Heading to a place like Norway is a different alternative to the typical study-abroad program in Europe. Known for its hauntingly beautiful natural attractions, Norway has famous fjords (the very narrow inlets of the sea), mountains, and the midnight sun. Norway has a far-reaching stretch through time: its vast arms span back to Viking times and the Sami, and forward to some of the most progressive trains of thought in the world.
Geography & Demographics
As explorer Julius von Payer said about the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights: “No pencil can draw it, no colors can paint it, and no words can describe it in all its magnificence.” The luminous bands of green, shimmering and rolling across Norway’s night sky, are a jaw-dropping spectacle of nature. The midnight sun is another awesome natural phenomenon, during the summer months when the sun remains visible at midnight.
The Norwegian countryside is a marvel of engineering with tunnels and ferries traversing the steep, dramatic, breathtakingly beautiful fjords that characterize the Norwegian landscape.
Food & Culture
Norway has a cool climate and warm people. Norwegian people are highly approachable, with an emphasis on self-reliance, equality, and a high quality of life.
Things to Do
Unlike other cities in Europe, Norway’s cities are not massive or sprawling. They can easily be explored on foot or through their extensive networks of public transport. The Norwegian capital, Oslo, is an extremely pedestrian-friendly city that offers many amazing vantage points overlooking its harbor and the surrounding mountain-scapes. Oslo offers ongoing free events and attractions every day. Explore canals and cobblestone alleys. View The Scream at the Edvard Munch Museum; be amazed by Norway’s fascinating history at Norway’s National Gallery and the Vikingskipshuset, the museum of the Viking ships Oseberg and Gokstad.
Experience unforgettable outdoor adventures in Norway, such as mountain sports like skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, climbing, and mountain biking. Kayak on glacier lakes, visit the Runde bird sanctuary, an island of puffins, or hike and climb the Folgefonna Glacier. The fresh air, clean water, and abundance of space is perfect for nature lovers studying abroad in Norway.
Studying in Norway
Have we mentioned it’s free? Students at a Norwegian university, whether national or international, are not charged tuition fees, since public higher institutions are funded by the state. For independent students who can arrange their own visas, enrollment, housing, and other necessities, the only expenses when studying abroad in Norway are travel and living expenses. The academics in Norwegian universities are excellent, offering research and university-level instruction in subjects from vocational studies to graduate and postgraduate degrees abroad. Norwegian campuses tend to be modern and safe learning environments.
For students who want support and planning help on their Norwegian odyssey, the University Study Abroad Consortium has a study abroad program in Norway that includes assistance with student visas to Norway, transcript assistance, Norwegian language courses, financial aid advising, parental support and advisement, and other services. The program lets students study abroad in Oslo for a semester or full year, and choose from courses in: Scandinavian Studies, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Mathematics, Medicine, Medieval Studies, Middle East Studies, Nordic Languages, Peace and Conflict Studies, Gender Studies, Education, Law, and Graduate Studies.