Study Norway

Norway offers you a unique student experience and Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world. Around 15000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at Norwegian institutions of higher education.

Due to its wide range of high quality courses and flexibility, Norwegian institutions prove to be an ideal education destination. Students will also benefit from the informal atmosphere at Norwegian institutions, easy approachable teachers, small class size and well equipped computing facilities

Why Norway

  • No tuition fees (except private institutions)
  • Low TOEFL/ IELTS score requirement
  • About 70 public and private institutions of higher education
  • Wide range of high quality courses
  • Variety of subject areas
  • Informal atmosphere at the universities and colleges
  • More than 200 masters programs taught in English
  • One of the highest standards of living in the world

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Undergraduate Studies

At undergraduate level only a handful number of English taught courses are offered in the areas of management, biology, and developmental studies.

Admission Requirements

    • All India Senior School Certificate (Standard 12) issued by CBSE + 1 year university education

OR

    • Indian School Certificate (ISC Standard 12) issued by CISCE + 1 year university education

OR

    • Higher Secondary Certificate issued by State Secondary School Boards + 1 year university education

OR

    • Pre-University Examination Certificate +1 year university education

OR

  • Intermediate Examination Certificate + 1 year university education

English Language Requirement

    • TOEFL
    • IELTS
    • Advanced Placement International English Language examination (APIEL)
    • University of Cambridge examinations

In addition, applicants will have proof of sufficient English proficiency if they have:

  • Completed one year at the level university in an English-speaking country, where the language of instruction was English.
  • Finished university education where the English comprised the main component of the course of education.

Required Documents

    • Certified Copies of High school/ Secondary school mark sheets and certificates
    • Proof of English language requirement
    • Proof of funding
    • Copy of passport ID page

Intake Semester

Some institutions admit students twice a year, where some admit once a year. September is the main intake, which is also called Autumn intake. January is called the Spring intake.

Application Process

  • Step 1  Decide the program
  • Step 2  Select the university
  • Step 3  Check entry requirements and the application deadline
  • Step 4  Check documents requirements
  • Step 5  Start online application
  • Step 6  Upload required documents if asked
  • Step 7  Submit online application
  • Step 8  Send required documents if not uploaded them
  • Step 9  After receiving admission offer apply for Visa

Master Studies

The degree is normally obtained after 1-2 years of education and typically consists of 120 ECTS credit units. An increasing number of Norwegian institutions are offering Masters Programs where the language of instruction is English. Currently there are 220 courses available.

Admission Requirements

Applicants for Masters Programs have normally obtained an undergraduate/Bachelor’s degree or equivalent of at least 3 years duration.

English Lanugage Requirements

International students need to be able to demonstrate English proficiency by means of an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL/IELTS.

Required Documents

  • Certified copies of High school/ Secondary school mark sheets and certificates
  • Proof of English language requirement
  • Proof of funding
  • Copy of passport ID page

Application Process

  • Step 1  Decide the program
  • Step 2  Select the university
  • Step 3  Check entry requirements and the application deadline
  • Step 4  Check documents requirements
  • Step 5  Start online application
  • Step 6  Upload required documents if asked
  • Step 7  Submit online application
  • Step 8  Send required documents if not uploaded them
  • Step 9  After receiving admission offer apply for Visa

Doctoral Studies

In Norway, the PhD is awarded after three years of fulltime education and is basically a research program. The degree is made up of a training component equivalent to no less than 30ECTS (1 semester of full-time education) and a dissertation. The dissertation is generally an independent piece of scientific work that meets international standards within its subject area. In order to get the dissertation approved, it has to be defended at a public disputation.

There are two types of doctoral degrees offered by Norwegian institutions: The “organised” doctoral degree, which includes obligatory formal training in addition to the dissertation

The second type is a “free” doctoral degree, where no formal training or supervision is included. This type of degree is typically not part of the institutions’ formal Ph.D. program. However, the scientific status of the two degrees is the same.

Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible for a PhD degree in Norway, you need to complete five years undergraduate and postgraduate degree (basically three years of bachelor degree and two years research master). You can also be eligible if you have a correspondence degree from professional training schools (e.g. psychology, dentistry, medicine, law)

English Lanugage Requirements

International students need to be able to demonstrate English proficiency by means of an internationally recognized test such as TOEFL/IELTS.

Required Documents

Each institution has different documents requirements. In general, find bellow the basic documents guideline:

    • Certified copies of bachelor and master degree mark sheets and certificates
    • Description of the proposed dissertation and the time frame of completion
    • Detailed funding plan for the entire education period
    • Any published research articles or journals
    • Proof of English Language requirement

Apart from above, universities can ask for addition documents based on the program you are applying to.

Application Process

Each program and institutions have their own application process and it will be good idea to contact them before you start the application process.

Expenses

Tuition Fees
In case of public universities and colleges, students do not need to pay do not pay tuition fees and this applicable to all level of studies including undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. programs. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester.

For private institutions, most of them have tuition fees for all their programs. But the fees are usually significantly lower than those of comparable studies in most other countries.

Living Expenses
Students need to spend on an average NOK 8,900 per month for lodging, fooding, and other expenses.

Scholarships

If you are a PhD student, can find a paid position as a research fellow at the university. In general, there are number scholarships available for studying in Norwegian Institutions, however only limited number of scholarships are available to students from Non-EU countries. Below are the three funding options for Indian students.

  • Erasmus Mundus
  • YGGDRASIL – Young Guest and Doctoral Researchers Annual Scholarships for Investigation & Learning in Norway
  • Quota Scheme