Partner:  Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU)

The Norwegian government actively seeks to promote international student mobility and international cooperation in higher education. Norway supports a multitude of cooperation and development projects with other nations, including activities such as Cooperation Brazil-Norway, Nordic-Russian cooperation, Partnership Program with North America, among others. The number of international students in Norway has risen steadily over the last decade to reach 25,660 students in 2015. The top three places of origin in 2015 were Sweden, Germany and Russia. The top destinations for Norwegian students to study abroad in 2014 were the United Kingdom, United States, Denmark and Australia. Together they hosted more than 50 percent of all Norwegian students.


Inbound/International Student: Non-Norwegian foreign nationals including those residing in Norway who are studying at Norwegian higher education institutions.

Foreign Student: Norway does not differentiate between foreign and international students.

Outbound Student: Degree and non-degree seeking Norwegian citizens who are pursuing a full-degree at a HEI abroad or who are exchange students abroad for a minimum of 3 months.

Higher Education Institution (HEI): While there is no single formal definition for Norwegian HEIs, laws exist to regulate the activities of both State-owned and privately-owned universities and colleges.

Public HEI: HEIs that are State owned.

Private HEI: HEIs that are privately owned.

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Data Collection and Resources

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) is a public Norwegian agency promoting international cooperation in education and research. While SIU does not collect primary academic mobility data, they coordinate, analyze, and present data from different sources The State Educational Loanfund and Norwegian Social Science Data Services are responsible for international student mobility data collection in Norway.

For additional data or other information on international students, please visit:

Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education

Database for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH)

Lånekassen - State Educational Loan Fund