Read about the curricula, exams and tests commonly encountered at international schools, including the UK and US systems, International Baccalaureate and International Primary Curriculum.
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Ranked first in the world for human development, democracy and happiness, Norway also has a thriving international school sector. Schools are strategically positioned around the capital Oslo and in other major cities including Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim.
The vast majority are coeducational day schools that teach in English and offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum to both expatriate and Norwegian students. Many cover both the primary and lower secondary years or admit children of all age-groups.
The Deutsche School Oslo – Max Tau teaches in German and offers Germany’s Abitur, while the French-medium Lycée Français René Cassin d’Oslo delivers the French Baccalaureate. UWC Red Cross Nordic boarding school, which was founded by German educationalist Kurt Hahn to promote global peace and understanding, offers the IB Diploma programme to 200 students from 80 countries on a remote fjord in western Norway.
There are 41 IB World Schools, of which 33 teach in English, while eight offer bilingual instruction in English and Norwegian. A total of 24 schools offer the IB Diploma, while two, Skagerac International School and the British International Schools of Stavanger, follow all three stages of the IB programme.
Accrediting bodies active in Norway include the Council of International Schools and the Council of British International Schools.
Norway has the highest level of education spending of any European country, amounting to eight per cent of GDP. Education is compulsory from age six to 16. Children attend Barneskole from age six to 13, Ungdomsskole from age 13 to 16, and Videregående skole from age 16 to 19.
Net enrolment rates in 2017 were 95 per cent for kindergarten, 100 per cent for primary level, and 96 per cent for secondary level, with 82 per cent of young people entering higher education. Among women, tertiary enrolment was 99 per cent in 2017.