Norway Student Permit

Norway, a Nordic country, is one of Europe’s popular study overseas destinations as more than 12,000 students pursue their higher education there. The Kingdom of Norway has more than 70 public and private educational institutions that offer various courses. The duration of each course in Norway is:

  • Three years for a bachelor’s degree
  • Two or five years for a master’s degree
  • Research-oriented education of three years, which could include one extra year for teaching
  • Norwegian universities adhere to the Bologna system like other nations in Europe.


Students can enroll in Norwegian language courses, which many universities offer. Although international students can join courses imparted in English, it would help them learn the basics of the Norwegian language, helping them communicate with the local community and get familiarized with the local culture. Natives of Norway understand Swedish and Danish since they are pretty similar to Norwegian.

It is a must to have a minimum level of proficiency in the English language in either TOEFL or IELTS.


The cost of living in Norway is higher when compared to other European nations. Since most Norwegian universities are state-funded, they offer free education. But non-EU students may need to pay tuition fees in specific universities.


Nationals of Non-EU/EEA/EFTA need to get a study permit before enrolling for a course of more than three months. To apply for a study permit, you need the following. 

  • A filled in application form
  • Receipt of payment of the permit fees
  • A valid passport
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs
  • Proof of admission from an educational institution in Norway for a full-time study program 
  • Proof of having sufficient monetary resources to cover your expenses for education and accommodation during the study
  • Proof of having arranged accommodation
  • Assurance that you will exit Norway once your residence permit expires


Students from non-EU/EEA/EFTA nations are allowed to work while pursuing their courses. Students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours a week during their course and full-time during vacation.


International students arriving on a study permit can bring their spouses and children on student-dependent permits.

Family members of students can apply for work or residence permits, provided holders of study permits get a minimum stipulated salary as per the government.

Here is the list of top universities in Norway

#1 University of Oslo

#2 University of Bergen

#3 Norwegian University of Science and Technology

#4 University of Tromsø

#5 Norwegian University of Life Sciences

#6 Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

#7 University of South-Eastern Norway

#8 Universitetet i Stavanger

#9 Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

#10 Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

How do I get a student visa for Norway?

Nationals of non-EU/EEA/EFTA countries have to submit an application for a student residence permit if they want to pursue studies in Norway for a course of over three months.   

What are the requirements to apply for a Norway study visa?

When you apply for a Norwegian student residence permit application form, you would also be required to provide the following.

  • A filled-in application form
  • Receipt of application fee payment of NOK 5,300, which is about $650
  • A valid passport)
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs 
  • Proof of having been admitted to an accredited full-time study course
  • Proof of having sufficient financial resources to cover your expenses for your entire duration of stay. You need to have around NOK 126,357 (13,620) per year.
  • Evidence of having arranged accommodation. 
  • Assurance that you will exit Norway once your residence permit expires 
  • UDI (Norwegian Directorate of Immigration) document checklist that has been completed and signed
Can I study for free in Norway?

Norwegian public universities do not charge tuition fees for students, irrespective of the student’s country of origin. 

Do they speak English in Norway?

Most Norwegians speak English. A lot of universities offer degree programs and courses with English as the medium of instruction.

Can I work in Norway after completing my studies?

You need to apply for a skilled worker permit in Norway. You need to apply for a residence permit as a job seeker before the expiry of your residence permit, which is valid for up to 12 months.

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