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DO YOU WANT TO STUDY IN NORWAY? A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS
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Free Study in Norway for Pakistani Students: A Step-by-Step Guide
Norway is famous about its natural beauty, midnight sun, northern lights, fjords and free education. Pakistani students may enjoy the free and quality education in top ranked universities in Norway like University of Oslo (135TH world university ranking 2015). Students from Pakistan in Norway also allowed to work part time during their studies to support their stay in Norway. After reading this article you will have all the necessary information regarding Norway as a country and Norwegian education system.
WHY STUDY IN NORWAY
There are several reasons to study in Norway, but free education is above all. Public Universities in Norway are offering free education to all the students of the world. There is no tuition fee for more than 200 master programs and under-graduate programs which are taught in English.
Universities in Norway are offering almost all subjects taught in English e.g. master degrees in Law, English Language Program, Humanities, Social Sciences, Theology, Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Education, Medicine, Dentistry, Engineering, Development and Gender Studies, Norwegian for Academics. Few under-graduate degree programs are also offered in English. No previous knowledge requires of the Norwegian Language for programs taught in English but students have to meet the English language requirements.
NORWEGIAN EDUCATION SYSTEM
There are two types of education institutes in Norway, state funded or Government institutes and private universities. Only few private universities and majority of higher education institutions are state run. All the universities in Norway (state funded) offer free education to all the programs and courses on all levels. But private universities in Norway charge tuition fees for all courses.
In some graduate level and PhD level programs education is research based, universities provide the research opportunities and also research training. Academic classes are also conducted on regular basis like in Pakistan.
Students who have completed their education in Norway can easily take equivalence certificates from other countries because education institutions of Norway are following Bologna process of European higher education since 2003.
CREDITS SYSTEM AND GRADING
Normally education/academic year consist of two semesters. Autumn semester starts from mid-August and ends in mid-December. Spring semester starts from early January and ends in mid-June. Course credit system is called ‘studiepoeng’ which measures the course credit according to ECTS standard (European Credit Transfer System).
Grades are consisting of “A Grade” to “F Grade” which is similar to the grading system of Pakistani universities. “A” grade is highest and “F” grade is lowest, and “E” is minimum passing grade. However, in some particular exams pass or fail mark is also given.
STUDY OPPERTUNITIES FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS
There are study opportunities on all level for Pakistani students who want to take admission in Norway. Normally there are three levels like we have in Pakistan.
- Bachelor Study Program
- Master Study Program
In Norway, there are 7 accredited Universities, 9 accredited specialized university institutions, 22 accredited university colleges, 2 accredited national colleges of the arts and several private institutions of higher education which offers study courses on all levels. Please check the individual institute for study offers and admission pre-requisites. Pakstudyabroad.com will provide all the details of courses and programs with guideline in near future.
FEE, FUNDING AND SCHOLARSHIPS
In this era of financial crisis, prices of all the basic needs are rising. Especially in the last decade inflation level increased worldwide. This inflation effects the education also and cost of completing degree become more expensive. Fees of world top universities have been increased and it is difficult for the students to meet the higher education expenses. But in Norway seen is totally different, completing education is fundamental right of every human being and Norway government is totally believing on it. That’s why in Norway universities and university colleges are public funded and they offer free education to all the students including students from Pakistan. Norway government believes that well educated people can be good part of Norwegian society so it makes it possible for everyone to complete their higher education without any cost. There is no tuition fee charged by the education institutes from students from all over the world in Norway, international students are also provided free education. But international students should keep one thing in mind that cost of living is more expensive in Norway than other countries of the world.
Normally no tuition fee charged from students in universities and university colleges in Norway but students are to pay NOK 300 to 600 as student union fee in each semester. It is not the tuition fee but student union fee. This fee grants many social benefits for free to students like membership in the local student welfare organization, which gives you various benefits during stay in Norway, which includes reduced fares on various public transport, lower ticket prices to cultural events and cinemas, campus health services, counselling, access to sports facilities and other culture activities.
Some scholarships for Pakistani students are also available by Norwegian Government but criteria is very high in order to obtain the scholarship. We will post scholarships on our scholarship page when offers are available.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR PAKISTANI STUDENTS
The students who have completed intermediate from B.I.S.E or A-Level + 1 year university education is eligible to apply in Norway for under-graduate programme.
GSU-list should be checked for additional requirements to apply in Norway universities.
For some specialist fields of study from secondary school some additional admission requirements may be required by Norway educational institutions. Students should check with the institution for information about these special qualifications.
16 years of education in Pakistan is required to apply in master degree programs in Norway for Pakistani students. (Master of Arts, Master of Science, Bachelor with Honours, such as BBA, BCS and Bachelor of Science Honours).
Admission requirements can be varied from different universities and university college based on an academic evaluation of the applicant. Top ranked universities demands good study background but in other universities admission criteria is bit low.
The program you will be applied for must be relevant to your studies. Normally degree must include courses equal to at least 1 1/2 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for. In some cases, work experience counts as study relevancy or education.
For Phd. or Philosophy of Doctorate 18 years of education (M.S, MPhil, or equal) from Pakistan is required to apply for PhDs programs in Norway. PhD position announces on university website and you have to write the research proposal which is accepted by prospective supervisor and committee. However, in Norway PhD students consider as an employee of the university and get paid full salary from average 407,000 NOK to 530,000 NOK/ year depends on your research project, university and other factors. Permanent residence (PR) is granted after completion of PhD and paying 3 years of full time job tax.
Language requirement is compulsory if you want to get admission in Norway at any study level. But if you are applying for PhD there is no language requirement. if you completed your Masters or MPhil. In Natural Science, Engineering, Medical, Computer Science and IT. It is always a good idea to get in touch with the respective university department before applying.
ENGLISH AND NORWEGIEN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS
If you want to apply in Norway in study program where the language of instruction is English you have to fulfil the English language criteria. You can do so by several English Language tests and Proficiency Letters.
Every university and study program have different language requirement. Here we give you a general idea, you should always check with the university and program website where you want to apply.
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service) academic.
The most popular among the students. Norway universities accept the IELTS test and requirements are normally 5 Bands to 7 Bands overall with no minimum in each Band.
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
With a minimum of 500 points in PBT (Paper Based Test )
With a minimum of 60 points IBT (Internet Based Test)
- CAMBRIDGE ESOL EXAMINATIONS
First Certificate in English
Certificate in Advance English
Certificate of Proficiency in English
Students with MA English, English Literature or Major in English Language are expected from English Language Requirements.
Pakstudyabroad.com always encourage Pakistani students to learn other language. Language opens the door of opportunity and with Norwegian Language it’s also true.
If you want to apply in study course which is taught in Norwegian you have to meet the Norwegian Language Requirements. Norwegian institutes accept following certificates.
- Norwegian (393 hours, third year level) from Norwegian Upper Secondary School, Norwegian Exams or Norwegian as a second Language exams.
- Test in Norwegian – Advanced level, Written test. (Test inorsk – høyerenivå, skriftlig) with a minimum score of “pass” (bestått)
- Norwegian for International Students, Level 3: examination for international students at Norwegian universities (Trinn 3)
- A minimum of 60 Norwegian university credits/ECTS in Norwegian language and social science for international students.
- Norwegian Language test for adult immigrants with the result B2 in all the 4 disciplines.
- If you are required to complete a year of higher education in order to qualify for admission, there is only one way for you to meet the Norwegian language requirement:
- Norwegian (393 hrs, third-year level) from Norwegian upper secondary school: Norwegian (exam) or Norwegian as a second language (exam).
There are few universities in Norway which allow students to apply for the Bachelor programs without prior knowledge of Norwegian. They teach you 1st year Norwegian at university and then student may continue to regular study programs which is taught in Norwegian.
Deadline for application submission can be varied from one university to other, it is suggested that student should check the particular university’s website for deadlines. Most Universities in Norway have the ‘preliminary application system’ which opens the online application on October-November. On this stage, university doesn’t demand any documentation. International students only have to fill the online application form. They evaluate your basic information. If you are accepted the Norwegian institute sends you the normal application form with deadlines from December 01 to March 15 for autumn semester. (There is only one intake for foreign students who want to apply for Norway). It is highly recommended to check university’s website for deadline because some universities have totally separate deadlines and admission procedure.
PART TIME JOB DURING YOUR STUDIES IN NORWAY?
Like most countries in the world international students in Norway are permitted to work as part time. Study residence permit is granted to all foreign students including Pakistani students which allowed them to work for up to 20 hours per week during study sessions. During semester breaks students are allowed full time work. Wages in Norway is very high. Infect Norway is the number 4th on highest per capita income. Students may earn average 120 NOK* per hour by doing student job in restaurant or newspaper distribution company. It helps students to cover their residence expenditure.
*it is not the minimum wages but employee without any technical skill may get average this amount.
NORWEGIAN PEOPLE CULTURE AND SOCIETY
Norway is a Scandinavian country located at the north pole. Norway is a very peaceful country with highest and modern life style. People are very well educated and enjoy the happiest life in the world. There is almost no racism against immigrants in Norway. A large Pakistani immigrants are living in Norway. Oslo is also called mini Pakistan.
According to the Norwegian Central Bureau of Statistics (SSB) there were just over 35,000 Pakistanis (including “Norwegians of Pakistani decent”) living in Norway in 2015. As observed, a lot of them (83%) live in the Oslo area.
As located on the north pole you may enjoy the mid night sun, northern lights and extreme cold weather there. Norwegian natural beauty, west coast and fjords are famous in the world and every year hundreds of thousands of tourists visit Norway. As a student, you may enjoy the activities outside the campus life.
We guarantee you will enjoy your stay in Norway during your study period.
PakStudyAbroad REVIEWS ABOUT NORWAY
PakStudyAbroad rates Norway 5 Hearts out of 5. Main reason was free and quality educaation with number of scholarships offers for students with excellent academic records. Norway has the minimum unemployement rate which means Pakistani students can get part time job in Norway comparitively easy with no knowledge of Norwegian language. As a matter of fact, almost every norwegian can speak English very well. So students don’t feel lost. In Norway, after study completion if you got job you may also apply for permanent residence.
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