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How to finance your studies

Norway has a reputation for being expensive, but studying here may not be as expensive as you think!

Tuition Fees

Since the University of Oslo is a state university and therefore publicly funded, the students here do not pay tuition fees. Most students must pay a small semester registration fee of NOK 550 (approx. 70 euro). This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Student welfare organisation (SiO).

Erasmus, Nordplus, and most bilateral exchange students are exempt from paying the semester registration fee.

Scholarships and grants

Cost of living grants are only awarded to very few international students accepted for government scholarship programmes such as the Quota Scheme. The University of Oslo does not control any sources of student funding and cannot assist students financially. Please contact your home university, the educational authorities or funding organizations in your home country in order to find out if you are eligible for other types of funding. Read more about scholarships.

Some international students may be eligible for a study loan from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. See also the Study in Norway website.

Part time work

EU/EEA students do not need a work permit, and can work in Norway after they have registered with the police.

Non-EU/EEA students can work 20 hours per week, and full-time work during the holidays during their first year of study. The part-time work permit is not automatically renewed, and students must document satisfactory progress in their studies in order to continue to work part-time.

Students who are looking for a part-time job or starting to plan for their career, may visit the Career Centre.

Student housing

All international students admitted to degree studies or exchange programmes at the University of Oslo can apply for student housing through SiO Housing. The rooms are comfortable and the student villages are close to the main campus.

For details about application deadline, housing guarantee and how to apply please see the housing information to new international students.

Budget and cost of living

Students under the age of 30 with a valid semester card are entitled to reduced fares on public transport. Most museums are free of charge and most social events on campus are either free of charge or offered at student-friendly prices. To help you get an idea of the living expenses for a student in Norway, see budget and cost of living.

Published May 4, 2010 10:34 AM - Last modified Sep 23, 2015 03:31 PM