As an international student, you will benefit immensely from the informal/cordial academic environment at Norwegian universities and university colleges, where teachers are usually very approachable and easy going. Generally, lectures take place in small groups. One good thing about Norwegian universities is that they have well equipped facilities with free on campus Internet access/Wi-Fi. Let’s us consider the cost of living in Norway for international students
Cost of living in Norway
Please note that the cost of living in Norway is slightly higher than other European countries. Students would have to budget between 800 Euro to 1000 Euro for cost of living in a month. This amount will cover the following expenses: food, accommodation, travels, books etc. However, note that the cost of living in Norway is dependent on several factors like the spending habit of the student and the city where the student stays. Big cities usually have higher living cost than smaller ones.
Universities in Norway usually admit students once per year. For major universities, application deadline for foreign students starts by 1st October of every year.
How to apply
Norwegian Universities accept online application. However, you can contact them directly and request for relevant application links and documents.
There are lots of scholarships for international students in Norway. Here is a list of some of these scholarships;
- Science without borders
- Mobility grants for Norwegian Language and Literature
- The AURORA Mobility Programme France-Norway
- Nordplus student exchange
- High North Fellowship Program
- Cooperation in the field of arctic studies between Iceland and Norway
- The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund
- ON Stipendienfonds – for German students in the energy field
Norwegian universities operate tuition free/free tuition, that means students at state universities and university colleges do not pay tuition fees. This is true for all academic levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programs and Ph.D. programs. However, international students should note that they will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 (35.78 Euro – 71.56 Euro) each semester. Before sitting for your university’s exam, this fee will have to be paid in full. Also the fee grants students membership in the local student welfare organization, which in turn entitles them to several other benefits. These benefits may include on campus health services, counseling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities.
Work and study
Students are usually allowed to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week when a work permit is granted. An application for a work permit should be accompanied by a statement from the institution confirming that the work will not affect the study progress. A letter from the employer stating that the student has a job offer must also be submitted. Students are normally allowed to work full time during semester breaks.
List of free tuition universities in Norway
- Bergen University
- Alesund University
- Bedo Regional University
- Norway’s Information Technology University
- Norwegian School of Management
- Norwegian University of Science And Technology
- Oslo School of Architecture
- University of Oslo
- University of Stavanger
- University of Troms
- Vestfold College
- Volola college
- Hedmark University College
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- University of Agder
- Ålesund University College