Would you like to study in Norway?
Norway officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Scandinavian unitary constitutional monarchy whose territory comprises the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island. Norway is well known for its mountains, fjord coastline, sea-faring history, unique coastal life, midnight sunlight during the summer months, brilliant Winter Olympics performance and, of course, its higher education.
The country has the fourth-highest per capita income in the world on the World Bank and IMF lists, as well as ninth-highest on a more comprehensive CIA list. On a per-capita basis, it is the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas outside the Middle East, From 2001 to 2006, and from 2009 to 2012, Norway had the highest Human Development Index ranking in the world.
Norway’s highest ranking university, the University of Oslo, features in the top 100 of the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings® – great news if you want to study in Norway.
Norway is a member of many international organizations, including the UN, NATO, the Council of Europe and the Nordic Council, the WTO and the OECD. It’s also a part of the Schengen Area. Despite rejecting full EU membership, Norway maintains close ties with the US and the European Union (EU).
If all that appeals but you’re concerned about losing a digit in the freezing cold, worry no more! The warm Gulf Stream means Norway isn’t as cold as you might imagine. With coastal areas being relatively mild and average winter temperatures rarely dipping below -4oC (24.8oF) in capital city Oslo, one can venture around comfortably (in layers, yes, but without turning blue).
Higher education in Norway is comprised of a mixture of both public and private universities. Four universities in Norway feature in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings, all of them large public universities. These are the University of Oslo (ranked 89th in the world), University of Bergen (151=), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (251) and University of Tromsø (306).
Bachelor’s degrees take at universities in Norway take three years to complete, master’s degrees take two years and PhD degrees a further three years. You can also opt for a one-tier master’s degree which allows you to combine your bachelor’s and master’s degree over a total period of five years, culminating in a master’s degree – this is usually for architecture, business management, engineering, dentistry and law programs.
Students wishing to study in Norway in English can now choose from more than 200 master’s programs taught in English, and many English-taught undergraduate programs.
If you would like to study in Norway, you might also be interested in …
- Application Procedure to Study in Norway for International Students
- How to Apply for Student Visa to Study in Norway
- Guide to Applying to Universities in Norway
- 5 Free Tuition Universities in Norway
- International Scholarships for Study in Norway