Despite being a small country Norwegian universities and university colleges deliver quality education which also international exchange and degree seeking students benefit from. Studying in Norway will improve your career possibilities, both at home and abroad. 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 European higher education. Central has been the 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.


Academic requirements: Bachelor´s/ undergraduate studies

Completion of secondary education at the advanced level, equivalent to passing the exam at the end of Norwegian secondary school, is the general basic requirement for entry to Norwegian universities and university colleges set by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT). For students from some countries at least one year of completed studies at the university level is required in addition.


Degree seeking students:
Language requirements For courses where the language of instruction is English all applicants should expect to document their language skills according to the requirements set by the institutions. Beware that the requirements may vary from institution to institution, and sometimes from study programme to study programme, and that different English tests and scores may be required by different institutions. For courses where the language of instruction is Norwegian, proficiency in the Norwegian language is required and should be documented.