Norway remains for us mysterious and unfamiliar country. Nevertheless, it is known the highest living standards in the world, openness and hospitality of its citizens and a well-developed system of higher and postgraduate education. Norwegian higher education institutions happily welcome applications from qualified students from the whole world. Nearly 10,000 foreign students are currently registered at this level of Norway educational system. International students can get access to various training programs for undergraduate and graduate degrees. Some universities and colleges offer specifically designed programs for foreign students, such as the University of Oslo. These programs are taught in English and admission does not require permanent residency.
Foreign students are defined as well as all students without a permanent residence made in Norway. There are three categories of foreign students: self-financed students, exchange students, students participating in various fellowship programs. The right for exchange or scholarship program is usually determined on the basis of national and regional agreements and fulfillment of minimum requirements. Participation in a number of funded programs is limited to applicants from certain countries.
All international applicants must fulfill the same basic requirements as well as Norwegian students. These requirements vary depending on the country in which the candidate completed his primary and secondary education. Applicants usually must have completed secondary education. In addition, there are specific entry requirements for programs concerning certain subjects. In some cases, special abilities and professional experience may be counted as the right to enroll to the university. Students who apply for studying the Bachelor degree must comply with the requirements of the previous level of training at the university.
All Norwegian universities require good knowledge of English. International students who are not native speakers of English must show special document which confirm their knowledge. Foreign students accepted to study for a bachelor degree, must complete a preparatory course in Norwegian language before they will begin basic training. Norwegian language training courses also include a class about Norwegian life and society, and normally take two semesters.
In Norway, there are no tuition fees in higher education, though sometimes there is a required payment for the passage of certain professional education programs, special education and study in private educational institutions. Payment for housing is provided only foreign students received scholarships for individual programs.
Advantages of the higher education in Norway:
- A wide range of specialties
- The prestigious European Diplomas
- Lack of entrance examinations
- Free education
- Career prospects, the ability to get a job in Europe and America
- The best conditions for student life and developed social policy
If you are a talented person and have a strong will to finish one of the Norwegian universities, don’t waste time. You have a great possibility to become a student of one of these higher educational institutions. Owning to the fact that there are a lot of exchange programs nowadays, you can even receive rights for free education and not small scholarship. In addition, student life is full of interesting events, so don’t lose such an excellent chance.