National Higher Education System

Norway has seven accredited universities, nine accredited specialised university institutions, 22 accredited university colleges, two accredited national colleges of the arts and several private institutions of higher education with either institutional or programme accreditation. Norwegian universities are based on the continental European tradition of integrating education and research and offer higher education programmes from undergraduate to PhD level.The university colleges combine theoretical study with practical application in a range of subject area which prepare you to enter specific roles in employment.

There are currently only a handful of undergraduate programmes in Norway that are taught through English.


There are no tuition fees on undergraduate programmes in state-sector institutions, for EU students

Grants & Loans

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) is primarily directed towards Norwegian citizens. However, some foreign citizens may be eligible for support, in very limited circumstances. Support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund consists of a loan and a grant that will cover the costs of studying in Norway.

Application Process

There is no element of centralisation in the Norwegian system: you have to apply directly to the university of your choice, enclosing a dossier of documents, the contents of which varies from university to university. The admission requirements, processes and deadlines differ between institutions.

In some cases you might need your qualifications verified by Norkut, the national authority for higher education.