Why should I study in Norway?

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How to Study in Norway

Norway, having 5 million inhabitants, is located in West-Scandinavia. Its capital is Oslo. Norway has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world. The country is famous for its nature that is shaped by environmental and climatic extremes. The beauty of the landscape, the culture rooted in traditions and the hospitable people make Norway a captivated destination.

Norway’s Higher Educational System

The Norwegian system of higher education comprises 44 institutions, the majority (38) of them being public. The system includes nine broad universities (all public), eight specialized universities (e.g. in arts, music, sports, theology), and 27 university colleges focussing on undergraduate education.

In line with the Bologna process, Norwegian universities offer three levels of degree: the bachelor (usually additional three years), the master (usually two years) and the doctorate (usually an additional three years). You can find more information here.

In 2016 about four percent of all students at Norwegian higher education institutions were international students. The largest countries of origin are Sweden, China, and the Germany.

Norway’s Higher Education System in International Comparison

In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Norwegian universities on the institutional level by the five U-Multirank dimensions. The illustration shows the national breakdown of Norwegian universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), or below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture of the countries strengths and areas for improvement. Norway’s higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s regional engagement and international orientation dimensions. Compared to the average of the global U-Multirank sample here is room for improvement in teaching and learning.

National performance: Norway

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 24% 20% Research 19% 52% Knowledge Transfer 59% 29% International Orientation 18% 72% Regional Engagement 27% 56%

How much does it cost to study in Norway?

Generally, both national and international students at Norwegian state universities and university colleges do not have to pay tuition fees. This is the case for all levels, including Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. programmes. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester (corresponding to 32 to 64 EUR, or 37 to 74 USD). In order to take an exam, this fee will have to be paid in full. Furthermore, the fee includes membership in the local student welfare organization which entitles you to several benefits (e. g. campus health services, counseling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities).

What are the entry requirements for NorwegianUniversities?

For bachelor/undergraduate students completion of secondary education at an advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Norwegian secondary school, is the general basic requirement for entry to Norwegian universities and university colleges set by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For students from some countries at least one year of completed studies at the university level is required in addition.

For Masters programmes applicants normally have obtained an undergraduate/Bachelor's degree or the equivalent of at least 3 years' duration. The degree must include courses equal to at least 1 1/2 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for.

Proficiency in the Norwegian language is required and should be documented when applying to programmes with Norwegian as the language of instruction. For more information click here.

How to get a Scholarship in Norway?

You can find detailed information about scholarships in Norway here.

Do I need a Student Visa for Norway?

Visas are only issued for up to 90 days and will not cover stays beyond this period. Students from countries within the EU/EEA/EFTA area simply have to register with the local police within three months. Applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months will need a student residence permit.

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How do Norwegian Universities fare in U-Multirank?

  1. The 2020 edition of U-Multirank covers 11 Norwegian higher education institutions, which represent most public universities in Norway.
  2. In a global perspective, Norwegian universities perform particularly strong in International Orientation, but also show a strong commitment to Regional Engagement.
  3. There are four (4) Norwegian universities that share the same number (10) of top positions (‘A’ scores): the University of Bergen, University of Oslo, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, and Norwegian School of Sport Sciences. They reach most of their top group positions in the dimensions of Research and International Orientation.
Norway's Higher Education Performance in U-Multirank

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