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Education System Overview

In the 2019-2020 academic year, 373 U.S. students studied abroad for academic credit in Norway.

Academic year: Mid-August – mid-June

Major school holidays/break:

  • Fall break: usually around week 40 (K-12 only)
  • Spring break: usually around week 8 (K-12 only)
  • Mid-December – mid-January

Major exam period(s):

  • Mid-November – Mid-December
  • Mid-May – Mid-June 

Ten years of English language classes are required for all Norwegian high school students. 

Structure of the University System

Years of study required to earn a bachelor's degree: Norway introduced Bachelor’s, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees, generally on a 3 + 2 + 3 year model, which replaced the old degrees at the end of 2003. It is important to note that parallel to the new degrees, the old undergraduate degrees were awarded until 2005, and the old graduate degrees were awarded until 2007.

The language of instruction in universities: Norwegian and English