1. Why Study in Norway?
Norway is famous for its outdoor culture and rightly so, given the abundance of natural beauty afforded by the country’s many fjords and mountains. But as a significant number of international students have discovered — and there were about 12,000 at last count — the education system is also worth the journey to one of Europe’s most northern countries.
Cost of Education in Norway?
Foreign students do not have to pay for tuition, but there is a small fee payable to the student union each semester of around €50.
• International students who move to Norway solely for the purposes of undertaking a study programme are not usually eligible for a maintenance loan from the government. • Foreign students obtaining their first residence permit are automatically given a work permit that allows them to work for up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during university breaks. However, when renewing their residence permit, students must show proof that they are keeping up with their studies to get their work permit renewed. This involves having their university fill out a form giving details of their achievements. Education System
Higher education is broadly divided into:
• Universities, which concentrate on theoretical subjects (arts, humanities, natural science), Supply bachelor (3 yrs), master (5 yrs) and PhD (8 yrs) titles. Universities also run a number of professional studies, including law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and psychology, but these are generally separate departments that have little to do with the rest of the university institution. Well known universities in Norway
• Norwegian University of Science And Technology • AUiT The Arctic University of Norway • University of Bergen • University of Oslo • University of Tromso
5. Cost of living in Norway for students?
360-400 EUR per month
Student Visa Process
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. There is a processing fee of NOK 2 500 (approx. USD 430) for each application made from abroad payable to the Norwegian Foreign Mission. Due to exchange rates and local administrative conditions this fee may vary. Please check with the Norwegian Foreign Mission for exact fee prior to submission of application. When you apply for a student residence permit you must submit the following documents: • An application form for student residence with a passport photograph. • A copy of your passport. • Documentation of admission to an approved educational institution. The letter of acceptance from the instution must contain the following information: 1. The applicant's name 2. The name of the institution 3. What course/programme the applicant has been admitted to 4. The duration of the course/programme The course/programme must be full-time and approved for financial support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. This also applies for students who have financing from other sources and do not intend to seek support from the Loan Fund. • A plan of study. A filled out form stating the progress of your studies. • Documentation of housing. Approved documentation includes a lease copy for a house, an apartment or a room issued by a private person or company. Apartments/rooms provided by the institution's own Student Housing organisation must also be documented with a lease copy. • Documentation of subsistence (loan from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund or deposits in a Norwegian bank). • Subsistence is ensured at NOK 97 850,- for the school year 2014/2015. If you plan to attend an institution/programme/course that has tuition fees, you must also document that you are able to finance this extra cost. As a general rule, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires the money to be deposited in a Norwegian bank account, and this account must be in the applicant’s name. If the educational institution has set up an account for the students, the student may transfer his/her funds to this account. Documentation in this case should include a statement from the institution confirming that the correct amount is deposited to the account in question, or a bank statement showing a balance for the correct amount.The applicant may apply for part-time work in Norway and submit this as part of the grounds for subsistence. However, the total amount for subsistence will then be higher.As a general rule, financial guarantees from a third person is not accepted, whether this person is a resident in Norway or another country. In special cases financial guarantees from an applicant's parents may be accepted if they are Norwegian residents.