Why should I study in Norway?

Europe's northernmost country with beautiful mountains and amazing fjord coastline...


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 Russian Federation.

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 research and international orientation dimensions. Compared to the average of the global U-Multirank sample here is room for improvement in knowledge transfer.

National performance: Norway

Percent of all Universities 100% 80% 60% 40% < below Average above > 40% 60% 80% 100% Teaching & Learning 22.916666666666668% 27.083333333333332% Research 25.225225225225227% 53.153153153153156% Knowledge Transfer 56.17977528089887% 26.96629213483146% International Orientation 17.91044776119403% 70.14925373134328% Regional Engagement 38.63636363636363% 52.27272727272727%

Fees & Entrance Requirements

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).

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.

Scholarship database:

You can find detailed information about scholarships in Norway here.


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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