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What does it cost?

The costs for a year at Nordfjord folk high school differs from student to student depending of the subjects chosen. Below is a overview of the costs you might expect.

Published February, 2018

Registration fee

After you have applied and admitted as a student, you will receive a letter that tells you how to accept the admission. The registration fee is currently NOK 2 800,- This is a fee which all folk high schools have introduced in connection with the admission process. It is not included in the cost of the actual school year (see below). The fee is paid as a confirmation that the student accept the admission. This fee is not refundable unless the applicant regret within 14 days after payment (due to the right of cancellation).

Financial subsistence guarantee

Students from countries outside the EU/EEA area are required to document a financial subsistence guarantee as a condition to be granted a residence permit to attend a folk high school in Norway. This amount is by the Folk High Scool Council set to NOK 102 300 for the academic year 2018/2019. When the subistence guarantuee is received, the school will issue a confirmation letter which can be attached to the application for the residence permit. All foreign students from outside the EU/EEA countries must apply for a residence permit. Students from inside the EU/EEA countries must register in a scheme for EEA nationals

Tuition fee for the school year 2018/2019

The teaching at the folk high school is free. What you pay for is mainly room and board, transport, travels and associated costs, rent of equipment and additional costs for some specific courses. The price of your school year is thus dependent on your choices of main subject, elective subjects, excursions and project weeks. The total costs are specified below.

Table 1: General costs 

  1          Room and board - in two price ranges: Normal/high standard: NOK 76 000,- (115 places) and lower standard*: 68 500, - (20 places) NOK 68 500 - 76 000
2 Main excursions (including sailing cruise with "Statsraad Lehmkuhl" to the Shetland islands, ski school excursion to the Hemsedal resort and pilgrimeage to Stad)  NOK 10 500
3 Common/shared costs (for instance rent of equipment, some medicals, internet, all other common excursions as skiing in Hemsdal, pilgrimage to Stad etc.) NOK 13 500
4 Elective subjectss (see below) see table 3
5 Project weeks  see table 2
6 Main program NOK 14 000 - 23 500
7 Additional cost for single room NOK 7 200

from 106 500 to 123 500

- Deduction if financial guarantee is paid in advance (non-EEA students) 102 300 
= Your balance (if financial guarantee is paid in advance) 4200- 21 200

*) Lower standard is defined for one spesific dormitory where the lavatory and wardrobe is across the corridor separated from the rooms (20 places). The rooms as such have good standard. For rooms in other dormitories and houses (115 places), the standard is generally defined as normal/high. 

Main programs 2018/2019
The fee for your main program covers all assosiated costs for the belonging activites. Since the activities are not the same for each class, the costs will also differ a bit. 

Tabell 2: Costs of the main courses (as included in table 1)

Main program Cost [NOK] Remark
Friluftsliv / Activity 14 000 Most of the best within Norwegian outdoor life
Friluftsliv / Expediton 19 000 Includes excursion to Svalbard
Friluftsliv / Hunting and fishing 20 500 A broad range of hunting in Norway in addition to linjetur to Sweden
Friluftsliv / KRIK  23 500 Incl. excursion to Bali, Indonesia
Friluftsliv / Norway adventure 20 500 Incl. several excursions in Norway from North to South 
Friluftsliv / Ski and surf 20 500 Incl. excursions to a variety of skidestinations in Norway
Friluftsliv / Wind og water 20 500 Incl. excursion to surfdestinations in Norway
Friluftsliv / Mountaineering 21 000 Inkl. either climbing excursion to France
Friluftsliv/ job training 15 000 Incl. excursions in Norway


Project weeks
During the year we have four weeks of elective projects and trips. Many of the projects is without charge (e.g. the great school cabaret in November). You can go through the school year without spending any extra money in project weeks. But not all projects are free. The trips / subjects that have larger charges are:

Table 3: Examples of some project weeks with additional costs

Project weeks Cost [NOK] Remark
Deerhunting 2000 Requires a licence to hunt
Drawing and painting 1500  
Climbing excursion to France 8 000 Included in the main subject costs for Vertical (table 2). The same excursion could be chosen as addiotional project for the others corses. 


Elective subjects

The price of an elective subjects will vary from NOK 0 up to NOK 3500. 

We offer more than 60 different electives. Many of them are free. Most students have six elective subjects during the school year, and the sum of costs spent on elective subjects will for an average student be approximately NOK 1600. Our experience is that some students tend to choose expensive subjects, but it is important for us to offer electives free of charge all three terms.  

What you pay for the electives, is for example transport and consumption of equipment (when you create longboard, knives, anoraks etc, you pay for the raw materials used). More information about the various elective subjects, will be given after you have started at the school. 

Funds, scholarships and loan

Nordfjord does unfortunately not offer funds of financial help for students. The assistanse form the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Lånekassen), is generally dedicated to Norwegian citizens. But some foreigners are eligible, so it might be wise to check it out.   

The Christian Folk High Schools have some scholarships which are possible to apply to. This must be done through the school. Sometimes the school can offer small jobs in order for the student to finance part og his/her study. It is impossible to promise anything in advance, but the students are alwas welcome to send us an part time job application.  



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