The proportion of Norwegian students who study abroad has remained stable at around 13 per cent in recent years.
But since 2016 there has been a slight decline in students taking their whole degree abroad, while the number of students taking parts of the study abroad has increased, according to figures from the Student Bank.
In total, 24,974 Norwegian students studied abroad in the academic year of 2017-2018. The increase from the previous year was 133 students, but this is due to the fact that many Norwegian students take part of their degree abroad.
A total of 8,312 Norwegians did parts of their degree abroad last year, which is 455 more than the previous year.
Research and Higher Education Minister Iselin Nybø (V) believes we have not hit our goal. She wants more people to study abroad.
“It is positive that there is an increase in students taking part of their education abroad. International cooperation is a prerequisite for global knowledge development and to ensure quality in Norwegian Higher education. We want even more people to study abroad, “she says.
Nybø adds that a thorough review is needed to find out what can be done for more people to take part or all of their education abroad.