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Study in Norway

Country flag: Norway

Norwegians enjoy a good standard of living with welfare and socialist values being high on the political agenda. Find out what it's like to study in this Scandinavian nation   

The Norwegian education system

There are 70 public and private higher education institutions throughout Norway and over 12,000 international students. Student mobility and the internationalisation of courses have been the key objectives of the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research . This has been implemented through nearly all courses being delivered in English.

You can study in Norway via exchange programmes, agreements through institutions or by arranging your study, stay and finances independently.

Entry requirements

Each course and university will have its own specific admission requirements. However, you will normally be expected to have completed at least an undergraduate Bachelors degree or three-year equivalent course to enrol on a postgraduate course.

International students who want to know whether their foreign qualifications are recognised by institutions can find out more using the GSU-list. This is country-specific information, which is accessible at Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) - Higher Education Entrance Qualifications for Persons with Foreign Education .

Course fees

For the most part, Norwegian universities and colleges do not charge fees for international students, as they are publicly funded. This goes across all levels of education at state universities and university colleges, from undergraduate through to PhD programmes.

Students will have to pay a semester fee of Norwegian Kroner (NOK) 300 - 600, however. This fee grants you:

  • membership to the local welfare student organisation;
  • health services, counselling and sports facilities;
  • a student card that allows you cheaper travel fares;
  • eligibility for exams. 

Funding to study in Norway

Many students are eligible for financial support and can receive funding for a full degree or a specified number of terms through various different schemes, fellowships and student loans. The international office of your UK institution should be able to help you with queries regarding funding options at Norwegian universities.

You will have to consider costs other than tuition fees; living costs will be higher in cities such as Oslo and Bergen, and lower in rural areas of the country.

Norwegian exchanges and placements

Students attending a university in the UK can take part in the European Union's (EU) education, training and youth support programme Erasmus+ . The scheme replaces its predecessor 'Erasmus' and offers study, training, work experience and voluntary placements to millions of young people, students and adults. Opportunities last from three months to one academic year.

Your university must have a formal agreement with a partner university in another EU country. Check that your university is involved in the programme and offers the Erasmus+ scheme in your subject.

Financial support is available through the Erasmus+ initiative to any UK public, private or not-for-profit organisation actively involved in education and training.

It isn't always necessary to speak the language of your host country and you can arrange intensive language courses before you go. Speak to the Erasmus+ coordinator at your university about available opportunities.

Student visas

EU citizens are permitted to live in any EU country while studying as long as they:

  • are studying for more than three months;
  • are enrolled at an approved university/other educational institution;
  • have sufficient income (from any source) to live without needing income support;
  • have comprehensive health insurance cover.

Some countries require you to register with the local authority after three months. Find out how to register at Europa - Rights, Conditions and Formalities  and get more information on student visas at Study in Norway - Student Residence Permit .

Written by Editor, Graduate Prospects
October 2012

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