For many years Norway has been famous for its unusually high level of educating. Not only great academic infrastructure, but also more than twenty English-language courses are about to attract and welcome potential foreign candidates. Is it worthwile to study in Norway? What are the deadlines for 1st degree studies? You are about to find all the answers…

Universities Structure in Norway

Norway does not belong to the top populated countries in Europe. There are, however, 8 state and 9 vocational universities together with numerous private ones. Those interested in military education pathvcan choose between 5 institutions supervised by Norwegian Ministry of National Defence. To sum up, there are currently 77 universities with about 15 thousands of their students.For Norwegian government the higher education internationalization process has been the main prority for years. Thanks to the vast number of students from the European Union countries and from other parts of the world Norwegian universities are constantly developing and extending their educational options. It is also worth to point out that educating standards at Norwegian universities belong to the foremost worldwide.

As a result of taking part in the Bologna Process, Norwegian system of academic degrees is very close to what we know from own native universities. You can come across, however, universities offering 1-year Master’s degree courses, 6-year vocational or 4-year Bachelor’s degree ones. Nevertheless, this can exclusively take place at art, pedagogy, or musical universities.

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Passing secondary school-leaving exam and, in some cases, documenting good results on selected subjects usually provide the pass to studyin Norway. The latter requirement mainly refers to technical and IT courses where the final grades on science subjects, such as mathematics, biology, physics or chemistry, are respected. Same recruitment process does not differ much from the Polish. Consequently, it is initially required to register online in the chosen institution’s electronic system. Secondly, you submit documentation necessary. As far as Norwegian universities are concerned, they require as followed:
1. ID card photocopy;
2. Interpreted secondary school certificate;
3. Application to be considered in recruitment process.

The deadlines of submission are stated individually by university authorities. For example, the University in Oslo waits for foreign candidates’ documents till 1st February in case of Bachelor’s degree courses and 15th April in case of Master’s degree courses.

Entry exams are gradually fading out. Most of Norwegian universities choose from best certificates to form the enrollment. What does it mean for the candidates? To be enrolled high grades are needed- the number of places for foreign students is limited comparing to the actual number of applicants!

Knowledge of Foreign Languages

English-lecturing is mainly a domain of Master’s degree courses. How to document your knowledge? TOEFL certificate is enough to be granted 500 points in writing exam, 170 in computer exam and 60 in online exam. Norwegian universities also accept other certificates, such as IELTS, APIEL, or CAE/CPE.

Bachelor’s degree courses, on the other hand, turn out to be problematic since knowledge of Norwegian is necessary. In consequence, completing appropriate language course is required. Their availability is large, so everyone will find an offer suitable for themselves. We advise to take part in summer language courses organised by the majority of universities. It is additionally required to pass level 3 exam.

If Norwegian does not have any secrets and you have obtained the appropriate certificate in Poland, the door to the best universities in Norway is open to you!

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The Costs of Living in Norway

Norwegian universities are close to the world leaders. Nevertheless, you can study them completely free of charge. The only fixed cost that is directly related to studying is the semester fee. Its validity t is difficult to interpret into the Polish reality, but the easiest way is to compare it to the contribution to the student association. The amount depends on the university - from 300 to 600 crowns. Its payment, however, provides us with a number of benefits, including discounts on public transport, cheaper tickets to entertainment venues (eg cinema or theater), etc.

Until now, everything seemed perfect: renowned universities, excellent infrastructure and no tuition fee. At this point, however, we come to the issue of living in Norway, which belongs to one of the most expensive countries in the world. How much should you have to live a month in the capital of this unique country? Let's list basic expenses:

The monthly cost of renting a studio in Oslo is an expenditure of the order of 4,000 to as much as 8,000 NOK (430 - 860 EUR). For a single room you have to pay 3000-6000 NOK (320 - 640 EUR) per month.
Catering - the cost of 3,000 NOK per month (in Oslo).
Additional expenses related to studies (eg. purchase of compulsory books) - about 750/1000 crowns.
Public transport - monthly cost of about 700 crowns (in Oslo).
The costs of living in Norway make even the well-earning Poles dizzy. What, however, should they say to high school graduates who are just entering adult life? Keep reading and you will learn how to earn as much money.

Working in Norway

In Norway, you do not need a job permit - you can do it for a maximum of 20 hours a week, for three months a year. During the summer break you can work full-time. Everyone who wants to work in Norway will not have a problem with it - there is a lot of work, and it is very well paid. For example, if you work part-time, you can earn up to 15,000 crowns and cover the costs of renting a flat.

Summing up- is it worth to study in Norway?

Norway is a country where we can find universities from the top world ranks. Interesting courses, excellent infrastructure and extensive personal development opportunities are just some of the many advantages that Norway offers. Is it worth to take advantage of the educational offer of local universities? We hope that reading this article enabled you to find the answer.

In case of additional questions about studying in the Scandinavian countries, we invite you to take part in discussion on the forum -in "Scandinavia" topic , created especially for you, we answer any question that might have crossed your mind.