Study in Norway, and find the best universities in Norway.
This study guide will give you all the information you need to find universities and study in Norway.
Known for its natural beauty, winter sports and the famous northern lights, Norway is a popular destination for international students looking for a quality education in safe country.
Norway is an incredibly equal society, with both EEA and international students free to study an undergraduate degree in Norway without paying tuition fees.
Studying an undergraduate degree in Norway might not be cheap when you factor in the cost of living, but it will certainly be a memorable experience.
Bachelor Degree In Norway
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Universities in Norway
Norway has an extensive higher education system, with nearly 60 different institutions where you can study an undergraduate degree.
The higher education system has both public and private universities.
• Universities – concentrating on theoretical studies in the arts, humanities and sciences
• Specialised universities – focused on a specific topic
• University colleges – provide a wider range of subject choice, including vocational subjects
• Private schools – concentrate on a particular subject, such as business management
Four public universities in Norway feature in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. These universities are the University of Oslo (ranked at 113th), University of Bergen (joint 117th), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (259th) and University of Tromsø The Arctic University of Norway (joint 377th).
Norway has a strong track record in attracting international students, with more than 12,000 registered in the country last year. Most courses are taught in English and have no tuition fees, which further encourages international students.
Tuition Fees in Norway
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Undergraduate degrees in Norway usually take three years to complete. You can also take a one-tier master’s degree program that allows you to combine your bachelors/undergraduate degree and master’s in a single continuous program lasting five years.
Norway is part of the Bologna Process, which makes European higher education systems more compatible with one another. This includes the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) which means that qualifications gained in Norway will be recognised by other countries worldwide.
The country offers many undergraduate programs taught in English for example the English taught programs offered by the University of Oslo include law, social sciences, mathematics, medicine and many others.
Immigration & Visa in Norway
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Although Norway is not a member of the EU, it is part of the European Economic Area (EEA), meaning that students from these countries do not need a student visa. Instead, they simply need to register with the Norwegian police if their study degree in Norway lasts for more than three months.
They can also go to a Norwegian Foreign Mission if they prefer.
Students from outside the EEA will need to get a study permit. In order to get one, you will need to demonstrate the following:
• You have an application form for student residence
• You can provide a passport photo
• You can provide proof of acceptance to a Norwegian university
• You have health insurance
Students who are outside the EU/EEA/EFTA will need to submit those documents and additional processing fees to a Norwegian Foreign Mission. They may also need to complete an interview.
Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Norway
Advice on Accommodation & Living Costs in Norway.
There are two main types of accommodation open to international students coming to study a degree in Norway:
• University accommodation – such as halls of residence
• Private accommodation – House and flat rentals
University accommodation is most undergraduate students’ preferred option, as it will allow you to meet fellow students and settle into student life in Norway more easily. It is also often cheaper, as many halls will also provide you with food and study areas. Accommodation can be anything from vast halls of residence with rooms for hundreds of students, to smaller housing units.
If you prefer a little more privacy or are travelling with your family, then you may want to rent your own private house or flat in Norway.
Living costs in Norway can be high compared to other countries, with expenses including housing, books, food and travel.
In order to get a part time job in Norway students from outside the EU need to acquire a work permit, along with a statement from the institution confirming the work with not negatively affect studies. A letter from the employer confirming a job offer will also be required.
Students from inside the EU do not require a work permit. In both cases students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during term-time and full-time during semester breaks.
Advice For Parents
Advice For Parents whose children may be looking to study in Norway. You can find complete information on costs, safety, security and tips on keeping in touch during their time away.
How safe is Norway?Norway is considered a safe country for international students and crime rates are generally low in comparison to other European countries. However, students should always take care to protect their own personal safety in order to avoid becoming victims of crime.
They can do this by:
• Avoiding carrying around large amounts of money
• Staying in groups, especially at night, and never walking alone
• Not making valuables obvious
• Always having a route home planned and never getting into unlicensed taxis
• Being wary of strangers
• Being careful of traffic
Staying in touch
Staying in touch when your child is studying on the other side of the world might seem daunting – but there are ways you can talk regularly that don’t have to involve long distance phone calls and a nasty bill at the end of the month. Here are a few tips:
• Skype – the free video calling service can be downloaded within seconds, and will allow you to talk face to face anywhere you have an internet connection
• Blogging – maybe encourage your child to keep a blog of their adventures overseas, so that other families members (such as grandparents) can keep up to date
• Local sim cards – it is also a good idea for your child to buy a phone with a local pay as you go sim card when they arrive so that they can text and call home without running up a bill
Apply to Study in Norway
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If you would like to study overseas but are not certain as to where is the best fit in terms of country, course and funding you can register for free with the International Student Admissions Service (ISAS) where a dedicated admissions team will be able to help you every step of the way.
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