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General information regarding educational options in the Tromsø region.

The Norwegian school system is divided into primary school, lower secondary school, upper secondary school/high school, and university/college. Children starts going to primary school the year they turn 6 years old, and stays there the next 7 years until lower secondary school which lasts for 3 years. After that they can choose between several different academic directions regarding high school, including; general studies, vocational related studies, sports related subjects and health related subjects.

The grades from high school and the required subjects decides which university and studies you will qualify for. You can apply to any school, but some studies have strict rules related to subjects and grades.

Aproximately 7000 new students comes to Tromsø every year to start their study at UiT (Norges Arktiske Universitet). Here you can apply for a wide variety of different academic programs.


SFO (School Aftercare) is an optional recreational program for students in 1st to 4th grade before and after school hours, available on a full-time or part-time basis.

Starting from the autumn of 2023, children in 1st and 2nd grade will receive twelve hours of SFO free of charge, and pay half the price for a full-time spot. Children with a part-time spot receive SFO for free.

Children with complex needs may be offered a free SFO spot from 5th to 10th grade.

The application deadline for new first graders for SFO is December 1st.

International Schools

Tromsø International School is the northermost authorized IB school in the world. They offer the Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes. Their mission is to foster and encourage students to nurture their curiosity, appreciate their own culture and the culture of others.

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SFO application portal




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