The Kingdom of Norway, is located in Northwestern Europe. Officially, Norway shares its land borders with Sweden, Finland, Russia and has a vast coastline. Norway, a Scandinavian country is well- developed, welfare state, transparent and well –organized wealthy country. Norway has a fascinating history with beautiful fjords, Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), is a perfect study destination for any international student and nature – lovers. Also, Norwegians are modest and lead a simple life in the company of family and friends.
Norway is the country where most Norwegian public universities don’t charge any tuition fees, even from international students regardless of their country of birth. The education system is supported by the state to ensure equal education for one and all. The quality education provided by Norwegian universities and colleges has taken education to unique international level making it a wonderful experience.
Norway is signed up to the Bologna Process, includes the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) meaning students who complete degrees or courses at universities in Norway will hold certifications that are recognized by other countries worldwide.
Here, teaching basically focuses on student – interaction, independent learning and thinking, well–equipped with latest technology with more of practical experience opening gateway to multitude of career opportunities.
If choosing to study in a private institution, then you will have to pay required tuition fee. Scholarships, student exchange programs are available for international students with regards to chosen institution and their eligibility criteria. Private universities charge fee varying between
7,000 -9,000 EUR/Year for Bachelor’s Program
9,000-19,000 EUR/Year for Master’s Program
Students can join unions or associations with a nominal fee of 300 NOK- 600 NOK which brings various benefits of on–campus health services, counselling, sports facilities, cultural activities, reduced public transport, discount for museums and art galleries.
The University of Oslo is the highest –ranked public university of Norway in Oslo city. Also, the University of Bergen, Tromso University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology [NTNU] are one of the top rated public universities with various types of programs for international students to enroll and get work permit after completion of course.
COST OF LIVING:
Norway is a highly appreciated study destination of Europe. One can study in Norway tuition- free, but when it comes to cost of living, it is the most expensive countries of Europe. An estimated average student budget in Norway is NOK 9500 – NOK 20,000 per month depending on the city in which you live alone, rented/shared with other students. The standard of living and quality of life is very high in large cities. The living costs comprises of accommodation, books, study material, food and basic utilities. Students can apply for work –permit upto 20 Hours per week during term time and full time during holidays to support their living expenses.
In order to get a part-time job while studying in Norway, students from outside the EU will need a work permit and should submit a statement from the institution authorizing that the work will not affect their studies, as well as a letter from the employer confirming the student’s job offer. Students from within the EU do not need a work permit, as permission to work will be granted along with their residence permit. In both cases, students are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week during their term-time and full-time during the semester breaks.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants who do not meet the English proficiency requirements may take one of the following tests:
Test of English as a Foreign Language [ TOEFL] with a minimum score of 500 for paper-based test, a score of minimum 170 for computer based test and a score of minimum 60 for internet based test.
International English Language Testing Service [IELTS] with a minimum score of 5.0 Bands
Advanced Placement International English Language Examination [APIEL] with a minimum score of 3
English language programs offered at the University of Oslo include subjects in humanities, social sciences, law, theology, mathematics and natural sciences, education, medicine, dentistry, energy, development, gender studies and “Norwegian for Academics” which requires no previous knowledge of the Norwegian language.
A high level of English makes easy in society to both study and live in Norway. Major number of Degree programs are taught in English but are advised to learn or know Norwegian language to converse for a full-time or part –time job.
APPLICATION AND ADMISSION:
Applications and admissions to higher education in Norway are handled by each institution having different requirements and deadlines. The education system comprises of 3+2+3 model of Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D following the European standards. The grades for undergraduate and post-graduate examinations are awarded in graded scale from A [Highest] to F [Lowest] with E as the minimum passing grade.
Students may apply for universities in Norway through the law of 23/5 – you must be above 23 years of age and have 5 years of combined schooling and work experience, and have passed exams in several key subjects (namely Norwegian, mathematics, natural sciences, English and social studies). Some degrees may also ask for qualifications in specific subjects depending on the degree program (such as mathematics and physics for engineering). Each course and university has its own specific admissions requirements.
Students need to obtain a valid visa, in the form of student residence permit wishing to study in Norwegian institution. If program lasts more than a year you will have to apply every year. If stay is financed through scholarship, loans, documents must support the application process. A student residence permit to Norway is granted that he/she will return to their home country upon completion of studies.
When you hand in your student residence permit application form, you must also provide your passport, along with other necessary documentation.
You’ll need to submit:
A completed application form
Receipt of having paid the application fee (NOK 4,900, which is roughly US$546)
A valid travel document (i.e. passport)
Two recent passport-sized photos with a white background
Evidence of admittance to an approved full-time education program
Evidence of sufficient financial funds for the entire period of study, including funds to support any accompanying family, which should be in a Norwegian bank account (it can be difficult to open an account in a Norwegian bank without a Norwegian personal number, so you can usually deposit the required amount into an account established by your educational institution).
Proof you have access to NOK 121,220 for each academic year (10 months), which is approximately US$13,507
Evidence that you have somewhere to live (such as a house, apartment, bedsit or room in a hall of residence)
Evidence that you will leave Norway when your residence permit expires (usually in the form of a return ticket)
Completed and signed UDI document checklist, which you should print off and hand in along with your other documents
Processing times for student residence permits will vary and may take around two months, therefore it is advisable to apply as soon as possible.
If your application is granted, you must then obtain a residence card. This is proof that you have the right to live in Norway and is issued by your local police station in Norway.
You’re required to visit the police station within seven days of your arrival in Norway. You’ll have your fingerprints and photo taken which will be sent at your residence by post within 10 working days.
Internationalization is priority for the Norwegian education system facilitating unique student experience from all over the world. The reasons to study in Norway include following benefits:
Students can work in a safe job market with progressive working environment.
Gain access to number of benefits such as sickness benefits, employment protection, higher salaries and even parental leave.
Top-class research, innovations, technology, high-productivity and nearness to the ocean contributes to world-class marine industries, hydropower, fisheries relying on oil and gas industry as well.
Close and equal terms student –professor relations.
Equality, equal-rights, openness are important values rooted in Norwegian society and culture.
Norway is ranked one of the best countries to live with lowest crime rate in the world.
All the more reason to study in Norway!
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