With over 15,000 foreign nationals enrolled at universities in Norway, diversity is one of the core strengths of the highly respected Norwegian educational system.
Admission and studying
In Norway, courses usually start from August. Universities set their application deadlines between December 1 (the previous year) and March 15, although some schools may have “pre-qualification” deadlines. If you want to come to Norway for your degree, do your research early to make sure you don’t miss application dates.
Academic and formal admission requirements are set by the universities. If you plan to apply for a Master’s degree in Norway, you may have to show that your previous academic education includes courses that amount to at least one-and-a-half years of studies in a related subject.
How much does it cost to study in Norway?
Public universities in Norway do generally not charge tuition fees. There are fees to join the student association, which also pays for the exams at the end of the semester. But that won’t set you back more than 600 NOK (around 60 euros). Also, these fees also ring with them many benefits such as on-campus health services, counselling, access to sports facilities, as well as reduced prices for public transport and cultural activities. Private universities, not being funded by the state, do reserve the right to charge tuition fees - often as high as in other countries in Europe. But international students will never pay more than Norwegian-born students.
What is the cost of living in Norway?
But while you can study in Norway tuition-free, that does not mean that life as a student comes cheap in this Scandinavian country. In fact, when it comes to the cost of living, Norway is among the most expensive countries in Europe - and that might far offset the money saved on tuition.
Aside from the quality of its education, Norway offers a unique experience for nature lovers. You are never far from the coast with its impressive fjords; never far from awe-inspiring climbing or skiing hot spots; and you get to experience the midnight sun in the summer, and exciting snowy winters.