to be paid by you, not anyone else.
If you choose something else, you might experience that you won´t get a 1500 GBP scholarship discount from USW in your offer letter. If so, let us know.
A referee is a person who knows you and your academic and other relevant skills. He/she writes a note to the university that you need to upload as a pdf in the application form.
You get a referee by asking such a person if they could be willing to do so. Check out the application form to see the terms may apply, such as the fact that the referee can´t be in your family.
If your referee is a teacher at Noroff, you can ask him or her to write your one. They can contact Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den. if they are unsure how to do it. If you don´t have a referee at Noroff, you can send this Word template to your referee, and ask him or her to return a signed and scanned version to Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den. on headed letter (= brev med logo, hvis det er et firma).
Even thou the person behind Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den. will do his/her best to answer your questions regarding the application process, you are welcome to contact USW if you have questions we can not answer. Find the contact details below:Joanna Scaplehorn
Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.
Respond to the draft CAS statement
CA stands for Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies. Before the USW can ask their Home office to allocate a CAS number, they require all applicants to check the CAS statement that has been emailed. Check carefully to ensure that all details are correct. In one of the emails you will receive from USW, you are asked to confirm your personal details. Please do that using this CAS confirmation form online.
Accept your offer
When you receive an offer from the USW, please remember to accept it in the Application portal.
Note: A Bachelor's degree is an undergraduate study. If you do Master´s degree, it´s postgraduate.
On this page you will find links to other pages that tell you a lot about costs, fees, how to pay, when to pay, etc.
When you accept your offer, you do not need to pay the 50% deposit if you are applying for loan at Lånekassen and has not yet received the money. The finance department at the university are informed that you are waiting for a loan if you have stated so in your application form.
If you are paying by bankers’ draft, include some identifying details, so that the university knows what it relates to when the fee arrives; Name, Course and Personal ID number (found on the offer letter) would be ideal.
Make sure you apply to Lånekassen as soon as possible!
Lånekassen require a document stating that you have accepted an offer from the university. Use you Unconditional offer letter for this!
Common mistakes when applying to Lånekassen for financial support
When you apply to Lånekassen, do not choose the option that says something like "utdanningen inngår i en norsk grad".
You get your degree from the University, not from Noroff. You've received your prior education from Noroff, and the University has evaluated Noroff programs to be of such a high standard that 2 year Noroff Diploma graduates can start directly at year three.
So, when applying to Lånekassen, do NOT say that the degree is part of a Norwegian education/degree.
Usually international students are required to pay their on campus accommodation fees in advance, however Norwegian students who will be receiving the Lånekassen loan will be exempt from this and will be able to set up a direct debit and pay their accommodation fees in instalments rather than paying full fees upfront.
You don’t need to pay a deposit and you don’t need to start paying any of your fees until your receive your first installment of the loan.
When you receive confirmation from Lånekassen that you’ll be getting the loan, please email a copy to Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.. If you are applying for on campus accommodation, send to Denne e-postadressen er beskyttet mot programmer som samler e-postadresser. Du må aktivere javaskript for å kunne se den.as well. (This just makes sure that student’s won’t be contacted for payments before their loans arrive.)
Some other sites that could be good starting points for your search:
It is possible to apply for halls accommodation in our Treforest and Cardiff campuses. All firmly accepted conditional and unconditional applicants will receive an email with a username and password from our accommodation team for the online application form. If not, contact the accomodation team directly.
Here´s a link to a video from the Liberty Bridge accomodation, right across the street of the Cardiff campus. The 3D and the Sound and Music students are studying at the Cardiff campus, so this accomodation is very relevant to check out.
Do I need to have complete Noroff certificates (completed your studies) before starting at the university?
Yes, you do. You can apply, but you'll probably get a hard time explaining why you show up without your Noroff certificates.
Frequently/Rarely Asked Questions
What is my IRO number?
The IRO number is the International Recruitment Number, it is a unique identifier in the International Office Database of applicants. It should be on your offer letter. The International Office would like you to include this number when communication with them, so that they can easily find you in their database. If you haven't received this number yet, you'd probably hasn't received an offer letter either.
What is a "buzz word"?
If you come across a form field to fill in that refers to a "buzz word", you are applying via the UCAS system. You are not supposed to do that, unless you are a UK-citizen. See the information above on how to apply.
Norwegian citizens do not need a visa to study in the UK. As a Norwegian citizen you can ignore the bit about the CAS in the documents from the university, as that is related to applying for a visa.