Study in Norway

Quick facts

  • Population: 5,189,435
  • Capital: Oslo
  • Geographical size: 323,802 km2
  • GDP: USD 512.6 billion (2013)
  • Official EU language(s): Norwegian
  • Currency: Norwegian Krone

Higher education in Norway

  • Number of higher education institutions: 38
  • Number of international students in higher education: 25,691 (2015)
  • Number of students in higher education: 283,115 (2015)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in Norway are taught in Norwegian language. However, you will find approximately 250 Master programmes and 250 Bachelor programmes taught in English
  • Typical tuition fees: Generally, students at state universities and higher education institutions in Norway do not pay tuition fees. This is the same case for students from the European Union and for non-EU students. However, all students have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 (equivalent to approximately 30 – 60 US Dollar) each semester.
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Norway:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 2 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3-4 years


“High academic quality”, “Education for all”, “A peaceful society”, “English-taught degree programmes”, “An attractive lifestyle” and “The best place in the world!”

These are some of the key phrases used by international students to describe studying in Norway – and we agree!

Norway is often found at the very top of the UN’s annual rankings of global wealth, health and education. The country also has one of the lowest crime rates in the world.

All higher education institutions here are owned by the state, with the exception of a number of private university colleges. Norway has adapted to the objectives of the Bologna process in European higher education, which means that qualifications here are valued worldwide.

Regarding leisure time, all education institutions here have student associations where you can find social events, parties and excursions, friendship and support.

You should also know that Norwegians love outdoor life; the vast areas of unspoiled nature provide unique opportunities for pure enjoyment.

The main language in Norway is Norwegian. However, if you speak English you should have no problem, as most people are English speakers.

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