Study in Norway
Why study in Norway?
Norway is an attractive prospect when it comes to overseas education owing to its buoyant economy and top-notch education system, offering flexible and affordable study options.
- Ranking 89th in the 2013–14 QS University World Rankings
- High quality of education with flexibility
- Strong economy with major shipping and mining industries.
- Land of natural wonders
- No tuition fees for higher education
- Over 220 Masters Programs taught in English
- Close student-teacher relation
- Over 200 master’s programmes taught in English
“Living in Norway has a reputation for being expensive, but studying in Norway may not be as expensive as you think! Universities in Norway and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students.” www.studyinnorway.no
Living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries, and you need to pay for your own books/teaching material. Students will need to pay a semester fee of around NOK 300-600 ($50-100) each semester (varies). On living in Norway, the State Educational Loan Fund estimates the average expenditure for students to be about NOK 1,11,657 per year.
Although expenses vary from person to person, this estimate is expected to cover board and lodgings, clothing, transport, medical and dental care and other necessities.
Here is a current list of Tuition Free Universities in Norway for international students.
Please take the information on this page as a starter guide. To get more specific information, visit the links to the institutions provided for further enquires.
Norwegian University of Life Sciences ( NMBU )
NMBU offers all students a distinct advantage over many other universities in Europe and North America: there are no tuition fees here. However, students do need to cover their own living expenses. Furthermore, all international students who are not citizens of EU/EEA/EFTA countries must be able to document that they have enough funding to live in Norway in order to be granted a student visa.
University of Nordland – formally Bodø University College
University of Nordland does not charge tuition fees. However, the Norwegian Government requires that students from outside the European Union (EU) can provide a minimum amount of money to cover living expenses for one academic year in Norway. The current amount of money to be transferred to University of Nordland is NOK 111657 for the academic year 2017/18.
The University of Bergen is publicly funded and therefore offers tuition-free education for Norwegians as well as students from both inside and outside EU/EEA/EFTA countries. The only student expenditures are a nominal semester fee (NOK 590) paid to the Student Welfare Organisation, books, and of course costs of living.
There are no tuition fees for international students at UiT, but living costs in Norway are quite high, compared to other European countries. The semester fee is currently NOK 580.
International students from countries where a visa is required for entering Norway and the Schengen countries, only need to document a minimum of NOK 111657 per academic year to cover for their own living expenses while studying in Norway.
NTNU offers 49 Master’s Programmes in English. Gjøvik University College (GUC) and Alesund University College is now a part of The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
On 1 January 2016, NTNU merged with these University Colleges resulting Norway’s most exciting, innovative and largest university.
The University of Agder has a number of exchange agreements with institutions all over the world. Students from these institutions are most welcome to apply to take 1 or 2 semesters at Agder. Degree seeking students, application deadline is December 01.
Since the University of Oslo is a state university and therefore publicly funded, the students here do not pay tuition fees. Most students must pay a small semester registration fee of NOK 600. This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Foundation for Student Life (SiO). The University of Oslo welcomes qualified international students from around the world to apply for programmes.
Degree programmes are open for applicants from all over the world, the exchange programmes are limited to students whose home institution has an exchange agreement with the UiS.
The University of Stavanger has about 10 100 students and 1400 employees. The UiS is also privileged to have a number of research institutions in the university’s immediate vicinity. A close cooperation with these academic and research partners is mutually beneficial.
The University of Stavanger is situated in the most attractive region in the country, with some 300 000 inhabitants.
Stavanger is the oil and energy capital in Norway with a dynamic job market and exciting culture- and leisure activities. ‘The interplay between the university and society and business is rich and diverse.
Academic life at the University of Stavanger is organized into three faculties, comprising a total of 14 departments/schools and two National Research Centers, as well as the Museum of Archaeology. The university also has a unit for lifelong learning called UiS Pluss.
As a state owned institution HiOA do not charge tuition fees. This applies to both Norwegian and international students. There is a semester fee, covering membership in the Student Welfare Organization, use of printers etc. The semester fee is currently NOK 600 per semester.
The tuition fee is waived for students from BI’s partner universities who are nominated as an exchange summer programme student by their home university. Students from BI partner universities who are not nominated get a 50% tuition fee reduction. The BI Norwegian Business School offers a number of summer programme scholarships. Scholarships are awarded based on both academic and personal qualifications, as well as financial need. They consist of a full or partial waiver of the tuition fee.
Generally all ordinary study programmes at Higher Education Institutions in Norway are tuition free for Norwegian as well as international student.
All international students must arrive in Oslo with adequate funding to pay for student fees, registration fees, accommodation and various living expenses. Apart from a relatively small student fee/ registration fee there is no tuition fee to study at MF.
To obtain entry permit from the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration for studying in Norway, NOK 111657 should be deposited in a Norwegian bank account, preferably not later than the 1th of June. This money is supposed to cover living expenses in Norway for one year. Applicants must fulfill all requirements before 1 July. Application deadline is 1st of March.
As a member of the Norwegian Council for Higher Education Council, NHH does not charge any application, admission or tuition fees to international students for the MSc program. Once admitted, students are required to pay a small welfare fee to the students association of approximately 700 NOK each semester. This fee must be paid before students register for classes.
Østfold University College has a number of exchange agreements with institutions abroad. Students from these institutions are welcome to apply for the programmes/courses taught in English.
Vestfold University College
TOP REASONS TO STUDY IN NORWAY
- An Unbeatable Standard of Living: If living well is your end game, then look no further than Norway. The UN consistently ranks Norway — eight times in a row and counting! — at the top of its annual list of best countries across factors including global wealth, education and health and safety. Throw in the troll dolls, and why wouldn’t you want to study here?
- Foodie Fun: Norway’s has a thriving fishing industry….along with the fish to show for it, including world-famous pickled herring, mackerel and salmon. But the country’s celebrated cuisine encompasses far more than fish: from waffles with sour cream and jam filling to an abundance of adorable cafes, you won’t go hungry here. Luckily, you’ll also have access to plenty of exercise thanks to….
- Winter Fun: Skiing has been Norway’s national pastime dating back to 5100 B.C., and long snowy winters continue to make it an amazing place for skiers and snowboarders. But summer has plenty of offerings too thanks to 24 hours of sunlight…along with the festivals and celebrations that go along with it.
- Embracing Innovation: While Norway is often acknowledged for its rich past, it has an equally bright future thanks to a national mindset which prioritizes knowledge, technology and innovation.
- A Native Tongue: While Norwegian is Norway’s primary language, English is a predominant as the country’s second language. Norwegians began studying Norwegian in primary school, so by the time they hit university age, they’re well-versed. While speaking the local language is always a plus, it’s entirely possible to live in Norway without knowing a word of Norwegian.
Please note that the majority of institutions do not have on-campus work study schemes, and foreign students will have to compete on the regular job market. Applications for a work permit may be submitted to the local police station.
For applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA: You should submit your application to a Norwegian Foreign Mission and have to attend an interview.
The majority of Norwegian universities and state university colleges are publicly funded and the Norwegian government considers access to higher education for all to be an important part of the Norwegian society. Thus, as a rule Norwegian state universities and university colleges do not charge tuition fees. This also applies to foreign students, no matter which country you come from. However, you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.