Norway aspiring foreign students to pay varsity fees from 2023’s autumn semester

With the Norwegian Ministry of Education proposing to the government to introduce university tuition fees for foreign students, third-country nationals who wish to continue their further studies in this European country may have to pay university tuition fees starting from the university. beginning in the fall semester of 2023.

According to the details, all students at Norwegian universities can study for free, including international students, report.

Even so, the Minister of Education, Ola Borten Moe, emphasized that tuition fees must be applied to students from countries outside the European Union and the Schengen Area so that the schools can at least cover the costs. fees per foreign student.

“In the vast majority of cases, Norwegian students have to pay tuition fees to study abroad. There’s no reason why it should be different here. Norway will remain open to students from all countries, but we think it is right and reasonable for them to pay for themselves.” schengenvisainfo quoted Ola Borten Moe as saying.

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Moe made it clear that education should remain free for Norwegian students and those from EEA countries and Switzerland, as well as for exchange students.

Moe said that if universities introduce tuition fees for international students, then students who want to continue their university studies in Norway just because it’s free will be attracted by the better quality.

She also said that the fewer foreign students there are, the more free places to study for Norwegian students, both at universities and at home.

Minister Borten Moe said: “At a time when many people want to study further, it is right to prioritize Norwegian students.

Recently, the government proposed a budget of NOK 42.8 billion to fund universities and colleges by 2023. However, Moe insists universities and colleges must consider other ways to do so. income as inflation has increased globally and one such idea is to impose fees on foreign students.

The Norwegian government has also increased the cost frame of building a dormitory by about 50%, from NOK 955,700 to NOK 1,450,000 per dormitory nationwide in the 2023 education budget. The report also recommends spend another 85 million NOK to adjust student aid.

At the same time, NOK 141.5 million will be allocated to a subsidy program for energy measures in student housing and an additional NOK 41.1 million to cancel student debt in Troms and Finnmark, it said.

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