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2018 List of Tuition Free Universities in Norway and Admission Requirements

Norway is now a good study destination for international students because of high quality education. Generally, Norwegian public universities and state university colleges do not charge tuition fees for both native and foreign students because government finances education with taxpayers’ money.

However, certain programmes/courses may have fees. And private institutions normally do charge tuition fees. Looking for current update? This article has updated information on Tuition free Universities in Norway!

According to the official Norwegian web site, www.studyinnorway.no: “Living expenses in Norway are considered to be higher than in many other countries. Living in Norway has a reputation for being expensive, but studying in Norway may not be as expensive as you think! Universities in Norway and state university colleges as a rule do not charge tuition fees for international students.”

True, amongst countries of equal status, living expenses in Norway is more expensive, and you need to pay for your own study materials (books/teaching). NOK 300-600 ($50-100) fees per semester, varies on school, may be required. Although official average student expenditure of about NOK 9000 (approx. EURO 1 000) per month for subsistence refers to board and lodgings, clothing, transport, medical and dental care and other necessities; living expenses vary from person to person depending on personal habits. However, on the whole, study in Norway may be cheaper.

Study & Scholarships has compiled as comprehensive a list as it could come across of tuition-free Norwegian state/public schools. Private schools have also been added to the list. The Norwegian higher education sector consists of eight universities, nine specialised university institutions, 20 state university colleges, two national academies of the arts and 16 private colleges. Both undergraduate and postgraduate programs cut across numerous disciplines. For institution-specific information and equiries, visit the relevant schools from the list below:

A.  State university colleges

  1. Bergen University College
  2. Buskerud University College
  3. Finnmark University College
  4. Gjøvik University College
  5. Harstad University College
  6. Hedmark University College
  7. Lillehammer University College
  8. Narvik University College
  9. Nesna University College
  10. Nord-Trøndelag University College
  11. Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
  12. Saami University College
  13. Sogn og Fjordane University College
  14. Stord/Haugesund University College
  15. Sør-Trøndelag University College
  16. Telemark University College
  17. Vestfold University College
  18. Volda University College
  19. Østfold University College
  20. Aalesund University College

B.  Private colleges with institutional accreditation

  1. Ansgar School of Theology and Mission
  2. Diakonhjemmet University College (campus Oslo & Sandnes)
  3. Haraldsplass Deaconess University College (HDUC)
  4. Lovisenberg Diaconal University College
  5. Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH)
  6. Norwegian Teacher Academy (NLA)
  7. Oslo School of Management, Campus Christiania
  8. Queen Maud University College

C.  Private colleges with accredited programmes and courses

  1. Barratt Due Institute of Music
  2. Bergen School of Architecture
  3. Betanien Deaconal University College
  4. Bjørknes College
  5. Norwegian University College for (HLB)
  6. Norwegian College of Dance (DNBH)
  7. Norwegian Eurythmy College
  8. Rudolf Steiner College of Education

D. Specialised university institutions:

  1. BI – Norwegian Business School (formerly Norwegian School of Management)
  2. Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics (HiMolde)
  3. NHH – Norwegian School of Economics
  4. Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH)
  5. Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
  6. Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
  7. MF – Norwegian School of Theology
  8. Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)
  9. School of Mission and TheologyIn addition Norway has two university centres:
  10. University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)
  11. University Graduate Center at Kjeller (UNIK)

E. National institutes of the arts

  1. Bergen Academy of Art and design (KHiB)
  2. Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)

F. Universities:

  1. Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
  2. Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  3. University of Agder (UiA)
  4. University of Bergen (UiB)
  5. University of Nordland (UiN) (formerly Bodø University College)
  6. University of Oslo (UiO)
  7. University of Stavanger (UiS)
  8. University of Tromsø (UiT)

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