Norway officially the Kingdom of Norway is Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island. Peter I Island is a dependent territory and thus not considered part of the Kingdom. Norway also lays claim to a section of Antarctica known as Queen Maud Land. Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometres (148,747 sq mi) and a population of 5,109,059 people (2014). The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden (1,619 km or 1,006 mi long). Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak Strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. Norway has an extensive coastline, facing the North Atlantic Ocean and the Barents Sea.

The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world on the World Bank and IMF lists, as well as ninth-highest on a more comprehensive CIA list. On a per-capita basis, it is the world's largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East.

The Norwegian system of higher education comprises all the institutions and/or programmes that are accredited. With the exception of some private university colleges, all higher education institutions are state-run. In general, tuition is not required for study at Norwegian higher education institutions, although fees may be imposed for certain professional education programmes, further and special education programmes and studies at private institutions.

In addition to their teaching activities, all the higher learning institutions, and particularly the universities, are responsible for conducting basic research as well as researcher training, primarily by means of graduate-level studies and doctoral degree programmes.

Student mobility and international cooperation are key objectives for the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Currently, over 12 000 foreign students are studying in Norway and we look forward to welcoming many more.

Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from theBologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the Bachelor's, Masters and Ph.D. structure has been successfully implemented, together with the ECTS credits system. 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.

The internationalisation of higher education has been a key factor for the development of programmes where the language of instruction is English in Norway. For the school year 2007/2008 more than 200 Masters programmes taught in English are available to students, covering a variety of subject areas. Some of the institutions are also offering English-taught programmes at the Bachelor’s level.

Norway has seven accredited universities, nine accredited specialized university institutions, 22 accredited university colleges, two accredited national colleges of the arts and several private institutions of higher education with either institutional- or programme accreditation..

Italian higher education is structured in a binary system, consisting of two main articulations:


For the majority of study programs in Norway, there's only one admission period.

In general the application deadline for foreign students is between December 1 to March 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August).


Students usually apply for degree programmes that serve as a continuation of their studies in their home country. Most of the programmes offered are at Master’s or PhD level, but also offers certain Bachelor’s study programmes.
All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications:

Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.
Most of the study programmes are taught in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English. Requirements may differ between institutions and various study programmes.

Popular Universities:

Education and Living Costs:

Tuition Fees:

Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. In Norway it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for your living expenses.

Living Costs:

Living expenses in Norway are considered to be higher than in other countries. You should expect to have NOK 8 900,- per month for subsistence.
Requirements for subsistence are also determined by regulations concerning the Student Residence Permit.

Scholarship Opportunities

There are national programmes that offer scholarships and other types of funding for international students wishing to study in Norway. Certain restrictions and prerequisites apply for all these programmes. In addition, there are various stipends available offered by private and non-profit organisations. Several scholarships and financial schemes are available for foreign students. Eligibility depends on your current country of residency and level of completed education.

Am I allowed to work as a student in Norway?

Yes, students may be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Certain restrictions do apply.

I don't have the TOEFL/IELTS scores at the time of sending in my application, what should I do?

You can send additional documentation for the English language certification up until 1 March.

Do I need to speak Norwegian?

No. All classes are taught in English and your classmates will be fluent in English as well. The staff are all fluent English speakers, as are most people in Norway. This makes getting around and living in Norway very easy. Knowing a little Norwegian can make the experience even more fun!

What is the difference between a Visa and a Residence Permit?

A Visa is a permit that allows you to stay in Norway or Schengen (depending on the type of Visa) for a short specified period of time with a maximum validity of 90 days. A Residence Permit is required from anyone who intends to stay in Norway for more than 90 days and is usually only granted to applicants with a valid reason for long term stay, ie. Studies, work or family.