If you desire is to study abroad but you do not have the needed resources to go for it, why not think of studying in Norway where you will not need to pay for tuition fees. All you’ll need to concern yourself with is the cost of living which is estimated at about $1000 to $1400 per month and will cover the cost of food, books, accommodation etc. Today we will be considering free education in Norway, cost of living, how to apply for visa and admission. I will also provide a comprehensive list of public schools in Norway that are tuition free.
Why study in Norway
One of the reasons why you should study in Norway is the fact that schools over there are operating tuition free education. Just imagine studying in a country where you don’t need to pay any tuition fees, your only concern is the living cost which is not too high when you consider what obtains in places like the UK, Australia and the US. There are lots of benefits associated with studying in Norway which you will get to find out when you start studying there.
Cost of living in Norway
Like I said earlier, the cost of living in Norway is estimated at $1000 to $1400 per month. This is high, you will agree with me. But also consider the fact that you will be studying free without having to pay for tuition fees. This amount will cover the cost of food, books, accommodation, transportation etc while you’re studying in Norway. Please note that the when you want to apply for visa to study in Norway, a Norwegian bank account will be opened for you and you will need to transfer a minimum of NOK 90,800 (about $14,673) to cover your living cost in 10 months.
How to apply for visa/residence permit
Once you have been given admission to study in Norway, you will need to start working on your visa. There are requirements that must be met before a visa is issued to a prospective student, one of which is that the student will show proof that he/she has sufficient funds to cater for his/her stay in Norway. In this case, the Norwegian embassy will demand that a minimum of NOK 90,800 be transferred into a Norwegian bank account in your name to cover a 10-month university year. Please note the difference between visa and residence permit. A student visa only allows you stay for 90 days in Norway, while a residence permit allows you stay longer than three months. To apply for a residence permit, you will need to tender the following documents;
- An application form for student residence with a passport photograph. [download form ]
- A copy of your passport.
- Documentation of admission to an approved educational institutionwhich must contain the applicant’s name, name of institution, course of study and duration of course/program
- A plan of study stating the progress of your studies. [download form ]
- Documentation of housing.
- Documentation of subsistence
How to apply for admission into a Norwegian University
In order to obtain the necessary application forms and information about the application deadlines you will have to contact each university or university college. In general 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.Most of the schools in Norway accept online application. First, you will send an online application to the school and then forward supporting documents to them as well. If you meet the minimum entry requirement for admission, you will be sent an offer letter which will allow you process your visa.
List of free public universities in Norway
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- University of Agder
- University of Bergen
- University of Nordland
- University of Oslo
- University of Stavanger
- BI – Norwegian Business School
- Molde University College
- Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
- Hedmark University College
- Harstad University College
- Bergen University College