Education and learning

Upper secondary education

Some facts about upper secondary education

  • All young people who have completed Norwegian primary and lower secondary school or an equivalent education, have the right to three years of upper secondary education.
  • They must complete their upper secondary education by the year in which they turn 24.
  • The county municipality pays for upper secondary education and is required to offer this education to all those who are entitled to it.
  • Upper secondary schools offer both pre-university preparatory and vocational course programmes.

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Primary and secondary school

Young people complete secondary school around the age of 16. There are few jobs available for young graduates, so most young people choose to continue to upper secondary school.

In addition to public primary and secondary schools, there are also a number of private schools in Norway. Families pay tuition fees for private schools. This fee is only a co-payment, however, since the government pays the remainder of the tuition cost.

Most occupations and jobs in today’s society require an upper secondary or higher education. It is also important for a welfare society that as many people as possible receive an education. This makes it possible to maintain economic growth and create new jobs. If the population does not have a high education level, it becomes difficult to maintain the welfare state and all social benefits.

Upper secondary school is free of charge.

Students borrow their textbooks from the school, but must buy their own writing materials and other supplies.