Some of the challenges we face here in Ghana is the poor educational system.
Most schools here lack the basic facilities such as well equipped laboratories and access to good practical materials to make learning easy and conducive for students here that’s why most Ghanaians are trying everything within their power to go abroad.
In this article we would be going through some necessary steps to take as a Ghanaian looking to further your studies in Norway.
This would be a guide on what you are required to have in order to apply for the Norwegian Student Visa.
Where is Norway Located?
Norway is a country located in northern Europe.
It occupies the western half of the Scandinavian peninsula and nearly half of the inhabitants of the country live in the far south, in the region around Oslo, the capital.
A Lot of people visit Norway for many reasons, some of which include seeing the mountains, fjords, Northern Lights, Sami culture, watching whales and so much more and also seeing the very friendly Norwegian people who are always willing to welcome you.
Educational System in Norway
Norway is one of the few countries in the world that can boast of the best schools and higher education in the world.
Attending public universities in this country is tuition-free even for international students i.e. you don’t even need to pay any money as the government/ruling authority has covered it all.
This is because in Norway it is believed that everyone should have access to education regardless of socio-economic background.
From the year 1997, in Norway, Norwegian children start school during the calendar year in which they reach the age of 6.
The compulsory education they put in place covers 10 years and consists of three stages: the primary stage which covers grades 1-4 (age 6-10); the intermediate stage which covers grades 5-7 (ages 10-13) and the lower secondary stage which covers grades 8-10 (age 13-16).
The Norwegian system of higher education comprises all the institutions and programmes that are accredited.
Does Norway Accept Ghanaian?
This is a frequently asked question by Nigerians who wish to study abroad.
Well, guess what! we have good news for you!.
Most people are certainly not aware that Norway does not discriminate.
You can always be accepted into Norway as a Ghanaian if you follow the right steps and didn’t come illegally.
What is The Norwegian Student Visa?
Firstly, what is a student visa?
A student visa is a document that is issued by the government and it allows you to pursue a study program in a foreign country.
All student visas are issued for short-term purposes, and before you are given access to one, you must have already been accepted to a university or educational institution to qualify for the visa.
How Can I Get The Norwegian Student Visa and What are the Requirements involved?
There are a few steps you must take as someone who intends to go to Norway to study.
These steps would help create a high chance of you getting into your dream college/university in Norway.
Before getting the Norwegian student visa, you must have the following documents ready.
Requirements For The Norwegian Student Visa
Acceptance Documents (Admission Letter)
The acceptance documents are documents that show you have been granted admission into a university.
It is the formal indication of a successful application that a college or university sends out.
Acceptance documents i.e. your admission letter is one of the very important documents you would need as someone who intends to go to Norway.
This is important for students seeking to study in Norway because it shows that you have been given admission into one of the schools there.
A birth certificate is an official document that is issued by government agencies to record a person’s birth and identify them by name, place, date of birth, and parentage.
These birth certificates serve as proof of the age, citizenship status and identity of an individual.
It is advised that you submit the original copies of your birth certificates.
Passport photographs are small photographs of a person’s face.
The correct size of a passport photograph is: 51 x 51 mm and the head of the person in the photograph should occupy between 25 – 35 mm from the bottom of the chin to the top of the head.
Passports photographs required for traveling should be taken in a white background.
A medical certificate or doctor’s certificate is a written statement/document signed by a doctor or physician or another medically qualified health care provider which attests to the result of a medical examination of a patient.
It proves that someone is in good health or healthy enough to do a particular type of work and can serve as a sick note or evidence of a health condition.
Your medic certificate must indicate that you must have gone through the following test; a pre-boarding COVID-19 PCR test and this test must be done 48 hrs before departure.
A return ticket is a two-way ticket that entitles a passenger to travel to his or her destination and back again.
You will need this ticket to leave the country after the expiration of your residence permit.
Police Character Certificate
A Police Character Certificate (PCC), also referred to as Police Clearance Certificate/Report, is a certificate presented by the police that certifies that the individual has no criminal background.
Here in Nigeria, the Police Clearance Certificate is issued by the Ghana Police Force, usually at the Force Criminal Investigation Department, Police Criminal Registry, and in any other Ghana Police Criminal Registry in the country.
Valid International Passport
An international passport is an identification document that is issued by the government of a country or governing authority.
The main purpose of an international passport is to certify the identity and citizenship of an individual, and to also facilitate the movement of people between different countries.
A passport document includes your photo, name, birth date, gender and physical characteristics.
As someone who intends going abroad, this is a very important document you are required to have, it is one of the requirements needed for Ghanaian to get the Norwegian student visa.
Proof of Funds
The Proof of Funds (POF) document is a letter or documentation that proves if an individual, institution or corporation has sufficient funds to complete a transaction.
The Proof of Fund document can be issued by a bank, a financial institution or a trade finance.
It is important to take this document with you because you will be asked to prove you have enough money to cater for your financial needs e.g tuition (if you’re not on a scholarship), feeding, accommodation etc.
You would be asked to show proof of your accommodation if you won’t be staying at your university’s hall of residence.
You need to have a document showing the purpose of your visit – such as an invitation, hotel reservation, etc.