Capital city : Oslo
Area : 324,220 sq. km
Country code : +47
Language : Norwegian, English & Sami
Money : Norwegian Krone Nkr 1 = NPR 12.25
Population : 5.5 million
Famous for : Cod, Vikings, Natural beauties
Norway offers you a unique student experience and Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world. Internationalization is a priority within all sectors of the Norwegian education system, and universities and university colleges are constantly working to facilitate for international students. Around 15 000 foreign nationals are currently enrolled at Norwegian institutions of higher education. With a wide range of high quality courses and great flexibility, Norwegian institutions prove to be an ideal study destination.
1. EDUCATION SYSTEM
Norway has seven accredited universities, nine accredited specialized 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.
Since 2003 Norway has been following the objectives of the Bologna process in the European higher education. Most of the elements have been implemented through the Quality Reform. Central to the reform has been implementation of a 3 + 2 + 3 degree system with a Bachelor’s, Masters and Ph.D. structure following the European standards.
The academic year normally runs from mid-August to mid-June. Courses are measured in “studiepoeng” according to the ECTS standard (European Credit Transfer System credits). The full-time workload for one academic year is 60 “studiepoeng”/ECTS credits. Grades for undergraduate and postgraduate examinations are awarded according to a graded scale from A (highest) to F (lowest), with E as the minimum pass grade. A pass/fail mark is given for some examinations.
“Nothing is for free” is a saying that is true in many cases. But in Norway it is possible to get quality education without having to pay tuition fees. Generally, students at state universities and university colleges do not pay tuition fees. This is true for all levels, including undergraduate studies, Masters programmes and Ph.D. programmes. However, students will have to pay a semester fee of NOK 300-600 each semester. In order to take an exam this fee will have to be paid in full. But the fee also grants you membership in the local student welfare organization, which in turn entitles you to several benefits. These benefits may include on campus health services, counselling, access to sports facilities and cultural activities.
3. ADMISSION & APPLICATION
In order to obtain the necessary application forms and information about the application deadlines you will have to contact each university or university college. In general the application deadline for non EU students is between December 1 to January 15 for courses starting the following autumn (August). Please note that some institutions have separate “pre-qualification” deadlines that are earlier than this. Usually Offer letter will be issued at the month of April/May. It requires 13 years of education in order to get admission in Bachelor’s degree for Nepalese students which means high school education with additionally Bachelor’s first year. There will be specific English language requirement set by individual university. However, usually an IELTS score of 5.5 or iBT TOEFL score of 61 is required for Bachelor studies & IELTS score of 6.0 or iBT TOEFL score of 79 is required for Master studies.
4. STUDENT LIFE
As a student in Norway you will never be short of lifetime experiences. No matter what your preferences are you should be able to find something of interest beyond books and classes. The freedom of nature is never far away, even in the major cities. If you are more urban oriented many cities have a vibrant cultural life with coffee bars and music clubs. You should be aware of that there are restrictions on how much you can work beside being a full time student. Generally, a student residence permit does not cover the right to take employment in Norway. However, if you are granted a study permit, you are automatically also granted permission to work part-time for up to 20 hours per week in addition to your studies and full-time during holidays.
More information regarding study in Norway and institutions of higher education can be found at https://www.studyinnorway.no/