Norway is one of the most developed countries in Europe and is currently operating tuition free education for international students. If you don’t have the resources to afford tuition fees in other European countries, why not make over your mind to study and work in Norway, free of charge. This article will take a look at tuition free education in Norway, cost of living in Norway, how to apply for admission and visa and a comprehensive list of these tuition free universities. But first let’s take a look at the cost of living in Norway, as students will be expected to take care of their living expenses while studying in the country.
Cost of living in Norway
Unlike other countries, cost of living in Norway is a slightly higher. You would need about 800 Euro to 1000 Euro in a month for your daily expenses. This amount of money should cover expenses such as food, accommodation, travels, books etc. Please be informed that the cost of living in Norway is actually dependent on personal and social factors such as a student’s spending habit and the city where a student pursues his study. In general, big cities usually have higher living cost than smaller cities.
Admission requirement for study in Norway
For undergraduate studies in Norway, the minimum requirement is the completion of a secondary education in a Government approved institution. For students from some other countries, usually one year of completed studies at a higher institution might be required in addition.
For masters degrees, an applicant would be expected to have obtained an undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of at least 3 years’ duration to apply. The degree program obtained must include courses that are equal to at least 1 1/2 years of full-time studies in a subject that relates to the program applied for. However, note that this requirement varies from school, so it is absolutely important that an interested student contact the schools directly for specific and detailed admission requirements.
How to apply for admission
The school thing about Norwegian Universities is that they accept online applications. However, you will be required to contact these schools directly and request for application links and documents.
For most universities in Norway, application deadline for international students is between December 1 to March 15 for programs starting the following autumn (August).
Visa requirement for study in Norway
A student visa will only enable you to stay in Norway for a maximum of three months. If you intend to study and live in Norway for a period longer than three months, you will need a student residence permit. To apply for a student residence permit, an applicant will make ready, the following documents:
- An application form for student residence with a passport photograph
- Attach a copy of your passport.
- Proper documentation of admission from an approved university in Norway
- A study plan
- Documents showing plans for housing
- Documents showing plans for subsistence while in Norway
Full list of tuition free 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
- BI Norwegian Business School
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- University of Agder
- Ålesund University College