Survey: International students in Norway

We have surveyed international students in Norway since 2008. The purpose 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. 

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The last survey was distributed to all students with non-Norwegian citizenship at most Norwegian universities and university colleges on 19th March 2019 and was closed at the end of April 2019. The overall respons rate for this survey is 39% and in total 5977 students completed the survey. 


We would like to thank all students, both exchange students and full degree students, who took part in this survey. Your opinion on Norwegian education is highly appreciated. 

A draw has taken place among the students who completed the questionnaire and ten lucky winners of a 1000 NOK gift certificate have been contacted by email directly. 


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 Enonomics (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

A report based on the results will be published autumn 2019. 

What is surveyed?

The survey explores the institutions’ capacity to receive, integrate and educate international students. The Norwegian higher education institutions will receive data from the respondents belonging to their institution, for internal use. 

The following themes will be covered: 

  • Motivations and conditions for choice of study destination 
  • Satisfaction with teaching, work load and learning outcome 
  • Study environment, welfare and social life 
  • Future plans 

 Here you can download the report written as a result of the 2016-survey. 

Who are surveyed?

The survey includes all students registered with a non-Norwegian citizenship at Norwegian institutions of higher education. The study thus comprises two main groups:

  1. Foreign citizens who have come to Norway with the purpose to study (“international students”), and
  2. Individuals with a foreign (or double) citizenship who already lived in Norway before starting their studies or were even born here

Both groups are important to the study, but they receive a different number of questions in the survey. The international students receive a full questionnaire, whilst the second group is asked only three questions. The survey name “International Students in Norway” reflects this fact.

For the purpose of participating in the survey it does not matter how long an individual has lived in Norway. We are interested in the experiences and perspectives of a broad mix of individuals, in order to get a better understanding of how it to study in Norway for non-nationals.

If you have received the survey but do not belong to any of these two groups (i.e. only hold a Norwegian citizenship), please do not hesitate to contact us. We will then exclude your name from the data base.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

All students with a non-Norwegian citizenship currently registered at a Norwegian institution of higher education will be invited to participate in the survey. 

Your institution has shared your contact information with Diku for the purpose of this survey only, with legal basis in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) article 6.1 (e) on public interest. You can read more about the protection of your privacy once you enter the survey and give your consent to use your information. 

In short, your privacy rights are protected. Beware that you can at any time withdraw the consent you give when entering the survey.

Your rights

So long as you can be identified in the collected data, you have the right to: 

  • access the personal data that is being processed about you
  • request that your personal data is deleted
  • request that incorrect personal data about you is corrected/rectified 
  • receive a copy of your personal data (data portability)
  • send a  complaint to the Data Protection Officer or The Norwegian Data Protection Authority regarding the processing of your personal data.

About Diku

The survey is organised by Diku - the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education. Diku is responsible for promoting Norway as a study destination, and gives advice to Norwegian authorities and institutions. Diku is also Norway’s official agency for international programmes and measures related to education.

The Agency is owned by the Ministry of Education and Research, and is also working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the European Commission, and the Nordic Council of Ministers.