Studying in Norway

Universities in Norway

Why study in Norway?

Norway is famous for its outdoor culture and rightly so, given the abundance of natural beauty afforded by the country’s many fjords and mountains. But as a significant number of international students have discovered — and there were about 12,000 at last count — the education system is also worth the journey to one of Europe’s most northern countries.

  • Norway has seven universities, nine specialised university institutions, 22 university colleges, two national colleges of the arts and a number of private higher education institutions.
  • There are more than 200 master’s programmes taught in English, although there are only a handful of bachelor’s degree courses on offer in English.

Entry and visa requirements

EU students do not require a visa to study in Norway.

  • However, you do need to apply for a student residence permit and unlike many other European countries, there is a requirement for EU/EEA students to prove how they plan to finance their living costs while studying. Students must prove they have access to close to £1,000 per month, and if some of this is to be earned via part-time work, must give evidence of their employment.
  • For undergraduate courses, foreign students need to apply via the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) before 1 March for the academic intake beginning in the autumn. For master’s degree programmes, direct applications are more usual and applicants should check with their preferred institution for their admissions procedures and deadlines.

Funding your study

Foreign students do not have to pay for tuition, but there is a small fee payable to the student union each semester of around €50.

  • International students who move to Norway solely for the purposes of undertaking a study programme are not usually eligible for a maintenance loan from the government.
  • Foreign students obtaining their first residence permit are automatically given a work permit that allows them to work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during university breaks. However, when renewing their residence permit, students must show proof that they are keeping up with their studies to get their work permit renewed. This involves having their university fill out a form giving details of their achievements.
  • Student housing is provided by most universities and is cheaper than private accommodation options. Once enrolled in an institution, you should be provided with information about the options available through the university’s student housing service, but if not, contact them directly.

Living costs are high in Norway and residents frequently travel to neighbouring countries to buy cheaper food and alcohol. Typical costs (GBP, March 2015) are:

  • Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: £624 - £802 per month
  • Meal, inexpensive restaurant: £12.39
  • Meal at McDonalds: £8.26
  • Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught): £6.20
  • Imported beer (0.33 litre bottle): £5.78
  • Cappuccino: £2.98
  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): £2.23
  • Water (0.33 litre bottle): £1.99
  • Loaf of bread: £1.98
  • Cigarettes: £7.93
  • One-way ticket local transport: £3.06
  • Cinema ticket: £9.09

Health and safety

Norway is generally considered to be a safe country and crime rates are low in comparison to other developed countries.

  • British students are entitled to access healthcare in Norway in the same way as residents so long as they have a valid European Healthcare Insurance Card. However, services aren’t free as they are with the NHS: there is usually a small non-refundable charge for appointments — around £15 for a GP consultation.

Helpful links

International Rankings

University Rankings 2017–18

University QS
QS World University Rankings 2017–18

Global university rankings compiled annually by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). QS ranks institutions by the following key indicators; academic peer review, faculty student ratio, citations per faculty, recruiter review, international orientation.

See the QS World University Rankings here, and more on making sense of international rankings here.

THE World University Rankings 2017–18

Global university rankings compiled annually by the Times Higher Education (THE). THE ranks institutions by performance in the following categories; Industry Income, Teaching, Research and Citations.

See THE World University Rankings here, and more on making sense of international rankings here.

University of Bergen 181 182
University of Oslo 135 135