study nursing in norway
Become a registered nurse in Norway
To become a qualified nurse in Norway, you must have knowledge of the basic principles of nursing. To practice as a registered nurse, you must have completed a minimum of 50 weeks’ practical training, and hold a bachelor’s degree in nursing. You must also have passed an exam in Norwegian health personnel law. In addition to this, you need to pass the Norwegian language test at level B1 (BREV) or equivalent skills.
The foreign healthcare professional also has to demonstrate that they are familiar with the scope and responsibilities of their profession according to the laws and regulations governing the profession in Norway
Norwegian is the easiest Scandinavian language to learn.
Norwegian is widely regarded as the easiest Scandinavian language to learn because, unlike Danish and Swedish, it has very little pronunciation differences between words. The reason for this is that Norwegian is a Germanic language, which means that it is based on Latin and Old English. For example “bread” in English is produced by the same sound as “break”.
Norwegian citizens can study for free.
There are no tuition fees for Norwegian and other Nordic citizens at the bachelor’s and master’s level. Students from the EU/EEA region and Switzerland can study for free, as well. Everyone else will pay a fee each semester, which varies from NOK 77,000 to NOK 150,000 (approximately USD 9,200 to USD 18,000) annually. In addition to this tuition fee, Norwegian universities charge student union fees ranging from NOK 0 to 540 per semester (approximately USD 65–66).
A study permit is not required for EU/EEA students.
If you are coming from the EU/EEA or Switzerland, you do not need a study permit to study nursing in Norway. You will automatically be granted a residence permit for the duration of your program.
If you are coming from a country outside of the EU/EEA, you may still be eligible for a study permit. Requirements vary by country and change frequently, so check requirements for your home country carefully before applying.
Some master’s programmes and PhD studies are offered in English.
- Master’s programmes
- PhD studies
- The University of Oslo
- The University of Bergen
- The University of Tromso
- The University of Stavanger
- The University of Agder
- The University of Nordland
You’ll be eligible for entry-level work opportunities after your bachelor’s degree.
- Earn your bachelor’s degree in nursing and you’ll be eligible for entry-level jobs in the field. If you want to advance your career, most universities offer a nursing master’s degree program. Some of these programs are taught in English.
- A study permit is not required for students from EU/EEA member countries, which include Iceland, Switzerland and Norway. In order to participate in a university program or work as a nurse, all international students must secure a student residence permit prior to travel. You can apply for your student residence permit after you’ve completed the application process at your chosen university and received official confirmation of acceptance.
With a master’s degree, you will have a wider variety of career options.
You can only move into higher positions in the nursing field, such as senior nursing roles, by doing a Master’s degree. With a Master’s degree you will also have more opportunities to work in research or teaching. In addition, the Master’s degree gives you access to a wider variety of career options within nursing – not just clinical practice but also non-traditional roles such as management, administration and policymaking.
With a Master’s degree in nursing from UiT The Arctic University of Norway you can work with health and welfare services in any hospital or clinic in Norway. You can also find employment outside the health sector or abroad.
Study nursing in Norway!
There are four healthcare regions in Norway. The largest region is called Helse Midt-Norge (Health Central Norway) with headquarters in Trondheim, which is also the centre of education at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at NTNU. The other three regions are:
Sørlandet Hospital HF (Southern Hospital Trust), Aust-Agder Hospital HF (East Agder County Hospital Trust) and Helse Fonna HF (Helse Fonna Health).
These health trusts all have their own roles, tasks and areas of responsibility within the field of healthcare.