Norway, which is famous for the Northern Lights, has much more to offer than its beautiful landscapes. Tuition is free for all students, including international postgraduates, and it is home to a host of outdoor activities as well as mountains, glaciers and forests to keep even the most adventurous of students occupied.
Thousands of students fly over to become part of the educational system in this Scandinavian country every year, read on to find out why…
Norway’s education system
The primary teaching language is Norwegian so learning the language before you move will help you to settle in.
What do I need to get into a university in Norway?
Each individual institution will have its own specific admission or application requirements. Application deadlines can fall between December and March however individual universities may have specific dates that you need to take note of.
To gain access onto an undergraduate course, students need to have completed their secondary education equivalent to the exams that are held at the end of the Norwegian secondary education system. To check if your qualifications are recognised by institutions click here (NOKUT – GSU list).
An important point to remember is to check the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (NUCAS) before March to ensure you are complying with the application process.
How much will it cost to study in Norway?
Most Norwegian universities and colleges are publicly funded and therefore do not charge tuition fees. This applies to EU nationals and foreign students no matter what country you are from and what level of education you are studying. However, each semester there is a fee of 300 – 600 Norwegian Kroner (NOK), but this fee grants students:
Will I receive funding to study in Norway?
Students are eligible for financial support and can receive funding for a full degree or through other various schemes such as fellowships or student loans. International offices of UK institutions will have information regarding funding at Norwegian universities, for a list of scholarships you can click here (Study in Norway – Scholarships).
Here are some important points to consider:
Will I need a student visa to study in Norway?
EU and UK students are allowed to live and work in any EU country as long as you are; enrolled at an approved universities or other educational institution, have enough income to support yourself (through work or savings) and have sufficient health insurance coverage. Your EHIC card will suffice but we do advise purchasing additional travel insurance cover.
Cost of living
We have compiled a list of everyday items and their average cost so you can get an idea of how it can cost to live in this beautiful country.
Dining out: 150.00 kr per meal
McDonalds: 100.00 kr per meal
Beer: 75.00 kr per pint
Coke: 27.00 kr per can
Water: 24.13 kr per bottle
Milk: 7.50 kr per pint
Bread: 24.00 kr per loaf
Bus ticket: 37.00 one way
Bus ticket: 650.00 kr monthly
Utilities: 1,750.00 kr monthly
Internet: 313.00 kr monthly
Cinema: 110.00 kr per ticket
Rent: 9,615.00 kr per month