Exploring Educational Excellence: Opportunities To Study Abroad In Norway
In this episode, Ms. Suchitra Surve talks about Study Abroad in Norway. Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers, and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums. The country shares a long eastern border with Sweden. Norway is also bordered by Finland and Russia to the northeast and the Skagerrak Strait to the South, with Denmark to the other side.
The winters are relatively moderate and snowy with little snow and frost. Summer in Norway is in the months of June and July. Whether in Norway is the best between May and September when it is usually mild and clear.
The Education System in Norway:
The Education system in Norway is based on the principle that everyone should be able to get an education regardless of their social background. Generally, the education system is divided into primary school, lower secondary school, upper secondary school, and higher education.
When we are talking about higher education there are a range of almost seven universities with five specialized colleges and 25 university colleges as well as a range of private universities that offer higher education. The education system follows the bologna process which involves a Bachelor’s which is three years and a Master’s for a duration of two years.
Application Process To Study Abroad in Norway:
To understand the application process, we need to know that it is important to meet the Norwegian language requirement and the basic requirement for admission and demonstrate that you can speak in English by taking either the IELTS or the TOEFL examination.
A good GMAT or a GRE score is required for the Master’s courses by some of the universities so start focusing on the same. Additionally, you will also need to submit your documentation like a personal statement, academic transcripts, resume, and letters of recommendations
Expense & Fees For Education Abroad in Norway:
In Norway, all public universities are tuition-free for all international students regardless of their nationality. This means unlike other European countries students can benefit from free or lower fees in Norway universities.
However, some programs or courses may charge fees such as those related to management and business but only in a few schools and universities. But remember that the living cost in Norway is high. You may also have to pay a mandatory tax called the student union fee each semester which ranges from 32 to 64 Euro.
The student union fee entitles you to the right to take exams and it also provides you with several benefits such as discounts for public transportation, museums, cultural events, and access to sports facilities. Most private universities in Norway charge some amount of tuition fee to both Norwegian students and international students. The average tuition fee ranges approximately from 8,000 to 9,500 Euros a year.
There are scholarships available if you are looking but if you are enrolled in a private university in Norway that charges tuition fees you can apply for a scholarship. Additionally, several scholarships and funding options are meant to cover your living expenses. Annually public and private universities and various Norway organizations offer scholarships and grants which are announced weekly usually so keep the watch on the same.
Job Prospects After Studying Abroad in Norway:
To earn some extra pocket money students are allowed to work. If you are granted a study permit you can also work up to 20 hours a week while you studying and full-time days during holidays but ensure you are not working more than 20 hours because it may have severe consequences.
International students may stay in Norway for until a year after graduating from a Norwegian university or college in order to look for work. While doing so beware that you must apply for a residence permit as a job seeker before your current permit expires and after completing your degree.
Some of the most popular cities that students go to study are Oslo, Bergen, Tromso, Trondheim, and Kristiansand. One of the important aspects while applying to this country is that as an international student, you should adhere to the international deadlines that are available so that your applications are well considered.