General information about education in Norway

NOKUT is responsible for quality assurance of higher education and tertiary vocational education in Norway. Such education is part of a more comprehensive education system, however, and builds on primary and secondary education.

Children and young people in Norway have a right and an obligation to complete primary and lower secondary education, and adults are also entitled to primary and lower secondary education. Everyone who completes primary and lower secondary education is entitled to upper secondary education qualifying for further studies or a vocation. The Higher Education Entrance Qualification qualifies students for admission to university or university college programmes. Higher education is offered at bachelor, master and PhD level and should be research-based. Tertiary vocational education is a short vocational alternative to higher education.

An overview of the Norwegian education system follows below.