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Study in Norway

Are you interested in Scandinavian culture, stunning scenery, and environmentally friendly cities filled with welcoming locals? Consider taking your education abroad to Norway, one of Scandinavia’s wealthiest and, arguably, most beautiful countries. Whether it’s natural or urban landscapes you’re interested in, Norway combines the best of both worlds. Hang out in trendy Oslo or explore the majestic fjords.

Norway is also one of the most liberal and tolerant countries in the world. No matter where you study in Norway, you will find people from all walks of life and a diverse student population. Plus, in general, Norwegians speak English with above-average proficiency, making it easy to make yourself understood everywhere you go in Norway. But, if you want a more immersive study abroad experience in Norway, learn Norwegian and test your skills out with the locals. They’ll appreciate your effort to communicate in their native language and immerse in the culture.

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Otherwise, there’s plenty of other cultural experiences to take part in. Enjoy traditional Norwegian foods, such as Lutefisk, pickled herring, or Krumkake¸ relax in the sauna, or go cross-country skiing! No matter what your passions or interests, there’s a way for you to get involved! Don’t believe us? See for yourself! Read through our Study Abroad in Norway Guide and begin looking for a program that fits you best today!

Norway - Quick facts & figures






5.3 million

Area Size

385,203 km²

International students


Academic Year

September - June


Norwegian Krona (NOK)

Calling Code


Time Zone

CET (UTC +1)

Hamnøy, Norway

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Norway prides itself on offering high-quality education at every level from kindergarten to university. The country also strives to make education accessible and affordable to everyone. Therefore, Norway remains one of the few countries to still offer free higher education, even to international students! This is great news for students who would like to study abroad but may not think they have the funds to do so.

Attending university in Norway is also an attractive option for international students considering the breadth and diversity of English language courses and programs on offer. Non-native English speakers can improve their language skills while earning a degree, while native speakers will appreciate the advance fluency of Norwegians who are teaching the courses. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also start to study Norwegian while studying abroad in Norway. It’s the perfect chance to learn from natives and put your skills to the test with locals.

Student life is also an important component of education in Norway. This is great news for international students who are eager to make new friends and get involved. Like student life in other countries, students in Norway frequently participate in student-run groups, sport teams, and student councils. So, if you want to really integrate with the Norwegian student population, make sure to put yourself out there and join organizations that match your own interests and passions.

If that sounds at all interesting to you, join over 15,000 international students for an adventure of a lifetime in Norway!

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in Norway? Norway is a popular destination for a variety of students, given its diverse programs, free education and its culture and history. Take a minute to find out more about the structure of the education system in Norway!

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Norway to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizen status. You will also be required to bring certain documents with you to passport control at the airport, which we cover as well.

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Housing & Living Costs

Norway is considered more expensive compared to other countries in Europe. We’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Norway.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Norway may vary. However, in general, education at public universities is free for all students. To cover the rest of the costs, there’s plenty of scholarship opportunities.

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Language & Culture

Find out more about what Norway offers in terms of language, culture, cuisine, and more!

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Application Process

The deadlines to apply for the autumn semester at most universities are in June, however, international students are strongly advised to apply as early as possible and to leave time for sorting out the details.

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Student Visas for Studying in Norway

Depending on your nationality, visa requirements may vary from person to person. If you’ve been accepted to study abroad at a university in Norway, you should check well in advance whether you will need a visa. Residents from other Nordic countries are not required to obtain a residence permit to study in Norway. Students should just report their move to the National Registry.
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Last updated: 7/3/2019

Tuition Fees & Scholarships for Studying in Norway

Norway is unique because it offers tuition-free education to both Norwegian and international students alike! Aside from a small university fee, there is no additional tuition costs. This is a great benefit for international students, especially those from countries where tuition fees are quite steep. The only exception is private universities in Norway, which are allowed to set their own tuition ...
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