When it comes to the educational aspects, Norway offers much more than many popular countries. It may not be the first destination that pops into your mind when you think about studying abroad. However, with its high academic standards and creative teaching skills, Norway provides education in the best way possible. The educational institutions in the country offer a wide range of combinations of subjects to study, with many courses available in English. So, if you are thinking about going to Norway to continue your studies, go through this guide to know what to expect. 

Tuition Fees 

Educational institutions in Norway are quite expensive, though not more than popular destinations. Tuition fees hold a significant portion of the expenses you bear while studying in another country. However, most public universities in Norway do not charge any fees for local and international students. It is a big plus for students who cannot afford education abroad. If you want to enroll in a private college in Norway, the tuition fee can be between 7000 EUR to 9000 EUR for undergraduate courses and 9000 EUR to 20,000 EUR for masters.    


The cost of living in Norway might be higher than that in your home country. Everyday expenses, such as food, travel, etc., are pricey, but you will get used to them eventually. Most students either rent an apartment or go for student housing, which is a cheaper option. The accommodation prices may vary depending on which city and locality you reside in. Accommodation in Norway ranges from 1000 to 1900 EUR in the city center and 800 to 1400 EUR outside the city center. 

Other Expenses 

Apart from accommodation, you will have to bear other expenses such as food, travel, books, etc. In Norway, most international students use public transportation to get around the city. You can also take advantage of the student ID cards issued by Norwegian universities to get great discounts. A transportation card in Norway can cost between 50 to 80 EUR, while cabs cost about 1.5 EUR per kilometer.  

Restaurants in Norway are not that expensive either. Usually, food will cost between 250 to 400 EUR per month. To save money on food, avoid eating in expensive restaurants and use public transport to travel around the city. You can buy groceries from supermarkets that offer discounts on everyday items. Learning how to cook can also prove to be a great advantage while living in Norway. However, if you are dining out, an inexpensive restaurant will cost about 20 EUR, whereas expensive ones can charge over 70 EUR for a meal.  

Best Universities

The education system in Norway comprises both public and private universities and colleges. International students prefer to study in these Norwegian institutions with hundreds of courses and programs than the ones in other countries. Public universities in Norway do not charge any tuition fees, even for international students. By saving the tuition fees, you can deal with other expenses with ease. Here are some of the best educational institutions in Norway for you: 

  • BI Norwegian Business School   

  • Bergen University College

  • The Arctic University of Tromsø, Norway

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

  • University of Nordland

  • Oslo Metropolitan University

  • University of Bergen

  • University of Stavanger

  • University of Oslo 

Student Visa  

To go to Norway for higher education, you must obtain a student residence permit. This permit allows you to stay in Norway for longer than three months and complete your course. Apply for the visa 2-4 months before you go to Norway for your studies. You will need some evidence to show that you are financially capable of living in Norway and even go through a medical examination.  

The guide sums it up for students who are planning their higher education in Norway. 

Rishika Jain 1 year ago
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