Fees and Funding
Foreign students who have already been granted a permanent residence in Norway are eligible for financial assistance (loans and grants) from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (www.lanekassen.no). Applicants for political asylum awaiting a decision regarding residence permits are not entitled to loans and grants.
If you are not eligible for Norwegian government student loans or funds, you have to finance your stay in Norway from private funds. In order to get a residence permit as a foreign student in Norway you must guarantee that you have NOK 85.000 (approx € 90000) in a Norwegian bank in your name. This sum is to cover expenses for room and board, books, supplies and personal expenses. This is not required for applicants for studies within the framework of an EU exchange scheme.
All students from EU/EEA countries must bring a valid European Health Insurance Card, obtainable in your own home countries, which entitles you to medical care under the Norwegian National Health Scheme. Please note that expenses related to dental care and illnesses contracted before arrival in Norway are not covered.
Exchange students from other parts of the world apply for voluntary enrolment in the Norwegian National Health Scheme after arrival. You will get an application form from the International Office.
It is the student's own responsibility to make insurance arrangements for any accident, illness, injury, loss or damage to persons or property resulting from, or in any way connected with, during the study period in Norway.
Cost of Living and Accommodation
There are several student residences in Volda, all within walking distance to the campus and service facilities. Each student residence offers furnished individual rooms with a telephone, cable TV access and free Internet access. 1-2 share the bathroom, 2-7 share the kitchen facilities. Hot meals and snacks can also be purchased on campus.
The rent is approximately NOK 2800 per month and you borrow basic equipment (pots, pans, knives etc.) from us. This goes also for duvet and bed linen. You will have your own single room and share kitchen and bathroom with one or more Norwegian or foreign student.
Norway is one of the most expensive countries in the world. The cost of livingis high and international students will find that prices are very high in comparison with prices in most other countries. Accommodation, food and transport are expensive, and it is estimated that you should have approximately NOK 6.000 (800 EUR) per month in order to cover all your expenses.
Commercial recreation and entertainment is also expensive, but a student card entitles you to certain discounts on train fares, theatre tickets, etc. You are advised to bring some Norwegian currency with you when you arrive in Norway, especially if you travel during the weekend. It is also advisable to bring the money in the form of traveller's cheques, or to have an international credit card.
Volda University College is a state university and has no tuition fees. However all students are required to pay student fees of approximately NOK 1360 (about €160 on the date of this publication). Erasmus, EEA and Nordplus students do not have to pay student fees.