Comprehensive guide on how to study free in Norway

Most people would like to believe that nothing comes for free, especially when it comes to quality education in tertiary institution. However, the Norwegians believe otherwise. Due to its free tuition public universities and colleges, Norway has become a popular study destination for most students. Another advantage is that the Universities offer their undergraduate, Masters and PhD courses in English, which means students do not have to take that extra semester learning the local language. Furthermore, the Norwegian Government also offers students scholarships to cover living expenses.

However, students will have to pay US$35 to US$70 per semester to write their exams and get an official student card. Note that the student card comes with added benefits such as reduced bus fares and lower ticket prices for a variety of cultural events.


Some state universities and university colleges may have tuition fees for selected few Masters Programs. It is worth noting that, however, these tuition fees are very low.



Applicants will have to contact individual universities for admission requirements and application deadlines. In general, applications run from 1st December to 15th March for courses starting the following autumn (August).

NB: Some universities have separate pre-qualification deadlines that could be earlier that the specified dates.


  1. Check this list for a compilation for country specific information on requirements to be met in order to be admitted into a Norwegian tertiary institution.


Basic Requirements include:

  • For Undergraduate Students: Completion of secondary education that is equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Norwegian secondary school OR at least one year of completed university level studies. Some programs may have course-specific admission requirements.
  • For Masters Programs: applicant must have obtained an undergraduate or bachelor’s degree equivalent to at least 3 years’ duration. This should include one and half years in a subject relevant to the programme applied for.


  1. Students will also need proof of the English Language proficiency.
  2. For courses where the language of instruction is Norwegian, students will need proof of proficiency in the language, or proof that they will be taking the course upon their arrival in Norway.



Visas are only issued for stays of up to 90 days. Students who plan to stay longer that this should apply for a residence permit.

  1. For Applicants Form Member Countries of The EU/EEA/EFTA
  • NOTE that there is NO processing fee for the above applicants.
  • Applicants must submit their applications to a Norwegian Foreign Mission or in Norway to the police station in the city where their institution is located.
  • Applicants must submit the following documents:
  • An application form for student residence with a passport photograph.
  • Documentation of acceptance to an approved learning institution.
  • Valid health insurance.


  1. For Other Countries
  • Students should submit their applications to a Norwegian Foreign Mission. Some applicants may be called in for an interview.
  • There is a varying application fee that should be paid to the Norwegian Foreign Mission.
  • Students must submit the following documents:
  • Application form for residence permit with passport photo.
  • A copy of applicant’s passport.
  • Admission letter from approved educational institution. The acceptance letter must contain:
  • Applicant’s name
  • The name of the tertiary institution
  • Course or programme of study
  • Duration of course/programme
  • The course/programme must be full time and approved for financial support from the Norwegian State Education Loan Fund.
  • A plan of study: form stating the progress of applicant’s studies.
  • Documentation of housing.
  • Documentation of subsistence: applicant may apply for part-time work in Norway and submit this as part of subsistence.
  • Part-time job: if the student is grated a study permit, they are automatically granted permission to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week.



  1. Accommodation – EUR 360-400 (includes water and laundry facilities, internet and cable TV. A deposit of EUR 670 is required for singly rooms and is refundable once you move out.
  2. Transport – EUR 55
  3. Food – EUR 50 –EUR100



Juliet Thakane.

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