Norway is one of the three Scandinavian countries in the Northern part of Europe. With a population of 4.9 million Norway is not among the most crowded places on the planet. Norway has a total area of 385,252 square kilometers and it shares a long eastern border with Sweden. Norway is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north-east, and the Skagerrak Strait to the south, with Denmark on the other side. 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.
Norway is a European country even though it is not part of the European Union. But through the EEA-agreement it is fully integrated with the large European community in regards to everything from trade and economy to education and research. And as a participant in the Schengen agreement, travel to and from Norway is easy for people with legal residency in another Schengen Country. For such a small population, Norway has an incredibly rich accomplished and varied cultural scene.
Student mobility and international cooperation are key objectives for the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. Currently, over 12 000 foreign students are studying in Norway and we look forward to welcoming many more. Norway is one of the leading countries conforming to the guidelines from the Bologna Process in European higher education. The degree system based on the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. structure has been successfully implemented, together with the ECTS credits system. By adapting to the European standard in higher education it is easy for students at Norwegian institutions to obtain recognition of their qualifications in other countries. The internationalization of higher education has been a key factor for the development of programmes where the language of instruction is English in Norway. For the school year 2007/2008 more than 200 Masters programmes taught in English are available to students, covering a variety of subject areas. Some of the institutions are also offering English-taught programmes at the Bachelor’s level.
There are about 70 public and private institutions of higher learning located throughout Norway, from Kristiansand in the south to Svalbard in the North.
Completing a university degree is often considered to be an expensive Endeavour and tuition fees are usually making up the bulk part of the cost. Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. However, you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.
“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. Through various fellowship programmes, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters.
Norway is quite expensive in comparison to other popular study abroad destinations. It depends upon the living standard of student how much it will cost to live in Norway. But most of the international students feel it too high to afford goods and service in Norway. It costs at least 8000 Norwegian krone which is around 1300 USD per month to maintain the basic living standard in Norway for foreign students.
- Minimum +2 completed with 50% above
- IELTS score 6
- Academic Transcript, certificates and mark sheets
- IELTS/TOEFL Score
- Bank Balance Certificate
- Loan Santion Letter
- No objection Letter
- Certificate of Relationship