Norway

Top Universities and Colleges in Norway

Norway is a great place to get your education. Although it's cold - and they did go through a "butter crisis" in 2011 - Norway has some of the highest-ranked universities, the best student accommodations, and the most boring TV shows (train rides, knitting, and log fires, oh my).

But, going back to the highest-ranked and the best universities, you should know that Norwegian organisations, like the University of Bergen, can be great magnets for international students from all over the world.

Best Universities in Norway according to International Rankings

Universities Times Higher Education Ranking (2022) Shanghai Jiao Tong University Ranking (2021) TopUniversities Ranking (2022) U.S. News & World Report Ranking (2021)
University of Oslo 119 61 102 90
University of Bergen 201 301 199 166
UIT the Arctic University of Norway 351 501 440 440
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) 401 101 369 281
University of Stavanger 401 - - 1056
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) 601 701 - 631
NHH Norwegian School of Economics - 901 - -
University of South-Eastern Norway - - - 1016
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University Rankings Explained

World University Rankings created by Times Higher Education takes into account the reputation of research done by universities and how often papers produced by universities were quoted around the world.

Academic Ranking of World Universities created by Shanghai Jiao Tong University focuses on the number of award-winning scientists, most cited researchers from the listed universities, and their contribution to the scientific community.

QS World University Rankings created by TopUniversities surveys a large number of academic experts about the reputation of universities and also measures the quality of teaching.

Best Global Universities Rankings created by U.S. News & World Report analyses university graduation rates and how many students remain enrolled in their second year of studies. It also surveys university representatives on the performance of universities.

Study in Norway

Norway is a paradise for anyone who wants to study abroad for free. Public universities don’t charge any tuition fees. This policy applies to all international students, regardless of their nationality. The academic standard is very high, and professors are easy to approach, always willing to go the extra mile for their students. Additionally, classes are organised in small groups, which further improves learning and cooperation. You can choose from a wide range of English-taught programmes, and you don’t need to worry about language barriers outside of classes either, because most Norwegians speak English as a second language. Internationals should find it easy to adapt to Norway’s society, which is based on equality and fair opportunities — reflected both in the legal system and in people’s behaviour.

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