Norway is an extremely popular study destination for international students because of high quality education. Generally, Norwegian public universities and state university colleges do not charge tuition fees for both native and foreign students because government finances education with taxpayers' money. However, certain programmes/courses may have fees. And private institutions normally do charge tuition fees. Looking for current update? This article has updated information on Tuition free Universities in Norway?
According to the official Norwegian web site, www.studyinnorway.no: “Living expenses in Norway are considered to be higher than in many other countries. Living in Norway has a reputation for being expensive, but studying in Norway may not be as expensive as you think! Universities in Norway and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students.”
True, amongst countries of equal status, living expenses in Norway is more expensive, and you need to pay for your own study materials (books/teaching). NOK 300-600 ($50-100) fees per semester, varies on school, may be required. Although official average student expenditure of about NOK 9000 (approx. EURO 1 000) per month for subsistence refers to board and lodgings, clothing, transport, medical and dental care and other necessities; living expenses vary from person to person depending on personal habits. However, on the whole, study in Norway may be cheaper.
Study & Scholarships has compiled as comprehensive a list as it could come across of tuition-free Norwegian state/public schools. Private schools have also been added to the list. The Norwegian higher education sector consists of eight universities, nine specialised university institutions, 20 state university colleges, two national academies of the arts and 16 private colleges. Both undergraduate and postgraduate programs cut across numerous disciplines. For institution-specific information and equiries, visit the relevant schools from the list below:
List of Tuition Free Schools in Norway
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
- University of Agder (UiA)
- University of Bergen (UiB)
- University of Nordland (UiN) (formerly Bodø University College)
- University of Oslo (UiO)
- University of Stavanger (UiS)
- University of Tromsø (UiT)
B. Specialised university institutions:
- BI - Norwegian Business School (formerly Norwegian School of Management)
- Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics (HiMolde)
- NHH - Norwegian School of Economics
- Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH)
- Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
- Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
- MF - Norwegian School of Theology
- Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
- School of Mission and Theology
In addition to the specialised university institutions Norway has two university centres:
- University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
- University Graduate Center at Kjeller (UNIK)
C. National institutes of the arts
D. State university colleges
- Bergen University College
- Buskerud University College
- Finnmark University College
- Gjøvik University College
- Harstad University College
- Hedmark University College
- Lillehammer University College
- Narvik University College
- Nesna University College
- Nord-Trøndelag University College
- Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
- Saami University College
- Sogn og Fjordane University College
- Stord/Haugesund University College
- Sør-Trøndelag University College
- Telemark University College
- Vestfold University College
- Volda University College
- Østfold University College
- Aalesund University College
E. Private colleges with institutional accreditation
- Ansgar School of Theology and Mission
- Diakonhjemmet University College (campus Oslo & Sandnes)
- Haraldsplass Deaconess University College (HDUC)
- Lovisenberg Diaconal University College
- Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH)
- Norwegian Teacher Academy (NLA)
- Oslo School of Management, Campus Christiania
- Queen Maud University College
F. Private colleges with accredited programmes and courses
- Barratt Due Institute of Music
- Bergen School of Architecture
- Betanien Deaconal University College
- Bjørknes College
- Norwegian University College for (HLB)
- Norwegian College of Dance (DNBH)
- Norwegian Eurythmy College
- Rudolf Steiner College of Education
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METHOD OF APPLICATION
Application forms, if necessary, should be requested from individual institutions. All application should then be sent directly to the specific institution. For institutions with an online application portal, carefully fill in the requested details and submit. Visit institutions via links above.
FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: The Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission Service (NUCAS) coordinates the admission to regular undergraduate study programmes at all universities, university colleges, and some private university colleges in Norway. Applicants with a foreign secondary education, holding a permanent or renewable residence permit for Norway, must apply for admission through NUCAS. Online application deadline is 1st March for such foreign applicants, and all requirements must be met by 1st July. For complete details, see Universities and Colleges Admission Service. For Bachelors programmes taught in English, see this page and visit individual school websites (via links above).
FOR MASTERS STUDENTS: If you are seeking Masters programmes where the language of instruction is English, you should visit the official Online Masters programmes catalogue and browse by subject area. Admission requirements are decided by each university and university college based on an academic evaluation of the applicants. See individual schools via links above.
FOR PHD PROGRAMS: For Ph.D. programmes in English you will have to check with each institution individually (see official websites above).
In order to obtain the necessary application forms and information about the application deadlines you will have to contact each university or university college. In general the application deadline for foreign students is between December 1 to March 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August). Please note that some institutions have separate "pre-qualification" deadlines that are earlier than this.
All students who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months will need a Student Residence Permit. Requirements and procedures depend on your current country of residency. Visas are only issued for stays up to 90 days (e.g. for certain Summer School programmes). Please, carefully read the regulations as to avoid problems during the application process. For complete information, click here.
Students may be allowed to work up to 20 hours per week. Certain restrictions do apply.
Several scholarships and financial schemes are available for foreign students. Eligibility depends on your current country of residency and level of completed education. Certain restrictions and prerequisites apply for all these programmes. For current detailed information, click here.
Related: List of Scholarships in Norway for International Students
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Article first written: 9th February, 2009. Updated: 6th March, 2016
DISCLAIMER: This article was written as a general guide/information only. Please visit the school(s) of your interest via the links provided above for current details and more specific enquiries.