Free universities in Norway
Study at all public universities is free for everyone, regardless of citizenship and language of instruction. In some cases, it is necessary to pay university social fees, which can range from 600 to 95 USD per year. The main problem for a foreign student is the cost of living in Norway (this is one of the most expensive countries in the world) and the lack of bachelor's programs in English.
Interesting facts about universities in Norway
- University of Tromsø is the northernmost university in the world. This is one of the few public universities with bachelor's programs in English, where you can study Arctic tourism and northern studies. The university is distinguished by low requirements for foreign students.
- Further north, on the Svalbard archipelago, is the University Center in Svalbard (UNIS), which was created by four Norwegian universities (Oslo, Tromsø, Bergen and the Norwegian Institute of Technology) — this is the northernmost branch of the university on the planet. There are no separate programs in UNIS, but mainland students can spend here a semester or two, especially if they are interested in Arctic exploration.
- Unlike many Western European countries, Norway does not have old medieval universities. The oldest university in Oslo was founded in 1811. It was based on the then progressive model of the University of Berlin, created on the initiative of the largest reformer of higher education, Friedrich Wilhelm Humboldt. This dynamic start partly explains the innovative nature of the development of higher education in the country.
- Norway is a constitutional monarchy. University status can only be assigned to an educational institution with the consent of the reigning monarch of Norway.
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