Free tuition: Cost of living, Application time and List of Free Universities in Norway


study in Norway2Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums, including the Edvard Munch Museum and the Norsk Folk museum. The country offers a lot of student experience and Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world. With a broad range of high quality courses and great flexibility, Norwegian institutions have proved to be an ideal study destination. From vocational subjects to postgraduate and doctorate level, there are plenty of opportunities for students to fulfil their ambitions. As a student, you will greatly benefit from the informal atmosphere at Norwegian universities and university colleges, where teachers are easily approachable and teaching often takes place in small groups. Another good thing about Norwegian institutions is that they have well equipped computer facilities with free Internet access. Let’s take a look at the cost of living in Norway for students

Cost of living in Norway

The cost of living in Norway is a bit higher than other European countries. Students should budget between 800 Euro to 1000 Euro for cost of living in a month. This will cover expenses such as food, accommodation, travels, books etc. Please note that cost of living is dependent on factors like the spending habit of the student and the city where the student stays. Big cities tend to have higher living cost than smaller areas.

Application times

Universities in Norway admits students once a year.For most of the universities, admission application for foreign students  starts by 1st October of every year.

study in Norway3How to apply

Universities in Norway accept online application. However, you can contact them directly and request for application links and documents.


There are lots of scholarships for international students in Norway. Here is a list of some of these scholarships;

  • Science without borders
  • Mobility grants for Norwegian Language and Literature
  • Erasmus+
  • The AURORA Mobility Programme France-Norway
  • Nordplus student exchange
  • High North Fellowship Program
  • Cooperation in the field of arctic studies between Iceland and Norway
  • The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund
  • ON Stipendienfonds – for German students in the energy field

Tuition fees

Since Norwegian universities operate tuition free, students at state universities and university colleges do not pay tuition fees. This is true for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programs and Ph.D. programs. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 (35.78 Euro – 71.56 Euro) each semester. In order to take an exam this fee will have to be paid in full. But the fee also grants you membership in the local student welfare organization, which in turn entitles you to several benefits. These benefits may include on campus health services, counseling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities.


Work and study

Students are usually allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week when a work permit is granted. An application for a work permit should be accompanied by a statement from the institution confirming that the work will not affect the study progress. A letter from the employer stating that the student has a job offer must also be submitted. Students are normally allowed to work full time during semester breaks.

List of tuition free universities in Norway

  • Bergen University
  • Alesund University
  • Bedo Regional University
  • Norway’s Information Technology University
  • Norwegian School of Management
  • Norwegian University of Science And Technology
  • Oslo School of Architecture
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • University of Troms
  • Vestfold College
  • Volola college
  • Hedmark University College
  • BI Norwegian Business School
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Agder
  • Ålesund University College





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