Are you interested in studying in Norway, find out about tuition, accommodation, living costs and visa. Below are all you need to know about studying in Norway.
Study in Norway – Tuition Fees and Living Costs
Schools in Norway hardly charge tuition fees, most of them don’t, so students can find affordable degree courses without compromising standard.
Studying abroad in Norway will be a challenging, but rewarding, experience, that will lead to a valuable academic degree that will be a remarkable addition to your CV.
University Tuition Fees in Norway
In Norway, some public universities don’t charge tuition fees. This is valid for undergraduate degree courses, Master’s programmes and PhDs, and for students from all countries, regardless if they are members of the EU/EEA or not.
There is, though, a semester student union fee that has to be paid in full, which is around 32 – 64 EUR.
Some of the Reputable Universities You Should Definitively Check Out in Norway Are;
- University of Bergen, in Bergen;
- BI Norwegian Business School, in Oslo;
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), in Trondheim;
- NHH Norwegian School of Business, in Bergen.
Student Living Costs in Norway
Going to school in Norway involves living costs comprised of accommodation, books and other studying supplies, food and utilities. Although living costs may be above average European countries, they are still some of the best for a Nordic country. And, as a bonus, the quality of life is very rewarding.
Total living costs for an international student for a month, in some of the main cities of Norway, without the accommodation expenses, are;
- Oslo; 900 – 1,500 EUR
- Bergen; 1,000 – 1,600 EUR
- Tromso and Trondheim; 900- 1,300 EUR
- Other smaller cities in Norway usually have an average monthly living cost of 700 – 900 EUR.
Students pay around 36% out of the total living costs on accommodation.
You will, generally, pay a monthly average of 1,500 EUR for accommodation in a private rental apartment, with utilities included. Accommodation prices in Oslo can rise up to 1,700 EUR per month.
For accommodation on campuses and in private apartments. Here are some of the average monthly costs;
- Students who live alone; 700 EUR
- Students who live with their partner/children; 800 EUR
- Students who live in residence halls; 570 EUR
Accommodation in the university halls is limited in Norway, so only 15% of the students from the entire country live on-campus, according to a European study. However, the rooms they share have high standards, since 69% of the students living in residence halls are satisfied with their housing.
This percentage is above the European average, so if you find a room on-campus, there are high chances you will enjoy it. You might also need to rent a private apartment and pay a deposit.
Food Costs and Inexpensive Shopping
You will usually pay around 240 EUR on food, per month. You can save some money by buying from grocery stores that sometimes offer discounts or from accessible supermarkets such as;
- Rema 1000
If you plan an evening out, you will spend 20 EUR in an inexpensive restaurant and 65 EUR in an average one, for a meal of two. If you also want to drink something light, you will spend an extra 4 EUR, so plan your nights out wisely.
41% of the students use public transportation and use their discounts provided by the university card. The total cost of a monthly transport pass is between 55 and 72 EUR, and additional transportation can have;
- A starting price of 10 EUR and 1.6 EUR/kilometre, for taxis;
- A rate of around 60 EUR for 7 months, for bike rentals
As for books, magazines, and other supplies for your courses and research, the expenses usually reach 530 EUR per semester, but you can also buy used books from libraries and save some money.
For social activities, you should prepare an estimate of 70 EUR/month.
How to Get a Student Visa for Norway
If you wish to study in Norway, you may need to apply for a student visa, otherwise known as a student residence permit.
Students from Iceland, Denmark, Sweden or Finland do not need a student visa for Norway, and do not need to register with the police. However, if you plan to study in Norway for more than six months, you must report to a tax office in Norway for an ID check and to report your move to Norway.
Students from nations within the European Economic Area (EEA) and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) can study in Norway for up to 90 days without applying for a student residence permit.
However, these students will need to apply for a student residence permit for stays of over 90 days. This process is quite straightforward: you’ll firstly need to register with the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration online, providing details of your correspondence address in Norway, and then go in person to the nearest police station once you arrive, to present the relevant documents showing your basis for residence.
You will need to show;
- Your passport
- Confirmation of admission to an approved educational institution
- Private health insurance or European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
- Personal declaration of sufficient funds to support yourself while you study in Norway
- You also do not need to apply for a student visa if you fulfill one of the other exemptions to the visa requirement, as listed on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website.
Who Needs a Student Visa for Norway?
All other students will need to apply for a student residence permit if they intend to study in Norway for more than three months. If you are studying in Norway for less than three months, and you come from a country with a visa requirement for entering Norway, you will still need to obtain a visa. Requirements and procedures for obtaining a student residence permit will depend upon your country of origin.
Requirements to Get a Student Visa for Norway
In order to be granted a Norway student visa, you must have been admitted to a field of study at a college or university (with some exemptions). After you’ve received your letter of admission you should contact your nearest Norwegian Embassy or Consulate for information on the study permit application procedure, and apply from your country of origin.
While some candidates can apply online from within Norway or through a Norwegian embassy, most students will need to submit a paper application form to their closest Norwegian embassy or consulate.
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 3,200, which is roughly US$370)
- A valid travel document (i.e. passport)
- Two recent passport-sized photos with a white background
- Evidence of admission into 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).
- You need to prove you have access to NOK 111,657 for each academic year (10 months), which is approximately US$13,000.
- 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 two months or so, therefore it is advisable to apply as soon as you are able. 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 and will be sent your residence card by post within 10 working days.
What Does the Student Residence Permit allow You to Do?
When you are granted a Norwegian student residence permit, you are also granted a permit to work part-time in addition to your studies (up to 20 hours per week) and full-time during university holidays, at no extra charge. You can renew your study permit through the online Application Portal Norway at least three months before it expires, providing evidence of sufficient funds to support yourself, as well as satisfactory progress studying in Norway (your Study Progression Report, issued from your faculty, confirms this).
The UDI will also use your Study Progression Report to confirm that you can continue to be issued a work permit. You must be making satisfactory progress in your studies to continue to be able to work part-time.
You can also apply for a permit to work full-time for a limited period if you can prove that the work is relevant to your studies.
When you finish school, you are qualified to apply for a residence permit for up to six months in which to seek employment as a skilled worker. You must be able to prove you have become qualified as a skilled worker during your time of study in Norway, or that you had specialist training before your stay in Norway and then undertook further education in Norway. You must also meet the requirements to be able to provide financial support for yourself (and your family).