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Study in Norway
« on: June 04, 2012, 02:17:29 PM »
Norway offers you a unique student experience and Norwegian institutions of higher education welcome applications sent by qualified students from all over the world.

Norway has 38 state run institutions of higher education and a number of private institutions.

The Norwegian institutions of higher education can be divided into two sectors:
 The University sector and
 TheCollege sector.

The universities carry out research and offer university-level instruction at undergraduate, graduate and doctorate levels, leading to academic degrees. They provide research-based education which combines scholastic breadth and high educational standards within a full range of disciplines. The universities also have special responsibility for graduate and research training and for basic research.

No tuition fees

The colleges offer programs lasting from 1 to 4 years. Most programs are profession-specific, their graduates becoming professional or para-professional personnel in areas such as teaching, engineering, social work, health services, administration, economics, librarianship, journalism, etc. The state colleges, too, are involved in extensive research and development work, and most undergraduate programs offered by state colleges can easily be transferred to undergraduate degree programs at universities.

Foreign students are admitted to universities and other institutions of higher education in Norway mainly through international programs and bilateral agreements with comparable institutions abroad.

No tuition fees are charged at any of the Norwegian universities, except special programs and private and specialized schools. At all public institutions in Norway, higher education is free for international students as well as for Norwegian nationals.

How you can financially support your stay in Norway will depend on several factors:
- your current country of legal residency
- your current home institution
- your previous education
- what institution/degree/subject area you are seeking admission to

We recommend that you first contact the International Office at your home university to see if institutional agreements with a Norwegian institution exist.

Facts about Norway   

Population                               4942200
Currency   "                             Norwegian krone (NOK)"
Time zone (s)                          CET (UTC+1)
Drive on the                             right
International dialing code       47
Official language                     Norwegian
Capital city                              Oslo
Other major cities                   Bergen
Big mac                                    26
Half litre/pint of beer               25.3
Can of coke                            10.5
Bottle of water           1.5l    10.9
Cinema ticket                        61.2

List of Institutions in Norway

Now find your institution and start contacting to their International Office. Check the requirements, deadline etc. Usually they want IELTS test score as a Language Requirement.

Living In Norway


Norway was, until fairly recently, isolated pockets of humanity making a living in the valleys between the mountainous areas which cover most of Norway. Travel was difficult and communication was slow. As a result, local and regional dialects have developed on their own, producing an incredible range of sounds and words, with radical differences from one another.

The same word can be pronounced in hundreds of different ways across Norway. No dialect is considered to have more worth than another, except by the people who speak them. Most Norwegian dialects – with some notable exceptions - are understandable once you get to understand a little Norwegian.

Three for price of one

To add to the confusion, we have three official written languages in Norway: Bokmål, Nynorsk and Sami. The two biggest are Bokmål and Nynorsk. Bokmål is based on written Danish, which was the official language of Norway for hundreds of years. Nynorsk was created by linguist Ivar Aasen in the 1850s, and is a compilation and combination of some (mostly West-Norwegian) regional dialects. The two languages are not very far apart, but do reflect the large regional differences. Generally, if you understand one of the two languages, you can understand the other fairly easily.

Officially Bokmål and Nynorsk have been accorded equal status, although Bokmål is more widely used in Oslo and the larger towns. Nynorsk is used by about 10-15 per cent of the population, mostly on the west coast. You will also find a substantial part of government documents, church services and public broadcasting written in Nynorsk.

Sami, on the other hand, is a minority language used by the indigenous Sami people. It is mother tongue to about 20,000 individuals in Norway. Sami is a member of the Finno-Ugric branch of languages, and North Sami has been established as an official language equal with Norwegian. It is mostly used in Troms and Finnmark – two regions in Northern Norway.

English as a second language

But if you’re not planning on learning Norwegian, don’t worry: Norwegian children start learning English at school at the age of six and as a result, practically everyone in Norway has some skill in English (and theoretically speaking also either German or French). Young people in particular are mostly completely fluent in English. On the other hand, English-speaking films and television series are subtitled instead of dubbed. So if you can read this, you should have no problem speaking to other people, or even just watching television in Norway.


Norwegians love to talk about the weather. A joke about people from the north of Norway goes that they’ll never do anything else when the weather report is on, and the following types of phone conversations ensue: “You’re pregnant? That’s great! Excuse me, the weather is on.” “You’re dying? oh, that’s… can you call back after the weather?” etc.

But it’s not really that strange. Weather in Norway is dramatic and changes very fast, and it can often completely change the options for what is possible to do on any given day.

Four seasons in one day

If you get a map, you’ll see that Norway is at the northernmost end of Europe with the second largest city, Bergen, on the west coast roughly being the same latitude as southernmost Greenland. Norway is therefore often regarded as a cold and wet country. Though this is true in some regions, Norway’s climate is wildly different from region to region and season to season, and the entire coastline is greatly warmed by the Gulf Stream, turning Norway into a more attractive vacation spot than Greenland.

Most of Norway south of Trondheim is a temperate climate. This means that southerly inland climates are dry and very cold in the winter and quite hot in the summertime. The North can be pretty cold and wet except for the brief summer months. Coastal climates in the south are mild and wet in all seasons.

The Norwegian summer in all regions is quite pleasant, being neither too hot nor too cold, although it will sometimes be interrupted by rainy or colder periods. Summer also brings about a marked change in the psychology of the average Norwegian, turning them into a boisterous, joyous people, eager to catch up the wintertime by enjoying the outdoors with friends.

Midnight sun

In Northern Norway, the summers have midnight sun. The summer is literally one long day and evening that never turns into night. This is all peachy, but in the winter the Northerners pay for this extravagant summer with a month of no sun, in which the sun never leaves the horizon.

Winters in general are quite different in different parts of the country, with the north having hard, arctic winters, and the southwest mostly having mild, wet average European winters.

Visa Processing

After having` the confirmation letter from your selected University, please try to learn some basic Norwegian Language, that will help you in getting the visa. Well that is not mandatory.

Norway Embassy , Bangladesh

House #9, Road #111, Gulshan
PO Box 548
Postal Code:1000

Offline ABM Nazmul Islam

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Re: Study in Norway
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 04:43:05 PM »
very attractive for students
ABM Nazmul Islam

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Daffodil Int. University, Dhaka, Bangladesh