Norway is located in Northern Europe on the northern and western parts of the Scandinavian Peninsula. The mainstream of the country borders water, including the Skagerrak inlet to the South, the north sea to the South West, the north Atlantic ocean or Norwegian Sea to the West, and the Barents sea to the north. The country divide a long eastern border with Sweden, it is bordered by Finland and Russia to the north east and the Skagerrak strait to the South, with Denmark in the other side. It has an extensive coastline in front of the north Atlantic ocean and the Barents Sea. Norway population is approximately 5.4 million. The area 385,203 km. Language of the majority is Kevin Romani, Romans currency is Norwegian Krone. Official language is Norwegian in Norway.
Norway is the richest country in the world according to the world bank ranking. Norway’s total wealth per capita was set at USD 1.67 million. According to the 2017 world happiness report after placing fourth last year, Norway is now the happiest country in the world. Norway is a tiny country with large resources. Norwegian government to maintain and develop an education system of high quality which is open to all, regardless of the student’s social and economic status. This also applicable for international students. But Norway is a high cost country, and as an international student you must be able to cover your living costs in Norway. It is a modern society and equality is a value deeply rooted in the Norwegian society and in both legislation and tradition. University students benefit from high technological standards and services modern facilities and equipment ,as well as innovative teaching methods. You
can feel secure almost wherever you are as Norway is a safe country. Norway is transparent and well organized society. Norwegians enjoy a highly developed welfare state, where education and health services are to a large extend free of charge. Norwegians are modest, and appreciative of a simpler way of life. Norway became an independent nation in 1814, but separated from Sweden in 1905. The country had been part of unions with Denmark and Sweden respectively since 1380. This is still reflected in most used written language, Bokmål. Second written language Nynorsk testifies to the country’s far older history and the legacy of the Vikings and Norse antiquity.
10 Facts About Norway:
• The monitory unit in Norway is the Norwegian Kroner NOK
• The length of the Norwegian coastline is 25.148 km including fjords
• The highest peak in Norway is Galdhopiggen 2469 meters above the sea
• Norway and Europe’s northernmost point in the north cape.
• Kirkenes ,Norway is a far east as Cairo, further east than Finland and only 9 miles (15 km)from the Russian border.
• Norway has the highest concentration of fjords in the world. Two of these ,the Geiranger fjord and the Naeroy Fjord, feature on the UNICCO world heritage list.
• The Laerdal Tunnel is the world’s longest road tunnel at 15 miles(24.5 km)
• The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in Norway by a Norwegian committee.
• Snorre Sturluson’s Heimkringla (The History of King) period (A.D.750 -1300) is still a bestseller in Norway today.
• Norway was one of the founding nations of the united nations in 1945 and the first U.N. secretary -general was Norwegian foreign minister. 1
Nature ,Weather and Climate
Students study in Norway experience never be an uninteresting one because the spectacular nature of Norway is diverse, with forest-covered hills in the southeast and sublime Fjords and Glaciers in the West and the North, northern Norway there is midnight sun in Summer, Summer is literally one long day and evening that never turns into night. The sun never rises above the horizon, though the sky is sometimes lit by northern lights in winter.
The Government of Norway currently has 9 Universities 8 University colleges and 5 scientific colleges also has a large number of private higher education institutions. In spite of being a small country Norwegian universities and university colleges deliver quality education. Norway has a great need for people with high level professional skills, and it is an overall goal for the government to achieve quality education for Norwegian and international students as acknowledged nation. The principle that everyone should be able to get an education regardless of their social background Norway educational system based on. Although institutions are few and relatively small compared to universities in many other countries in the world, they keep high standard and deliver quality education. Norwegian institutions or academic communities are even considered to be in the absolute world class in some fields. The Norwegian system of higher education comprises all the institutions that are accredited . All higher education institutions are state-run with the exception of some private University Colleges. Based on embassy requirements Sri Lankan students have to apply for a student resident permit. There is processing fees may vary depending on in which country the application is processed.
A number of degree programs and courses are in English language. On native English students will see that their English skills improve during their studies in Norway, a high level of English in the society in general makes it easy to both study and live in Norway.
Tuition fees making up the bulk part of the cost when completing a degree is considered to be an expensive Endeavour. In Norway public funding secures free education for and international students.
Most of the Norwegian universities and state university colleges are publicly funded and the Norwegian government considers access to higher education for all to be an important part. Therefore, Norwegian public institutions do not charge tuition fees. This also applies to international students. Private institutions charge tuition fees for their degree programs, however, the fees are usually lower than those of comparable studies in other countries. Also, international students are treated equally to the Norwegian students.
You should take into consideration that cost of living is high in Norway and living expenses are also high, international applicants from outside of Europe must submit document for a high level of subsistence to be granted a student residence permit.
You could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for some of your living expenses if certain prerequisites are met. International students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters though various fellowship programmed, scholarship schemes or student loans. You should be aware that these funding opportunities are few and will in most cases not cover the total costs. In most cases funding from your home country or the use of private funds will be necessary.
List of tuition free Universities in Norway for International Students
1.NTNU offers all students a distinct advantage over many other universities in Europe and North America. There are no tuition fees here. However ,students do need to cover their own living expenses.
2. Oslo and Akershus University of Applied Sciences
As a state owned institution HIOA do not charge tuition fees. This applies to both Norwegian and international students. There is a mandatory fee, the semester fee etc.
3. University of Nordland .
No tuition fees, however, the Norwegian government requires that students from outside the European union can provide a minimum amount of money to cover living expenses for one academic year. Amount of money to be transferred to university of Nordland is NOK 92500 for the academic year.
4. University of Bergen
The only fee to be paid at the University of Bergen is the semester fee to the student welfare organization(SiB),which is NOK 480. The university of Bergen is a public institution and therefore does not charge tuition fees.
5. Bergen University College
6. BI Norwegian Business School
7. The Arctic University of Norway
8. Hedmark University of Applied Science
9. Lillehammer University College
10. MF Norwegian School of Technology
11. Molde University College
12. Bergen Academy of Arts & Design Norway
13. Narvik University College
14. Nesna University College
15.NLA University College
16. Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
17. Norwegian University of Science and Technology(NTNU)
18. Oslo School of Architecture and Design
19. Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
20. Ostfold University College
21. Stord/Haugesund University College
22. The University Centre in Svalbard
23. University of Agder(UiA)
24. University of Oslo
25. University of Stavanger
The Following are few Norway Institute with Specialized Courses
1.Aerospace control engineering -Master-University of TROMS
2. Agro ecology-Master-NMBU
3.Applied and Commercial Biotechnology-Master-Inland Norway university of applied
4.Applied computer science-master-Norwegian university of science and technology
5.Applied ecology-master-inland Norway University of applied sciences
6.Aquaculture-master-Norwegian university of life science(NMBU).
7. Biology-master-University of Troms
9. Business-Master-Nord University
10 Business -Major in Economics-Master-Norwegian Business School
11.Business-Major in Finance-Master-Master-Norwegian Business School
12.Business-Major in Marketing-Master-Norwegian Business School
13.Business-Major in Strategy-Master-Norwegian Business School
14.Computer Science-Master-University of Troms
15.Master of Music-Master-Norwegian Academy of Music
16.Entrepreneurship and innovation-Master-Norwegian Business School
17.Environment Law -Master-University of Troms
18.Sports Management-Master-Molde University College
19.Strategy and Management-Master-Norwegian School of Economics
Especially in Oslo and Stavanger the cost of rental accommodation is expensive. But, housing does get cheaper the further into the suburbs you travel or study. In the event a much smaller town suits your needs, you will find lower prices.
In most cities a single bedroom in a shared house will run at least 3000 KR Per month, with a small bedsit (hybeI)in the region of 4500 kr.6000 kr. This is usually the basement of a large house that has been converted into an apartment.
Depending on how close to a city Centre you are one bedroom apartment could cost you anything from 7500 to 12500 kr. or even higher for a family apartment or house. Expect to pay more like 12500kr -20000kr as mentioned earlier budget for the equivalent of 1-3 months’ rent up-front as a deposit.
In Norway Public transport systems are generally reliable. A pass can be obtained for around 750-800kr per month in most cities .In the event you live and work in the same city, this will save you a lot of money. In Norwegian supermarkets is a constant source of frustration for expats in Norway, due to the price of certain basic goods. However fresh fish and in particular salmon is cheaper.
Students may stay in Norway for about one year after graduating from a Norwegian University or University College in order to look for work. You must apply for residence permit as a job seeker before your current permit expires and after completing your degree. Many students hold part time jobs when studying in Norway. Asian students can work 20 hours per week in first year.
An average student budget in Norway is about NOK 12 200 per month for most expenses including housing, food, study materials, transport and other expenses. Common student cost Single room from NOK 3000.
Other Types of Visa:
Visit visa allows you to stay in Norway or other Schengen countries for up to 90 days over a period of 180 days. A resident permit gives you the opportunity to work in Norway and to stay for more than 90 days.
Norwegian embassy in New Delhi, India handles application for visit visa and residence permits to Norway. Through VFS Global in Colombo applications are to be submitted. Visa applications on behalf of Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Lithuania are handled by Norwegian embassy in New Delhi, India.