Study in Norway

Norway consistently ranks among the top nations of the world for quality of life, prosperity, security, and environmental quality. To make up for the long winter nights, Norwegians enjoy a world-class education system and high employment rates. At the weekend there is the great outdoors to enjoy. Hiking, skiing, boating and fishing are all popular pastimes enjoyed by Norwegians and tourists alike. Norway has the highest number of fjords in the world, with over a thousand stunning natural inlets running from the sea into the mountainous coastline. Oslo, the capital city, is dotted with museums featuring famous artworks, such as Munch’s The Scream. The Norwegian government believes education should be free to all and, as such, university students, including foreigners, are charged only a small administration fee to study. This progressive stance on education gives students access to some of the top-ranked universities in the world. The University of Oslo has produced four Nobel Prize Winners, demonstrating the institution’s quality of teaching and research. Adventurous students can apply to the University of Tromsø - The Arctic University of Norway. As the northernmost university in the world, the University of Tromsø produces leading research into the culture and ecology of the Arctic Circle, investigating everything from the aurora borealis to the indigenous Saami people.

If you want to study in Norway, then you need to know which of its universities are right for you. Times Higher Educations World University Rankings take the top institutions in the world, and look at their performance across all of their core objectives: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook.

Norway has 5 universities in the overall Times Higher Educations World University Rankings. The highest-ranking university in Norway is University of Oslo, which is ranked at number 132.

Choosing where to study for a degree in Norway is one of the biggest decisions you will ever make. THE’s student resources are here to help you make the right choice, particularly if you want to study abroad. Explore the universities of Norway below - we’ve pulled together some information that we hope will help you to decide where to study.

Use the map to see where Norway’s top universities are located, and if any institutions are of particular interest, you can click on their name, or the “explore” button, to find out more. We’ve also pulled in information about how much Norway is investing in its higher education, and also how many people live there.

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Top universities in Norway

Statistics about Norway

  • Expenditure on education out of total expenditure 17.45%
  • Of which, on higher education 29.89%
  • Enrollment rate in higher education 76.78%
  • Population 5,195,921
  • Unemployment 3.4%
  • Annual GDP 1.6%
Data source: The World Bank