PeterMollenburg wrote:zenmonkey is offering a lot of good advice here.
Xenops- Your comments regarding Scandanavian countries I believe it was, or perhaps Norway more specifically having a possibly even a better quality of life than the U.S. came across slightly naive to me. And I mean no disrespect to yourself or the United States, but I can assure you there are many other countries with a better quality of life than the U.S. This link below ranks the U.S. as tenth.
On another note, emmigrating can be complicated. You need to make some kind of an assessment imo as above to come up with your short-list of countries, then figure out which one country you want to go for and, well, go for it! Btw I have heard that education for foreign university students in Norway can be free to attract foreign students. Why? What's so bad about Norway? It's expensive! (if you're not working there). Whether this hearsay is true, I cannot confirm. If you're interested in European languages, get into one EU country, tick all the boxes, do the time, enough to get a passport, then the rest of the EU is your oyster! Good luck!
Guilty as charged--I mean no disrespect to folk of other realms with my naivete. Most Americans are very biased toward the U.S., and it's hard to get objective views on the actual quality of life.
Thank you for the link: I had seen an outdated-one on Wikipedia, and I didn't know there was an recent one. According to the list, all of my prospective countries are below the U.S. Indeed, I would have to consider what is important, and go from there. Safety is a concern, as I'm a young, single female.
Thank you for your thoughts.
In Norway you do not pay any tuition fees at all at state-run universities, only a fee of about 80 USD per semester which goes to finance the university's student welfare organisation. This applies to Norwegian and foreign students alike. So basically university education is free.
However, life in Norway is expensive, so you need a decent amount of money to pay a rent, buy food etc. I know there exist various grant possibilities for students from abroad, so maybe worth checking out if you are really intersted.
Why does Norway want to attract foreign students? This article from University World News gives an interesting overview of what is happening in the Nordic countries and partially answers that question. Another factor which the article does not mention is that Norwegian universities are not exactly at the top of the world university ranking. Oslo University is ranked as 132nd, and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim is 251st.
Norway is not a member of the EU, but is part of the European Economic Area, so the freedom of movement for workers in the EU applies to Norway as well. However, immigration rules for non-EU citizens are quite strict. To live and work in Norway you normally need a job offer before moving to Norway, as you have to apply from your country. Check out the website of the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration if you want to learn more.
Thank you for your info, since you are a native there. I poked around on the Oslo University website, and it said I needed 12,500 in American dollars to ensure that I could found myself for a graduate degree. I would need to see if I would need this much for each year I'm there? Would they have grants for those entering the medical professions?
I also watched some videos about foreigners moving to Norway, and one mentioned that they would often go grocery shopping in Sweden because it's cheaper. Why would Sweden be that much cheaper?
Thank you again for the input. One more question: would you recommend a foreigner to move there?
To verdastelo, the only advice I know right now is: save as much money as you can.
To anyone reading: is Denmark that much better than the other Scandinavian countries?