Why Study in Norway?
National language: Norwegian
Norway offers a unique student experience and Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world.
Internationalization is a priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system, and universities and university colleges are constantly working to facilitate for international students. Nearly 12 000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at Norwegian institutions of higher education. International students may apply for admission to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. Students may come to Norway as student through established exchange programmes, institutional agreements, or as a so-called "free mover", where they arrange the stay by themselves (type of study, length and financing).
With a wide range of high quality courses and great flexibility, Norwegian institutions prove to be an ideal study destination. From vocational subjects to postgraduate and doctorate level, there are plenty of opportunities for students to fulfill their ambitions. Students will also benefit from the informal atmosphere at Norwegian universities and university colleges, where teachers are easily approachable and tuition often takes place in small groups. Most institutions also have well-equipped computer facilities with free Internet access.
Study off the beaten track
In Norway, students can combine their studies with exciting outdoor activities, both winter and summer. Students can see the Aurora Borealis ("Northern lights"), experience the midnight sun, fjords and mountains. Students can challenge themselves with skiing, white water rafting or climbing. Or simply enjoy the fresh air, clean water and lots and lots of space. Student in Norway will never be short of possibilities for unique nature experiences.
The majority of Norwegian institutions of higher education are publicly funded. And the Norwegian government considers access to higher education for all to be an important part of the Norwegian society. Thus, there are normally no tuition fees at state universities and university colleges in Norway. This also applies to foreign students, no matter which country they come from.
No tuition fees
Generally, students at state universities and university colleges do not pay tuition fees. This is true for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programmes and Ph.D. programmes. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester. In order to take an exam this fee will have to be paid in full. But the fee also grants student membership in the local student welfare organization, which in turn entitles them to several benefits. These benefits may include on campus health services, counseling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities.
Payment of the semester fee is also necessary to get an official student card that, among other things, gives students reduced fares on most forms of public transport and lower ticket prices to various cultural events.
Check out the Cost of Study in Norway to get a rough gauge of your living expenses for studying in Norway.