Country’s national language: Norwegian
Country’s currency: Norwegian kroner (1 Norwegian kroner= Rs 8.11)
Country’s capital city: Oslo
Country’s population: 5.2 million
Country’s Indian population: In Norway 0.1% of the total population (or about 5,300 people as of 2009) are Hindus, of South Asian descent and around 75% of those are Tamil Hindus from Sri Lanka.
Country’s higher education system
Norway has seven accredited universities, nine accredited specialized university institutions, 22 accredited university colleges, two accredited national colleges of the arts and several private institutions of higher education with either institutional- or programme accreditation. The Norwegian system of higher education comprises all the institutions and/or programmes that are accredited. With the exception of some private university colleges, all higher education institutions are state-run. In general, tuition is not required for study at Norwegian higher education institutions, although fees may be imposed for certain professional education programmes, further and special education programmes and studies at private institutions. In addition to their teaching activities, all the higher learning institutions, and particularly the universities, are responsible for conducting basic research as well as researcher training, primarily by means of graduate-level studies and doctoral degree programmes. There are more than 200 master’s programmes taught in English.
International student population in country
Around 15 000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at Norwegian institutions of higher education.
Rankings and position at global platform
Norway is signed up to the Bologna Process, which aims to make European higher education systems more compatible. The Bologna Process includes the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) which means students who complete degrees or courses at universities in Norway will hold certifications that are recognized by other countries worldwide.
Highlights of ranking universities
Four universities in Norway feature in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings, all of them large public universities. These are the University of Oslo (ranked 89th in the world), University of Bergen (151=), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (251) and University of Tromsø (306).
Programs and courses offered by country:
- Bachelor in Acting and Sceneography at Østfold University College/Norwegian Theatre Academy
- Bachelor of Science in Biology at University of Nordland
- Bachelor in Business Administration (BBA) at BI Norwegian Business School
- Bachelor in Development Studies at Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
- Bachelor of Shipping Management at BI Norwegian Business School
- Master degree in Agriculture sciences
- Master degree in Architecture/ Urban and Regional planning
- Master degree in Art and design
- Master degree in business studies/ Management sciences
- Master degree in Communication and Information sciences
- Master degree in Economics
- Master degree in Education teacher training
- Master degree in Engineering/Technology
- Master degree in Humanities
- Master degree in Law
- Master degree in Mathematics/Informatics
- Master degree in Medical science
“Nothing is for free” is a saying that is true in many cases. But in Norway it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for your living expenses. Public education in Norway is free for both local and international students, with the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research responsible for fees and in general for education. You may be required to pay a small semester fee, typically around NOK300-600 (US$48-96). The semester fee grants you membership to the student welfare organization, access to health services, counselling and sports facilities, an official student card which can give you reduced fares on public transport and lower ticket prices to cultural events, and eligibility for exams. Private universities in Norway do charge tuition fees, and public universities do for a few specialized programs/courses, typically at postgraduate level.
Funding of VISA
You must have enough money to live on, at least NOK 97 850 per year. This money may consist of student loans, grants, own funds that you have in a Norwegian bank account or the deposit account of the educational institution, or a combination of the above. If you have already been offered a part-time job in Norway, the income from this work may be included.If you are granted a study permit, you are automatically also granted permission to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week in addition to your studies and full-time during holidays
When applying for programs taught in English, you will need to apply directly and individually to each institution you are interested in. You’ll usually need to fill in an application form, which is typically available on the institution’s website or by request. Undergraduate courses taught in Norwegian can be applied to using the Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (NUCAS).
In general the application deadline for foreign students is between December 1 and March 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August). Please note that some institutions have separate “pre-qualification” deadlines that are earlier than this.
Visa policies and procedures
- You must pay an application fee.
- You must have received an offer of admission to a study programme at a university college or university.
- The education must be full-time.
- If you have to pay tuition fees, you must also have money to cover this.
- You must have somewhere to live.
- The circumstances in your home country must indicate that it is likely that you can return home when you have completed your studies.
- The place of study must be included on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s (NOKUT) list of approved (accredited) universities, university colleges or specialised university institutions (external website).
Documents required to process visa application
You need the following documents to apply for a study permit:
- A completed application form
- Receipt of having paid the application fee
- A valid travel document (passport)
- A recent photograph
- Evidence of admittance to an approved full-time education program
- Evidence of sufficient financial funds for the entire period of study, including funds to support any accompanying family (it can be difficult to open an account in a Norwegian bank without a Norwegian personal number, so you can usually deposit the required amount into an account established by your educational institution)
- Evidence that you have somewhere to live (such as a house, apartment, bedsit or room in a hall of residence)
- Evidence that you will leave Norway when your residence permit expires (usually in the form of a return ticket)
Standard visa processing timing
The UDI will process your application for a study permit before the study programme starts if the application has been submitted to the police or a foreign service mission before:
- 1 December: if the study programme begins in the spring semester (January)
- 1 July: if the study programme begins in the autumn semester (August)
If you apply after these dates, we cannot guarantee that your application will be processed before the study programme begins.
Benefits and opportunities
While talking about the benefits to study in Norway, the very first thing to mention is that the Norwegian universities and colleges do not charge any tuition fees for international students! That means here you will get quality education without having to pay any charges. The majority of Norwegian institutions of higher studies are publicly funded and the government considers easy access to higher education is one most important part of the society and thus the foreign students get so much benefitted. Normally there are no tuition fees at state universities and colleges in Norway, which is highly applicable for the foreign students as well, no matter which country you are coming from. Even more, meeting certain pre-requisites a student can also be eligible for financial support that can pay for his living expenses.