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Study Free in Norway: A Comprehensive Guide

Public universities in Norway do not charge tuition fees, they are operating tuition free education. What this imply is that as a student you are completely exempted from paying tuition fees. Once you have been admitted, your only need to take care of your living expenses which is put at 800 to 1000 Euro per month. In today’s post, I will be writing about tuition free education in Norway, cost of living, scholarships, application time and a comprehensive list of universities that operate tuition free.

Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo which is the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums, including the Edvard Munch Museum and the Norsk Folk museum. Norwegian institutions of higher learning offer a broad range of high quality courses and great flexibility. Institutions in Norway have proven to be an ideal study destination. And if you make up your mind to study in Norway, you will greatly benefit from the informal atmosphere at Norwegian universities and university colleges, where teachers are easily approachable and teaching often takes place in small groups.

Cost of living

Like I said at the onset, Norwegian State universities and colleges do not charge tuition fees but students will need to budget for their living expenses. Students must budget for enough money that will take care of their feeding, accommodation, transportation, buying of books etc. This amount is estimated at 800 to 1000 Euro per month. Please note that the embassy will want to see a documented financial proof that the student can take care of himself while studying in Norway.


Students who cannot afford their living expenses can apply for scholarships. Norwegian government and universities awards lots of scholarships for international students, one of which is the Norwegian Government Quota Scholarship Scheme which is awarded by the Norwegian Government. Below is a list of other scholarships that are made available for students who wish to study in Norway;

  • Science without borders
  • Mobility grants for Norwegian Language and Literature
  • Erasmus+
  • The AURORA Mobility Programme France-Norway
  • Nordplus student exchange
  • High North Fellowship Program
  • Cooperation in the field of arctic studies between Iceland and Norway
  • The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund
  • ON Stipendienfonds – for German students in the energy field

Work and study in Norway

Students are usually allowed to take up part time work to support their study. Students will be allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week when a work permit is granted. When applying for the work permit, the student should get a letter/statement from his/her 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. During semester breaks, students are free to work full time.

Admission application time

Universities in Norway admit students once a year. For most of the universities, admission application for foreign students starts by 1st October of every year.

List of tuition free universities in Norway

  • Bergen University
  • Alesund University
  • Bedo Regional University
  • Norway’s Information Technology University
  • Norwegian School of Management
  • Norwegian University of Science And Technology
  • Oslo School of Architecture
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • University of Troms
  • Vestfold College
  • Volola college
  • Hedmark University College
  • BI Norwegian Business School
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Agder
  • Ålesund University College




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    December 19, 2015 at 1:38 pm

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    December 22, 2015 at 9:19 am

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