Access 11,600 Degrees in Europe
Save 35% Today

This country at a glance

Total population.
Colleges that offer programs taught entirely in English.
English-taught bachelor's programs offered.
English-taught master's programs offered.

Best Universities in Norway for International Students

These universities have been vetted to accepted international students and offer programs that have no foreign language requirements.

Why should I study in Norway?

With its fjords, northern lights, and expansive areas of wilderness, Norway offers an unparalleled natural setting to study in. A quiet success story, Norway is consistently in first place on the Human Development Index.

In particular, the country is famous for its egalitarian structure and low inequality. It is a sparsely populated country with miles of unspoiled land. Norway is located in Northern Europe in what is known as "Scandinavia" (Norway, Sweden, and Denmark). It is bordered by Sweden to the east and Russia and Finland in the extreme north of the country. It goes without saying that Norway is a country with extreme weather. Summers are comfortable, with temperatures in the 70s and the chance to witness the midnight sun. Winters are dark and cold, with temperatures below the 20s in some areas, but they are also a great time to catch sight of the Northern Lights. With snow on the ground for all of winter, it is the perfect place for winter sports enthusiasts. In fact, the Norwegians are very active and love to get out, whatever the weather.

Although a part of Europe, Norway is not a member of the European Union. This means it has its own currency, the Norwegian Kroner. It is part of the Schengen area, meaning it has abolished its borders with other European countries, allowing you to freely move.

As the world's most developed country, it is also one of the most expensive, but that shouldn’t necessarily put you off! With no tuition fees for most programs and generous financial support available, Norway is a more affordable place to study than many people think.

How to Get Into the Best Unis in Norway

For undergraduate studies, the national admissions requirements are: high school diploma (or equivalent) plus (3) AP classes with a grade of "3" OR high school diploma plus 1 year of university or college studies in academic subjects. Schools may have additional requirements.

Proof of means requirements.

Once you’ve been accepted to a school in Norway, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit. As part of the residence permit, you must document resources of 10,800 euros for a year. 

Working in Norway as an International Student

International students can work up to 20 hours a week, with more hours over holidays.  Before the student visa expires, students can apply for a one-year job seeker permit.

Student Residence Options in Norway

Students who stay longer than 90 days in Norway will need to obtain a residence permit prior to arriving (shorter stays will need a visa). To get a residence permit, apply at the nearest Norwegian mission. You'll need to furnish a completed application, proof of admission from your school, proof of means, proof of housing, a plan of study (a form), and a copy of your passport.

Health Insurance in Norway for International Students

For students outside the European Economic Area, "If the duration of your stay in Norway is more than one year, you automatically become insured under the National Insurance Scheme when you register as a student at a Norwegian institution of higher education and as a resident in Norway."

If the duration of your stay in Norway is between 3 and 12 months, you should apply for membership of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, which provides coverage with regard to health services. The form must be sent to the insurance office in the municipality in which you are staying.

Students who do not become members of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme must have social security coverage from their home country.

Special notes

Feeling overwhelmed?

You shouldn't be! We're here to help in any way we can... and if it means running extensive searches and using our best judgement to lead the way, we're all for that too.

We get that choosing a program feels like committing to a major early on, but in reality it is more of a general direction. A Best Fit List gives you a unique list of 3 to 5 programs tailored to your needs, helping you take the headache – and heartache – out of choosing a program.

Explore cities in this country.

Listen to the College Insights™ Podcast

Podcast Icon

What Transparent Admissions Requirements Really Mean

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
It’s that time of year again… College admissions are on the minds of many students who have attempted to get into their choice schools across the US; it can be a deeply confusing and stressful time for many.
Podcast Icon

Master's Degrees in Europe for International Students

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
Her conversation partner this week is Sean Dempsey, a past BTS member and recent graduate of the highly-ranked KU Leuven, in Belgium.
Podcast Icon

Will a European Degree Work for Me in the US?

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
Is a degree from Europe valuable enough in the US? Does it allow students to get into grad school and get a good job? Who gives accreditation to universities in the States?
Podcast Icon

How to Get a Master's Degree in Europe

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
In today’s episode, Jenn has an interesting discussion with Tiffany, a parent of one of our members, Ethan. She became so interested in the Beyond the States process herself so that she’s amid planning admission for herself and her husband – for a Master degree program in the EU!
Podcast Icon

Avoid the Pitfalls of College Rankings

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
How useful are college rankings actually? What do they measure? Can you find great colleges in Europe without relying on rankings?
Podcast Icon

The Myth of American Exceptionalism

Featuring Jennifer Viemont
We're going to be talking about the differences in the educational experience, meaning the academic side of things that students have in Europe versus in the US. So I'm always taken aback when people assume that universities in the US are the best globally.

Discover all the English-taught European college programs in one place.

Beyond the States provides easy access to 11,600+ European bachelor's and master's programs across 870 universities, 550 cities, and 212 areas of study, plus all the resources you need to get there. No sponsorships. No bias.
English-taught bachelor's programs in our database.
English-taught master's programs in our database.
Beautiful European cities to choose from.
Top-tier universities accepting international students.
Typical savings against a private university in the US.
Typical savings against in-state tuition in the US.
All inclusive of tuition, living, food, books, health insurance, travel expenses, as well as hidden fees. Compiled with data from students and the official websites from KU Leuven, UNC, and Duke.

Search free learning material

This form searches blog posts, cities, countries, colleges, areas of study, podcasts, and guides. It does not search the database. To search for programs and colleges, please sign up and login.
College Finder Quiz
Find out which European university has bachelor's degrees that match your interests, goals, qualifications and budget!