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Upper secondary school

Young people who have completed primary/lower secondary education or similar, are entitled to three years of upper secondary education. After completing three years of upper secondary education, students will have higher education entrance qualifications, a vocational qualification or lower-level qualifications. Everyone has a right to be accepted for one of the three alternative education programmes they apply for, and to two years of additional education that builds on the education programme. To be admitted to a university or a university college you need higher education entrance qualifications. A vocational qualification does not entitle you to admission to a university or a university college. Students who have completed vocational training can take a supplementary course to gain higher education entrance qualifications.

Students have a right to free upper secondary education, but they may be required to cover the costs of necessary equipment.

Students attending upper secondary school who have a first language other than Norwegian or Sami have a right to adapted education in Norwegian. The right applies until they are sufficiently proficient in Norwegian to follow normal teaching at the school.

Students who do not or are unable to benefit satisfactorily from ordinary tuition are entitled to special education. This applies regardless of why special education is required. Students entitled to special education may be entitled to secondary education for an additional two years. The same applies to students who are entitled to adapted education in Norwegian.

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