Norway offers you a unique student experience, and Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world.
Internationalisation is a priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system, and universities and university colleges are constantly working to facilitate international students. Around 15 000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at Norwegian institutions of higher education. International students may apply for admission to a variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programmes. You may come to Norway as a student through established exchange programmes, institutional agreements or as a so called “free mover”, where you arrange the stay by yourself (type of study, length and financing).
With a wide range of high quality courses and great flexibility, Norwegian institutions prove to be an ideal study destination. From vocational subjects to postgraduate and doctorate level, there are plenty of opportunities for students to fulfill their ambitions. You will also benefit from the informal atmosphere at Norwegian universities and university colleges, where teachers are easily approachable and tuition often takes place in small groups. Most institutions also have well equipped computer facilities with free Internet access.
Study off the beaten track
In our northern corner of the world you can combine your studies with exciting outdoor activities, both winter and summer. You can see the Aurora Borealis (“Northern lights”), experience the midnight sun, fjords and mountains. Challenge yourself with skiing, white water rafting or climbing. Or simply enjoy the fresh air, clean water and lots and lots of space. As a student in Norway you will never be short of possibilities for unique nature experiences.
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A compilation of country-specific information called the GSU-list (formerly SIS list) states what level of education that 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.
An updated pdf-version of the GSU list can be found here.
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 programmes 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.
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.
A. State university colleges
- Bergen University College
- Buskerud University College
- Finnmark University College
- Gjøvik University College
- Harstad University College
- Hedmark University College
- Lillehammer University College
- Narvik University College
- Nesna University College
- Nord-Trøndelag University College
- Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
- Saami University College
- Sogn og Fjordane University College
- Stord/Haugesund University College
- Sør-Trøndelag University College
- Telemark University College
- Vestfold University College
- Volda University College
- Østfold University College
- Aalesund University College
B. Private colleges with institutional accreditation
- Ansgar School of Theology and Mission
- Diakonhjemmet University College (campus Oslo & Sandnes)
- Haraldsplass Deaconess University College (HDUC)
- Lovisenberg Diaconal University College
- Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH)
- Norwegian Teacher Academy (NLA)
- Oslo School of Management, Campus Christiania
- Queen Maud University College
C. Private colleges with accredited programmes and courses
- Barratt Due Institute of Music
- Bergen School of Architecture
- Betanien Deaconal University College
- Bjørknes College
- Norwegian University College for (HLB)
- Norwegian College of Dance (DNBH)
- Norwegian Eurythmy College
- Rudolf Steiner College of Education
D. Specialised university institutions:
- BI – Norwegian Business School (formerly Norwegian School of Management)
- Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics (HiMolde)
- NHH – Norwegian School of Economics
- Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH)
- Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
- Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
- MF – Norwegian School of Theology
- Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
- School of Mission and TheologyIn addition Norway has two university centres:
- University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
- University Graduate Center at Kjeller (UNIK)
E. National institutes of the arts
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
- University of Agder (UiA)
- University of Bergen (UiB)
- University of Nordland (UiN) (formerly Bodø University College)
- University of Oslo (UiO)
- University of Stavanger (UiS)
- University of Tromsø (UiT)