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Country Guide Norway

CARe country guides, developed from May to October 2020, contain systematised relevant information on the national labour markets in the 10 project countries, with the aim of supporting researchers at risk/with refugee background in finding support, job and training opportunities in their host countries. 

In the development and revision of the country guides, the CARe consortium is receiving invaluable help by the selected group of national experts coming from relevant national institutions and CARe focus groups.




Higher education in Norway

Norway currently has 9 universities, 8 university colleges and 5 scientific colleges owned by the state. Norway also has a large number of private higher education institutions receiving public funding. In addition to their teaching activities, all the higher learning institutions, and particularly the universities, are responsible for conducting basic research as well as researcher training, primarily by means of graduate-level studies and doctoral degree programmes. The main differences between the types of higher education institutions are related to their self-accreditation rights. Universities can offer study programmes without an external accreditation, while university colleges must apply for external accreditation for their study programmes. 

Many higher education institutions in Norway offer study programmes in English. Read more about studying in Norway

The majority of Norwegian universities and state university colleges are publicly funded and the Norwegian government considers access to higher education for all to be an important part of the Norwegian society. Thus, as a rule, Norwegian public institutions do not charge tuition fees. This also applies to international students, no matter which country the student comes from. PhD positions are paid and cover the costs of living in Norway, which are quite high. 

Read more about the Samordna Opptak (Norwegian Universities and Colleges Admission services) here


Research in Norway 

In 2016, Norway’s total R&D expenditure amounted to nearly NOK 64 billion. Of this, trade and industry accounted for 46%, the higher education sector for 33%, and the research institute sector for 19%. More than 80 000 people were employed in R&D-related activities in 2016, of which 68% were scientists. Of these scientists, 38% were women. R&D expenditure for 2016 amounted to 2,03% of GDP. 46% of this expenditure came from public funding. More information can be found under "EURAXESS".

Norway has a single research council which covers the entire spectrum from basic research to innovation and administers a wide variety of funding schemes and research programmes. While international collaboration is an integral component of all the schemes and programmes, foreigners must be affiliated with a Norwegian research institution to have access to these activities. For more information consult the Research Council of Norway


Experiences from researchers:

The focus group participants in Norway found the language requirements challenging.

Full reports on the CARe Focus Groups and Employer Survey are available here.

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