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Today, Norway is a modern country where our explorative mindset is geared towards technology, innovation and developing knowledge based society. We also continue to further develop our oil & gas industry, fisheries and traditional industrial areas.
Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications from qualified students from around the world. Nearly 10,000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at this level of Norway’s educational system. International students may apply for admissions to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. Some universities and colleges offer specifically designed programmes for foreign students. These programmes are taught in English and admission does not require permanent residency.
Internationalization is a priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system, and universities and university colleges are constantly working to facilitate for international students. Nearly 12 000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at Norwegian institutions of higher education. International students may apply for admission to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. You may come to Norway as student through established exchange programmes, institutional agreements, or as a so called "free mover", where you arrange the stay by yourself (type of study, length and financing).

Entrance requirements

All international applicants must fulfil the same basic entrance requirements as Norwegian students. These requirements vary depending on the country in which the applicant has completed his or her primary and secondary education. Applicants must normally have completed upper secondary education. In addition, there are specific entry requirements for programmes in certain subjects. In some cases, non-formal competence or occupational experience may be included as qualification for entry into a study programme. Students who apply for graduate degree studies must satisfy requirements regarding previous study at university level.
A new degree structure, adopted from the Bologna Process, has been introduced into the Norwegian higher education sector.

Norwegian universities and university colleges now issue the following degrees:

  • Bachelor's degree (three years),
  • Master's degree (two years),
  • Ph.D. (three years).

In a few subject areas, students will enrol for a five-year integrated degree course (Master's degree). Certain specialized programmes, such as medicine, veterinary science, psychology and theology follow a different degree structure that extends over four to six years.
A good command of English is required of all students attending Norwegian institutions of higher education. International students who are not native speakers of English must document their English-language proficiency. International students accepted for bachelor's degree studies must complete a preparatory programme in Norwegian language before they begin a study programme, unless they can document a good command of the Norwegian language. The Norwegian language programme includes Norwegian language courses and a course in Norwegian life and society, and normally takes two semesters to complete.


there are no tuition fees at Norwegian higher education institutions, although fees may be imposed for certain professional education programmes, further and special education programmes and study at some of the private institutions. Cost of living grants are only awarded to international students accepted for selected fellowship programmes. Self-financing students must document that they possess a minimum of NOK 80,000 (approx EUR 10,000) per academic year.

The following types of foreign nationals are eligible for student loans and stipends from the State Educational Loan Fund:

  • Nordic Nationals
  • Citizens of EEA countries
  • Citizens of Central and Eastern European countries as well as developing countries
  • Political refugees and persons granted residency on humanitarian grounds
  • Immigrants

Quality education

With a wide range of high quality courses and great flexibility, Norwegian institutions prove to be an ideal study destination. From vocational subjects to postgraduate and doctorate level, there are plenty of opportunities for students to fulfill their ambitions. You will also benefit from the informal atmosphere at Norwegian universities and university colleges, where teachers are easily approachable and tuition often takes place in small groups. Most institutions also have well equipped computer facilities with free Internet access.