Norway is not just Vikings and Fjords.  Norway is prosperous and home to some of the happiest people in the world. The country is also known for its fascinating history, beautiful landscapes, high living standards and low income disparity.  With its buoyant economy and quality education system, it has been attracting students from around the world for years.  Over 15,000 international students are currently enrolled in Norwegian universities.  Students enjoy FREE tuition at public universities and over 200 programs taught in English.


Important Facts


State Universities and Colleges: FREE for all students from any country

Most state universities and colleges are publicly funded in Norway.  Generally, state universities and colleges do not charge tuition fees.  This applies to all students from any country.  However, students are expected to pay a semester fee and for living expenses. The semester fee runs between $38 to $77 dollars.  

Private Universities and Colleges: from $5,342 – 9,670 USD Annually

Students from any country pay the same tuition fees as permanent residents of Norway.


Living costs: range from $1,187 to $2,224 a month


$727 – $928 a month for a one bedroom apartment

$411 a month for a shared room outside city center

$516 a month for a shared room in city center

Food $310 $643

Transportation $67 $232

Communications and utilities $97 $126

Clothing $32 $122

Sports and leisure $33 $140

*The following figures are estimates only.

Applying to a Program

Students can apply directly through the university when applying to a program in Norway.  

Generally, most international student applications are due from December 1st – March 15th.

If applying to a program in Norwegian, you are expected to be proficient in the language.

Academic Requirements

Bachelor’s Degree

A student needs to have completed secondary level studies and be in possession of a school leaving certificate (i.e. high school diploma) to apply for a Bachelor’s program in Norway.  

NOKUT – the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education has prepared a list of minimum requirements needed for international students to apply to a program in Norway. Find your country to determine what is required of you to apply.

Some programs will have special requirements.  Therefore, it is important that you do your research and make sure you have all of the required information necessary to apply to your program of choice.  

Master’s Degree

Admission requirements for a Master’s degree is determined individually by each institution.  Each application will be evaluated based on a student’s academic ability to perform in their desired program.  Generally, most applicants to a Master’s program have obtained and are in possession of a Bachelor’s degree of at least 3 years duration.

It is important when applying to a Master’s program that you research the institution’s requirements before submitting your application.  

Financing Your Studies in Norway

Student’s have the following options for financing their study abroad experience in Norway:

Financial Aid

The U.S. Department of Education makes Graduate Plus Loans available to eligible student borrowers at participating institutions in Norway. Students may apply for a Graduate Plus loan in varying amounts to help fund their studies.

The following institutions participate in the U.S. Government Federal William D. Ford Direct Loan Program:

University of Bergen, Bergen

University of Oslo, Oslo

Scholarships and Grants

The Study in Noway website offers a comprehensive list of scholarships available to international students from around the world.  You will find the tool to be very intuitive and easy to use. Select your country and start searching for scholarships today.

Student Jobs

  • EU/EEA students do not need a work permit in Norway.  After you have registered with the police you are eligible to find employment.  However, it is imperative that you register with the police within the first 3 months after your arrival. 
  • Non-EU/EEA students need a student residence permit to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during holidays in Norway during their studies. 

When renewing the study permit, the part-time work permit is not automatically renewed. Students must be able to prove satisfactory progress in their studies in order to continue to work part-time.

It is important for international students to understand that it may be difficult to obtain a part time job in order supplement their income in Norway, unless you speak Norwegian. There are limited jobs available for English speaking students. 


When you register at a university in Norway for more than one year you are automatically enrolled in the National Insurance Scheme as a resident student. However, you should have private health insurance to cover any medical emergencies in the first few weeks in the country. 

If you are only studying in the country for 3 to 12 months, you can apply to the Norwegian National Insurance scheme.  You must send the form to the insurance office in the municipality which you reside.  If you do not enroll in the insurance scheme you have to prove that you have health insurance coverage from your home country. 

In addition to the National Insurance scheme, students also have access to on campus health centers and may entitle students to free medical care.  Although, any tests or medicines prescribe off campus will not be covered.  Only medicines prescribed after hospitalizations will be covered through the on campus health center.

Visa/Resident Permit Requirements

  • A student must have an offer of admission from a university or college
  • The university needs to be included on the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education’s (NOKUT) list of approved universities.
  • The program of study needs to be full-time
  • You need at least $14,373 available to cover your living expenses.  This may consist of scholarship funds, grants, student loans, and personal funds.  This money must also have been deposited into a Norwegian bank account or a deposit account with the university.  If you already have a part-time job lined up, this income can be included.  
  • You need to be able to cover your tuition expenses in addition to the available funds mentioned above.
  • You must have arranged accommodation
  • You need to pay the application fee

Required Documentation for Resident Permit

  • Passport with blank pages
  • Signed letter from application portal
  • Two passport photos
  • Letter of admission from an approved university or college.  The letter must have your name, program of study, must indicate that the program is full-time, level of study and when the program will end.
  • Documentation showing proof of at least $14,343 of available funds.
  •  A rental agreement or signed lease showing that you have arranged accommodation.
  • The UDI checklist filled out and signed
Information was found on The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration website


Housing in Norway is very expensive compared to other countries. When searching for housing in Norway start early and make sure you apply within the deadline. The sooner you apply the greater your chances of getting the room you want. Therefore, it is important that you begin your search as soon as you receive your acceptance letter.  

Where To Find Student Housing

Your university is the first place to start looking for housing.  Most universities in Norway provide housing to their international students. University student housing will also be considerably more affordable than seeking out private housing elsewhere.

Housing Application Deadlines

The application deadlines for student housing are generally around May 31st for the Autumn semester, and October 31st for the Spring semester.  However, many universities recommend submitting your applications before the deadline to ensure your spot.

Some Students May Receive Priority Over Others

Keep in mind when searching for on-campus housing that some students will receive priority over others.  International Bachelor’s and Master’s students, seeking a full-degree, moving to Norway for the first time will most likely receive guaranteed housing.  Exchange and Double Degree students will also receive a housing preference over free moving, and PHD students.  If you do not fall into the aforementioned categories, then you may have to look at private housing options.

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