Oslo Education

What types of schools do most expats in your city choose for their children?

They choose both private and public schools. There are several international schools and kindergartens in Oslo. If you are immigrating to Norway or relocating to Norway, you do not have to worry about your children’s education as there are many schools and universities. Education is compulsory for children between the ages of 6 – 16. There are 10 colleges of university and four public universities in Norway. University of Oslo (1811) is regarded as the principal university. Other important universities include the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (1968), the University of Bergen (1948) and University of Troms (1968). All universities and colleges are supported by the state.


What are some examples of these schools?

There are several schools across Norway where classes are conducted in English, French, Spanish or German, as well as schools offering the International Baccalaureate.

The Oslo International School is the only English-language international school in Oslo.


Is there a lot of competition for spots in local schools?

No, generally, children are placed in local schools close to home. Competition can be higher for private schools and public schools with very good reputations.


Are pre-schools also widely available (for children approx. 2 to 5 years old)?

Yes, they are. But there might be a waiting list in certain areas for the local pre-school. You can apply in other areas. Full kindergarten coverage is one of the most important goals for the Norwegian government; it is considered to be a universal right. About 283,000 children are enrolled in a kindergarten, which is approximately 90 per cent coverage for children aged 1– 5 years.


How are most kids transported to and from school?

They are transported by their parents or use public transportation.


When does the typical school year start and end?

Term starts in August and ends in June.


Is there anything else I should know about local schools?

Norwegian educational policy is rooted in the principle of equal rights to education for all members of society, regardless of their social and cultural background or where in Norway they live. It is the role of the schools to convey both knowledge and culture, as well as to promote social mobility and provide a basis for wealth creation and welfare for all.


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