Studying in Oslo, Norway

Study Master's Degrees in Oslo

Norway

Oslo at a glance

Oslo is home to the largest number of universities in Norway, with some of the higher educational institutions being leaders in excellent teaching and research activities. With some of the teaching staff that have been awarded with Nobel prizes, Oslo is one of the best options for studying abroad. Oslo is the capital and the most populous city in Norway and also the economic and governmental centre of the country.

Studying

Studying in Oslo

In Oslo universities, most Bachelor degrees are taught in Norwegian, and you can also apply for one year intensive Norwegian course before enrolment. You can pursue your studies in Norwegian if you own a Bergenstest diploma – the Norwegian language proficiency test. In some universities, Swedish and Danish are regarded as equivalent languages for instruction.

Most postgraduate degrees are taught in English, and international students should meet the English language requirements: high scores of IELTS or TOEFL.

You can enrol in various university short courses during summer school and learn more about: Norwegian history, human rights, international politics and many other themes.

The most common study programmes available for all degree levels (Bachelor and Master programmes, PhD) are: economics, political science, psychology, technology, law, natural sciences, media, medicine, education, nursing, business, finance, marketing, design.

You will find numerous PhD courses for popular subject areas, like: psychology, education and finance. The only distance learning programmes are available for theology field.

Career

Career opportunities in Oslo

Oslo is an important centre for maritime industries and maritime trade in Europe. Other major sectors sustaining the local economy are: banking, shipping, retail and insurance.

Top companies of Oslo are: Norsk Hydro, Petroleum Geo-services, Siemens, H&M, Schenker, Phillip Morris, Agra Foods, Opera Software, Ernst & Young.

As far as the internship opportunities, international students will be able to apply in local companies, in any field they want to get practical experience.

Life

Oslo city life

Oslo is a great city, rich in cultural heritage and also beautifully picturesque, as it is surrounded by green hills and mountains. You will have many places to visit and you can enjoy a pretty vibrant night life as well.

Major landmarks of Oslo are:

  • The Royal Palace
  • Akershus Castle and Fortress
  • The Munch Museum
  • Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art in Oslo
  • Oslo Cathedral
  • The Norwegian Parliament
  • The Botanical Garden
  • Vigeland Museum
  • The Nobel Peace Centre

Relax and have nice walks in the Frogner Park and check out a performance at the Oslo Opera House, the Norwegian Theatre or the National Theatre.

Oslo hosts several events like the Oslo Jazz festival, The World Cup Biathlon and many more.

If you like sports, you can watch matches of the local football, harness racing, hockey and handball teams.

In the evenings, you can enjoy and have fun in one of the many bars, pubs and night clubs.

Whenever you feel like getting out of the city, go to Oslomarka, less than half an hour away from Oslo. Here, you can walk in the forest, go hiking, and watch splendid views over the Oslofjord. There are also around 40 islands within the city limits that you can check out.

International atmosphere in Oslo

Oslo is a very multicultural city. The largest ethnic community belongs to the Pakistanis, followed by Swedes, Somalis, and Poles. Other minorities include people from Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Turkey, Morocco, Iraq and Iran and it seems Oslo is recording a general growth in terms of international immigration.

Several international fairs, conferences and festivities are held in Oslo, probably the most famous is The Nobel Prize Awards.

With a prosperous economy, Oslo has been attracting numerous foreign investment projects and it is home to some of the largest companies in the world.

Weather Oslo

In Oslo, daylight ranges from around 18 hours in midsummer, to around six hours in midwinter. Oslo has warm summers with average high temperatures of above 20 °C (68 °F), with sometimes exceeding 25 °C (77 °F). In winter, temperatures are usually below freezing 0 °C (30 °F), and sometimes weather could get colder than -10 °C (13 °F).

Costs

Accommodation costs in Oslo

The accommodation options available in Oslo are:

1. University accommodation – prices range from 240 to 460 EUR/month.

2. Rent apartment – a one bedroom apartment is around 430 EUR/month.

3. Home stay – around 800 EUR/month.

4. Hostel – rates start from 24 EUR/night

Living costs in Oslo

Oslo is an expensive city, with a high cost of living. The average amount you would spend in one month are between 1,100 and 1,300 EUR (including accommodation, food bills, moderate social activities and public transportation).

Local supermarkets are somewhat expensive, so your monthly food bills would cost around 250 EUR. A monthly student bus pass is 45 EUR. Do not forget to use the ISIC card which could offer you great discounts in many stores, museums, libraries, restaurants.

Universities in Oslo

BI Norwegian Business School will be a leading business school in Europe attracting the best students and excellent faculty, both in terms of research and teaching. With the best minds on our team we are going to have an impact on international research, on the students' learning, and on the practice in the business and public sector.

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The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) offers a unique research-based education of international standing. In its education, the school follows a studio-based model with a faculty-to-student ratio that encourages individual development and collaboration.

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The university college has a total of just under 7,000 students. There are nearly 3,600 ordinary students at campus Halden, nearly 2,400 ordinary students at campus Fredrikstad, and nearly 1,000 students are taking continuing and further education programmes under the auspices of HiØ VIDERE (Centre for Continuing Education) at both campuses.

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UiO is the highest ranked institution of education and research in Norway - and one of the World's Top 100 universities, according to the Shanghai World Ranking. With five Nobel Prize winners, UiO has a strong track record of pioneering research and scientific discovery.

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