Scholarships for Students from Developing Countries
Bachelor Scholarships, Master Scholarships and PhD Scholarships for
Students from Developing Countries
The 2012-2013 Norwegian government provides students from developing
countries in the South and countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern
Europe and in Central Asia with financial support to study for a
degree in Norway under the Quota Scheme. The Quota Scheme currently
provides funding for a total of 1,100 students, 800 of them from
developing countries in the South and 300 from countries in the
Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.
The main objective of the Quota Scheme is to contribute to capacity
building through education that will benefit the home country of the
students when they return. The Quota Scheme is also intended to
strengthen relations between Norway and the selected countries and
thus contribute to internationalisation at Norwegian institutions of
Most universities and university colleges in Norway participate in the
Quota scheme. The institutions involved are allocated a certain number
of students under the programme each year. The scheme normally
includes courses at Master`s and Ph.D. level in addition to certain
professional/Bachelor`s degrees. Most of the Norwegian institutions
offer courses and educational programmes in English.
Finding a study programme/institution of interest
See the participation institutions` websites to find more detailed
information about the study programmes, available courses, admission
requirements and application procedures concerning the Quota Scheme.
You may also search the online Master`s programme catalogue which
provides an overview of all study programmes at Master`s level that
are offered in English at Norwegian universities and university
All inquiries should be directed to the International Office at the
institution in question. Applications should be sent directly to the
institutions and SIU is not responsible for received applications. The
deadline for applications for the Quota scheme is usually 1 December
every year. Some courses and educational programmes may have other
The Quota Scheme will only enrol students from institutions
(organisations, universities, authorities) which have collaboration
agreements with Norwegian universities or university colleges.
Norwegian institutions usually do not admit free movers (individual
applicants) to this scheme. Only in very special cases will free
movers be considered. Please contact the institutions directly for
Students who come to Norway as self-financing students will, as a
rule, not be considered as being qualified for the Quota Scheme.
To find out which institutions collaborate with Norwegian
institutions, please refer to the websites of the Norwegian
institutions. You could also ask your home institution about whether
they have any sort of collaboration with Norwegian universities /
university colleges from the list of participating institutions.
Scholarships for students
Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student
would do in an equivalent educational programme. 40 per cent of the
amount is given as a grant and 60 per cent as a loan. However, the
loan portion may be waived when the student returns to his/her home
country after completing the course of study. Students who stay in
Norway after finishing their studies or take up residence in another
country than their home country must repay the loan. Normally, the
financial support given will not exceed a time span of four years for
one definite study plan or a combination of two programmes. Part-time
studies are not supported.
Travelling expenses for entry into Norway may be reimbursed (fixed
price). Students can apply for one annual home visit if the
educational programme lasts longer than one year and for financial
support for travelling expenses for field work during the course of
study. When the student returns home within 3 months after finishing
his/her studies, the cost of travelling home is covered by the
Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.
List of countries
The Quota Scheme includes developing countries as defined by OECD (the
DAC-list) as Least Developed, Other Low Income and Lower Middle Income
Countries. In addition, South Africa, Russian Federation, Brazil and
Cuba are included in the Quota Scheme. Be aware that China is on the
list, but students from Taiwan are not eligible for the scholarship.
Basic general requirements
As a student, you must apply directly from your home country. You must
have stayed at least one year in your home country directly prior to
the planned course of study at the Norwegian university /university
college. To be eligible to apply for the Quota Scheme, you must be
able to find your home country on this list.
Students usually apply for degree programmes that serve as a
continuation of their studies in their home country or for courses
which can be a joint part of a degree programme in their home country
(joint degree or sandwich programmes). Most of the programmes offered
are at Master`s or PhD level, but the Quota Scheme also offers certain
Bachelor`s study programmes.
All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications:
Secondary school certificates
Minimum two years of higher education from their home country
Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at
The GSU-list (has been compiled by the Norwegian Agency for Quality
Assurance in Education - NOKUT) with the general entrance requirements
for applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad. NOKUT
is the Norwegian governmental organisation for recognition of foreign
higher education. If you cannot find your academic papers on the list
you may contact NOKUT directly to get an evaluation of your
Basic language requirements
Most of the study programmes offered under the Quota Scheme are taught
in English. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore
must document their proficiency in English. Requirements may differ
between institutions and various study programmes. Please see the
university /university college`s website for more details about
A few courses in the Quota Scheme are offered in Norwegian and require
good skills in the Norwegian language. Students admitted to study
programmes that are mainly taught in Norwegian may receive additional
financial support for studying Norwegian language for one year prior
to their study.
Admission to the Quota Scheme is highly competitive and meeting the
minimum requirements is no guarantee for enrollment.