Norway is a north European country with a population of less than five million. In the matter of human development index, it is next only to Iceland. Among the countries of the world, it occupies one of the highest positions in education, income, life expectancy, human rights, and cultural freedom. Norway maintains an explorative mindset. It is geared towards technology, innovation, and developing a knowledge-based society.
‘Cold country, warm people’. You can see the Aurora Borealis (‘Northern lights’), experience the midnight sun, fjords and mountains.
With the expectation of a few private universities colleges, all higher education institutions are state run. As a rule, there are no tuition fees for higher education in Norway. This is true for all levels, including undergraduate, Masters, and PhD programs. This applies to foreign students as well. But fees may be charged for certain professional education program or other special programs, and by some of the private institutions. However the fees are generally low
Norway has a variety of institutions in higher education universities, specialized university colleges, state university colleges, state university colleges of arts, and private university colleges. All institutions of higher education stress on research work as a part of studies.
Norway has a special reputation in studies and research in the marine field. Excellence in the area of marine research and fisheries management makes Norway an interesting destination for students who want to pursue career in this field. Other areas of significant achievements are petroleum studies and environmental protection.
Universities in Norway :
- Norwegian university of Life Science
- Norwegian University of Science and Technology
- University of Agder
- University of Bergen
- University of Oslo
- University of Stavanger
- University of Tromso
There are facilities for advanced research in certain areas such as :
- Marine Research
- Energy and Climate
- Medicine and Health
- Communication Technology
- Material Science
You can find instituitions and programs in Norway from the website www.studyinnorway.no
Courses at universities and university colleges are assessed on a scale of study credits, in accordance with the European Credit Tranfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) standard
Entry Requirements in Colleges needs to be an equivalent Degree which can be found from the GSU-list available on the website : www.nokut.no/sw14437.asp
For students in India the minimum qualification foe admission to undergraduate programs is the 12th Std (CBSE/ISC/State Board) + one year of university education. For Master's Degree usually 3-yr Bachelor's Degree would be adequate.
Before arriving in Norway, you may use the service of the Student Welfare Organization in the institution to which you are applying for transferring money to Norway for the first time. Since you may not have a bank account in Norway, you can transfer money to special accounts established for foreign students.
If you intend to stay in Norway for more than six months you should register with the National Registry and get your identity number from the local tax assessment office. This number is required for opening a bank account. If your stay is for a period less than six months, you would be given a dummy number.