According to the Ministry of Education and Research, there are about 70 public and private institutions of higher learning located throughout Norway, from Kristiansand in the south to Svalbard in the North, Joinfo.ua reports.
Norway has 8 universities, 20 university colleges and 5 scientific colleges owned by the state. Norway also has a large number of private higher education institutions, 23 of which receive government support. You can find the full list of state-owned universities and university colleges here.
The Norwegian higher education system is in accordance with the Bologna process, with bachelor’s degrees (three years), master’s degrees (two years) and doctoral degrees (three years).
An academic year in Norway has two semesters, from August to December and from January to June.
Foreign students need the upper secondary school certificate to apply for admittance.
Public universities in Norway provide the opportunity of free education. Students also can apply to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen) for educational loans and grants, intended to provide adequate support to cover living expenses.
An important thing is also that Norwegian universities offer programs where English is the language of instruction. Many Masters and Bachelors programs taught in English are available to students, covering a variety of subject areas.
The largest of the eight public universities in Norway is the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In addition to engineering and the natural and physical sciences, the university offers advanced degrees in other academic disciplines ranging from the social sciences, the arts, medicine and health sciences, teacher education, architecture and fine art.
It should be recalled that Norway has been leading for 12 years in a row in the world ranking of human development, according to the United Nations’ Human Development Report 2015.