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Norway – Modern, Northern and Natural

Norway, with its population of just over 5 million, is one of the three Scandinavian countries. It is ranked as one of the best countries to live in and has one of the lowest crime rates in the world. It is famous for its natural attractions like Fjords, mountains and midnight sun, but it’s also well known for a vibrant cultural life. Study in Norway and you can experience the best the country has to offer, such as quality education and spectacular nature.

Educational perspective

Norway is a small country with big resources. It is a priority to Norwegian authorities to maintain and develop an education system of high quality, which is open to all, regardless of the student’s social and economic background. This also counts for international students. However, beware that Norway is a high cost country, and as an international student you must be able to cover your living costs in Norway during your studies. Despite being a small country Norwegian universities and university colleges deliver quality education which also international exchange and degree seeking students benefit from.

Why choose Norway – From a student perspective

In Norway, most academic institutions offer free education even to international students.

Norway is a world leader in industries such as oil and gas, oil and gas services, renewable energy, shipping, telecommunications, high-tech products and fish farming. If you are planning a career in any of the aforementioned industries, studying in Norway will provide you with a huge advantage. The real reason you should study in Norway is to understand why this small country is number 1 in productivity per worker, with almost 50% more gross domestic product per hour than the UK. Studying in Norway will give you a full grasp of the Scandinavian leadership model. You will understand how the inherent Norwegian mentality for equality and a flat hierarchy provide such an effective work force, by experiencing it firsthand.

Studying in Norway will improve your career possibilities, both at home and abroad.


September Only


Deadlines Non-EU applicants
Main application deadline 1 December

Living cost

Norway is an expensive country and it takes a while getting used to the high cost of living. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester. As a student you will need a minimum of approximately NOK 9000 per month in order to cover basic expenses.

To give you an idea of the living expenses for a student in Norway, we have put together a modest budget for one semester (all numbers are approximate):

  • Housing: NOK 15000
  • Food: NOK 12400
  • Books & Supplies: NOK 4700
  • Transportation: NOK 1700 (students under 30)
  • Other expenses: NOK 10750

During your first semester, you must be prepared to use a substantial amount of money for setting up your household and for buying suitable clothing for the Norwegian climate.

Passport validity requirement

To study abroad, you must have a signed, valid passport from your country of citizenship that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months after your planned return date.

After studies – settlement options

As a general rule, citizens of other countries will need a permanent job offer in order to be granted a residence permit.

If you’ve been living in Norway for several years with a residence permit, you could consider making your stay more concrete with a permanent residence permit, or even citizenship.

The rules for both of these are quite complex and depend on your own personal circumstances.