Working in Norway while a student?

Question by Simplexity: Working in Norway while a student?

I want to know what the opportunities are for an EU citizen (I’m British) who wants to work while studying in Norway to afford rent and living costs. Has anyone done/ is doing this?

As for the language, how much do you need to know for unskilled labour? I don’t imagine it’s a C2 level, but then you have to know some (I’ve already started learning and am making a lot of progress, since I already know Dutch and German very well – huge help).

Thanks to anyone who has any information/experiences to share.
Richyboy: Could you be more specific?

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Answer by Richyboy
Er… I knew Norwegian fluently before I went here, but… B2 level I think. It will be extremely hard getting a job with any less.

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Question by Stew S: Moving from USA to Europe – Opportunities?
Hey all I’m currently 25 years old and looking to move from the USA to Europe… I was planning on doing my University here and most likely a Law Program but so far have been working up until this point. Now things have changed and I would like to leave the country… and become a permanent resident of a country in Europe.

I should mention that I am able to obtain a complete European passport as I am technically a dual citizen due to my parents.

Do European Universities have a mature student program where if you are a certain age you can get in based on that and not high school transcripts?

Also whats is the job market like currently and housing market? (I own here so I would like to buy a house their, not rent)

I know I haven’t specified a country.. but that is because I am undecided… I am looking for the best opportunities I want to have a decent life and make at least $ 80,000 (USD) – 150,000..

I have no idea where to start finding information so I figured residents of Europe on here or others with knowledge could help me out.

Thank you so much :)

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Answer by The Island Guy
1) You can’t move there.

2) They don’t want Americans there.

3) It’s not worth it. Stay in the USA.

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5 comments on “Working in Norway while a student?

  1. Dual citizenship helps a lot, as long as it’s from a country in the EU/EEA. I have citizenship with the US/Sweden (raised in the US) and can move freely around EU and Nordic countries. School fees are generally cheaper for EU students than international ones too. However, if you haven’t already claimed citizenship, you need to check into it as soon as possible. I know for Sweden you need to claim it by age 22 or you lose it, and have to apply for approval to retain it. Contact the US embassy of whatever country it is.

    Yes, most universities let you apply as a mature student based on experience, but you’ll be at a disadvantage for competitive programs. Generally your experience also needs to apply to what you want to study. If you go by transcript, you need a year of higher education in order to meet entrance requirements, since most Europeans go to school a year longer than in the US. Countries usually have an adult education program that you take for a year to meet requirements. Either way, you’ll need a local board to review your experience or grades and translate them into the local system. It’s very important that you have papers for everything, because you need to prove what you’ve done.

    As an undergraduate, you’re mostly limited to countries where you speak the language, which at least helps you narrow your choices. Graduate programs are more widely available in English.

    It’s impossible to describe the job and housing market without naming a country. Most places are in recession with high unemployment rates. Where I live (Norway) it’s not so bad, but you need to speak a Scandinavian language to find work or take a Bachelor’s. Housing is generally much more expensive (and smaller) than in the US. The USD is weak against most European currencies, so you need to check into conversion rates and what sort of place you’ll be able to afford.

    Wages depend on career and country too. You’ll likely be paying higher taxes than in the US, and have to file returns in both countries (though you’re usually exempt on double taxation up to a certain salary, depending on the country). The salary you name is high for most of Europe, where wages are more homogenized. If you are still planning a career in law it’s possible, but what’s more important is a good salary for the country you’re in, not compared to the US.

    I’d recommend reposting your question and list what you’re looking for (planned career/study in Europe, current career/skills, what budget range you have for housing and what you expect to get for it, what languages you speak) and a short list of countries.. you’ll get better information.

  2. Please…!
    That’s unreal. Please stay home or get far more money for
    that decent life you mention.
    …and I’m thinking about Portugal ,one of the cheaper country’s.
    Sorry but you have not the slitest idea of the things here.

  3. Europe is not a country and thus you cannot have a European passport, only a passport from a country in Europe. You fail to mention which country you are supposedly a citizen. Being born of foreign parents might not be enough, for some countries you have to be declared at the embassy upon your birth to have the right to that citizenship. I assume you are talking of a country which is member of the EU? If not you will have the same difficulties in obtaining a visa as if you were from the US.
    You are not saying which languages you speak. Only two countries in Europe (47 countries, 29 for the EU) have English as a first language. If you don’t speak any other better stick to those two (UK, Ireland).
    About schooling, keeping in mind that just for the EU you are talking about 29 countries with different university systems noone can answer you until you give more information, like location, languages, what studies you want to and how much you can pay. Especially as foreign students usually have to pay their way in, and if they don’t speak the local language they have to go through more expensive English language programs. And yes, you have special programs for people who have started working and want to go back to school, and you don’t need your high school transcripts, but they are usually expensive and they are for speakers of the local language only.
    Same for job market though the news are generally bad right now. Same for housing market. We are suffering through the same economic crisis as the US and everyone would love to be able to get an $ 80,000. There’s a high level of unemployement, priority is given to local people and well paid jobs are hard to find.

    If you truly want to move to Europe search for information on the net on the countries. Once you have reduced your choice from 47 to a few contact the embassies, the chambers of commerce, look up the universities on the net and check the programs. As well there’s plenty of expatriates sites and blogs explaining all you need to know about living in those countries.

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