Study and find schools in Norway





Norway, officially known as the Kingdom of Norway, is a Nordic European country whose territory is comprised of the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Jan Mayen, the Arctic archipelago of Svalbard and the sub-Antarctic Bouvet Island.  The mainland portion of the country shares land borders to the west with Sweden, to the south with Finland and to the east with Russia, and also to the south it borders the Skagerrak Strait, which separates the country from Denmark.  With over 148,000 square miles of total land area and a population of merely 5 million, it is the least-densely populated country in Europe. Norway is officially a unitary constitutional monarchy, and its capital and largest city is Oslo.
 
Of the roughly 4.9 to 5 million residents in Norway, most, or roughly 86 percent are native Norwegians, a North Germanic people.  The Sami people, accounting for nearly 3 percent of the population, are the largest ethnic minority in the country, a group that traditionally inhabits the northern parts of Norway, Finland and Sweden, as well Russia in the northern Kola Peninsula.  Other ethnic groups in the country, albeit in much smaller number, include Jews, Forest Finns and Norwegian Romani Travelers.
 
The official language of Norway is Norwegian, a North Germanic language that has two forms:  Bokmål and Nynorsk.  Both forms are recognized as official languages, in that they are both utilized in government administration, media, churches, and in the education sector.  Norwegian is also the mother tongue and spoken informally by approximately 95 percent of the population.  Other languages in the country that are recognized regionally include northern Sami, Lule Sami, Kven and Southern Sami, all spoken among the Sami minority in the north.  From a religious standpoint, all Norwegians are registered at baptism as members of the Church of Norway, a Christian religion of the Lutheran variety.  Many (80 percent as of the 2010 census) remain members of the faith, primarily because it entitles them to certain services, such as baptism, confirmation, marriage and burial rites.  Roman Catholicism is the preferred faith for nearly 100,000 Norwegians and accounts for 1.6 percent of the population, the largest religious minority in the country.
 
Education in Norway
 
Education in Norway is overseen by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.  Public education is free at all levels, regardless of nationality, and school is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 and 16.  The school year is comprised of two semesters, one that runs from August to December and the other from January to June.  The education system is divided into four distinct levels:  primary education, lower secondary school, upper secondary school and tertiary or higher education.
 
Primary education in Norway spans seven years (grades one through seven) and serves children between the ages of 6 and 13.  In grade one the education focuses primarily on educational games, through which students learn to share and cooperate, the alphabet and pre-reading skills, and basic addition and subtraction.  Following grade one the curriculum becomes much broader, with courses in mathematics, English, Norwegian, science, religion, esthetics and gymnastics, supplemented by geography, history, and social studies beginning in the fifth grade.
 
Secondary education is divided between two levels:  lower secondary school and upper secondary school.  Lower secondary education, with a curriculum similar to that in primary school, only more difficult, spans three years, or grades 8-10.  Upper secondary school, which also lasts three years, is an optional level of education for students aged 16 to 18 or 19.  In these schools students receive a combination of academic education, which helps prepare them for tertiary enrollment and studies, and vocational education.
 
Higher education in Norway is provided by a range of institutions, including seven universities, five specialized colleges, 25 university colleges and numerous private institutions.  Like most of Europe, higher education in Norway now follows the structural recommendations set forth by the Bologna process, a structure that includes Bachelor (3 years), Master (2 years) and PhD (3 years) degrees, earned in that order.  All students who earn a general competence certificate from an upper secondary school are eligible to apply and enroll in higher education.

International Study Abroad Programs in Norway

Every country has a unique education system in place- something that is typically theirs. It is for this experience that so many students across the world seek study abroad programs, international degrees and academic courses in countries other than their own. As far as global educational destinations go, Norway has one of the top educational systems in the world and one that is truly global in its approach. It is not surprising then that scores of students from different shores land up at this small European country to continue or complete their education.
 
Government initiatives
 
There are dozens of great educational institutes that are completely or partially sponsored; or managed by the government of Norway. The capital of Norway, Oslo, boasts of some of the top universities and educational institutions that offer programs for international students. According to the latest government data available, the number of such educational institutes is thirty eight. However, the total number of quality educational colleges in Norway is much higher- thanks to the government’s initiative of attracting and encouraging private investment in the educational sector.
 
Often international students can enroll into different courses at a university and a college simultaneously. Infact international education opportunities in the country are ample for hard working and dedicated students.
 
International students looking to move to Norway and start or complete a graduation course will have to join one of the many reputed universities here. The choice of subjects and courses available for international students, normally determines the choice of university. Also, since the quality of students is of utmost importance to Norwegian Universities, the educational background of the candidates is usually taken into consideration prior to admission. International students can also pursue post-graduation studies in Norway. The universities provide ample scope for research and higher education in different fields like science and arts. Proper training for these research courses are also provided. Also international research programs are also available, both for foreigners and citizens of Norway.
 
Highly Affordable, Globally Recognized Programs for International Students 

Arguably the best part about studying in Norway is that it won't cost you a dime in tuition fees, regardless of whether you are a Norwegian or an international student. This leaves only living expenses to be taken care of. But even for that, there are a plethora of scholarships offered by several institutions that are keen to attract foreign students. The cost of living is remarkably affordable, and you might have to spend about 2,000 to 2,500 Norwegian Kroner every month. Even if you were to opt for an institution that charges tuition fees (such as private institutions and specialized courses), you can expect the fees to be within the range of 300 to 600 Kroners a semester. Students from across the world enjoy the brilliant living conditions and the hospitable environment created by warm-hearted local people.
 
Norway offers top quality education and the degrees awarded at the country's institutions of higher education enjoy a worldwide acceptance by employers.  In other words, having successfully completed higher education in Norway, students can hope to get a job anywhere in the world. College programs spanning 1-4 years offer profession-oriented education in fields such as journalism, library science, economics, administration, health services, social work, engineering and teaching.

Language Courses in Norway

There are several language schools and language immersion courses in Norway to choose from. Norwegian, a Germanic language, is said to have a sing-song intonation. Whether in doing business or while socializing, knowledge of the Norwegian language is likely to prove extremely useful to visitors to the country.
 
All pupils enrolling into upper secondary education in Norway are expected to acquire a working knowledge of Norwegian; these include immigrants.
 
Mandatory Language Immersion Courses for Immigrants in Norway
 
Effective from September 2005, immigrants have been given the right and obligation to avail of 300 lessons from language schools in Norway; these would comprise 250 lessons in the Norwegian language and 50 lessons about Norwegian culture.
 
Failing to complete these 300 lessons can lead to them not being given a permanent permit to stay in the country, while also ruling out any chances of a Norwegian citizenship. Those who express a need for more lessons can take up to 2,700 additional lessons. Municipalities have been given the responsibility of providing these language courses in Norway.
 
Government Sponsored Language Immersion Courses in Norway
 
The Ministry of Labor and Social Exclusion is responsible for overseeing courses for adults in Norwegian as a second language, and courses imparting knowledge about the Norwegian society.
 
The Norwegian Government sponsors a language scheme for foreign residents employed by a local Norwegian company, and those with a residence permit with validity in excess of 3 months.
 
Vox, the Norwegian Agency for Lifelong Learning also provides a lengthy list of materials to help immigrants in learning Norwegian. Vox has also devised a search tool to help locate learning material from publishing houses that are privately owned. Migranorsk, a product of the publishing house Fagforlaget, is an example of an online Norwegian course.
 
According to statistics available, as many as 22,823 participants in 2007-08 availed such language courses in Norway, with 60 percent of the participants having a right and obligation to attend. These comprised refugees, persons with residence on humanitarian grounds, collective protection, or those on a family immigration permit with these groups.
 
University Level Language Schools and Language Immersion Courses in Norway
 
Some universities also conduct language courses for foreign students in Norway. For instance, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) conducts intensive Norwegian courses, devised keeping exchange students in mind, every summer.
 
Non-University Level Language Schools and Language Immersion Courses in Norway
 
There are also non-university level language classes in Norway for foreigners and visitors that offer a wide range of language courses. These include immersion courses and are imparted by personal tutors working with clients on a one-to-one basis, as well as teaching small groups. Some private institutes also provide language courses in classrooms, clients’ premises and/ or by distance learning methods.
 
There are a large number of language courses in Norway, ranging from beginners to advanced levels. These are said to be specially devised for use by students of all nationalities. These language courses are promoted as being particularly suitable for those who intend either to conduct employment or study in Norway, and are searching for a quick-fire language immersion course. Such courses are typically 2 weeks long in length and are devised in one-to-one formats.
 
 

Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Norway

Upper secondary education and training in Norway covers 12 education program areas including 3 for general studies and 9 for initial vocational education and training.
 
Vocational schools in Norway are regulated by the Act on Vocational Colleges of 2003. The country’s unified upper secondary structure coordinates general studies and vocational studies. Students opting for vocational education and training, aspire mainly for a craft or journeyman’s certificate; this usually transpires after two years in school added to two years in-service training at a working place.
 
Types of Programs
 
The types of Vocational Education Programs offered by vocational schools in Norway include programs for:
 
  • Building and Construction
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Electricity and Electronics
  • Health and Social Care
  • Media and Communication
  • Agriculture, Fishing and Forestry
  • Restaurant and Food Processing
  • Service and Transport
  • Technical and Industrial Production
 
Apprenticeship Training in Vocational Schools in Norway
 
Apprenticeship training is conducted in each county under the aegis of a Vocational Training Board (yrkesopplæringsnemnd) that gives advice on various aspects of VET. Public budgets are used to fund Public Initial Vocational Education and Training that mainly involves two years school-based education and two years apprenticeship training. A regular wage is paid to apprentices, in accordance with a wage agreement. The apprentice can expect a 30-80 percent increase in salary over the period of apprenticeship. An apprentice generally doesn’t get laid off unless the training establishment finds itself unable to provide work that is consistent with on-the-job training requirements during a transitional period, or by mutual consent of the apprentice and the training school. A state subsidy is given to a training establishment that enters into contracts with apprentices.
 
Career Colleges in Norway
 
Career Colleges in Norway form part of the country’s Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education.
Students who enroll at career colleges in Norway (Fagskole) for training are required to hold a trade or journeyman’s certificate or any other equivalent experience. In order to receive training as a Master Craftsman (Håndverksmester), a student would have to hold a craft or journeyman’s certificate while having many years of relevant work experience. Usually this course attracts trainees who aspire to set up their own business enterprise or want to occupy a managerial position in a craft enterprise. Technical vocational career colleges in Norway provide such training requirements for a wide variety of crafts. While career colleges in Norway provide educational guidance and counseling, they do not follow any set system of counseling.
 
Admission Requirements
 
Students wanting to join vocational courses in Poland are required to have completed upper secondary education, or have relevant training at a similar level.
 
Training & Duration
 
The duration of a school year is ten months. The size of groups can vary depending on the schools they attend or the nature of study program they take up. Campus training occupies most part of the training. Adult learning organizations are also engaged in imparting some training.
 
Curricula & Examinations
 
The curricula is set by the schools themselves and is subject to national level approval by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT – Nasjonalt organ for kvalitet i utdanningen).
 
The nature of the study program determines the type of assessment that could comprise of practical tests, written or oral exams.
 
Students who complete technical vocational college, qualify for admission to university colleges’ engineering programs. Those who successfully complete business and administrative disciplines at technical vocational colleges can join courses that lead to master craftsman’s certificates.
 

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