Norway is a Scandinavian country and a hub for academics. The intake by major Norwegian universities is overly huge. Aside its quality education students gain, the peace co- existence amongst students/foreigners is impressive. Studying in Norway comes with benefits. It’s one of the countries with less tuition fees.
Norwegian public universities and state university colleges do not charge tuition fees for both native and foreign students because government finances education with taxpayers’ money.
Although, certain programmes/courses may have fees.
This article has updated information on Tuition free Universities in Norway?
According to the official Norwegian web site, www.studyinnorway.no: Living in Norway has a reputation for being expensive, but studying in Norway may not be as expensive as you think!
Here are compiled lists of tuition-free Norwegian state/public schools.
The Norwegian higher education sector consists of eight universities, nine specialised university institutions, 20 state university colleges, two national academies of the arts and 16 private colleges.
For specific information and equiries, visit the relevant schools from the list below:
List of Tuition Free Schools in Norway
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
- University of Agder (UiA)
- University of Bergen (UiB)
- University of Nordland (UiN) (formerly Bodø University College)
- University of Oslo (UiO)
- University of Stavanger (UiS)
- University of Tromsø (UiT)
B. Specialised university institutions:
- BI – Norwegian Business School (formerly Norwegian School of Management)
- Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics (HiMolde)
- NHH – Norwegian School of Economics
- Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH)
- Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
- Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
- MF – Norwegian School of Theology
- Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
- School of Mission and Theology
In addition to the specialised university institutions Norway has two university centres:
- University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
- University Graduate Center at Kjeller (UNIK)
C. National institutes of the arts
D. State university colleges
- Bergen University College
- Buskerud University College
- Finnmark University College
- Gjøvik University College
- Harstad University College
- Hedmark University College
- Lillehammer University College
- Narvik University College
- Nesna University College
- Nord-Trøndelag University College
- Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
- Saami University College
- Sogn og Fjordane University College
- Stord/Haugesund University College
- Sør-Trøndelag University College
- Telemark University College
- Vestfold University College
- Volda University College
- Østfold University College
- Aalesund University College
E. Private colleges with institutional accreditation
- Ansgar School of Theology and Mission
- Diakonhjemmet University College (campus Oslo & Sandnes)
- Haraldsplass Deaconess University College (HDUC)
- Lovisenberg Diaconal University College
- Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH)
- Norwegian Teacher Academy (NLA)
- Oslo School of Management, Campus Christiania
- Queen Maud University College
F. Private colleges with accredited programmes and courses
- Barratt Due Institute of Music
- Bergen School of Architecture
- Betanien Deaconal University College
- Bjørknes College
- Norwegian University College for (HLB)
- Norwegian College of Dance (DNBH)
- Norwegian Eurythmy College
- Rudolf Steiner College of Education
METHOD OF APPLICATION
All application should be sent directly to the specific institution. For institutions with an online application portal, carefully fill in the requested details and submit. Visit institutions via links above.
FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) coordinates the admission to regular undergraduate study programmes at all universities, university colleges, and some private university colleges in Norway. Applicants with a foreign secondary education, holding a permanent or renewable residence permit for Norway, must apply for admission through NUCAS. Online application deadline is 1st March for such foreign applicants, and all requirements must be met by 1st July.
FOR MASTERS STUDENTS: If you are seeking Masters programmes where the language of instruction is English, you should visit the official Online Masters programmes catalogue and browse by subject area. Admission requirements are decided by each university and university college based on an academic evaluation of the applicants. See individual schools via links above.
FOR PHD PROGRAMS: For Ph.D. programmes in English you will have to check with each institution individually (see official websites above).
The application deadline for foreign students is between December 1 to March 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August). Please note that some institutions have separate “pre-qualification” deadlines that are earlier than this.
All students who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months will need a Student Residence Permit. Requirements and procedures depend on your current country of residency. Visas are only issued for stays up to 90 days (e.g. for certain Summer School programmes)
Students may be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Certain restrictions do apply.
Several scholarships and financial schemes are available for foreign students. Eligibility depends on your current country of residency and level of completed education.