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Universities and university colleges

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There are universities and university colleges in several places in Norway. Some are private and some are state run. The state ones are free. You can see where these institutions of higher education are located on the map of Norway to the right.

As a general rule one must possess the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway to be admitted as a student at a university or university college. The courses one will be able to take usually depends on the grades one attained at upper secondary school.

The Storting (the Norwegian Parliament) has decided that universities and university colleges can also admit adult applicants who do not possess the formal minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway. The applicants must possess informal qualifications that are assessed as being of equal worth. Informal qualifications are made up of all the knowledge we have acquired through paid or unpaid work, courses, schooling, leisure activities and voluntary work. The applicant must be 25 years old or older if the informal qualifications are going to form the basis for admission. If the person passes the exam for a course that is of at least one year’s duration, this will provide the general minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.

Documented informal qualifications may also allow a student to take an abridged course or be exempted from some exams and tests.

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