Study in Oslo, Norway
Study in Oslo, NorwayNorway did everything right when it created Oslo. The capital city is a flawless mesh of gleaming old architecture and dynamic new structures, a timeless instrument of excellence filled with inspiring people. From the rural tracks just outside the city’s edge, to the most crowded streets filled with smiles, Oslo is one of the world’s proudest and friendliest cities. It’s no wonder then that the Norwegian capital attracts so many international types – students included!
Oslo is one of the top locations in all of Europe for post-secondary studies, and students flock here by the hundreds. In the entire country of Norway, more than two-thirds of young adults studying at a university or college level are at home in Oslo; and this number doesn’t even factor in the international students taking flight to the city, which reaches into the thousands.
If students get bored between classes and need something to do, they won’t need to look far. Hiking, skiing, boating, swimming, bicycling and camping are just a few of the activities enjoyed by natives to Oslo. Dining on fresh Norwegian food (including fresh-baked breads!) will leave students hungry for the cultural sights offered by galleries and local centers. Museum-lovers will find paradise here as well. The number of museums is staggering, from the historic Norwegian Folk Museum to the stone and metal sculptures of Frognerparken.
Other considerations for students in Oslo include:
- Majority of courses taught in Norwegian and English.
- Somewhat severe winter weather.
Major Fields of Study in Oslo
An interesting aspect about Oslo’s higher education institutes is that, although the majority of them are specialty schools focusing in specific areas (architecture, veterinary science and business, to name a few) there is still a wide range of degree opportunities. Rather than having many universities with general studies, Oslo possesses many academies, technical colleges and specialized universities that, together, cover almost every desired higher education field.
Most of these schools, however, tend to focus on one end of the education spectrum: the area of arts and humanities. A great number of higher education schools offer courses in fine arts, design, music, performance arts, dance and theatre. Other huge studies include a variety of sciences. The resulting major fields of study in Oslo include:
- Fine arts
- Performing arts
- Life sciences
- Health sciences and medicine
The city also trains an impressive number of law and military officials. There are three schools in this field; one for army training, one for national defense and one for the police force.
Schools of Oslo
Most of the schools in Oslo will be specialty institutions, so students should consider this when applying to higher education systems in the area. The schools listed below are just a few of the many universities, colleges, academies or other institutions that are available to future students in Oslo.
- The University of Oslo is a public university mainly focused in areas of science. It leads and funds two notable Norwegian museums while undergoing research projects in multiple fields. It teaches bachelor, master and PhD programs in both English and Norwegian.
- The Oslo School of Architecture and Design is a public university college focusing on studies in design, industrial studies, architecture and different facets of urban and rural structures. The school mainly offers masters and PhD programs, and recently gained independence from another Norwegian school.
- The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science is a prestigious public university that predates many other Oslo schools. It offers comprehensive training and academic instruction for future veterinarians and veterinary nurses. The student body is particularly small and close-knit.