About the Higher Education system in Norway

There are seven universities, eight specialised universities, 24 accredited university colleges and 29 private institutions of higher education in Norway.

Bachelors degrees in Norway typically last 3-4 years and may include work experience. The Norwegian higher education system is aligned to the Bologna process meaning that a bachelor degree at a university will last three years and a masters degree usually takes two years to complete.

There are very few bachelors degrees taught in English in Norway and most of these are taught in University Colleges.

Entry requirements for Norwegian universities

Completion of secondary education at advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Norwegian upper secondary school, is the basic requirement for entry to Norwegian universities and university colleges. If you have A levels you should be eligible for entry to a Norwegian university although there may be special entry requirements for some subjects, particularly in the sciences.

The precise requirements listed by the Norwegian authorities are 5 GCE passes of which two must be A’ levels. Alternatively 1 A’ level plus 2 AS levels may also be sufficient. GCE passes include A’ levels, AS levels and GCSEs.

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Application Process

You apply directly to the university you are interested in. As there are so few bachelors programmes in English it is extremely unlikely that you will be interested in applying to more than one university. For British passport holders you will be able to apply after the deadline of 15th April at private universities and up to 1st June at university colleges.

How much does it cost to study in Norway?

State universities in Norway do not charge tuition fees to students from any country. There is often a nominal registration fee but this is unlikely to exceed £70 a semester. Private universities in Norway do charge tuition fees, typically around £7,000 a year. Scholarships may be available.

How do I get a visa to study in Norway?

You will need to apply for a student residence permit after you arrive in Norway. In order to gain the permit you will need to have documentation confirming your place at a Norwegian university. You will also need to prove that you have sufficient funds to ensure your subsistence and that you have health insurance (the European Health Insurance Card is sufficient).

Can I work there as a student?

EU passport holders may work part-time up to 20 hours per week for up to three months without a work permit. Students automatically given a work permit for part-time work when granted a student residence permit.

Students from countries in the EU/EEA/EFTA do not need to show statement from the institution that the work will not affect the study progress, nor does the student need to show a job offer confirmation from employer.

Students are normally allowed to work full time during semester breaks.

Which are the best universities?

1. University of Bergen

2. University of Tromso

3. University of Oslo

4. Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim

None of these universities offer bachelors courses taught in English.

Universities in Norway

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