Norway is a Nordic country located in Scandinavian Peninsula in northern Europe which occupies 385,207 square kilometers. The country shares eastern border with Sweden and northern boarded with Finland and Russia whereas Denmark lies in the southern side. Norway experience mild low temperatures around the seacoast whereas the inner part are colder. The maritime influence brings high rainfall and snowfall to some areas of the country. Norway has two official languages, and these each have variations. The first is Norwegian, with the variants being Bokmål and Nynorsk. It is very common for degrees to be offered in Norwegian and English at institutions in Norway. A large majority of the population also speak good English. If you choose to study in a non-native language, you may have to provide evidence of your language proficiency.
As an advanced country, Norway strives to provide students with high quality education. There are three types of public higher education institution in Norway. These are universities, university colleges and specialist university colleges. There are also many private higher education institutions. The Norwegian education system follows the Bologna Process, meaning that you can gain a bachelor’s, masters and doctoral degree.
There are 4 of Norway’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest ranked is the University of Oslo, which is placed at 135th. The next highest ranked is the University of Bergen, which is placed at 171st.
Cost of studying and living in Norway
Public universities in Norway do not charge any tuition fees even to international students. Some universities may require you to pay a small fee per semester which gets you membership of student union access to different health services as well other facilities. If you choose to study in private universities it will require you to pay the tuition fees which varies according to the institutions. Living cost in Norway is determined by the city you choose to live. Small cities and towns are cheaper than bigger cities. The average cost for staying in Norway ranges from NOK 9,500 and NOK 20,000 per month. International students need to apply for work permit before getting part time job. Every students are able to work up to 20 hours per week during the term and full time during the term break. On average students can above NOK 54000 per month.