Norway offers you a unique student experience and Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world.
Internationalisation is a priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system, and universities and university colleges are constantly working to facilitate for international students. Around 14 000 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).
For years, the united Nation has ranked Norway as one of the very best countries to live in. The Norwegian higher education system enjoys a good reputation worldwide. The four traditional universities are all listed in the shanghai Jiao Tong raking of the world Universities, with the Oslo among the 100 best, the university of Bergen and the Norwegian University of science and technology (NTNU) among the 300 best and the university of Tromso among the 400 best universities in the world. When considering these result, keep in mind that Norway is a country of less than 5 million inhabitants.
Their institutional missions are different and there is no clear hierarchy between them. Facilities that are well known internationally may be found in smaller universities colleges; traditional universities are not the only institutions that the hire the best researchers. Norwegian culture is one of the equals, and collaboration between institutions is strongly supported by the government agencies.
All public higher education institutions are fully funded by the state, through a system in which past performance is an important factor in determining the support received (number of candidates, exams passed, research published in ranked journals etc), Students, whether national or international, cannot be charged tuitions fees. Private institutions normally charge fees.
Study off the beaten track
In our northern corner of the world you can combine your studies with exciting outdoor activities, both winter and summer. You can see the Aurora Borealis (“Northern lights”), experience the midnight sun, fjords and mountains. Challenge yourself with skiing, white water rafting or climbing. Or simply enjoy the fresh air, clean water and lots and lots of space. As a student in Norway you will never be short of