Study in Norway

Study in Norway

Norway is a Scandinavian country encompassing mountains, glaciers and deep coastal fjords. Oslo, the capital, is a city of green spaces and museums, including the Edvard Munch Museum and the Norsk Folkemuseum, a collection of open-air historic buildings. Preserved 10th-century Viking ships are displayed at the Vikingskipshuset. Norway is also known for fishing, hiking and skiing – notably at Lillehammer’s Olympic resort.

Norway, along with Sweden form part of the Scandinavian countries. Norway is well known for its mountains , fjord coastline, sea-faring history, unique coastal life, midnight sunlight during the summer months, brilliant Winter Olympics performance and, of course, its higher education.

Norway’s highest ranking university, the University of Oslo, features in the top 100 of the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings – great news if you want to study in Norway.

Due in part to its offshore OIL and gas deposits, Norway has the fourth- highest per capita income in the world and one of the highest standards of living. Norway is a member of many international organizations, including the UN, NATO, the Council of Europe and the Nordic Council, the WTO and the OECD. It’s also a part of the Schengen Area, and maintains close ties with the US and the European Union (EU), despite rejecting full EU membership.

Norway is also renowned for contributions to art and culture – it is, after all, the homeland of hugely influential figures such as playwright Henrik Ibsen and painter Edvard Munch(creator of The Scream, one of the most recognizable paintings in the world). While Norway retains much of its old architecture(of particular note are its stave churches from the Middle Ages), Norway is also distinctive in its innovations in contemporary design and architecture, and for being a world leader in research and development.

Norway has many universities such as the University of Oslo, which is Norway’s highest ranking university, reaching 89 in the 2013/ 14 QS World University Rankings. The BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo University College, the Oslo School of Architecture, the Norwegian Academy of Music and the Norwegian University of Life Science are also of note. Norway’s second largest city, Bergen is located on the west coast, and is popular base for visitors exploring the country’s famous spectacular fjords – long narrow stretches of wter bordered by steep cliffs. The University of Bergen include Bergeb University College, the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research and the Norwegian School of Economics, one of Norway’s leading business schools.

Universities in Tromso include the Tormso University has plenty of research institutions and a highly skilled population. Tromso is a relatively small city is mainly located on the island of Tromsoya, close to the northerntip of Norway, and well within the Arctic Circle- which puts it in prime position for those wishing to view the famous aurora borealis(northern lights) in all its glory.

In terms of universities in Trondheim, the city is dominated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology(NTNU), which is ranked 251 in the 2013/ 14 QS World University Rankings. Sor- Trondelag University College is also based in Trondheim, with other technology – oriented institutions including the SINTEF and St Olav’s University Hospital. NTNU has more than 25,000students- equal to a fifth of the city’s 170,000 inhabitants. The city is therefore heavily influenced by student culture, at the heart of which is the large Studentersamfundet Trondhjem, the student society building where concerts, political debates, discussions, footbal matches, choirsand orchestras are regularly hosted. Being an old city in Central Norway, Trondheim has a rich cultural heritage. It’s the oldest of Norway’s major cities, meaning there’s lots to to explore in and around the city center. Major attractions include the Nidaros Cathedral, the second-largest church in Northern Europe, historic rock carvings, and Trondheim’s characteristic mansions and harbor houses. Trondheim’s is also known for its mercantile history and for bieng the religious center of northern Europe during the Middle Ages.

Quick Facts

  • Capital – Oslo
  • Dialing code – +47
  • ISO code – NOR
  • Norwegian, Nynorsk, Bokmal
  • Currency – Norwegian krone
  • Population – 5.084 million (2013)