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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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