With a wide range of high quality courses and great flexibility study in Norway is a perfect choice for students. Internationalisation is a high priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system. Currently more than 170 Masters programmes taught in English are available to international students, covering different and diverse subject areas.
Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. By adapting to the European standard in higher education, it is easy for students at Norwegian institutions to obtain recognition of their qualifications in other countries.
Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, students should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries. However, students could be eligible for financial support to contribute towards your living expenses. Through various fellowship programmes, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters.
Indegenious institutions of higher education welcome applications from qualified students from around the world. Nearly 10,000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at this level of Norway’s educational system. International students may apply for admissions to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. Some universities and colleges offer specifically designed programmes for foreign students. These programmes are taught in English and admissions does not require permanent residency.
International students are defined as all students without a permanent residence permit in Norway. There are three categories of international student:
- self-financing degree students
- exchange students
- students participating in various fellowship programmes.
Eligibility for exchange and fellowship programmes is usually determined on the basis of national and regional bilateral agreements and fulfilment of quota requirements. Participation in a number of the funding programmes is restricted to applicants from specific countries.
Cost of living and Study in Norway
Most Universities in Norway do not charge tuition fees. The cost of living in Norway for an international student inclusive of accommodation, food, travel and utility bills ranges from NOK 2000/month to NOK 2500 approximately.
Admission procedure for study in Norway
- For the undergraduate program the candidate should have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon Convention, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in their home country, should also qualify for higher education studies in Norway. However, the student is required to prove his/her level of English and Norwegian. In some cases, additional tests may have to be taken. However, this requirement varies from college to college.
- For the Masters’ program in Norway, a student has to be in possession of a relevant Bachelor’s or equivalent degree diploma.
- For Ph. D studies a student has to apply at an institution in Norway, and is required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or Master’s degree program.
- For a student to student in Norwegian:
- In addition to the above Qualifications for each of the categories a student has to have a certain level of command of Norwegian since most textbooks and lectures are given in Norwegian.
The following ways are given below to prove a student’s level of Norwegian with one of the following:
- The Norwegian Language Test – Advanced Level), with a minimum of 450 points
- Level 3 in the Introductory Program for Foreign Students at Universities (Norwegian in upper secondary school, with a minimum grade of 2 in the Norwegian scale.
- One year program in Norwegian Language and Civilization for foreign students
In general, you should always check the language requirement with your host institution because it may vary depending on the study program you will be taking.
For a student who wishes to study in English. The following pointers are to be considered.
A student may be requested to take course a in English if he/ she does not have the necessary level of command to successfully complete the selected study program. One should therefore check with the host university if your current level of English is sufficient.
- All international applicants must fulfill the same basic entrance requirements as Norwegian students. These requirements vary depending on the country in which the applicant has completed his or her primary and secondary education. Applicants must normally have completed upper secondary education. In addition, there are specific entry requirements for programmes in certain subjects. In some cases, non-formal competence or occupational experience may be included as qualification for entry into a study program. Students who apply for graduate degree studies must satisfy requirements regarding previous study at university level.
- A new degree structure, adopted from the Bologna Process, has been introduced into the Norwegian higher education sector. Norwegian universities and university colleges now issue the following degrees:
- Bachelor’s degree (three years),
- Master’s degree (two years),
- Ph.D. (three years).
- In a few subject areas, students will enrol for a five-year integrated degree course (Master’s degree). Certain specialized programmes, such as medicine, veterinary science, psychology and theology follow a different degree structure that extends over four to six years.
A good command of English is required of all students attending Norwegian institutions of higher education. International students who are not native speakers of English must have a proof to show they are proficient in English. International students accepted for bachelor’s degree studies must complete a preparatory program in Norwegian language before they begin a study program, unless they can document a good command of the Norwegian language. The Norwegian language program includes Norwegian language courses and a course in Norwegian life and society, and normally takes two semesters to complete.
Top Universities in Norway
Some of the best and top universities in Norway 2012-2013 are Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), University of Agder (UiA), University of Bergen (UiB), University of Oslo.