Norway is mostly known for its lovely fjords and the legendary birthplace of trolls. However, it has become popular among international students worldwide looking for free higher education abroad.
Norway can pride itself with high quality and free-tuition universities that welcome students to pursue study degrees at any level: Bachelor's, Master's and PhD. Students coming on an Erasmus exchange programmes also benefit from the free tuition and may even be eligible for financial support to pay for their living expenses.
Find out more information below about study costs, scholarships and funding opportunities in Norway.
1. University tuition fees in Norway
Tuition fees in public universities
In Norway, all public universities are tuition-free for all international students, regardless of their nationality. This means that, unlike in other European countries, not only EU/EEA students benefit from free or lower fees in Norway universities.
However, some programmes/courses may charge fees, such as those related to Business and Management, but only in a few schools and universities. Remember also that living costs in Norway are pretty high.
You will only have to pay a mandatory tax called student union fee each semester, which is between 32 – 64 EUR. The student union fee entitles you to the right to take exams and it also provides you several benefits, such as discounts for public transportation, museums and cultural events, and access to sports facilities.
Tuition fees in private universities
Most private institutions in Norway charge the same amount of tuition fees to both Norwegian and international students. The average tuition fees range between approximately 8,000 – 9,500 EUR/year.
Tuition-free universities in Norway
Here are some examples of free universities in Norway:
- Nord University
- UIT the Arctic University of Norway
- Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
- University College of Southeast Norway
Top-ranked universities in Norway
Check out top-ranked Norway universities where you can also study for free:
- University of Oslo
- University of Bergen
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences
2. Scholarships for international students in Norway
If you enrolled in a private university in Norway that charges tuition fees, you can apply for a scholarship. Additionally, several scholarships and funding options are meant to cover your living expenses.
Annually, public and private universities and various Norway organisations offer scholarships and grants which are announced weekly, usually. So apply as early as possible and pay attention to the entire process.
Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Scholarships – for students from developing countries who apply to degrees in coastal and marine engineering.
Search through all scholarships available in Norway!