Universities in Norway

Universities In Norway: Ranking, Fees & Acceptance Rate

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Universities in Norway

In our article today, we are going to talk about universities in Norway. I’m sure by now a lot of you are aware that public universities in Norway are tuition free for international students. Yes you don’t have to pay tuition fees to study in Norwegian public universities. We have written some articles that talk about this, so refer to the archives of this blog to get these articles.

If you want to study in Norway, the first step is to contact the different universities in Norway. Since different universities have different requirements and programs, you will have to check them one after the other to find out the one that offers your program. It’s also important that you consider the acceptance rate of these universities before sending in your application. What do I mean by acceptance rate? This simple gives you an idea as to how easy or difficult it is to get admission into a university. If for instance a university has an acceptance rate of 50%, it simply means that 5 out of 10 people that apply to the university actually get into the admission.

So, in today’s article we will briefly talk about some of the top universities in Norway, we shall particularly focus on their tuition fees, ranking, acceptance rate etc. At the end of this article, we shall also provide you with a full list of universities in Norway. Let’s get started!

  1. University of Bergen

University of Bergen is one of the top universities in Norway, it is an internationally recognized research institution in Norway. University of Bergen otherwise referred to as UiB for short, has seven faculties and about 18,500 students. Roughly 2000 of these are international students. In UiB, PhD candidates are all paid employees, this means you will be paid salary while pursuing your doctorate degree. This makes the doctoral degree in University of Bergen very attractive for rising talents.

Tuition fees

University of Bergen, like other universities in Norway is tuition free for all the students including international students. You only have to budget for money which you will use for your living expenses and semester contribution, which is not much.

University of Bergen ranking

Before applying to study in any university, it is important that you know the ranking of the university. Universities with good academic standard rank higher than the ones with low or poor standard. According to the QS Global World Rankings of 2021, University of Bergen is ranked #194 in the world and #34 by subject ranking.

University of Bergen acceptance rate

University of Bergen has an acceptance rate of 29%. What this means is that, 3 out of 10 people that apply for admission into this university are given admission. So you can see that it is not that easy to get admission into this university. If you are applying for admission, ensure that you have all the required documents, attach all relevant documents you know will boost your chances of getting admission.

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  1. University of Oslo

University of Oslo is another good university in Norway. Formally known as Royal Frederick university is the oldest university in Norway. It is located in the Norwegian capital of Oslo. The university offers courses in the fields of Business and Management, Computer Science & IT, Engineering and Technology, Environment and Agriculture, Humanities, law, medicine and health etc.

University of Oslo ranking

According to the QS world University ranking, 2021 University of Bergen is ranked #113 in the world, #39 in Europe. The Times Higher Education World University ranking rank university of Bergen #127 in the world, #50 in Europe.

University of Oslo tuition fees

This University doesn’t charge any tuition fees for students. As a student you should only worry about your living expenses which I will talk about latter in the article. You should also be ready to pay some semester contribution fees which isn’t much money.

University of Oslo acceptance rate

Acceptance rate allows you know how easy or difficult it is to get into an institution. In university of Oslo, the average acceptance rate is 10%, which is very low. What this means is that 1 out of 10 people that apply for admission into this university actually get into the school. This could be because all the undergraduate programs are taught in Norwegian language and only very few masters programs are taught in English language.

  1. Norwegian University Of Science and Technology

Norwegian University Of Science and Technology is a public research institution located in Norway, but has its main campus in Trondheim and other smaller campuses in Alesund and Gjovic. NTNU is one of the largest universities in Norway that has over 8000 employees and 40000 students.

Norwegian University Of Science and Technology ranking

According to the 2021 QS world university ranking, NTNU is ranked #360 in the world and #33 by subject ranking.

Norwegian University Of Science and Technology tuition fees

NTNU is one of the universities that do not charge tuition fees for students. If you are planning to study in this university, you only have to budget for your living expenses, since the tuition fees is free for all including international students.

Norwegian University Of Science and Technology acceptance rate

The average acceptance rate in NTNU is 39%. This is high considering the fact that top universities in Norway have very low acceptance rate. In the last concluded admission in NTNU, some less popular faculties accepted over 50% of the applications which is encouraging.

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Full List Of Universities In Norway

  1. Agder University College
  2. Agricultural University of Norway (NLH)
  3. Ã…lesund College
  4. Bergen University
  5. Bergen University College
  6. Bodo Regional University
  7. Finnmark University College
  8. Gjøvik College
  9. Høgskolen i Bodø
  10. Høgskolen i Hedmark
  11. Høgskolen i Oslo
  12. Lillehammer College
  13. Molde University College
  14. National Academy of Fine Arts
  15. National College of Art & Design, Norway
  16. Nesna College
  17. Nord-Trøndelag University College
  18. Norway’s Information Technology University College
  19. Norwegian College of Veterinary Medicine
  20. Norwegian Institute of Technology, Trondheim
  21. Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration
  22. Norwegian School of Management
  23. Norwegian State Academy of Music
  24. Norwegian Teacher Academy for Studies in Religion and Education
  25. Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  26. Norwegian University of Sport and Physical Education
  27. Oppland College
  28. Oslo School of Architecture
  29. Oslo School of Management
  30. Østfold College
  31. Sør-Trøndelag College (HiST)
  32. Telemark College
  33. UNIK – Center for Technology at Kjeller, University of Oslo
  34. University of Bergen
  35. University of Oslo
  36. University of Stavanger
  37. University of Tromsø
  38. Vestfold College
  39. Volda College

How to apply for admission into universities in Norway

Applying for admission into a Norwegian University is not difficult at all. Almost all the universities in Norway accept online application which makes it easy for students to submit their admission application. If you want to apply for admission into any Norwegian University, the first step is to contact the university homepage and look for admission link or page, all the universities have this. If the website of the university is written in Norwegian language, try and change it to English or any other language you will understand. Once you have done this, check if the school has offered your program and check the requirements. This is very important since your application will be rejected if you don’t meet the requirements for the program. When you have done all these, follow the instructions on the portal and submit your application to the university. After you have submitted, the university will send you a mail about the status of your application. Isn’t that easy??

Work and studying in Norway

You can work part time as a student in Norway to support your studies. However, you should be aware that there are certain restrictions on how much you can work as a student. If you are an EU/EEA student, you don’t need a work permit. Once you have registered with the police, you are eligible to start working. Non EU/EEA students are allowed to work for 20 hours per week during their first week of study. After your first year, to renew your work permit, you have to document satisfactory progress in your studies.

How much does it cost to study in Norway?

Since public universities in Norway are tuition free, you don’t need to budget for tuition fees when you want to study in Norway. As a student you should concern yourself with the cost of living which is put at 800 to 1000 Euros per month . So this means that if you have between 10,000 to 15,000 Euros you can study in Norway for one year.

Is it free to study in Norway?

Yes, public universities do not charge tuition fees for students. Norway, Germany are the two countries operating tuition free education for students. So if you are planning to study in these two countries do not border about the tuition fees.

Is Norway a good place to study?

Yes, according to one studyportals international students’ awards 2014, Norway is a highly appreciated study destination in Europe. Norwegian Universities also seen as very good are University of Bergen and University of Agder.

What’s the minimum bank balance required for Norwegian Student visa?

Before you apply for a Norwegian student visa, you will be expected to document access to 10,500 Euros to cover the living expenses for the first academic year of your study. Please note that this money has to be in a Norwegian bank account.

Is it easy to get a PR in Norway after study?

The process of getting a PR after your studies in Norway isn’t difficult at all, though a lot of paper work is required. The process includes, employment contracts, transcripts from National Population registry, tax returns that covers a 5 year period and any other supporting documents like a house purchase contract.

Is IELTS needed to study in Norway?

If you are coming from a country where English language is not your mother tongue, you have to show proof that you can speak and use English. This can be done by presenting an IELTS results. If you are presenting TOEFL, you should have a minimum score of 500 for paper based test, a score of atleast 170 for cbt(computer based test) or a minimum score of 60 for internet based test.

Can I study in Norway without IELTS or TOEFL?

You can study in Norway without IELTS or TOEFL if you have completed your last education in English language. In this case, you have to provide a documented proof from your school stating that you were taught in English language.

How do I apply for admission to study in Norway?

Please contact the universities in Norway for application forms, documents or requirements to study in Norway. All applications should be sent directly to the university and once your admission application has been approved, the university will send you a mail regarding the status of your application.

Do I need visa to study in Norway?

If you are planning to stay in Norway for more than 3 months, you will need a student residence permit. The requirements and procedures depend on your country of residence.

Why should one study in Norway?

There are many benefits associated with studying in Norway. Norway is leading the world in areas such as oil and gas services, telecommunications, high tech products and agriculture, shipping, renewable energy etc. If you are planning a career in any of these fields, then studying in Norway will provide you with a big advantage.

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  1. Thanks a lot for this info. Please my question is, how can one go about putting money in Norwegian bank account?

    1. Hi Olaitan, thanks for your question. Once you have gotten admission and you are ready to start visa processing, you need to contact the Norwegian embassy in your home country, they will assist you with the funding of your student account. You can Google for your country’s Norwegian embassy contact details if you don’t have it.

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