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Cost of Studying in Norway for International Students.

Filed in Articles, Study Abroad by on May 27, 2020


Cost of Studying in Norway for International Students.

Cost of Studying Abroad in Norway: Life at a Norwegian university is different from the experience you get at an American or British institution. Norway is a small country with lots of resources. It is a priority to Norwegian authorities to keep and develop an education system of high and standard quality, which is open to all, regardless of the student’s social and economic background. This also counts for international students.

However, it is vital to know that Norway is a high-cost country, and as an international student, you must be able to cover your living costs in Norway during your studies.

Despite being a small country Norwegian universities and university colleges deliver quality/standard education which also international exchange and degree-seeking students benefit from. Studying in Norway will greatly improve your career possibilities, both at home and abroad.

Norway is a popular destination for international students because tuition is free at public universities. This lowers the barriers for many although the high cost of living must also be considered.

Over 200 master’s degrees are available in English, with many more taught in Norwegian. Bachelor’s degrees are almost exclusively taught in Norwegian although there are some exceptions.

About Norway Education System

Norway strives to provide students with a high-quality education. There are three types of public higher education institutions in Norway.

These are universities, university colleges, and specialist university colleges. There are also many private higher education institutions.

The Norwegian education system follows the Bologna Process, meaning that you can gain a bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree.

There are 4 of Norway’s universities in the 2019 QS World University Rankings top 500. The highest-ranked is the University of Oslo, which is placed on 135th. The next highest-ranked is the University of Bergen, which is placed on 171st.

Coupled with the fantastic quality of universities in Norway with the gorgeous scenery and high standards of living, and you have a great study environment.


All students wishing to study at a Norwegian institution will need to obtain a visa, which comes in the form of a student residence permit.

If you are from an EEA country, you do not need to apply for a residence permit before you arrive in Norway but will need to do so within three months of your arrival.

If you are from any other country, you will need to apply for a residence permit before you travel to Norway. This can be done at the Norwegian embassy or consulate in your home country.

More information regarding student residence permits can be found on the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website.

Tuition Fees in Norway for International Students

1. Tuition fees in Public Universities

In Norway, all public universities are tuition-free for all international students, regardless of their nationality. This means that unlike in other European countries, not only EU/EEA students benefit from free or lower fees in Norway universities.

However, some programs/courses may charge fees, such as those related to Business and Management, but only in a few schools and universities. Remember also that living costs in Norway are pretty high.

You will only have to pay a mandatory tax called student union fee each semester, which is between 32 – 64 EUR. The student union fee entitles you to the right to take exams and it also provides you several benefits, such as discounts for public transportation, museums and cultural events, and access to sports facilities.

2. Tuition Fees in Private Universities

Most private institutions in Norway charge the same amount of tuition fees to both Norwegian and international students. The average tuition fees range between approximately 8,000 – 9,500 EUR/year.

Costs of Living in Norway for International Students

Attending a university in Norway involves living costs comprised of accommodation, books, and other studying supplies, food, and utilities. Although Norway living cost per month can be above average European countries, they are still some of the best for a Nordic country. And, as a bonus, the Norway standard of living and quality of life is very rewarding.

The total living expenses for an international student for a month, in some of the main cities of Norway, are:

  1. Oslo: 1,200 – 2,000 EUR
  2. Bergen: 1,100 – 1,800 EUR
  3. Tromso and Trondheim: 1,000 – 1,600 EUR

Other smaller cities in Norway usually have an average monthly living cost of 800 – 1,000 EUR.

Accommodation Costs

Students in Norway pay around 36% out of the total living costs on accommodation, so invest in something proper. You will, generally, pay a monthly average of 1,500 EUR for accommodation in a private rental apartment, with utilities included. Accommodation prices in Oslo can lead up to 1,700 EUR per month, for instance.

Students look for accommodation on campuses and in private apartments. Here are some of the average monthly costs for housing in Norway:

  1. Students who live alone: 700 EUR
  2. Students who live with their partner/children: 800 EUR
  3. Students who live in residence halls: 570 EUR

Food Costs in Norway and Inexpensive Shopping

You will usually pay around 240 EUR on food, per month. You can save some money by learning how to cook and buying from grocery stores that sometimes offer discounts or from accessible supermarkets such as:

  1. Rema 1000
  2. Rimi
  3. Kiwi
  4. Bunnpris
  5. Meny
  6. Ultra
  7. Ica

If you plan an evening out, you will spend 20 EUR in an inexpensive restaurant and 65 EUR in an average one, for a meal or two. If you also want to drink something light, you will spend an extra 4 EUR, so plan your nights out wisely.

Cost of Medical Insurance in Norway

The Norwegian healthcare system is arguably one of the best in the world. Like in most Nordic countries, it has a municipal structure, which means that the kind of treatments and doctors available to you may vary depending on the commune you’re in.

It is not completely free, meaning that a part of your salary is being withheld for healthcare as it happens with taxation – but there is a limit on how much you can pay per year.

In Norway, all hospitals are funded by the public as part of the national budget. However, while medical treatment is free of charge for any person younger than the age of sixteen, residents who have reached adulthood must pay a deductible each year before becoming eligible for an exemption card. The card entitles one to free healthcare for the remainder of that year.

You will be charged a small fee to see your doctor (around 180 NOK) but once you’ve reached 2,000 NOK’s worth of appointments, you will get an exemption card for the rest of the year.

Transportation Costs

In Norway, 41% of the students use public transportation and use their discounts provided by the university card. The total cost of a monthly transport pass is between 55 and 72 EUR, and additional transportation can have:

  1. A starting price of 10 EUR and 1.6 EUR/kilometer, for taxis
  2. A rate of around 60 EUR for 7 months, for bike rentals

Extra Costs

During your studies, you will need books, magazines, and other supplies for your courses and research. These usually reach around 530 EUR per semester, but you can also buy used books from libraries and save some money.

For social activities, you should prepare an estimate of 70 EUR/month.

CSN Team.

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