Study in Norway: Student Visas & Permits

Norway is part of the EEA. This means that nationals of the EEA, the EU and Switzerland can freely move to Norway and stay for as long as they like. People from elsewhere will need a visa to study in Norway.

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Visa requirements vary from country to country. To get a student visa for Norway, you’ll generally need the following:

  • Pay the application fee of 4900NOK (US$580)
  • Show your acceptance letter
  • Be able to prove that you have sufficient funds of at least 126,357NOK (US$15,100) per year
  • A rent contract
  • Proof that you’ll be able to return home after your studies
  • A letter showing that your school is registered with NOKUT

You’ll need to present these documents at your local Norwegian embassy or consulate. If your documents are not in Norwegian or English, you’ll need to present them with a notarized translation. Some Danish and Swedish embassies and consulates can also process applications for Norway.

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Your study visa allows you to work for up to twenty hours a week during term-time and full-time during holidays. 

Norway is also part of the border control-free Schengen Area. This means that you can freely visit any other country in the Area. Schengen visas aren’t valid for entry to Ireland. You’ll also need to enter Schengen through the country that issued the visa. For example; you can’t enter through Athens on a visa issued by Malta. Fortunately, you can transit places like Russia and the UK on your way to Norway.


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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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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Last update: 28 May 2021


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