why study in norway?

    Norway has an extremely well-developed higher education system, which includes eight universities, nine specialised university institutions, 20 state faculties/colleges, two national art academies and 16 private colleges/universities. The conditions for studying in Norway maintain a fairly high standard of education: highly motivated and quality professors, the organisation of seminars and expert discussions, visiting professors from around the world and the availability of literature. Norway is a small country with significant natural resources and is located in between its two Scandinavian neighbours – Sweden and Denmark.

    At present, around 12,000 foreign students are studying at Norwegian higher education institutions. Norway is among the countries with the highest living standards in the world. The Kingdom of Norway is the true ancestral home of the Vikings, and its capital Oslo is a rare jewel of Scandinavia. Norway is a country which provides museum tours mostly free of charge. The University of Oslo is the most popular option among foreign students. 

    What is worth emphasising, though, is that basic studies are unavailable in English, only in Norwegian. However, for a master’s degree the situation is quite different. Among the most popular courses are sustainable development and information technology, and, as it is a country of vast oil resources, very popular programmes dealing with energy are very popular.

    How much does it cost to study in Norway?


    Studying is completely free for both non-EU and EU students, although there are compulsory semester fees, which come to an equivalent of €66. This amount is charged in order to enable students to apply for and take exams. Furthermore, a semester card gives students discounts on museum tickets, sports and cultural events, transportation, etc.

    The cost of accommodation depends on whether you live alone or in shared accommodation. If you live alone, the price of a room varies, but is approximately €1,000 a month, and if you share a room, it ranges from €600 to €800. Food is rather costly, but if you shop in supermarkets such as Bunnpris (the cheapest), Rema 1000, Ica Maxi or Coop Prix, you will be able to budget more easily.



    Student visas are only granted for stays of more than 90 days. Students outside the EU/EEP/EFTA areas, must submit their visa applications in person to the Norwegian Embassy. Applications sent by mail or electronically will not be accepted. In some cases it is necessary to come for an interview. The cost of applying is 1,100 Norwegian Krone (about €200).

    The required documentation consists of:

    • Your passport and copies of all the used pages in the passport
    • A signed cover letter from the application portal (or an application form)
    • Two recently taken passport-format photographs with a white background
    • A letter from an approved educational institution (which mentions your name, which studies you are currently attending, what level of study are you currently enrolled at, and how long this programme lasts)
    • Documentation proving that you have sufficient funds to cover your living expenses
    • Documentation proving that you are able to pay the tuition fees (if you are required to pay tuition fees)
    • Documentation confirming that you have found accommodation in Norway
    • A completed UDI checklist, signed by the applicant



    Life in Norway is extremely costly. Do not be fooled by the free tuition fees, because these are more than made up for by the high cost of living. It is estimated that you need up to an average of €2,000 per month, and if you want to have a more comfortable lifestyle, this can be even more. The climate is one of the deciding factors for many students, which is why we recommend going on a tour during both the summer and winter periods, in order to experience both aspects of this very important segment of life in Norway.

    Norway is a very small country, which is a positive thing if you want to focus only on your studies. The Norwegians, as a nation, have not yet opened up sufficiently to international students, even though this is beginning to change. After completing your studies, you can stay in the country by finding a job, and you have great chances of quickly finding one if you are from a field of work currently lacking in Norway. Students usually live alone in a flat or else they share one. If you are considering Norway as a country to live long-term and work in after studying, you should get a head start by learning Norwegian, given that you will need to be fluent in it.