Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Study in Norway for free!

OK, I confess that this one really caught me off guard. I am constantly seeking new ways for people to emigrate to other countries and I've found one of the most surprising: study in Norway for free!

Oslo, Norway
Photo by Allan Harris
Most Norwegian universities are publicly funded and, as a result, charge no tuition. This includes foreigners! Yes, there's a catch: though many classes are in English, you'll have to learn Norwegian. However, this means that if you can manage to stay in Norway (legally) for three years, you can get permanent residency.

Aside from being accepted at a university, you do have to demonstrate financial self-sufficiency while you are there. At this time, it means demonstrating that you have saved 85,000 NOK (about $15,000 US) per 10 month year of study. Financial aid is available in the form of scholarships and loans.

So if you really want out and you're academically minded, learn to speak Norwegian!

Update: this blog post appears to have great information about emigrating to Norway.