Whether you’re looking to do an exchange, year abroad or a whole undergraduate or postgraduate degree, Norway has a lot to offer international students. Here are some top reasons why you should check it out.
High standard of living
Norwegians enjoy one of the highest standards of living in the world. The country has a consistently low crime rate, low unemployment, a good welfare system, and a good work-life balance.
Nature and outdoor adventures
Norway is the northernmost country in Europe and offers some of the most beautiful landscapes in Europe; from the lowlands in the southeast to the spectacular fjords, high mountains and beautiful coastline in the west and north. While you’re studying in Norway, you’ll be able to experience the midnight sun (can you imagine? 24 hours of daylight) and the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). If you love outdoor sports, this is an ideal study abroad location for you as there are tons of year-round opportunities.
No need to worry about language barriers
Most Norwegians speak excellent English, so getting around is easy, and the locals are friendly and welcoming. Also, many universities offer degree programs in English, which makes studying in Norway easy.
Free tuition for international students
As a rule, public universities in Norway do not charge tuition fees even for international students, and this applies to programs at all levels; Bachelor’s, Master’s and doctoral degrees. Student housing is also subsidised by the government, so it’s affordable and of a very high standard. You might find certain things are expensive though, as the Norwegians are good at taxing anything that is not good for you (alcohol, cigarettes) or the environment (fuel).
Norway gets top marks for sustainability
Norway is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to sustainability. Norway’s electricity system is predominantly emissions-free and the country has the highest share of electric vehicle sales in the world.
High quality education
Despite being a small country (with a population of just over 5 million), Norway has a good variety of universities, university colleges (specializing in Bachelor’s degrees) and specialist higher education institutions. You’ll find that Norwegians have a bit of a different approach to university tuition. Students enjoy an informal atmosphere on campus, approachable teachers and small classes.
Norway’s cities all have a bit of a different vibe, so it’s good to do some research before you go. If you’re looking for an urban lifestyle, then look no further than Oslo. As the largest city (by far), Oslo is the major transportation hub and has a big youth, international, student population and lots of things to do and see. Bergen is a lot smaller and is the gateway to the fjords. Check out this website to read more about the cities.
Looking for more information on studying in Norway. Check out the official Study in Norway site for all the up-to-date information.