Why Study in Norway

Norway, the country near north pole with the view of midnight sun is one of the best destinations for international students to study. The educational institutions in Norway provide high standard of education offering wide range of courses from vocational subjects to postgraduate and doctorate level with modern and safe learning environment.
Participatory and research based educational system where the teachers are easily approachable is one of the additional features of the Norwegian educational institutions. Beside education, students can also get lifetime experience, excitements and enjoyment while studying in Norway.
Students studying in Norway will definitely be benefited by understanding the Norwegian culture, people, and nature.

The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) is responsible for admission in Norway as they determine the minimum requirements to admit international student. Admission Requirements, Application Procedures and Deadlines for submitting application may vary according to university, program chosen, and level of study in Norway.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements in Norway varies according to program chosen and the level of study. The requirements for admission are listed with respect to study level below:

Under Graduate Level

General Requirements

General Admission requirements for Undergraduate (Bachelors) level in Norway are:
1.Student must have completed an internationally recognized higher secondary education which must be equivalent to Norwegian secondary school.
2.Student must show proficiency in English by taking test like IELTS and TOEFL. However, this applies only if English isn’t the first language of the student.
3.Student from some countries may also need to complete one year of studies at the university level.
4.Student intending to study courses taught in Norwegian language must show proficiency in Norwegian Language as well.

Specific Requirements

Specific requirements for admission are designed by university itself. These requirements may be in terms of ability and subject matters. There is special admission requirement for some study programs that is usually relating to specialist subjects or fields of study from secondary school. Students are requested to visit the respective university’s website where they intend to study and look for University’s requirements for their chosen subject because the requirements may vary from subject to subject and university to university. Requirements designed are generally different for every country.

Post Graduate Level

General Requirements

General requirements for Postgraduate (Masters) level admission in Norway is:
1.Student must have completed an internationally recognized bachelor’s degree level that includes the course which is equal to at least one and half year of full time studies in a same subject matter for which student have applied.
2.Student must show proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognized English language test like IELTS and TOEFL if English is not their first language.
3.Student from some countries may also require at least one year of completed studies at the master’s level in their home countries.
4.Student intending to study certain courses which is taught in Norwegian language must also show proficiency in Norwegian Language.

Specific Requirements

Different universities have their own specific requirements regarding academic performance, ability, language, etc. To study the specific subject, student may need additional requirements. Students are requested to visit the respective university’s website where they intend to study and look for University’s requirements for their indented course as the requirements may vary from subject to subject and university to university.
International student from different countries have different have different admission requirements. Contact VISA ZONE for more details.

Application Deadlines

The application deadlines in Norway for international students is between December 1 to January 15 in general. However, the deadline may vary according to institutions, chosen subjects, and the level of study. So, student are requested to contact respective university or college for further detail on their application deadlines and other requirements.

Documents Required for Admission in Norway

Student must submit:
1.Academic certificates to show that their qualification is eligible for their further studies in Norway.
2.Bio-Data including personal information, academic qualification, working experiences and references.
3.Two letters of recommendation in English from their teacher regarding their character and previous studies.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is the public agency responsible for processing all applications for a student residence permit in Norway. The student intending to study in any educational institutions of Norway for longer than 3 months period must have a residence permit. But this doesn’t apply to students from Nordic countries.
The requirement of visa and residence permit for students depends upon their nationality.

International Students from Non-Nordic and Non-EU/EEA Countries

For International Students from Non-Nordic and Non-EU/EEA Countries, before applying for visa and residence permit, student must have been admitted to full time accredited university studies in Norway. Generally, length undergraduate and post graduate courses are more than 3 months, it is therefore essential to apply and obtain residence permit before entering Norway. Student must submit their application to a Norwegian Foreign Mission in their own country in person. Applications sent by mail or email will not be processed. In some cases the applicant may expect to be called in for an interview. For certain courses whose length is less than 3 month, then the student does not need a residence permit. However, students need a visa before entering into Norway.
International students will be granted a residence permit for study purposes if they have been enrolled for full time study at any recognized educational institutions in Norway. Besides, students need to present the proof that they could support their study and life during their stay in Norway. Also, students must be show that they have made health insurance. The application fee to apply for the visa is NOK 1100 (about USD 180).

Documentation Required to Submit the Application for Non-Nordic and Non-EU/EEA students


1.Completely filled application form with a photograph attached.
2.Copy of valid passport showing the identity of the student.
3.Certificate showing that the student is enrolled for the full time study in Norwegian educational institute. This is also known as letter of acceptance and it must contain information regarding program for which the applicant is admitted, the duration of the program.
4.Plan of study stating the progress on studies.
5.Detail documentation of accommodation.
6.Certificates showing that the student have comprehensive health insurance that is valid in Norway.
7.Certificate from a bank confirming that student have enough fund to support their stay in Norway or the necessary documents that show that student have received a scholarship, study grant or any other type of financial aid.
International Students from Non-Nordic EU/EEA Countries
Visa is not required for international students from Non-Nordic EU/EEA countries who is intending to stay for less than 3 months. But if student’s studies take longer than 3 month, then they require to apply for the residence permit within three months of their arrival in Norway. However, they may also apply for residence permit in the embassy or consulate of their own home country before entering Norway. Permits are issued by Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).
International students will be granted a residence permit for study purposes if they have been enrolled for full time study at any recognized educational institutions in Norway. Besides, students need to present the proof that they could support their study and life during their stay in Norway. Also, students must be show that they have made health insurance. The application fee to apply for the visa is NOK 1100 (about USD 180).

Although the education is free for all in Norway by law, it costs to live in Norway. The living cost in Norway is a bit higher than other developed world. Students must plan well to manage their living cost in Norway. Student can work part-time up to 20 hours per week in Norway to support their living cost. However, there are several financial aid and scholarships available for international students in Norway. However the competition is high to obtain these scholarships and financial aid. It depends upon the student’s academic background, the country they reside, and the course they choose to get any kind of financial aid and scholarships.
There are Norwegian government’s national programs as well as various other program offered by private and non-profit making organizations to provide scholarship and other types of funding for international students to support their study and stay in Norway. The Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) is a public administrative body under the Ministry of Education and Research in Norway that promotes international cooperation in education and research and also administrates several programs where international students are eligible for financial support.
The various scholarship and financial aid programs available in Norway are:

Quota Scheme

Each year, to promote the internationalization in higher education, the Norwegian government provides full scholarships for 1100 international students. It is provided to 800 international students from developing countries and 300 international students from Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Generally, this scholarship is provided to Masters and Ph. D level courses taught in English. Several universities and universities colleges of Norway are allocated the quota to provide funding to international students.
The application deadline for quota scheme scholarship depends upon the institution, level of study and course chosen. It is therefore requested to contact respective institution directly.
To learn more about the Quota Scheme, eligibility to apply, and to find out which courses are available under this scheme, visit the website of The Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU).
Norwegian Government Scholarships
Norwegian Government Scholarship is provided by Norwegian Government each year to advanced international students and young talented researchers with the aim to promote good relationship and coordination between Norwegian and foreign students. It is provided through the Norwegian International Scholarship Section (IS) of the Research Council. This scholarship is available to all areas of academic studies, including applied and performing arts.
This scholarship is not provided for the whole period of completion of degree in Norway, instead it is intended to finance a temporary stay of international student up to one academic year. To learn more about this scholarship, and eligibility to apply, visit the website of International Scholarship Section (IS) of the Research Council of Norway.
Beside these scholarships and financial aid programs, various other programs like
• Norad’s Program for Master Studies (NOMA)
• Fellowship Program for Studies in the High North
• Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Program
• The Norwegian State Educational Load fund
are available for international students to support their education in Norway.

 


Agder College
• Agricultural University of Norway
• Ålesund College
• Bergen College
• Bergen University
• Gjøvik College
• Høgskolen i Bodø
• Høgskolen i Hedmark
• Høgskolen i Oslo
• Lillehammer College
• Molde College
• National College of Art & Design
• Nesna College
• Nord-Trøndelag College
• Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskapelige Universitet
• Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim
• Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
• Norwegian School of Management
• Norwegian University of Science and Technology
• Norwegian University of Life Sciences
• Oppland College
• Østfold College
• Sør-Trøndelag College (HiST)
• Stavanger College
• Stord/Haugesund College
• Telemark College
• UNIK – Center for Technology at Kjeller, University of Oslo
• University of Agder
• University of Bergen
• University of Oslo
• University of Stavanger
• University of Tromsø
• Vestfold College
• Volda College

LIST OF PUBLIC UNIVERSITIES COLLEGES


• Aalesund University College
• Akershus University College
• Bergen National Academy of the Arts
• Bergen University College
• Bodø University College
• Buskerud University College
• Diakonhjemmet University College
• Finnmark University College
• Gjøvik University College
• Harstad University College
• Hedmark University College
• Lillehammer University College
• Molde University College
• Narvik University College
• Nesna University College
• Nord-Trøndelag University College
• Norwegian Defence School of Engineering
• Norwegian Military Academy
• Norwegian Naval Academy
• The Norwegian Police University College
• Norwegian Teacher Academy
• Oslo National Academy of the Arts
• Oslo University College
• Royal Norwegian Air Force Academy
• Sámi University College
• Sogn og Fjordane University College
• Stord/Haugesund University College
• Sør-Trøndelag University College
• Telemark University College
• Tromsø University College
• Vestfold University College
• Volda University College
• Østfold University College

LIST OF PRIVATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGES


Ansgar School of Theology and Mission
• Arkivakademiet
• Atlantis medisinske høgskole
• Baptistenes Teologiske Seminar
• Barratt Due Institute of Music
• Bergen Deaconess University College
• Bergen School of Architecture
• Betanien Deaconal University College
• Bjørknes College
• Campus Kristiania
• Den norske balletthøyskole
• The Norwegian Eurythmy College
• Norwegian School of Management

Even though, education is free in Norway by law, living cost in Norway is quite expensive in comparison to other popular study abroad destinations. It depends upon the living standard of student how much will it cost to live in Norway. But most of the international students feel it too high to afford goods and services in Norway. It costs at least Norwegian Krone (NOK) 8000, i.e. around US Dollar (USD) 1300 per month to maintain the basic living standard in Norway for foreign students.

International Students under the age of 30 and with a Valid Student Identity (ID) card are entitled to get reduced fares on public transports. The Student ID card also help foreign student to get certain discounts on theatre, museum and opera tickets. University restaurants and cafeteria also provides foods to international students on the subsidized rate. However, if student manage to cook themselves, then they can expect more savings or less expenses on cafeterias.


Capital:Oslo
Population:4,546,123
Area:385,639 sq km
Language:Norwegian, English
Religion:Evangelical Lutheran, Roman Catholic
Continent:Europe