World Study in Norway

Norway is ranked as the Best Place to live in the world because of their quality of education, well paid jobs and such beautiful environment, views of beautiful Mother Nature which includes mountains, glaciers, fjords and lakes covering around 70% of its land. Norway is ranked as the Best Place to Live in the United Nation’s annual Human Development Report, and it ranked as the best out of nearly 200 countries. The education in Norway is absolutely free for all, including Pakistani Non-EU international students, and the quality of education is comparatively similar to other European and American countries. That’s why it is becoming one of the most preferred study abroad destinations for Pakistani students day by day.

Free Education in Norway for Pakistani Students 2020

free study in Norway for Pakistani students

There is no tuition fee in any public sector institution in Norway and it’s applicable for all courses, from diploma and short courses to Master’s and PhD. However, some private sector institutes may charge some fees but that’s comparatively quite lower than other European and American countries providing similar standards of education. The high quality of education in Norwegian Universities and colleges has led to more and more international students including Pakistani students choosing to study in Norway.

 

Beautiful Scenery

attractive places in Norway for international students

Without any doubt, Norway is one of the country where mother nature is at its best. Such beautiful views of mountains, glacier, lakes and breathtaking fjords covers around two third of its land. You will definitely never get bored of such beautiful views if you ever go for road trip in Norway.

 

Activities

If you are interested in hiking and smiler adventurous sports, that’s quite easily available to experience such adventures in Norway. And also, being a cold country and where you can find mountains covered with snow for around 5-6 months a year, Norway is one of the best destinations for skiing. Norwegians are very fond of adventures, they usually go for long walks in the fields or forest, or go for trekking and loves to camp and have some good camping experience. The Norwegian Trekking Association operates 500+ cabins all over the country where you can camp and relax after a long active day which easily available for anyone.

 

Low Crime Rate

The crime rate in Norway is very low, there are only total of around 4000 prisoners in Norway. The prisoners in Norway are also offered much more training programs, rehabilitation and skill development than anywhere else in the world. They also have to work, plus they are also given some free time to enjoy themselves.

 

Health Insurance

Medical services in Norway are more or less free for everyone, and are of very high standards. In Norway, you are always ensured to be provided best possible professional medical treatment, no matter which part of country you are living in. Most of the time, treatment is totally free of cost if certain preconditions are met. These preconditions vary depending on your current nationality and length of stay in Norway.

 

High Cost Country

Norway is comparatively very high cost country from other European countries. The living cost and daily expenses are very high in Norway. But if you are working in Norway so definitely you will be earning enough to take care of all the expenses easily. Although education is free in Norway, but being an international student it’s not easy to bare all the living and other costs easily, you will definitely need to work part-time to increase your monthly budget to cover the expenses.

 

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Norway and it’s Industries

Norwayeadi is lng the way towards new industries. There are over 60000 engineers employed offshore on it’s gas and oil platform, but this does not mean there are no development in its other industries such as mining, forestry and fishing industries. A lot of there paper and pulp manufacturing factories are changing over bio-refining. It is one of the most developing country and has a lot of multi-national companies. The gas and petroleum fields are the major factors in country’s economy plus it is one the major centre for maritime technology and international centre for aquaculture, shipping and sub-sea technology.

Studying in Norway is one of the best decisions for students who want to study abroad. Norway is a great place to study and live. It provides an attractive environment for international students with many great universities and beautiful landscapes. If you want to study and live in Norway, you will first need to get admission in one of its universities. Applying for admission in a foreign country can be a little difficult for students. Because you are not in Norway, you have to complete whole admission procedure over the internet. This article will guide you how to apply for study in Norway. Learn whole admission application process from selecting a program and providing all required documents to getting acceptance letter.


 

1 -   Select Study Programs

Before doing anything else, students should select at least three programs that they might enjoy studying. Selecting more than one program is important. It often happens that student doesn’t get admission in applied program because of merit or eligibility criteria. In that case, student should have alternative study program which he/ she would like to pursue. Not deciding alternative programs in advance can cause you to lose a year or selection of a wrong study field that you may regret later.

Make sure that the study field you have chosen is the right field for you. If you are confuse about it then talk to student counselor or some senior. Study field you choose should be your passion and something you want to do on long term basis. Students are given the option to select alternative programs in the form when applying for admission. In case you don’t get admission in first program, you will automatically be considered for second program.

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in Norway

 


 

2 -    Selecting University

Selecting right university is also as important as selecting a program. If you select an institute that is not according to your requirement or imagination, you will pay for it for next 2 – 4 years. University becomes like a second home for students where teachers and friends are family. It is really important that university has good teachers in your study field and also has a proper environment for students. Visit http://www.studyinnorway.no/ to search for Master programs and Bachelor programs taught in English and their institutes.

You should search about all the universities in Norway that have good reviews or ranking in your selected study fields. Search about the universities on YouTube and read any news related to them. Try to reach current students or alumni of selected universities and get their reviews. Select at least 3 universities and apply in all of them. The best of them will be your first priority but it is also more difficult to admission in such universities. If you don’t get admission in one university then you also have alternatives. If you apply in only one institute and get rejected, you will lose a whole year. Here see Latest Top Ranked Universities of Norway.

 

SEE ALSO: Best Student Cities in Norway

 


                                                                

3 -   Check Eligibility Requirements

Each university can have different requirements so you have to see it on the official website of the institute. Also check the admission merit of last year of that university for your program. One special requirement for admission into Bachelors degree in Norway is at least one year of university education from Pakistan after your intermediate studies. If you are not a Pakistani you should see the GSU-list, the Norwegian database for country-specific information. In addition, usually certain programs require past education in its relevant study field.

It is really important to check eligibility requirements of selected universities. Every university has an eligibility or merit criteria that one must pass to get admission in the university. Some universities may be too out of league or have some special condition that you can’t fulfill. If you don’t fit in eligibility criteria then don’t waste time on that university.


 

4 -   Where to Apply?

After selecting a university in Norway visit its official website to apply for admission. Norwegian universities may use third party links to register and take your application. For example Samordnaopptak.No is a website where you can submit your application to any Norwegian university if you are applying for bachelors studies. For postgraduate programs, you will find exact deadline, details and links on the website of university.

 

SEE ALSO: Student Accommodation Options in Norway

 


 

5 -   Required Documents

Following are the general documents required by the university to be submitted along with the application. These documents may be uploaded online with application form or posted using mail service. Make sure that you have collected all documents and attested them in advance.

 

1.     Academic certificates/ transcripts and copies attested from HEC or relevant board and from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

2.    English translated Birth Certificate attested from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Copy certified by Notary Public.

3.    Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC). Copy certified by Notary Public.

4.    Valid Passport. First page of copy certified by Notary Public.

5.    Experience letter (if any). Copy certified by Notary Public.

6.    Recent passport size photo.

7.    IELTS or TOEFL with 5.5 or 6.0 over-all-band, depending on the requirements of the institute. Certified by Notary Public.

8.    At least two Reference/ Recommendation letters from teachers and employers. (at least one from your former teacher) with the name, email address and/or phone numbers of the recommender are indicated on the letter. Certified by Notary Public.

9.    Motivation letter/ Statement of purpose.

10.  Bank statement of around 13 Lac Rupees.

11.  If any document is not in English, then submit the official credentials in original language and a certified translation in English as well.

12.  Resume/CV (not compulsory).

 

SEE ALSO: Getting Jobs and Residency in Norway

 


 

6 -   University Application Deadlines

It is before the application deadline that student have to submit the application form with all required documents. Exact application deadline is decided by the university officials. It is necessary that you must visit the official website of the university and see the dates. In general, the deadline for application of international students is between December 1 to March 15 for Autumn courses starting in August.

 

SEE ALSO: Benefits and Challenges of Studying in Norway

 


 

7 -   After Receiving Acceptance Letter

After you have been accepted as student, university will send acceptance letter as proof. When you apply for student visa of Norway, you will have to submit acceptance letter along with other required documents. It is based only on this letter that you get student visa. Norwegian Student visa is only given to those students that are enrolled in a regular study program of a recognized university. Acceptance letter shows all your academic details including selected program and its duration.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for Norway

 


 

Norway is a wonderful place to live. It is lucky for students as they go there for only education and get to live in one of the best tourist destination in the world. Norway is a beautiful country with a very high quality of lifestyle. This country is like a dreamland as you would find everything in perfection. They have good administration leading up to a peaceful and happy nation. Norwegian people are very nice and peaceful with one of the lowest crime and violence rates in the world.

Norway is an expensive place to live but with the attractive and beautiful environment they offer, it is worth it. Average accommodation in rent in Norway is over 680% higher than in Pakistan.  This article will guide you all about the accommodation options in Norway for international students and how to get or register one for yourself.


                                                

How to Get Accommodation in Norway?

It can be really confusing to find and register an accommodation for yourself while you are not in the country. Students have to arrange a proper place to live before they move to their study abroad destination. There can be many issues if you randomly select an accommodation over the internet. You may not like the place after you move in or someone can also scam you online. First of all, student should know the location of their university then search for accommodation in that area. Following are the ways and tips to get accommodation in Norway.

 

University Administration:

University administration is the best choice here for you. When applying for admission, make sure to directly contact university officials. Most universities have special offices to facilitate their students. Ask them if and how they can help you in getting an accommodation. They will properly guide and most probably also get you a fine place to live.

 

Personal Contact in Norway:

If you have any contact in Norway even remote acquaintances, ask them for help in this matter. Since they are already living there, they know how to get a right and cheap place for you. You will also be more satisfied as they will first visit and then register the accommodation so you know it is a nice place and won’t be a scam.

 

Register a Temporary Place:

If you are afraid of getting scammed after paying a huge advance for accommodation, you can register a temporary place for yourself. Temporary place can be rented for 3 months. After you have reached Norway, live there for 3 months and if you like the place keep living there otherwise you have 3 months to find a new place.

 

Real Estate Agent:

Many real estate agents in Norway are easily found on internet. If you contact a real estate agent they can arrange a place right according to your requirements. They will get you a place that is near university and also nice to live in. However, they will charge at least one month’s rent as commission.

 

Study Abroad Consultants in Pakistan:

One of best and easiest solution to all study abroad problems is to acquire services of a study abroad consultant. There are plenty of great consultants in every city of Pakistan that take care of everything from finding a university to adjusting you in a student accommodation. They also don’t charge as much as one might think. Click the link to see Pakistan’s Best Study Abroad Consultants registered with studyabroad.pk. You can also fill the inquiry form and our expert study abroad consultants will contact and guide you free of charge.

 

Above were all the ways and tips to get a student accommodation in Norway. Now we will discuss what accommodation to choose. There are more than one options to select as accommodation in Norway.  Let’s get to know them so you can select one most suitable for you.


 

1 -   Private Hostels

Hostels have almost every facility of student need. There are plenty of hostels found in Norway particularly near universities. You can get a room or seat (sharing a room with others) in these hostels. There rooms are furnished with all basic needs like fan, closet, lights. If you spend more you can get a room with air conditioner, heater, table and bed. Depending on the facilities, private hostels cost from 400 EUR to 650 EUR per month.


 

2 -   Apartment/ Flat

Students don’t have the facilities like hostels in apartments and have to manage everything themselves. You can either share a room or rent a whole flat or for yourself. Students don’t have any limitations here like hostels. In apartment you will also have a kitchen so you can cook yourself. Kitchens are usually not available in hostels for students.


 

3 -   Student Villages

A specified area for student accommodation arranged by the university officials is called student village in Norway. There are building with many rooms in it for students. You should first apply for accommodation in student village or any accommodation offered by the university. Students are given every facility there including laundry, internet and cable TV. One room here cost around 360 - 400 EUR per month.


 

3 -   Society or Greek Houses

Every big university has societies or Greek houses in campus. These houses usually have an accommodation of their own mostly inside the campus or at least near it. These houses are managed by the house members. If you want to live there, you have to be a member of the house. These are not free and it is not recommended to depend on. Student can only live there if they are a member of the house and for that you have to be a regular student of the university.


 

4 -   Paying Guest

Many families take students as paying guest. Students are given a furnished room with every facility including food. You live like a guest who also pays. To become a paying guest one must have a good reference. You can’t get one while you are in your homeland. Family will, of course, first take your interview and then decide.


 

Before one leaves his country, a visa is usually required no matter what the purpose. A visa is like a permit to enter or leave a country. There are some countries that have good relations and its citizens do not require a visa to visit each other. However, all Pakistani national are required to get a visa before entering Norway. Norway is a great study abroad destination hosting thousands of students every year. If a Pakistani student wants to study in Norway, he/ she will first have to get a student visa. Without the visa, students can’t even get on plane to Norway. Norwegian student visa is referred to as student residence permit. If you are interested in studying abroad in Norway, here you will learn the complete process to get student visa for Norway.


 

1 -    Get an Acceptance Letter

Before applying for student visa, student has to get admission in a university of Norway. Make sure you learn you the complete application procedure to study in Norway. After you have been accepted as a student in a Norwegian university only then will you be able to apply for Norwegian student visa. Once enrolled in an institute, they will send you an acceptance letter. It is a confirmation with complete details including your program, studies level and its duration. Student has to submit this acceptance letter along with other documents mentioned below.

 

HERE SEE: How to Apply for Study in France

 


 

2 -   Get an Accommodation in Norway

Getting an accommodation in Norway prior hand is also important because you won’t be issued a student visa without it. This process is done while applying for admission. When you are applying for admission be sure to ask institute’s officials for accommodation in student villages. Student villages are reserved by students in advance so it can be difficult to get accommodation there unless you apply before others. If you don’t get any place in student village then apply for a private accommodation. You must also have a proof that you have got a place to stay in Norway. This proof is also to be submitted along with acceptance letter and other documents to get Norwegian student visa.

 

HERE SEE: All Accommodation Options in Norway and Their Registration Process

 


 

3 -   When to Apply?

Right after you have received the confirmation from the university, it is time to apply for admission. Make sure you have collected all required documents mentioned below in advance. The sooner you apply the better, in case you face a problem you will have the time to cope with it.


 

4 -   Where and How to Apply?

Good news is that you can submit your application for Norwegian student visa online. However, you will be required to personally hand in all your documents to your nearest Norway Visa Application Center. Here you can see All Norway Visa Application Centers in Pakistan. Just follow the following simple steps in order to apply for Norwegian student visa.

 

  1. Visit https://selfservice.udi.no/en-gb/UserRegistration/ and create an account.

  2. Read the disclaimer and fill in the application form. All personal and academic information will be required in this form. You may also be required to pay an online fees.

  3. After you have submitted the form, a signed cover letter or application form will be sent to your email.

  4. Now to schedule an appointment, visit https://online.vfsglobal.com/. Select your nearest Norway visa application center and schedule an appointment.

  5. Visit the Norway visa application center on the scheduled date and time along with all required documents mentioned below.

  6. You can also track your application process by just giving the application reference number. Click here to visit the page to Track Norwegian student visa application.


 

5 -   Gather Required Document for Norwegian Student Visa

You must know all the documents that are required before you apply for a student visa. Try to have gathered all these documents as soon as possible so in case anything goes wrong or missing, you will have the time to fix it. Make sure all the documents are in English or Norwegian language otherwise get them translated in one of these languages. You will have to hand in the copies and present the original documents. Following are the all required documents for Norwegian student visa.

 

  1. Passport and copy of all used pages in passport.

  2. Signed cover letter or application form from above mentioned application portal.

  3. Two recent passport size photos with white background.

  4. CNIC if applicant is over 18 years of age otherwise a Bay Form.

  5. Family Registration Certificate if applicant is over 18 years old. Child Registration Certificate if the applicant is under 18 years of age.

  6. Completely filled in family form. Here download the family information form to be filled and submitted with other documents.

  7. Acceptance letter by the institute stating your program details.

  8. Matric and Inter certificate attested by the relevant local Education Boards. Be sure to attest the original and some copies of certificates depending on the number of universities you applied for.

  9. Certificate, Transcript or Degree of university/ college attested by HEC Pakistan.

  10. Document or proof that you have a proper accommodation in Norway.

  11. Checklist by UDI. Printed, filled and signed. Visit https://www.udi.no/en/checklists for the checklist, scroll down at the end of the page, click print and save the document.  

  12. Proof that you have and will have at least NOK 111,657 per year to cover your living expenses in Norway. There are three ways for this:

  13. Statement of support from the State Education Loan Fund.

  14. A bank statement from your account  in a Norwegian bank.

  15. A work contract for part time job in Norway enabling to earn enough in restricted number of hours.


 

6 -   After Applying for Student Residence Permit

It will take about 6 weeks to receive an answer after submitting the application. You may also be called for an interview. After you have received student residence permit (Norwegian student visa) plan your departure in accordance with the time table set by the university.

After reaching Norway, you will need to get a residence card from the police station in the area of your accommodation. You must do it within first week. They will take your fingerprints and register your photo in their record.


 

norway study and living cost for Pakistani students

Studying in Norway is not expensive as tuition free is free at Norwegian Universities. However, cost of living in Norway is pretty high, therefore, students work part time to afford living in a Study abroad destination. The following are the estimated average costs of living and studying in Norway.

 

Pre-Departure Expenses

The very first step towards studying in Norway is to apply for admissions in a Norwegian university online, all the applications are submitted which doesn’t require any cost. But, after being accepted from a Norwegian university you have to apply for Norwegian Student Visa or called as Norwegian Student Residence Permit, the Norwegian Student Residence application fee is NOK 5,300 which is around PKR 98,000 and definitely there must be some extra service chargers if you hand in your application to visa application centre which receives applications on behalf of the embassy. Plus some other additional charges as VFS service fee, EUR 30, which is around PKR 5,300 and courier charges, EUR 14.22, which is around PKR 2,500.

The other big pre-departure expense is the air-ticket, the minimum cost of one way ticket to Norway is around PKR 75,000 including all taxes, fees and carrier imposed charges.

 

Post-Departure Expenses

Studying in a European country means huge part of your expense is covered by the tuition fees, which is comparatively lower from other North American and South American countries, but still quite high for a student from a third world country like Pakistan, But this is not the case in Norway, education is free of cost in Norway, not only for Norwegian students but for international students too, including all Non-EU students. But on other hand living cost in Norway is comparatively way too much high.

There is no tuition fee included in the post departure expense but the high living cost in Norway makes it all a high cost in total.

 

High Living Cost

Compared to other European countries, the living cost in Norway is quite high. From food to transport, everything is comparatively expensive. It’s quite difficult for Non-EU students or students from a third world country like Pakistan to bare the high living cost. But meanwhile students are allowed to work part time up to 20 hours per week which will help them to cover their expenses easily.

 

Accommodation Cost

 In total living cost, the accommodation cost is the main part of the cost. Students in Norway around 36% of their living cost in accommodation.

  • Accommodation cost of an apartment with utilities: NOK 1400, PKR 260000

  • Accommodation cost of an in campus private apartment: NOK 6700, PKR 124000

  • Accommodation cost of a residence hall: NOK 5500, PKR 100000

 

Transportation Cost

Around 50% of students in Norway travel from public transport and use their discounts because of their university cards. The average cost of transport pass is in between NOK 530-670. There are also taxis, with a starting price of NOK 96 and NOK15.5 per km

 

Extra costs

During your studies you will definitely need to purchase some books, magazines, and other relative supplies for courses, assignments and research projects. This usually reaches around NOK 5000.

And during your university life you will definitely be attending a lot of social events, so for that you should prepare an estimate of around NOK 680 per month.

 

Average living cost

The average monthly living cost in Norway as an international student comprises of accommodation, books, other studying supplies, transportation cost, food and utilities. Average living cost of Norway is quite higher than other European countries but still, the Norway standards of living and quality of life is the reward.

The average monthly living cost of an international student in some of the main cities of Norway goes around

  • Oslo: NOK 11500 – NOK 19300

  • Bergen: NOK 10600 – NOK 17300

  • Tromso and Trondheim: NOK 9600 – NOK 15400

And other smaller cities have an monthly average cost of around NOK 7700 – NOK 9600

nolrway living cost and options for PAkistani stduents

Norway is regarded as one of the best and happy country in the world, and ranked as the “best place to live” out of almost 200 other countries. With no doubts, Norway is the country where Mother Nature is at its best, from breath taking fjords to such beautiful and astonishing views of northern lights. You will definitely find the lifestyle in Norway very interesting and relaxed.

 

Lifestyle in Norway

Norway is labelled as the “world happiest country”. It got this recognition because of its citizens, their positive perception over national corruption, peace and freedom and of course, the medical and economical welfare of the people are included in this, for which Norway scores very high. You can say that Norway is modern society consisting of traditional principles and innovative standards. When you live here, you will not only enjoy the life because of up to date technology, but even a very safe environment where you walk on the streets at midnight without any fear.

 

Balanced Lifestyle

Norwegians maintain a complete balance in studies or work and personal life, they study or work hard during the year but are also good in relaxing. An average working week consist of 5 days and 7.5 hours work a day. An average Norwegian always take every weekend off and usually have five weeks paid vacation per year. Evenings are often filled up with activities, from theatres and concerts to outdoor activities and sports. Healthy, active and relaxed lifestyle is the first priority for every Norwegian. Also, Norwegians are quite adventurous people and love to travel.

 

Lifestyle of an International Student

Even though Norway is high cost country and international students struggle to manage their budget, but if you have a part-time job so you can earn good and can easily accommodate some enjoyments and socialising in your monthly budget. In campus student life in Norway is quite interesting, there are lot of student societies in Norwegian institutes. You can also enjoy a lot of outdoor activities, such as hiking and skiing. All of these are easily within your reach as an international student in Norway.

 

Free Time Activities

In Norway, games such as soccer and handball are quite popular recreational activities for children and youth, running, cycling and swimming are also more popular forms of exercise. And also, some most adventurous and interesting activities such as skiing and hiking. Norwegians usually like being outdoor, they often go for a short or long walk in fields, forest or mountains. After an active day from all these interesting activities you would definitely like to sit and relax. The Norwegian Trekking Association operates 500+ cabins all over the country where you can camp and relax after a long active day. It is easily available for everyone to experience this tradition.

 

Climate

The climate of Norway is much cooler than that the most of the other regions as far north, especially along the country's west coast. Snow that falls along the coast melts immediately. The warm North Atlantic Ocean keeps nearly all the seaports ice-free, even in the northern regions. During winter, Norway's inland area is quite colder than the coast because mountains block the warm west winds coming from the sea.

Snow covers the ground almost three months a year. During the summer season, when the sea is cooler than the land, the situation way different, then the west winds cool the coast than the inland area so the warmest summers are in the inland valleys of the southeast.

 

Food

When it comes to food in Norway, a revolution has taken place in last few years, the rise in local and organic products. Norwegians generally prefer local and organic food over conventionally grown food. Apart from chicken and beef, Norwegians usually go for lamb, goat and fish meat. And yes, Norwegians only prefer organic meat. Meat, which includes sausage, meatballs, fish, steak, roasted meat served with mashed or baked potatoes, other baked vegetable or rice is a must thing for typical Norwegian dinner. You will definitely find quite good restaurants, café’s and coffee shops in Norway with such beautiful views nowhere other in the world. But make sure the meat you buy or eat is Halal, it’s quite difficult to find Halal restaurants in Norway but you’ll definitely find good Halal meat which you can cook at home from any typical Norwegian recipe.

visa guide for Pakistani students of Norway

Generally European destinations issue Schengen visa for foreigners. The categories for visa however are different for different cases .If you want to study in Norway on a degree program you have to apply for a Norwegian Visa as well as for a Residence Permit to complete your 3-4 year stay in Norway.

 

How Pakistani Students can Apply for Norway Student Visa (Student Residence Permit)

If you’re planning to study in Norway for more than three months then you have to apply for Student Residence Permit, otherwise you can study a course of three months or less on a regular Norway visit visa. In order to get Student Residence Permit for Norway you must be accepted as a student by a Norwegian college or university. After receiving your acceptance letter from a Norwegian college or university you should contact or visit Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad for further information on Student Residence Permit Application.

 

Required Documents for Pakistani Students for Norway Student Visa 2020

You will need to submit following documents along with your Student Residence Permit Application.

  • A complete application Form.

  • Receipt of paid application fee (NOK 5,300, around PKR 99,000).

  • A valid passport.

  • Evidence of acceptance to a Norwegian college or university

  • Evidence of sufficient fund to cover your expenses for at least first year of study (which will be deposited to an account established by your institution and will be return to the student after their arrival in Norway, which is NOK 89,000, approximately PKR1,650,000).

  • Evidence that you will Norway after completion of your studies (in a form of return ticket).

  • Evidence that you have a place to live.

  • Complete and signed UDI document checklist, which you have to print and attach along with other documents.

All these documents should be valid and attested .You are also required the legalization with notary public. Students can consult with their study abroad consultants for Norway before the preparation of these documents .Remember that if any of the document is not verified properly your visa application might get rejected.

 

Processing Time for Student Residence Permit of Norway 2020

Processing time for Student Residence Permit vary accordingly, but usually takes around 2 to 3 months. That’s why it is preferred to apply as soon as possible as you get acceptance application by a Norwegian college or university. 

You’ll then obtain a Residence Card, which will be issued by Norwegian Police Department, which is a legal proof that you are legally allowed to live in Norway as a Student. You have to visit the nearest local police within 7 days of your arrival in Norway. The Residence Card will be posted to your residence within 10-15 working days.

 

What Student Residence Permit allow you to do?

As you obtain your Student Residence Permit, you also get a permit to work part-time in addition to your studies (20 hours a week), and you can work full time during holidays. You can renew your Student Residence Permit at least 3 months before it expires, providing sufficient fund to cover your expenses and as well as satisfactory study progress in Norway (your study progress report issued from your institution).

You can apply for a full-time work permit for a limited period of time if the work is relevant or related to your studies.

After completing your studies you are eligible to apply for a residence permit up to 6 months in addition, seeking towards employment as a skilled worker in Norway, proving you are qualified enough to be categories as a skilled worker. You must also meet the requirements to able to financially support yourself (and your family), and have a permanent and solid job offer.

When visiting a country, you actually visit one of its cities. You can say that you live in Pakistan but you reside in a city like Lahore or Karachi. Students also decide a country as study abroad destination but forget to take its cities into account. Norway is a beautiful European country and, of course, with a number of cities in it. If you want to study in Norway, you will have to decide a city in it that is best suited according to your requirements. Norway is home to cities that are globally ranked best for international students. These cities have every opportunity for students like great universities, living environment, and work opportunities. Following are 5 best student cities in Norway.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Apply for Study in Norway? See Complete Application Process

 


 

1 -   Oslo

Oslo is the best student city Norway has to offer. Oslo is an important city of Norway that was ranked world’s 59th best city for international students to study in 2018. This city has plenty to offer for students. Everything you could wish while studying abroad would be found in Oslo. First of all, students want a great higher educational institute. Oslo is home to Norway’s best university that has always been ranked among top 150 universities of the world.

Then comes the living environment for international students. More than anything else, international students in Norway seemed to admire the great standard of living. Plenty of nice and peaceful places are found in this city. Most people are socially liberal, open to new things and keep a very positive attitude towards foreign students. Its transport system is also very dependable. City is full of historic architecture, and fancy cafes. Just outside the city one would find boat trips, open air public swimming pools, and a large free ice-skating rink.

Great city this is but also said to be one of the most expensive in the world. Numbeo.com estimated cost of living in Oslo to be over 329% higher than Karachi. However, all public universities in this city offer tuition free higher education to all domestic and international students. Students can also find more work opportunities here than any other Norwegian city.

 

Top Universities in Oslo:

1.     University of Oslo

2.    BI Norwegian Business School

3.    Oslo University College

4.    Norwegian Academy of Music

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for Norway

 


 

2 -   Bergen

Bergen is home to many good higher educational institutes. One of the three top universities of Norway, University of Bergen, is also found in this city. There are also many more universities that offer English taught programs for international students. Best business school of Norway, Bergen University College, is located in this city. It is a beautiful city that is visited by thousands of tourists every year. Living standards in Bergen are also very high just like other cities of Norway.

This beautiful city is surrounded by mountains this is why it is also called the City of Seven Mountains. This is a city where you can enjoy the best of winter and summer as well. One can go for skiing in mountains in winter and same becomes a great hiking place in summer. There are also found sand beaches that become more fun for swimming in summer. Bergen is included on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

As far as concerned with opportunities, there is no lack for that either. Bergen is a coastal city. It is one of global centers for shipping, offshore petroleum, and finance thus creating more jobs and business opportunities for students and professionals. This city is particularly popular for its music enthusiasm. There is an escalating number of Norway’s indie bands and artist. Longest jazz festival of Europe is also held in this city. This city is also cheaper compared to Oslo. Numbeo.com estimated Bergen to be over 309% more expensive than Karachi.

 

Top Universities in Bergen:

1.     University of Bergen

2.    Bergen University College

3.    Norwegian School of Economics

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in Norway

 


 

3 -   Tromsø

Tromso is a rather unique city. It is an island surrounded by sea with numerous mountains inside and yet a cultural civilized city. It is third best city in Norway for students. There are not many universities in this city but the short number of available institutes provide quality education that meets all global requirements. This city is a little cheaper than first two discussed above but still when compared to developing countries like Pakistan, it is very expensive. Rents in this city are over 450% percent higher compared to rents Pakistan.

This city particularly catches foreigners attraction for Aurora Borealis also known as Northern Lights. Another thing that makes this city unique is the midnight sun during the summer months.

 

Top Universities in Tromsø:

1.     Tromsø University

2.    Tromso University College

3.    Tromso University Business School

 

SEE ALSO: Student Accommodation Options in Norway

 


 

4 -   Trondheim

Trondheim is one of the best student cities in Norway often ranked 4th best. It offers a great education system and standard of living for foreigners. It is an old city with rich cultural heritage. This city also has as much entertainment as Oslo with great music, culture, skiing spots and sports. One of its universities is ranked globally by QS Ranking for international students. Around 25% of its population is university student. Because of great number of students, you would find a vibrant and fun lifestyle in this city particularly at night time.  

 

Top Universities in Trondheim:

1.     Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

2.    Sør-Trøndelag University College

3.    Queen Maud University College

4.    Norwegian Institute of Technology

 

SEE ALSO: Best Student Cities in Norway

 


 

5 -   Kristiansand

Fifth best student city of Norway, Kristiansand is home to a very few universities. These few universities also offer only a short number of English Taught programs. These institutes possess a strong education system and offer quality teaching. This city particularly offers plenty of work and business opportunities. It is known as business capital of southern Norway. Most of its urban area is filled with factories and various industries. This creates many jobs for international students. Kristiansand is most popular as summer holiday destination with many fun activities like golfing, swimming, sailing and fishing in the forest also found in this city.

 

Top Universities in Kristansand:

1.     University of Adger (UiA)

2.     Ansgar School of Theology and Mission

3.     Gimlekollen NLA College

 

HERE SEE: Complete Guide to Study in Norway

 


 

It is safe to say that a country can be very successful or particularly special in something like higher education. However, it would be wrong to say that it is perfect. There is always room for improvement no matter how good or best a system is. Likewise, no matter how great of a study abroad destination a country is, one can always point some imperfections that don’t exactly fulfill the requirements of every student.

Norway is a great study abroad destination that also offers a very high quality of lifestyle. Still, we can’t assume that it is perfect destination for all international students. They would get some extra perks and benefits in Norway that are not found in most other study abroad destinations but they will also have to face some unfavorable issues. In this page, you will find all the benefits and challenges of studying in Norway for international students.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Apply for Study in Norway? See Complete Application Process

 


 

Challenge: Limited English Taught Bachelor Programs

Norway is not a very big country with a small number of higher educational institutes. It is also a known fact that Norway is not an English speaking country. Their first and official language is Norwegian. Most of the Norwegian population can understand and speak English however it is not their first choice. Most of the study programs and courses are taught in Norwegian language. They offer English taught courses specially for international students.

As most people around the world don’t know Norwegian they get admission in English taught programs. It is good for Masters students as most of these programs are taught in English in Norwegian universities. But when it comes to Bachelor studies, Norway offers a very limited number of study programs. It is uncertain that a student would find the program of his/ her choice taught in English here.


 

Benefit:  Very Beautiful Country

Nordic countries are globally popular for their beauty and high standards of living. Norway is one of the Nordic countries and a popular destination for tourists attracted by its natural breathtaking beauty not found in any other part of the world. Norway has islands, mountains, beaches, skiing in winter, hiking and swimming in summer and a number of most famous fjord. If you don’t know what fjord means, I suggest you Google it now.

In addition to its natural beauty, you would find the people and administration that made Norway what it is. People are nice and educated making Norway one of the most peaceful countries in the world. It is the administration that maintained everything as it is Norway with a perfect balance of law and order and plenty of opportunities.

 

SEE ALSO: How to Get Student Visa for Norway

 


 

Challenge: High Living Cost

A beautiful country Norway is but not very easy to afford. Norway is one of the countries with highest of the living cost. According to Numbeo.com, Cost of living in Norway is almost 337% higher compared to Pakistan. The rents in Norway are even higher than general living cost. Average accommodation rent in Norway is over 680% higher than in Pakistan. It is a challenge for international students to cover this high cost of living. However, if they work part time, they can afford their living in this country as they don’t have to worry about the tuition fees in Norwegian universities.

 

SEE ALSO: Study and Living Cost in Norway

 


 

Benefit: No Tuition Fees in Public Institutes

Norway is a developed country with a strong administration that has made Norway a great nation. These educated good men know the importance of education and do everything for its development. That is why they have made education free for not only their domestic students but also for all international students. All public universities in Norway don’t charge any tuition fees from anyone for almost all courses. Students only have to pay a small union or administration fees of about 80 Euro each semester and nothing else.

 

SEE ALSO: Best Student Cities in Norway

 


 

Challenge: Very Few Ranked Universities

Norway is a small country and there are very few universities here. There are only about 40 public universities in Norway. Hardly 5 universities are ranked globally by organizations like QS and Times higher education. The top institute, University of Oslo, was ranked 142nd best to study in 2018 by QS Ranking. But not all students can get admission in English taught programs of this university. It is said that education and teaching quality is extraordinary in Norwegian universities but their ranking opposes the notion.

 

HERE SEE: Complete Guide to Study in Norway

 


 

Benefit: Become a Citizen of Europe

Norway is a part of European Economic Area (EEA). This allows Norwegian citizens to freely visit almost all countries of Europe for tourism, work or business. All these European countries have given each other special rights. If you become a citizen of Norway, it’s like you become a citizen of whole Europe. This opens more opportunities for not only citizens but also all foreigners and students in Norway. Because of EEA, Norway has more resources thus more jobs for international students as well.

 

SEE ALSO: Student Accommodation Options in Norway

 

 


 

Challenge: No Jobs for English

English is second language of Norway but if you want a proper job in this country, Norwegian language is a must to learn. It is difficult even for students to find part time work that doesn’t require speaking in Norwegian language. Students may find some restaurants or hotels for work where only English is fine and they may not need to speak Norwegian language. However, if one plans to stay and work in Norway after completing studies, he/ she should be able to speak Norwegian.

 

 

SEE ALSO: Getting Jobs and Residency in Norway

 


 

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Although studying in Norway is free for all, yet living in Norway is proportionally expensive. Therefore students need some extra cash to afford their living in Norway. International students can work in Norway; however, Non-EU students are not allowed to do work in unlimited hours. There is, in fact, a policy with limited hours for these international students to work in Norway.

 

Work While Studying in Norway

International students require a residence permit to stay in Norway for the completion of their degree program. After getting your Student Residence Permit you will be also be granted a part-time work permit which allows you to work while studying in Norway for up to 20 hours a week, which will help you to earn some bucks to cover your expenses and increase your budget as there is no tuition fees in Norwegian Public Universities but, it’s a fact that cost of living is quite expensive compared to other European countries.

 

Significance of Norwegian Language

On the other hand, it is quite difficult to find a part-time job in Norway because of the language barrier, although Norwegian’s English skills are good enough and some of the jobs will prefer employees with certain level of Norwegian Language, but most of them requires certain proficiency in Norwegian language, that’s why it is advisable to learn Norwegian language as soon as possible.

 

Non-EU Students

Non-EU students can work up to 20 hours a week. The work permit, however, will not be automatically renewed when renewing your Student Residence Permit. Satisfactory progress is required to renew your work permit which will proved by a progress report provided by your institution.

 

Part-Time Wages in Norway 2020 for International Students

If you are working part-time as a student, your employers will hire you on the minimum wage, which is around NOK 120 per hour approximately PKR 2,220 and working 20 hours a week you will be able to earn around PKR 44,400.

 

Latest Job Opportunities 2020 for International Students in Norway

Having a certain skill level of Norwegian language you can get a part-time job in local stores, malls, cafes, restaurants, bars, coffee shop etc. Even though you can look for a job within your institution e.g. gym or cafes within the campus, or even, if you are good enough in English so you can look for an assisting job in your institution English language or writing course.

 

Latest Jobs Opportunities for Graduates in Norway 2020

As an International student from non-EU country, you have to leave the country as your course ends, but you can stay if you get a work permit. You can apply for a work permit after you receive a confirmation letter of your job from the employer. you can also apply for a Job Seeking Visa which allows you to stay in Norway for one year to search for a job proving that you have sufficient funds to support your living expenses for one year.

There’s a lot of job opportunities in Norway as it is one of the most developing country and has a lot of multi-national companies. The gas and petroleum fields are the major factors in country’s economy plus it is one the major centre for maritime technology and international centre for aquaculture, shipping and sub-sea technology.

 

How to get a Work Visa of Norway

You can apply for work visa application form through  Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) website, or you can visit and get further information from Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad.

The Norwegian work visa fee is around NOK 3,500 which is around PKR 64,750. The documents required for application are.

  • Valid passport.

  • Complete application and checklist of documents provided.

  • Paid application fee receipt.

  • Details of qualification.

  • CV.

  • Job confirmation letter.

  • Proof of your residence in Norway.

In some conditions you also need to explain your proposed working situation and current condition, e.g. you’ll work less than full-time or for more than one employer.

 

norway study benefits for Pakistani students

Norway, also known as The Kingdom of Norway, is one of the most eye-catching countries in the world and if you are interested in skiing, you can do that there for around 6 months a year. Although, you should check that you are comfortable with cold winters. Whether you are driving or taking a rail trip, the stunning scenery which stretches for miles and miles is breathtaking. You have everything from majestic mountains, waterfalls, glaciers and green hillsides and the wonderful fjords, driving on the national tourist routes will provide you with many memorable moments. Getting off the beaten track is so easy. Norway is considered as a favourite study abroad destination. Here are the reasons why to choose Norway for higher studies

 

Higher Education Criteria in Norway 2020 for International Students

Norway homes 9 universities, 8 university colleges and 5 scientific colleges owned by state. Norway also has a large number of private sector higher education institutes running under public funding.

The Norwegian institutes of higher education comprise all of the institutions and programs that are accredited. All higher education institutes are state-run except some private university colleges. Norway is following the objectives of the Bologna process in the European Higher Education System since 2003, With the introduction of this new system it’s quite easier for international students who to complete all or part of their education in Norway. In addition, they can obtain recognition for their qualifications in other countries.

Inducting international students, as a part of an exchange program or a full degree program, both are considered as an asset for the institution itself, and asset for increasing the quality of the Norwegian institutions and education. A wide variety of courses and study programs are taught in English. Institutions in Norway are very few and relatively small compared to other universities in many other countries in the world, but they keep high standards and deliver the best quality education. In some fields, Norwegian institutions or academic communities are even considered to be in absolute world class.

 

Work While Study

Yes, you can work while studying in Norway and earn some money to pay for your living and/or studies. Most of the international students holds part-time jobs while studying in Norway. It is good to learn and practice your Norwegian to increase your earning. However, you should be aware that there are restricted time period to work during studies especially for non-EU students.

 

Work While Study Policy

A Student Residence Permit itself does not allow you to work while study, but after receiving a Student Residence Permit you can easily get a part-time time work permit which allows you to work 20 hours/week

Beware that renewing your Student Residence Permit will not renew you part-time permit as well, after renewing your Student Residence Permit you have to apply individually for the part-time work permit renewal.

 

Health Insurance

Medical services in Norway are of extremely high standards. Being a student in Norway you are ensured to be provided professional medical treatment no matter which part of the country you are living in. Most of the time, treatment is free if certain preconditions are met. These preconditions, however, vary depending on your current nationality and length of stay in Norway.

Some institutions provide on-campus health/medical services. The semester card which you receive by the institution may entitle you free medical treatment at the institution's student health/medical services. This treatment usually does not apply to medicines or to medical tests taken out of campus. The cost of medication is covered only if you are hospitalized, or suffering from a serious disease, or is a member of the Norwegian National Insurance Scheme, or have a European Health Insurance Card or any another form of social security.

 

Latest Scholarships in Norway for Pakistani Students 2020

Most Norwegian institutions have various agreements with foreign institutions of higher education. These agreements are mostly for some exchange students, researchers or teachers. There are such national programs that offers scholarships and other types of funding for international students wishing to study in Norway. Certain restrictions apply for all these programs. In addition, there are various scholarships available offered by private and non-profit organizations.

 

Study Cost

Completing a university degree program in a Study abroad destination is considered to be an expensive expenditure and tuition fees usually makes up the huge part of the cost. Well, this is not the case in Norway where public funding secures free education for both Norwegian and international students. All of the Public Norwegian Universities and University Colleges provide education for free of cost, and yes, this also applies to international students. Private institutions do charge tuition fees for their degree programs, but the fees are comparatively lower than the cost of studying in other western countries. Also, international students are treated equally as the Norwegian students, and are not charged with any higher fees.

 

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Norway is the second country in the world after Iceland that provides free education to all. It provides tuition-free education to local as well as the international students from the countries all over the world, including Pakistan. Therefore many Pakistani students are interested in studying their Undergraduate and Graduate degree programs in Norway.

 

Higher Education System in Norway for International Students 

The Norwegian Higher Education System is known for its high standards, innovative teaching methods and close informal relations between students and teachers. You can study various interesting combinations of subjects at Norwegian universities and colleges, although, a wide range of programs is offered in English for international students. The students can be inducted in both part-time and full-time study programs. The courses offered comprise the most up-to-date curriculum, and courses are offered at all levels, short courses, diploma programs, undergraduate programs and graduate programs.

 

Top Universities in Norway for Pakistani Students 2020

  • University of Oslo.

  • University of Bergen.

  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology

  • University of Trosmø

  • University of Adger

 

Admissions Intakes and Requirements for Bachelor’s Program 2020 in Norway Top Universities 

The academic year at Norwegian Universities starts from the middle of June and runs till the mid of August of the next year. The academic year comprises two semesters, starting from early January and runs till the middle of June). The general and basic requirement to enter Norwegian Universities or University College for Undergraduate programs is the completion of higher secondary education which is equivalent to 16 years of education for Pakistani Students. Moreover, at least one year of completed studies at University level is required for students from some countries in which Pakistan is included.

 

The Language Requirements

For English taught courses applicant should provide evidence of their language skills according to the Institution requirements. Remember, these requirements such as English tests and scores differ in different institutions. To take admission in courses taught in the Norwegian language, proficiency in the Norwegian language is required and must be documented.

 

Admissions for Master’s Program 2020 

The Academic year for Masters’ program in Norway is almost the same as the Bachelor’s program. Applicants who want to take admission in a Master’s Degree program obviously need an Undergraduate/Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent of at least 3-year duration. The degree may include courses equal to 1.5 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to the program applicant is applying for.

 

How Pakistani Students can Apply for Norwegian Universities 2020 Intakes 

The process of admission is as follows:

1. Search Bachelors or Masters Programs offered in English and their institutes and read the requirements of the desired program.

2. It is recommended to apply in more than 6 programs as admissions are getting more competitive year by year. Once your application is completed mail your application at the given address or you can submit it online as directed. All documents should be attested. Preferably, all your documents should be sent by your institute.

 

List of required documents

  • Bachelors degree, transcripts and copies attested from HEC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs (if applying for Master’s program)

  • Matric/O level and Intermediate/A level degree, transcripts and copies attested from the relevant board, IBCC and Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • English translated birth certificate attested from Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

  • Family Registration Certificate from Nadra.

  • Computerized National Identity Card.

  • Valid Passport.

  • Recent Passport Size Pictures.

  • Experience letter (if any)

  • IELTS (5.5 or 6.0 overall band depending on the institution requirements).

  • At least two Reference/Recommendation letter from your teacher or employer.

  • Statement of purpose.

  • Bank statement of around 14-15Lacs PKR, you need to show that you have this much balance in your account or your sponsor’s account (with an affidavit).

  • Resume/CV

  • Any educational, training or volunteering certificate will maximize your chances for Admission.

3. If your admission is accepted, then transfer the required money (89000 NOK) in your Institute’s bank account. This money is the proof that you are able to cover your expenses for one year; the money, however, is returned to the student after arriving in Norway.

4. Apply for Visa at the Norwegian Embassy with required documents mentioned on the website of Norwegian Embassy in Islamabad.

5. Come to Norway, save money and get Higher Education.

norway criteria of apply citizenship for Pakistani students

Non-EU individuals can apply for Permanent Residence Permit if they are living in Norway for more than 3 years of period. For applying for a Permanent Residence Permit you should have held a Residence Permit and currently having a valid one at the time of applying. Holidays or certain amount of research stays does not fulfill the requirement of residing in Norway for three years.

 

How Pakistani Students can Apply for Permanent Residency in Norway 2020

Non-EU students, after receiving their Student Residence Permit can also get their Part-Time Work Permit, which allows you to work for 20 hours per week. After completing your education, you are not allowed to stay in Norway until unless you enroll in any other course, or you get a relevant job as a skilled worker and get a Work-Permit, or you have Job Seeking Visa which allows you to stay in Norway for 12 months in order to search for jobs. In the meantime you can apply for Permanent Residency Permit if you have been living legally in Norway for 3 years or more and have valid Residence Permit.

You can apply for Norwegian Permanent Residency Permit if you are legally living in Norway for more than 3 years under a residence permit. Residence Permits are typically granted for studies or work.

You must be proficient of Norwegian language. If you want to become a Permanent Residence in Norway, you must prove your proficiency in Norwegian language. Also you have to pass the Norwegian language and social studies test, which is an oral test in Norwegian and Norwegian social studies written test in the language of your choice.

During your 3 years or more stay in Norway you must not have any criminal record, you cant afford any criminal conviction, also, if you were ordered into any involuntary psychiatric treatment or care so you are not eligible to apply for Permanent Residency Permit. Note that having a criminal conviction doesn’t mean that you can never apply for a Permanent Residence Permit. However, you have to wait until 3 years of time passes after the date of conviction.

Register on the Online Application Portal, you can submit your application for Permanent Residence Permit on the online application portal of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI).

 

Enough Financial Support

You have to prove that you have financially supported yourself. UDI only gives Permanent Residence Permit to the individuals who have met the minimum requirements for the income statement for the previous year. The amount in 2019 was NOK 238,784. You should the amount when you are applying for the Permanent Residency Permit.

 

Permanent Residency Permit Application fees

After completing and submitting your online application, you have to pay Permanent Residency Permit application fees, NOK 3,100, which you can pay online at the same time through your debit or credit card. After you have submitted your application and paid your fees, you have to visit your nearest police station to hand in some required necessary supporting documents.

 

Residence Card

After your application is approved, which takes around 3-6 months to process, you have to visit your nearest police station where police will take your pictures and fingerprints for your Residence Card and you will receive you residence card at your residence via mail in 8-10 working days.

Remember, residence card for Non-EU individuals is valid for 2 years, you have to renew it before it expires.

 

Citizenship of Norway

After getting a Norwegian Permanent Residence Permit most of the individuals are seeking towards Norwegian citizenship. To apply for Norwegian citizenship you must be living in Norway for at least 7 years with a residence permit.

You should not have any criminal record. To become a citizen you must prove that you were not involved in any criminal conviction during these 7 years of stay in Norway. You might still be able to get Norwegian citizenship, but you have to wait for the certain period of time which depends upon penal section imposed as the result of conviction.

The Norwegian Government will confirm your identity with valid and reliable documentation (valid passport or birth certificate) before you apply for Norwegian citizenship.

Applying for citizenship requires you to pass the oral Norwegian test at A2 level, if you have passed your oral Norwegian test for Permanent Residence Permit at A1 level, you have to give it again to pass at A2 level. You also have to pass the Norwegian Citizenship Test, which same as Norwegian social studies test which you gave for the Permanent Residence Permit in your choice of language, but this time you have to give it in Norwegian language only.

Submit the Citizenship Application from the online application portal of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI). You can use the same account from which you have applied for Permanent Residence Permit. Pay the Citizenship Application fee, NOK 3,200, which you can pay same time online through your debit or credit card.

After submitting your application and paying your fees, you have to submit all the required documents to the nearest police station. The list of required documents follows.

  • Valid Passport.

  • Birth certificate.

  • Marriage certificate or partnership certificate (if any).

  • Tax return.

  • Proof of your proficiency in Norwegian language.

  • Your Norwegian language and Citizenship test results.

  • Proof of your qualification.

UDI will start processing your application after receiving all the required documents. The might call you for an interview of to provide some additional information. If UDI approves your Citizenship Application, you can get your papers from the nearest police station in person within 3 months. After getting your papers you can apply for Norwegian Citizen Card and Passport.

Remember, Norway doesn’t allow dual citizenship, in order to get Norwegian citizenship you have to formally renounce your former citizenship. Contact your nearest embassy or consulate of your home country to find out what to do next. 

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Quick Facts About Norway

  • Population

    5.258 million

  • National language

    Norwegian

  • Top 3 religion

    Lutheran Christianity, Catholic, Islam

  • International Students

    N/A

  • International Students

  • Capital

    Oslo

  • largest 3 cities

    Oslo, Bergen, Stavanger

  • Currency

    Norwegian krone = 16.01 Pakistani Rupee

  • Time difference with Pakistan

    Pakistan is 4 hours ahead of Norway

  • Work rule for International students

    20 hours/ week

  • Wages for students

    NOK 197.90/hour

  • Economy

    23rd ranked

  • Per capita income

    $63,530

  • Immigrant population

    16.8%

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