Norway, is one of the Scandinavia countries. Norway is the largest country in the cultural-linguistic region of Northern Europe with borders to Sweden, Finland and Russia on the east side. Is it possible to study as an international student without scholarship and still study free? Find out!

Study abroad in Norway; Free and Low Tuition Universities, Cost of Living in Norway and Visa Application Requirements are reviewed

Study and Work in Norway

An international student in Norway holding a student resident permit is not allowed to seek employment. However, students can apply to acquire part time permit or permit to seek employment during vacations. Furthermore, full time employment, however for a limited period of time can be sought for.

Living Costs in Norway

Student living costs in Norway apparently is on the high side. It comprises accommodation, books and other studying supplies, food and utilities. Although living costs may be above average European countries, they are still among the best for a Nordic country.

Some of the total living costs for an international student for a month, in some of the main cities of Norway, without the accommodation expenses, are;

  • Oslo: 1,100 – 1,300 EUR
  • Bergen: 950 – 1,050 EUR
  • Tromso and Trondheim: 1,100 EUR
  • Other smaller cities in Norway usually have an average monthly living cost of 700 – 800 EUR.

Students Accommodation

Generally, students pay a monthly average of 1,500 EUR for accommodation in a private rental apartment, with utilities included. Accommodation prices in Oslo can be up to 1,700 EUR per month, for instance.

Students look for accommodation on campuses and in private apartments. Here are some of the average monthly costs for housing in Norway;

  • Students who live alone: 639 EUR
  • Students who live with their partner/children: 787 EUR
  • Students who live in residence halls: 564 EUR

How to Apply for Visa/Residence Permit

Once you have been given admission to study in Norway, you will need to start working on your visa. There are requirements that must be met before a visa is issued to a prospective student, one of which is that the student will show proof that he/she has sufficient funds to cater for his/her stay in Norway. In this case, the Norwegian embassy will demand that a minimum of NOK 90,800 be transferred into a Norwegian bank account in your name to cover a 10-month university year.

Please note the difference between visa and residence permit. A student visa only allows you stay for 90 days in Norway, while a residence permit allows you stay longer than three months. To apply for a residence permit, you will need to tender the following documents;

  • An application form for student residence with a passport photograph.
  • A copy of your passport.
  • Documentation of admission to an approved educational institution which must contain the applicant’s name, name of institution, course of study and duration of course/program
  • A plan of study stating the progress of your studies.
  • Documentation of housing.

How to Apply for Admission into a Norwegian University

In order to obtain the necessary application forms and information about the application deadlines you will have to contact each university or university college. In general the application deadline for foreign students is between December 1 to March 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August). Please note that some institutions have separate “pre-qualification” deadlines that are earlier than this. Most of the schools in Norway accept online application.

First, you will send an online application to the school and then forward supporting documents to them as well. If you meet the minimum entry requirement for admission, you will be sent an offer letter which will allow you process your visa.

List of Tuition-free universities in Norway

  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • University of Agder
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Nordland
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • BI – Norwegian Business School
  • Molde University College
  • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Hedmark University College
  • Harstad University College
  • Bergen University College
  • Nord University
  • UIT the Arctic University of Norway
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences;
  • University College of Southeast Norway.

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 of if they are members of the EU/EEA or not.

Students are expected to pay student union fee in full, which is around 32 – 64 EUR.

Cheap Universities in Norway

  • University of Oslo;
  • University of Bergen;
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology;
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences.