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Norway is an attractive prospect when it comes to overseas education owing to its buoyant economy and top-notch education system, offering flexible and affordable study options. With its myriad of mesmerizing landscapes, restaurants and cultural hangouts, you will be spoilt for choice.


  • CAPITAL: Oslo
  • MAINCITIES: Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger/ Sandnes, Trondheim, Tromsø, Tønsberg
  • LANGUAGE: Norwegian
  • CURRENCY: Krone
  • LIVING COST PER YEAR: NOK 24,000 to 50,000 NOK
  • POPULATION INDEX: 51, 36,700


  • Ranking 89th in the 2013–14 QS University World Rankings
  • High quality of education with flexibility
  • Strong economy with major shipping and mining industries.
  • Land of natural wonders
  • No tuition fees for higher education
  • Over 220 Masters Programs taught in English
  • Close student-teacher relation
  • Over 200 master’s programmes taught in English


All higher education institutions in Norway are state-run Norways higher education institutions include:
  • Universities - 7 in total.
  • specialised university institutions
  • University colleges - offer Bachelors courses and Masters degrees while a few are accredited to award PhDs
  • Two national colleges of the arts
  • Numerous private institutions


  • Three-year Bachelors,
  • Two-year Masters
  • Three-year Doctoral degrees


  • 300 - 600 Norwegian Kroner (NOK) per semester


  • August


  • 20 hours per week (40 Hours during vacation)


  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 60 for an Internet-based test (IBT) or 500 for a paper-based test (PBT)
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) Academic test with a minimum score of 5.0

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For students from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA A student may work part-time for up to 20 hours per week when a work permit is granted. An application for a work permit should be accompanied by a statement from the institution confirming that the work will not affect the study progress. A letter from the employer stating that the student has a job offer must also be submitted. Students are normally allowed to work full time during semester breaks. Please note that the majority of institutions do not have on-campus work study schemes, and foreign students will have to compete on the regular job market. Applications for a work permit may be submitted to the local police station.

All students who plan to stay in Norway for more than three months will need a student residence permit. Visas are only issued for stays up to 90 days (e.g. for certain Summer School programmes). For applicants from countries outside the EU/EEA/EFTA: You should submit your application to a Norwegian Foreign Mission. In some cases the applicant may expect to be called in for an interview.

The academic year normally runs from mid-August to mid-June. Courses are measured in “studiepoeng” according to the ECTS standard (European Credit Transfer System credits). The full-time workload for one academic year is 60 “studiepoeng”/ECTS credits. Grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade. A pass/fail mark is given for some examinations.

"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. 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. The majority of Norwegian universities and state university colleges are publicly funded and the Norwegian government considers access to higher education for all to be an important part of the Norwegian society. Thus, as a rule Norwegian state universities and university colleges do not charge tuition fees. This also applies to foreign students, no matter which country you come from. However, you should take into consideration that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries.

Norway is one of the world's biggest exporter of oil and gas, and Norwegian companies are in the forefront when it comes to developing new technologies in deep sea drilling.Other main areas of export include fish, paper products and various products related to the metals industry. Tourism is also among the most important industries in Norway.Norwegian private and state owned companies are becoming more focused on research and development. The research is targeted at several areas, including natural resources and new technology like telecommunications.

No, international students are not allowed to stay back after the completion of program.

IELTS 6.5/6 would be the requirement