Survey: International students

The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills regularly publishes reports based on surveys among international students in Norway. The last survey was published in 2019. The report presents international students' motivations for, experiences with and assessments of studies in Norway. The survey also reveals where the students found information that made them decide to come to Norway. 

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Here you can read more about the report: Norwegian and international students need more meeting places. The purpose of the survey is to gain knowledge about the international students' motivation, expectations and study experiences. This knowledge helps Norwegian institutions and authorities improve the services provided to the international students and to improve the quality of Norwegian higher education. The 2019-survey was distributed to all students with non-Norwegian citizenship at most Norwegian universities and university colleges. The overall response rate for this survey is 39% and in total 5977 students completed the survey. 

 Download the report in its full here (pdf)


Universities and university colleges included in the survey

  • BI Norwegian Business School
  • MF Norwegian School of Theology
  • Molde University College - Specialised University in Logistics
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University)
  • NLA University College
  • Nord University
  • Norwegian Academy of Music
  • Norwegian School of Economics (NHH
  • Norwegian School of Sport Sciences
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences and Technology (NMBU)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Oslo Metropolitan University
  • Oslo National Academy of the Art
  • The Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • University of Agder
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Oslo
  • University of Stavanger
  • University of South-Eastern Norway
  • University of Tromsø - the Arctic University of Norway
  • VID Specialised University
  • Volda University College
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Østfold University College

About The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills

The survey is organised by The Directorate for Higher Education and Skills (HK-dir). HK-dir is responsible for promoting Norway as a study destination, and gives advice to Norwegian authorities and institutions. HK-dir is also Norway’s official agency for international programmes and measures related to education.

The Directorate is owned by the Ministry of Education and Research.