Study in Norway

Completing a university degree is often considered to be an expensive endeavor 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. “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. If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for your living expenses. Through various fellowship programs, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters.

Language requirements

Proof of English proficiency

When looking at each country’s educational system, the level of English is a special consideration. For each country, the GSU list indicates if there is an English language skills requirement, along with a number indicating which categories of applicants from a particular country may be exempted.

1) Applicants from countries which are members of the EU/EEA and/or the Council of Europe/UNESCO-Cepes, and who studied English as their first foreign language over a period of minimum 7 years at compulsory/upper secondary school, are exempted from the English language test. The applicants must document this or provide proof of having taken a recognized examination/test. In exceptional cases, applicants may provide proof of English proficiency in other ways.

2) Applicants who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the home country with English as the language of instruction are exempted from the test.

3) Applicants who have passed an A-level examination in English may be exempted.

4) The English language requirement is satisfied if you have English as “language 1” or “language 2” in your EB diploma.

Applicants satisfy the requirements regarding proficiency in the English language if they have completed and passed one of the secondary school examinations listed below with English in the curriculum.

No tuition fees:
Generally, students at state universities and university colleges do not pay tuition fees. This is true for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programs and Ph.D. programs. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester. In order to take an exam this fee will have to be paid in full. But the fee also grants you membership in the local student welfare organization, which in turn entitles you to several benefits. These benefits may include on campus health services, counseling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities. Payment of the semester fee is also necessary to get an official student card that, among other things, gives you reduced fares on most forms of public transport and lower ticket prices to various cultural events.

Programs and courses with tuition fees

Most private institutions have tuition fees for all their programs and courses. But the fees are usually significantly lower than those of comparable studies in most other countries. Also, foreign students don’t pay higher tuition fees than Norwegian students. State universities and university colleges may have tuition fees for a few specialized programs. Typically these programs are at the Masters level.

Admission and Application

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. Below you will find the general requirements to previous education. These are minimum requirements determined by NOKUT – the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education. Please note that institutions may have higher and/or additional requirements for all or some programs.

Academic Requirements:

A compilation of country-specific information called the GSU-list (formerly SIS list) states what level of education applicants from different countries need to meet for entry into Norwegian higher education, including any requirements concerning proficiency in English. For courses where the language of instruction is Norwegian, proficiency in the Norwegian language is also required.

Undergraduate studies
Completion of secondary education at advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Norwegian secondary school, is the general basic requirement for entry to Norwegian universities and university colleges. For students from some countries at least one year of completed studies at the university level is required in addition. Please check the GSU-list for detailed information regarding additional requirements for your country. Some study programs have special admission requirements, usually relating to specialist subjects or fields of study from secondary school. Please check with the institution for information about these special qualifications.


Masters programs

Admission requirements are decided by each university and university college based on an academic evaluation of the applicants. Applicants for Masters programmes have normally obtained an undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of at least 3 years’ duration. The degree must include courses equal to at least 1 1/2 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for. In special cases, the first (and sometimes the second) year of study at a foreign higher education institution will not be recognised as higher education in Norway.

Norway Student Visa

Global Visas is the world’s largest and most successful immigration consultancy with an expert knowledge of visa applications. More than four million people rely on our advice every year, and one of our areas of expertise is the Norway student visa. The easiest way to apply to study in Norway is to take the free assessment. Designed by the experts at Global Visas, it will break down your Norway student visa application into an easy, step-by-step process.

Benefits of study in Norway

Studying in Norway provides access to a world-class education system with a supportive structure offering loans to all students. A Norway student visa allows you to live and study in Norway for the duration of your course. After your studies have been completed, you will have the option of applying for residence as a skilled worker. A Norway student visa also acts as a work permit allowing you to work part-time during your semester and full-time during your break.

Different types of Study in Norway

The Norway student visa is most commonly granted for full-time studies at a Norwegian college or university. However, Norway visas are also available in a number of different circumstances, including: secondary school exchange students, students in international programs and Norwegian language students.

Norway student visa requirements

To qualify for a Norway student visa, you must have already been accepted by a Norwegian educational institution. Additional Norway student visa requirements include: you have the funds to support your stay, you have pre-arranged accommodation, and you agree to leave Norway once your permit has expired.

How Global Visas can help you study in Norway

Applying to study in Norway can be a lengthy process with multiple steps. This is why it is important that you consult an immigration expert who can handle every step of your application. The best way to contact Global Visas for help with your Norway student visa is to take the free assessment. So click on the button below to start your pathway to studying in Norway.


  • IELTS: 6.5/6.0
  • All Academic Certificate & Mark sheet/Transcript.
  • Motivation Letter.
  • Students’ Conformation Letter to come back their own country after completion of study in Norway.
  • Police Clearance Certificate.
  • Recommendation Letter.
  • Job Experience Certificate.


Deadline for applying march 1

Offer Letter would get within 3 months

Yes, you would get both on and Off Campus Jobs.

Part Time Job is Available during study period.

20 hours work permit in a week during study period

Needs to wait at least 6 Months

Yes, after completion of the study program a student gets a 6 months post study visa.

You need to show a Bank statement which is Minimum 2 month old.

After conforming the result

You will need to produce the documents needed to show your spouse’s or civil partner’s status and evidence of your marital or civil partner status (for example, birth or naturalization certificate of Irish spouse, marriage or civil registration certificate).

The time for searching jobs is included in the 6 months stay back option.

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