How To Choose The Right University

The majority of 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 of the Norwegian society. Thus, as a rule, Norwegian public institutions do not charge tuition fees. This also applies to international students, no matter which country you come from.

If certain prerequisites are met you could also be eligible for financial support that can pay for some of your living expenses. Through various fellowship programmes, scholarship schemes or student loans, international students can receive funding for a full degree or a limited number of semesters. You should be aware that these funding opportunities are few and will in most cases not cover the total costs of you stay in Norway. In most cases funding from your home country or the use of private funds will be necessary.

Norway currently has 9 universities, 8 university colleges and 5 scientific colleges owned by the state.

Rankings Are Completely Useless.

German students don’t worry too much about university reputation

Go to any university in Germany, you will not regret it. The MOST important thing is to throughly look at the courses being offered by the university. Go for the university thats offers you the most relevant courses as per your interests.

All German Universities Are Equal. Small Ones Are as Good As the Big Ones.

The Norwegian system of higher education comprises all the institutions and/or programmes that are accredited. With the exception of some private university colleges, all higher education institutions are state-run. Since 2003 Norway has been following the objectives of the Bologna process in the European higher education. Central has been implementation of a 3 + 2 + 3 degree system with a Bachelor’s, Masters and PhD structure following the European standards. With the introduction of the new degree system it has become easier for international students who complete all, or part of their education in Norway, to obtain recognition for their qualifications in other countries.

University Type 1

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Please beware that you will be asked to document that you have funds enough to cover subsistence at NOK 116369 for the academic year 2018-2019. If you have been admitted to an institution that charges tuition fees you will also have to document that you are able to cover this extra cost. As a general rule, the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration requires the money to be deposited in a Norwegian bank account.

The academic year normally runs from mid-August to mid-June.

In Norway, courses usually start from August. Universities set their application deadlines between December 1 (the previous year) and March 15, although some schools may have “pre-qualification” deadlines.

We recommend that you transfer the required amount to the SiO deposit account to get a confirmation of sufficient funds. The required amount varies depending on how long and when you are staying:

Two semesters or more: NOK 116 369

Autumn 2018: NOK 54 125

Spring 2019: NOK 62 224

University Type 2

University of Applied Science (Fachhochschulen)

If you are applying for housing through SiO

If you intend to apply for SiO Housing, you must register an application for housing first.

When your application has been approved from SiO housing (aprox. 1-2 days), you register a new user at SiO, and apply for a residence permit deposit account.


15 June for the autumn semester

15 November for the spring semester

It is possible to make a transfer of funds to the deposit account after the deadline, but please note that UDI require all documents to be handed in by 1 July/1 December in order for the application of residence permit to be processed in time for the semester start.

Use the confirmation letter and your own receipt from the transfer when applying for a residence permit at the Norwegian embassy/consulate.

You must apply for a student residence permit and, if applicable, a visa, before entering Norway.

The Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) is the central agency for immigration administrati

You must apply for a student residence permit and, if applicable, a visa, before entering Norway.

University Type 3

Colleges of Art, Film and Music

Renewal of student residence permit

Non-EU/EEA-students who will be staying in Norway for more than one year must remember to apply for renewal of their residence permit at least one month before the residence permit expires.

Check the requirements and register an application for renewal of residence permit (

Pay the UDI application fees

Book an appointment with the Oslo Police Department in order to hand in your documents

Order a progress report

If you have received an F-code by sms or e-mail you can fast-track the renewal of your residence permit.