Peak in Number of Norwegian Students in US

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Peak in Number of Norwegian Students in US


Category: Education / Research

According to the recent annual report from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, 2,096 Norwegian students pursued a full degree at U.S. universities in academic year 2014-15. The previous year, the number was 1,834. The last time the number of full-degree-seeking students to the U.S. was close to that of this year, was back in 1997.

One of the reasons why more Norwegian students chose the U.S. as a place of study might be the recent change in financial support by the Norwegian government, which offers freshman-year funding at 200 more U.S. universities than in previous years. As of 2015-16, all U.S. regional accredited universities will be eligible for freshman-year funding by the Norwegian government.

The five most popular universities among Norwegian students in 2014-15 were:

  1. Berkeley College
  2. Hawaii Pacific University
  3. Long Island University
  4. California State University, San Marcos
  5. Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma

The popularity of these schools among Norwegian students may owe to their collaboration with a local Norwegian recruiting company.

For several years, The Norwegian government has urged Norwegian bachelor candidates to have a study abroad experience. The number of Norwegians studying in the U.S. increased slightly in 2014-15: 1,467 students, up from 1,448 the year before. Although the numbers haven’t gone up that much in recent years, the U.S. continues to be the most popular country for Norwegian students wanting to go on an exchange program.

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington

Published: August 10, 2015