Written by ESC Admin on 27 May 2019 Posted in Blog
Kingdom of Norway is a country located in Northwestern Europe. It is home to over 5.3 million people, and this population is incredibly diverse. Even at the universities in Norway, diversity is one of the core strengths of the highly respected Norwegian educational system with over 15,000 foreign nationals who have been enrolled.
In Norway, courses usually start from August. Universities set their application deadlines between December 1 (the previous year) and March 15, although some schools may have “pre-qualification” deadlines. Academic and formal admission requirements are set by the universities. If you plan to apply for a Master’s degree in Norway, you may have to show that your previous academic education includes courses that amount to at least one-and-a-half years of studies in a related subject. Make sure you do your research early so that you don’t miss the application dates.
Norway is the country that takes higher education to a unique international level. Most of the public universities in Norway don’t charge tuition fees, student find it a good economical option for their higher education. The levy in tuition fees is applicable even to international students increasing the high quality degree courses in Norway. Depending on where you choose to study, you may be required to pay a small fee each semester, but that is normally between NOK 300 and NOK 600. This semester fee gets you membership to the student union, access to health services, counselling and sports facilities as well as an official student card. Your student card can reduce your fees on public transport and give you a discount for museums and art galleries. There are some courses at public institutions that you may have to pay for, but these are rare, and tend to be at postgraduate level. If you choose to study at a private institution, you will be required to pay tuition fees, and these will vary at each institution. There are some scholarships available for EU/EEA students and international students, make sure to check with your chosen institution about your eligibility.
Your living costs will depend on where you choose to live in Norway. The bigger cities will be more expensive than the smaller cities and towns. You may be able to apply to the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund for a grant to help you cover your costs. On average, you should budget for between NOK 9,500 and NOK 20,000 per month. Students from an EU/EEA country can get part-time work without any permission. Students from anywhere else will be required to apply for a work permit before you can get part-time work. No matter where you are from, you are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during term time and full-time during the holidays.
Aside from the quality of its education and ease in the living cost, Norway offers a unique experience for nature lovers. You are never far from the coast with its impressive fjords; never far from awe-inspiring climbing or skiing hot spots; and you get to experience the midnight sun in the summer, and exciting snowy winters.
Studying abroad in Norway will be a very rewarding experience, which will lead to a valuable academic degree that will be a remarkable bonus in your career.