Third-country nationals wishing to continue their higher education in Norway may have to pay university fees starting from autumn 2023. Currently, all students at Norwegian universities can study for free, including foreign students.
According to Education Minister Oul Borten Mue, a fee should be introduced for students from countries outside the European Union and the Schengen area so that universities can at least cover part of the costs for them. “In the vast majority of cases, Norwegian students have to pay to study abroad. There is no reason why it should be different here. Norway will still be open to students from all countries, but we think it's right and sensible that they also pay for themselves, — added the minister.
At the same time, he emphasized that education should remain free for Norwegian students and those coming from EEA countries and Switzerland, as well as for exchange students.
If universities introduce fees for foreigners, the official said, they will cut off those who want to continue their higher education in Norway just because it is free. “The fewer foreign students there are, the more free study places will remain for Norwegians, both in universities and for housing.
The government has proposed a budget of 42.8 billion NOK (4,077,641,600 euros ) to fund universities and colleges in 2023. However, the Ministry of Education insists that due to inflation, universities and colleges should also consider other ways to generate income, one of which is — introduction of fees for foreign students.