Study In Norway - Requirements,Tuition Fees,Cost of Living & Universities

This is a comprehensive guide on studying in Norway as an international student. This detailed post will give you all the necessary information you will need about studying in Norway as an international student. It will answer most frequently asked questions such as


How to study in Norway

Why study in Norway

Cost of studying in Norway

Universities in Norway for international students

Cost of living in Norway for international students

How to get a visa to study in Norway

How to apply and study in Norway

Tuition fees to study in Norway

Applying to study in Norway


Applying to universities in Norway is fairly straightforward. To be accepted onto a degree program, you must have attained a general university admissions certificate (generell studiekompetanse), which you can achieve by completing upper secondary school. International students can find out if their foreign qualifications are recognized using the country-specific GSU-list.

You may instead apply for universities in Norway through the law of 23/5 – you must be above 23 years of age and have 5 years of combined schooling and work experience, and have passed exams in several key subjects (namely Norwegian, mathematics, natural sciences, English and social studies). Some degrees may also ask for qualifications in specific subjects depending on the degree program (such as mathematics and physics for engineering). Keep in mind that each course and university will have its own specific admissions requirements.

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).


Applying to universities in Norway


Selecting Universities:

Selecting universities is a very time consuming and important process not only from the admission point of view but also because applying to universities is very expensive. Hence it has to be restricted to around 6 or 8 universities which are best matched for your requirements.

The best university for you may not be the famous ones, but those that offer you your field of study as well as meet the other criteria important to you.

Requesting Application Forms:

There are two ways to get application forms:

1. Requesting Application Forms via email : You can request application forms from the universities website. Most universities have a form on their website which can be completed online to request application material.

2. Downloading from the university website : Many universities have a downloadable and ready to print versions of their application forms on the net. These can be used for applying just as regular forms.

Application Requirements:

Once you start receiving application forms and material, go through the material in detail and check the application deadline, minimum scores required in the standardized tests, recommendation letters needed and other such information.

Tabulate all these requirements and compare them with your objectives and group the universities under three categories :

1. Schools that seem to match your requirements

2. Schools that are not suited to your needs

3. Schools that do not completely fit in any of the above two categories

Recommendation letters:

Many universities have their own format and questions that have to be answered by the person who is giving the letter of recommendation on your behalf. Letters, which do not give enough information, can jeopardize a candidate’s chances of selection.

School records/Academic transcript:

The transcripts of your academic record are absolutely essential to the evaluation of your academic abilities. Your official transcript or academic record is the objective part of your application. Academic records greatly vary from one education system to the other. Systems of evaluation or grading and the formats used to present this information also differ widely.

Undergraduate : Students who are applying for a Bachelor program or any other undergraduate course would be required to submit a secondary school report and transcripts (report cards) of the final exams. The report form should be filled out by a school official like the principal, counselor or headmaster. This form should introduce you in the context of your whole school experience in relationship to the other students in your class. Admission committees will be interested in learning how you have performed in your own educational system. The school report should talk about your accomplishments and provide a statement of your chances for success in university-level studies.

Graduate : Students applying for Graduate courses (MBA, MS etc) are required to submit an official transcript from each college or university that they have attended after secondary school with complete details of the subjects, credits involved and other details like correspondence courses, diplomas etc. Most universities ask for the transcript to be sealed in an envelope and signed and attested across the seal by the registrar. This procedure is to be done for each and every college that you have attended. Some universities may ask for more than one transcripts but most require only one.


Tuition fees and cost of studying in Norway for international students.


The cost of studying in Norway actually depends on the specific school you attend. All the universities and colleges in Norway have different tuition fees.

Fortunately public university education in Norway is from for everybody including international students. As an international student the only fee you will pay is just about US$35-71 per semester for some registrations.


The fee also covered a lot of students privileges such as reduced transportation fare,tickets,gym,sporting facilities etc


The private universities in charge tuition fees which is even expensive and you will have to pay more for a post-graduate studies. So as an international student,it is better to attend the public universities in Norway and benefit from their free tuition and not pay any tuition fees.


The only thing negative here is that the cost of living in Norway is higher than most other European countries and you will need to budget money for accommodation,feeding,transport,travel etc. The cost of living will also depend on the students way of life and spending habit.

If you want to attend a private university in Norway,there are financial aid options available for you and are usually provided by each of the individual universities.

You can also work as a student in Norway but you need a work permit granted by the government before you can work. This is not  necessary for EU students because they are permitted to work without a work permit.


Cost of living in Norway according to expatistan



Housing           [Edit]

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in EXPENSIVE area

kr 16,354

            Monthly rent for 85 m2 (900 Sqft) furnished accommodation in NORMAL area

kr 11,004

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 2 people in 85m2 flat

kr 1,247

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in EXPENSIVE area

kr 11,713

            Monthly rent for a 45 m2 (480 Sqft) furnished studio in NORMAL area

kr 8,367

            Utilities 1 month (heating, electricity, gas ...) for 1 person in 45 m2 (480 Sqft) studio

kr 873

            Internet 8 Mbps (1 month)

kr 418

            40” flat screen TV

kr 3,511

            Microwave 800/900 Watt (Bosch, Panasonic, LG, Sharp, or equivalent brands)

kr 786

            Laundry detergent (3 l. ~ 100 oz.)

kr 98

            Hourly rate for cleaning help

kr 225

Clothes            [Edit]

            1 pair of jeans (Levis 501 or similar)

kr 858

            1 summer dress in a High Street Store (Zara, H&M or similar retailers)

kr 235

            1 pair of sport shoes (Nike, Adidas, or equivalent brands)

kr 956

            1 pair of men’s leather business shoes

kr 1,603

Transportation [Edit]

            Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI 150 CV (or equivalent), with no extras, new

kr 359,629

            1 liter (1/4 gallon) of gas

kr 14

            Monthly ticket public transport

kr 713

            Taxi trip on a business day, basic tariff, 8 km. (5 miles)

kr 138

Personal Care  [Edit]

            Cold medicine for 6 days (Tylenol, Frenadol, Coldrex, or equivalent brands)

kr 63

            1 box of antibiotics (12 doses)

kr 123

            Short visit to private Doctor (15 minutes)

kr 363

            1 box of 32 tampons (Tampax, OB, ...)

kr 39

            Deodorant, roll-on (50ml ~ 1.5 oz.)

kr 45

            Hair shampoo 2-in-1 (400 ml ~ 12 oz.)

kr 38

            4 rolls of toilet paper

kr 21

            Tube of toothpaste

kr 26

            Standard men's haircut in expat area of the city

kr 251

Entertainment  [Edit]

            Basic dinner out for two in neighborhood pub

kr 439

            2 tickets to the movies

kr 240

            2 tickets to the theater (best available seats)

kr 520

            Dinner for two at an Italian restaurant in the expat area including appetisers, main course, wine and dessert

kr 911

            1 cocktail drink in downtown club

kr 123

            Cappuccino in expat area of the city

kr 46

            1 beer in neighbourhood pub (500ml or 1pt.)

kr 76

            iPad Air 2, 64GB

kr 3,782

            1 min. of prepaid mobile tariff (no discounts or plans)

kr 1.00

            1 month of gym membership in business district

kr 488



Visa to study in Norway


As an international student, you will require a visa to study in Norway, below are the necessary requirements needed to get a Norway visa.


What documents will be required?

Schengen visa - list of required documents

         Schengen visa application form. Applicants using the Application Portal do not have to submit this form, but have to submit the cover letter sent to their e-mail after completing the booking.

         Original passport valid for at least 3 months after the intended date of departure from the Schengen area. The passport has to contain at least two (2) blank pages and it is required that it is issued within the previous ten (10) years. It is advised to submit previous passports with past visas and stamps.

         Original travel medical insurance certificate. It is required that the insurance covers all days you are planning to stay in the Schengen area. If you are a Nigerian citizen who apply at the Norwegian Embassy in Abuja the insurance must be bought from an Insurance company that is accepted for visa applications by the Norwegian Embassy.


The following categories of applicants do not have to present a travel medical insurance certificate

- holders of diplomatic passports

- family members of EU and Swizz citizens who are in the possession of and can present the purple health card for EU/EEA citizens

         One (1) passport size photos with white background and not older than 6 months.

         Copy of flight ticket or flight reservation including return flight.

         Verifiable evidence of sufficient means of subsistence during intended stay:

- Three (3) last pay slips

- Recent personal bank statement showing balance over the last three (3) months

- Document about regular income generated by property, if applicable

Time required to issue visa:

Typically, a visa takes anywhere from 2 days to 15 days to process in the Norway Embassy/Consulate depending on the consulate that we need to send the application to and whether you choose to “rush” your Norway visa.

How long is the visa valid for?

The maximum length of stay in Europe for non European Union passport holders is determined by the Schengen accord and is currently limited to 90 days within any 180 day period. The important thing to note is that you may not leave the Schengen Visa area for a day and return to restart the 90 day clock. In other words, you must be absent from the Schengen area for at least 90 days in a 180 day period to be legal.


Who requires a visa?

Nationals of Schengen states can stay in Norway for up to 90 days without applying for a visa. This also applies to foreign nationals who have residence permits in one of the Schengen states.

If you are exempt from the visa requirement for entering Norway, you can stay in the Schengen area for up to 90 days during a period of 180 days. This means that after a 90-day stay, you cannot return to the Schengen area until a further 90 days have passed. It is your responsibility to comply with this requirement.

All countries and territories that are members of the Schengen acquis, of the EU or of EFTA. Positive visa list of countries (also known as White Schengen List) from whose citizens no visa is required to enter the territory of the EU member states for a period of maximum 90 days.

Albania*****, Andorra***, Antigua and Barbuda , Argentina, Austria*, Australia (including the Cocos Islands, Norfolk Island, Christmas Island)**, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgium*, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina*****, Brazil***, Brunei, Bulgaria*, Canada**, Chile, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus*, Czech Republic*, Denmark*, El Salvador, Estonia*, Finland*, France*(including French Guyane, French Polynesia, Guadeloupe, Martinique, New Caledonia, Réunion, St Pierre and Miquelon), Germany, Greece*, Guatemala, Honduras***, Hungary*, Iceland**, Ireland*, Israel**, Italy*, Japan**, Korea (South)**, Latvia*, Liechtenstein**, Lithuania*, Luxembourg*, Macao, Macedonia*****, Malaysia, Malta*, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco***, Montenegro*****, Netherlands*, New Zealand (including the Cook Islands, Niue, Tokelau)**, Nicaragua, Norway*, Panama, Paraguay, Poland*, Portugal*, Romania*, Saint Christopher and Nevis, San Marino***, Serbia******, Seychelles, Singapore, Slovak Republic*, Slovenia*, Spain* (including Spanish territories in North Africa with Ceuta and Melilla), Sweden*, Switzerland**, Taiwan, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (including the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and Bermuda)*****, United States of America (including Virgin Islands of the United States, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico)**, Uruguay, Vatican City, Venezuela.


List and ranking of all universities in Norway


This is the list and ranking of all the universities in Norway. The ranking is based on the quality of education each of the university provides and also the available academic and social facilities in the university. So below is the list of the of all the universities in Norway and their ranking




Rank    University        Location

1          Universitetet i Oslo


2          Universitetet i Bergen


3          Norges teknisk-naturvitenskaplige universitet


4          UiT Norges arktiske universitet

Tromsø ...

5          Høgskolen i Østfold

Halden ...

6          Handelshøyskolen BI

Oslo ...

7          Norges miljø- og biovitenskapelige universitet

Aas ...

8          Universitetet i Stavanger


9          Universitetet i Agder

Kristiansand ...

10        Høgskolen i Oslo og Akershus

Oslo ...

11        Høgskolen i Buskerud og Vestfold

Kongsberg ...

12        Norges Handelshøyskole


13        Universitetet i Nordland

Bodø ...

14        Høgskulen på Vestlandet


15        Høgskolen i Volda

Volda ...

16        Arkitektur- og designhøgskolen i Oslo


17        Universitetssenteret på Svalbard


18        Høgskolen i Innlandet

Elverum ...

20        Høgskolen i Molde

Molde ...

21        Norges musikkhøgskole


22        Kunsthøgskolen i Oslo


23        Norges idrettshøgskole


24        Kunst- og designhøgskolen i Bergen


25        Westerdals Oslo School of Arts, Communication and Technology


26        Det Teologiske Menighetsfakultet


27        VID vitenskapelige høgskole

Oslo ...

28        Sámi allaskuvla


29        NLA Høgskolen


30        Høyskolen Kristiania

Oslo ...

31        Dronning Mauds Minne Høgskole


32        Lovisenberg diakonale høgskole



Courses you can study at universities in Norway


Accounting and Finance

Aeronautical engineering

Manufacturing engineering






Art and Design

Oral science


Biological sciences


Business management

Chemical engineering


Civil engineering

Ancient history

Mass communication

Computer science


Creative writing






Electrical engineering


Film making

Food science


General engineering






Material technology


Mechanical engineering

Medical technology












Veterinary medicine


What to pack while going to study in Norway


In your carry-on bag

           Cell phone and charger

           Boarding pass(es)

           Cash (bring American dollars and the currency of your host location or money you can exchange for it—enough to use in case of an emergency, but not more money than you can afford to lose)

           Copy of birth certificate

           Copy of Social Security card

           Credit card (notify your bank that you’ll be abroad before you leave to avoid your account being frozen)

           Debit card


           E-reader or book

           Emergency contact list

           Face wipes


           Hand sanitizer


           Health insurance card


           Prescription medication(s) you usually take (make sure you bring enough refills to last your entire trip—but future prescriptions can go in your checked luggage)

           School ID

           Spare outfit (in case your luggage gets lost or delayed)

           State ID

           Student visa

           Travel itinerary

           Travel pillow

           Travel tickets (if you’re taking a train or other transport after your plane lands)



           Acne medication/cream

           Face lotion/moisturizer


           Mini shampoo & conditioner (until you get the chance to get full-sized bottles in your new country)

           Mouthwash (small)

           Soap (mini bottle if you're using body wash)





           Bobby pins


           Contacts, solution and case (again, make sure you have all the contacts you'll need for your time abroad)

           Glasses and glasses case

           Hair ties



           Nail clipper




           Tampons and pads



You will likely have the opportunity to do laundry on your trip, and you'll be able to purchase detergent in your host country.

           Downy Wrinkle Release spray

           Linens/towels (if your housing doesn’t have them)

           Portable stain remover pen

           Travel sheet (for hostels)


           Athletic sneakers (1)

           Bathing suits (1-2)

           Boots (1-2)

           Bras (2 sports bras, 2 regular bras, 1 strapless/convertible bras)

           Casual dresses (2)

           Everyday comfortable shoes (1-2)

           Flats (1)

           Flip-flops (1)

           Formal outfit (1-2)

           Gloves (1, if weather appropriate)

           Going-out outfit (3-5)

           Hat (1)

           Heavier coat for colder climates (1)

           Heels (1-2)

           Jacket (2; a light one and one for colder weather, if applicable)

           Jeans (2, one black & one blue)

           Jewelry (remember that bringing jewelry to another country is always a risk; don’t bring anything too valuable!)

           Leggings (1-3)

           Long-sleeve shirts (3-5)

           Pajamas (2-3)

           Pants (1-2 nice pairs)

           Purse (1-2)

           Raincoat (1)

           Scarf (1)

           Short-sleeve shirts (5-7)

           Shorts (2-4, if weather appropriate)

           Skirts (1-2)

           Socks (14)

           Sweaters (3-5)

           Sweatshirt (2)

           T-shirts (3-5)

           Tank tops (3-5)

           Underwear (14)

           Watch (1)

           Workout clothes (2-5)


Remember that most of your electronic items will need an outlet converter in order to work!

           Camera (remember your case and USB cords)

           Cell phone (keep in mind that you’ll be able to buy an international phone when you arrive at your destination)

           Chargers (laptop, phone, camera, e-reader, etc.)

           Flash drive



           Laptop case

           Outlet adapters (2-3)

           USB cable


           Adhesive bandages

           Allergy medicine

           Birth control

           Cold and flu medicine

           Eye drops

           Motion sickness medicine

           Over-the-counter pain medicine



           Backpack (small)

           Gift for your host family (bring something that they couldn’t get in their own country, like memorabilia from your hometown)


           Language dictionary


           Playing cards

           Travel guide

           Umbrella (small)


Benefits of studying abroad in Norway or any other study abroad destination


1. See the World

The biggest reason you should consider a study abroad program is the opportunity to see the world . By studying abroad, you will experience a brand-new country with incredible new outlooks, customs and activities. The benefits of studying abroad include the opportunity to see new terrains, natural wonders, museums and landmarks of your host nation.

2. Education

Another reason you might consider studying abroad is for the chance to experience different styles of education. By enrolling in a study abroad program, you’ll have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home.

You’ll find that completely immersing yourself in the education system of your host country is a great way to really experience and understand the people, its traditions, and its culture. Education is the centerpiece of any study abroad trip—it is, after all, a study abroad program—and choosing the right school is a very important factor.

3. Take in a New Culture

Many students who choose to study abroad are leaving their home for the first time. When they arrive in their new host country, they are fascinated by the distinct cultural perspectives. When you study abroad you will find incredible new foods, customs, traditions, and social atmospheres.

You will find that you have a better understanding and appreciation for the nation’s people and history. You will have the opportunity to witness a completely new way of life.

4. Hone Your Language Skills

Chances are if you’re planning on studying abroad, one of the major draws is the opportunity to study a foreign language. Studying abroad grants you the opportunity to completely immerse yourself in a new language, and there is no better way to learn than to dive right in.

In addition to the considerable language practice you will get just in day to day life, your host university will likely offer language courses to provide you with a more formal education. Immerse yourself in a new culture and go beyond a purely academic experience

5. Career Opportunities

When you finish your study abroad program and return home, you will return with a new perspective on culture, language skills, a great education, and a willingness to learn. Needless to say, all of these are very attractive to future employers.

Many students find that they love their host country so much that they decide to seek work there. If you can relate, you will find that a local education will be very valuable when searching for a potential job in that country

6. Find New Interests

If you are still questioning why to study abroad, you should know that studying in a different country offers many new activities and interests that you may never have discovered if you’d stayed at home. You might find that you have an as-yet undiscovered talent for hiking, water sports, snow skiing, golf, or various other new sports you may never have tried back home.

You’ll also have the chance to discover other new and exciting forms of entertainment. Plays, movies, dancing, nightclubs, and concerts are just a few activities that you can enjoy.

7. Make Lifelong Friends

One of the biggest benefits of studying abroad is the opportunity to meet new lifelong friends from different backgrounds. While studying abroad, you will attend school and live with students from your host country. This gives you the opportunity to really get to know and create lasting relationships with your fellow students.

After the study abroad program ends, make an effort stay in contact with your international friends. In addition to rewarding personal relationships, these friends can also be important networking tools later down the road.

8. Personal Development

There is nothing quite like being on your own in a foreign country. You might find that studying abroad really brings out your independent nature. Students who study abroad become explorers of their new nation and really discover the curiosity and excitement that they harbor.

A benefit to studying abroad is the opportunity to discover yourself while gaining an understanding of a different culture. Being in a new place by yourself can be overwhelming at times, and it tests your ability to adapt to diverse situations while being able to problem solve.

9. Graduate School Admissions

Like future employers, graduate school admissions boards look very highly on study abroad experiences. Students that study abroad display diversity and show that they aren’t afraid to seek out new challenges or put themselves in difficult situations.

Most importantly, students who have studied abroad show just how committed they are to their education. Graduate schools regularly look for candidates who will bring a unique aspect to their university. Students who have studied abroad have shown that they have the curiosity and educational acumen to be a leader in graduate school.

10. Life Experience

Why study abroad? For most students, this time may be the only opportunity they ever get to travel abroad for a long period of time. Eventually you will find a job and career, and the opportunity to study abroad may turn out to be a once in a life time opportunity.


Hope this post was helpful


Question tags

How to study in Norway

Why study in Norway

Cost of studying in Norway

Universities in Norway for international students

Cost of living in Norway for international students

How to get a visa to study in Norway

How to apply and study in Norway

Tuition fees to study in Norway
Applying to study in

No comments:

Post a Comment