Colleges and Universities in Norway

Studying abroad is one of the greatest educational opportunities. It broadens your horizons, offers insight into a different culture, and matures your independence preparing you for the rest of your life.

Finding a college to study at in Norway is an exciting process. You can decide to study abroad for a semester or a whole school year. We have links to schools that provide American students with a unique learning experience depending on your interests of study and location preferences.

norwayflag1Spending a summer in Norway at Oslo International Summer School (ISS) is an option if the school year is too busy. You can earn credits and take classes in the hub of Norway with peers from all over the world. Exploring Norway in the summer is truly a wonderful opportunity. If you feel like taking a gap year to learn life lessons and enjoy a full school year with one course focus then a folkehøgskole is probably right for you.

Norway has a wide variety of education systems scattered across their extensive landscape. Depending on what field or focus you are interested in this page will help you make that decision. Norway has 24 university colleges (høgskule), seven public universities, eight public specialized universities, two national institutes of the arts, and 29 institutes of private higher education.

Norway is one of the foremost European countries following the Bologna Process in higher education. This process is a degree system based off the Bachelor, Master’s, and Ph.D structure. This system has adapted the European standard for higher education with regards to making studying abroad a more compatible and comparable exchange process.


Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

University of Agder (UiA)

University of Bergen (UiB)

University of Nordland (UiN)

University of Oslo (UiO)

University of Stavanger (UiS)

University of Tromsø (UiT)

Specialized Universities

BI – Norwegian Business School

Molde University College, Specialized University in Logistics (HiMolde)

NHH – Norwegian School of Economics

Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH)

Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)

Norwegian School of Veterinary Science

MF – Norwegian School of Theology

Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)

School of Mission and Theology

In addition to the specialized universities Norway has two University Centers:

University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS)

University Graduate Center at Kjeller (UNIK)

National Institutes of the Arts

Bergen Academy of Art and design (KHiB)

Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHiO)

State University Colleges

Aalesund University College

Bergen University College

Buskerud University College

The Arctic University of Norway

Finnmark University College

Gjøvik University College

Harstad University College

Hedmark University College

Lillehammer University College

Narvik University College

Nesna University College

Nord-Trøndelag University College

Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences

Østfold University College

Saami University College

Sogn og Fjordane University College

Stord/Haugesund University College

Sør-Trøndelag University College

Telemark University College

Vestfold University College

Volda University College

Private Colleges with Institutional Accreditation

American College of Norway

Ansgar School of Theology and Mission

Diakonhjemmet University College (campus Oslo & Sandnes)

Haraldsplass Deaconess University College (HDUC)

Lovisenberg Diaconal University College

Norwegian School of Information Technology (NITH)

Norwegian Teacher Academy (NLA)

Oslo School of Management, Campus Christiania

Queen Maud University College

Private Colleges with Accredited Programs and Courses

Barratt Due Institute of Music

Bergen School of Architecture

Betanien Deaconal University College

Bjørknes College

Norwegian University College for (HLB)

Norwegian College of Dance (DNBH)

Norwegian Eurythmy College

Rudolf Steiner College of Education

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