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The reality of Free Tuition, Scholarship and Study in Norway

Norwegian universities and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students. The Norwegian government considers access to higher education for all to be an important part of the Norwegian society. This applies to foreign students, no matter which country you come from. The truth remains that living expenses in Norway are higher than in many other countries, but it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. Even more encouraging is that if certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support/scholarships that can pay for your living expenses, so you get almost everything for free.

Through various fellowship programmes, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters.

How to get financial support.
How you can financially support your stay in Norway will depend on several factors:
– your current country of legal residency
– your current home institution
– your previous education
– what institution/degree/subject area you are seeking admission.
A more generous scholarship you will likely qualify for is the Norwegian Government Quota Scholarship Scheme for International Students

This no tuition policy is for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programmes and Ph.D. programmes. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester, in order to take exams. But the fee also grants you membership in the local student welfare organisation, which in turn entitles you to several benefits including on-campus health services, counselling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities. Payment of the semester fee is also neccessary to get an official student card that, among other things, gives you reduced fares on most forms of public transport and lower ticket prices to various cultural events. With a scholarship, you would have to any fees.

Programmes and courses with tutition fees
Most private institutions have tuition fees for all their programmes and courses. But the fees are usually significantly lower than those of comparable studies in most other countries. Foreign students don’t have to pay higher tuition fees than Norwegian students, so it’s fair for all. State universities and university colleges may have tuition fees for a few specialised programmes. You will have to contact your specific institution for more details.

Study in English
Many Masters courses in Norway are taught in English and a searchable list can be accessed here. There are over 200 courses available. With regard to undertaking Ph.D study in English you will have contact the specific institution.

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13 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    is there any Sweden tuition free scholarship for 2011 now on and what are the requirements?

  2. Asamenew Gobe says

    Dear Sir/Madam:
    Hello, i am from Ethiopia and looking for free tourism scholarship in masters program for the year 2012/2013.Sir,i do have B.A degree in Tourism Management and currently working in culture and Tourism bureau.Sir, i want to be considered as one of your scholarship winner in your respected university.

  3. daniel umoh innocent says

    hello i am a graduate of biochemistry with 3class BSC HONOOUR who finsihes from the university of jos,plateaus state,nigeria and who wants to continue with my master or PGD PROGRAM on biochemistry.i am here to request for a full scholarship or free tuition fee study.
    i will be grateful if my request i granted.

  4. Ajala Daniel Odi says

    Hello, I am Daniel Ajala,I am a graduate from OOU, Olabisi Onabanjo University,I graduated with a 2nd class lower, in Mathematics.I will want to know if i could forward my education in Information Technology with less or no tuition fee.Thanks all.

    Ajala Daniel

  5. Fiseha Abadi says

    dear/madam
    I am from Ethiopia and looking for scholarship on social psychology master program for the year 2012/2013. I do have BA degree in psychology from the university of Debre birehan.and I want to join on your hounrable university.

  6. Uchendu Ugochukwu.D says

    I studied banking and finance in federal polytechnic oko Anambra state Nigerian and have lower credit in my HND. and wish to study my masters in norway. how will I get admission. what are the requirements. how will I get the application form.do I need to study PGD first over there or here in Nigeria. thanks

  7. asadurahman says

    hello dear sir.
    i am asadurhaman i am from Afghanistan i want to get free mastery degree. how it is possible for me can you help me about this case

    thanks

    [email protected]

  8. Pichichi du Micro says

    pls I want to do a doctorate degree in journalism and mass communications.can you help me out, am from cameroon.

  9. Wanka James Rawlings says

    I am a Cameroonian in Hungary, looking for a english tution free masters program in Finance in Norway. can you assist me.

  10. Dessie Mammo says

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    I am Dessie Mammo Alemu, 36 years old and with sound physique from a developing country, Ethiopia. I have been graduated both my first and second degree in English language and curriculum studies respectively. I have more than 10 years experience as a teacher and school director for primary and then secondary schools. I had been a certified and then diploma holder teacher before upgrading my qualification to Bachelor and masters level. Besides, I have worked as a Woreda/District education office head in Ethiopia (in North Gondar). I have scored Excellent achievements in my walks of work life and also I have 3:46 CGPA (grade point in my masters degree). I am working as a curriculum and module preparation officer at Gondar College of Teachers Education by now. I want abroad further education opportunity either in masters degree or PhD degree in related courses to advance both my qualification and life career in particular and to contribute my share to my country, continent and to the world in general.
    Therefore, I greatly want your genuine support to achieve my objective given here above. Many thanks!
    Yours with best wishes!
    Dessie
    e-mail: [email protected]
    mobile: +251918712867
    Tel: +251581110051
    P.O.Box:176
    Gondar Teachers Education College
    Ethiopia

  11. hule says

    i am from Ethiopia and looking for free civil urban planning scholarship in masters program for the year 2012/2013.Sir,now i doing have B.A degree in water supply and environmental engineering and i want to be considered as one of your scholarship winner in your respected university.

  12. mohamed says

    iam from somalia and want to study in Norway but need financial support ,i will like to under go my masters degree in your country my intended area of economics please i like to ask you to take me under consideration in your coming quota scheme scholarship.

  13. Hasan Hajibrahim says

    Dear Sirs;
    I have BA in Business Management and I have a great desire to enroll in a Masters program in Business/Management from a recognized university in Norway. Can I apply for a tuition free program? And am I eligible for a scholarship?

    I’m a cistizen of Jordan, and originaly from Palestine.

    Thank you
    Best regards

    Hasan Hajibrahim

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