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Posted on November 09 2022

Go study in Norway! Now, NOK50 million set aside to boost internship

By Editor
Updated July 25 2023

Highlights: Norwegian government allocates NOK50 million for international students

  • The Government of Norway has announced an allocation of NOK50 million to boost internship possibilities for international students.
  • The fund will be released to 17 universities in Norway with the intention of increasing internships in courses for health and social sciences.
  • Besides opening more places to study in Norway, the Ministry of Education of Norway also wants to increase access to internships.

With plans to help more international students to study in Norway, the country has decided to make a huge allocation to education. The Government of Norway has announced an allocation of NOK50 million to 17 universities to increase internship opportunities for international students.

The highest chunk of the funding will be granted to the VID University of Applied Sciences, the University of Western Norway, and Norway’s Arctic University. With the funding, the universities will get support to increase the number of internships in courses for health and social studies.

The announcement was made as part of Norway’s revised national budget in 2022. A media release by Norway’s Ministry of Education conveyed this message about this new decision:

“The money is now allocated to 17 state and private universities and colleges. The government has previously allowed money for 300 new study places in nursing education and specialist nursing education, and asked universities and colleges to establish 200 new study places in nursing education within existing frameworks.”

Norway needs more nurses

It’s a fact that Norway had a shortage of nurses right from 2021. This led to a proposal that the Norwegian government must create 500 more places to study nursing from the autumn of 2022. When this proposal came in 2021, the Education Ministry already had the opinion that there should be better access granted to students for internships.

The Government of Norway has plans to muster the direct support of educational institutions in Norway. They will be followed up so that students get the opportunity to do internships from a location that’s far from the campus. The fund allocated to 17 universities will be used to cover the costs that students taking part in internships will incur to travel to their respective campuses.

Also read: Soon, international students may have to pay fees to study in Norway

Universities that will receive the allocated funds

The universities in Norway that will receive funds from the amount allocated include:

  • The University of Oslo
  • The University of Molde
  • The University of Southeast Norway
  • The University of Bergen
  • The University of Stavanger
  • Lovisenberg Diaconal College

Other related developments

Earlier in November 2022, the Government of Norway did an allocation of EUR8.8 million to 13 institutions for higher education aiming for international cooperation for education. This will be materialized with partner countries including the following:

  • Brazil
  • South Africa
  • Canada
  • Japan
  • China
  • South Korea
  • India
  • The USA

Also read: Norway grants over €8.8 Million funds to 13 universities for International Educational Cooperation

With the allocation of EUR8.8 million the opportunity for more students to attend exchange programs in countries that have partnered with Norway under this project.

The German data provider Statista revealed that the number of students at Norway’s institutions for higher education has risen significantly over the last decade. Just recently, this number increased from 306,453 in 2020 to 318,105 in 2021.

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