Study in Norway: Application Process

Norway doesn’t have a central application portal. Instead, applications are submitted to individual schools. This means that requirements vary from school to school and program to program. You’ll need to check before applying.

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This is generally what you’ll need to apply to schools in Norway:

  • A completed application form from the school’s portal
  • A copy of your passport
  • Copy of your grade transcripts
  • Your CV. You might also need to submit a professional CV for postgraduate study
  • Proof of your English abilities. You can find out more about this here
  • Letter of motivation
  • Two letters of recommendation

Not all international qualifications are recognized in Norway. If that’s the case, then you’ll need to sit an entry exam. You can find out more about this here.

Application deadlines vary from school to school, but you’ll normally need to submit an application no later than the February before you want to start.


Norway is known as the Land of the Fjords. But there is so much more to this country than just is natural beauty. This section gives you an overview of what it's like to study in Norway.

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Education in Norway

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 & Permits

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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Last update: 28 May 2021


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