October 22, 2012

Norway: University of Oslo Quota Scholarship Scheme for International Students

The Quota Scholarship Scheme

Course(s) Offered: Any field
Course level: Postgraduate (masters, PhD)
Provider: Norwegian Govt and Uo
Country to Study in: Norway

Scholarship Description
The Norwegian Quota Scheme is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Government to students from developing countries, Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia.

This Scholarship Scheme is for studies at institutions of higher education in Norway.

This article calls your attention to the Government's Quota Scholarship Scheme offered at the University of Oslo, one of the many universities in Norway. Read through and apply if you are eligible!

Discontinuation of the Quota Scheme
In the proposed state budget for 2016, the Norwegian government has decided to phase out and eventually replace the Norwegian Quota Scheme. Therefore, the University of Oslo regrets to announce that there will not be a Quota Scheme admission for the 2016/17 academic year.

If you are interested in applying for studies as a self-funded applicant, please refer to the information for regular international master's applicants.

For information regarding admission to a PhD programme, please refer to information from the relevant faculty.

University of Oslo (Uio) Quota Scholarship Scheme

To be eligible:
  • Nationality. Applicants from countries in Central and Eastern Europe, Central Asia and developing countries are eligible to apply for Quota funding. Applicants who live in another country other than their country of citizenship, either temporarily or permanently, can not apply.
  • Institutional Cooperation. Applicants from institutions with which the University of Oslo has a formal cooperation agreement are eligible to apply. Preference is given to applicants who are linked to active and ongoing formalized cooperation / projects within the specific subject area.
Admission requirements:
  • Formal admission requirements for Master’s degree programmes at University of Oslo
  • As admission is extremely competitive, applicants should have excellent academic records (minimum B+/Upper second/GPA 3.3/4)
  • Linkage to an institution with a formal cooperation agreement with the University of Oslo eg Uo has cooperation agreements with the University of Jos, Nigeria. Quota applicants from this institution are eligible to apply for PhD - Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. See here for other countries listed. Also contact the International Office at your home university to see if institutional agreements with a Norwegian institution exist.
  • Comply with the rules and regulations set by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund
Participating Institutions
University of Oslo (Uo), Oslo. Norway

Fields of Study
Quota applicants may apply for selected Master’s degree programmes and PhD programmes. Applicants studying Scandinavian studies in their home countries may also apply for a one-year advanced Norwegian language programme.

The scheme normally includes courses taught in English at Masters and Ph.D. level, in addition to certain professional degrees. In order to find out which courses are available under the scheme, please contact the institutions directly.

Number of Awards
Each year universities and university colleges in Norway are allocated a certain number of quota students. Currently, the scheme provides full scholarships for a total of 1100 students, of which 800 are from developing countries and 300 from Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Scholarship benefits
Quota funding covers student housing and basic living expences for one person during the study period. The funding is given as part loan/part grant by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund. After completing the programme and returning to the student’s home country, the loan part is converted to a scholarship.

If residence is taken in Norway within ten years after termination of studies, the scholarship is converted back to a loan and must be repaid.

Method of Application
This is a 2-step process:

1). Submit the online Application Form:
  • Quota Application Form – Master programmes
  • Quota Application Form – PhD programmes
2). Submit the Attestation Form and all the supporting documents.

It is important to visit the official website (link to it is below) for complete information on how to apply to this scholarship award.

All documents must reach the school's office by 1 December of every year of application.

Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

Final notification of admission will be made available by 30 April for Master’s degree applicants and 30 May for PhD applicants.

Tuition Fees:
Since the University of Oslo is a state university and therefore publicly funded, the students do not pay tuition fees. Most students must pay a small semester registration fee of NOK 540 (approx. 68 euro). This fee gives you the benefit of the services of the Foundation for Student Life (SiO). Erasmus, Nordplus, and most bilateral exchange students are exempt from paying the semester registration fee.

Application Deadline: 1 December 2012
Open to International Applicants: Yes

More Scholarship Information and Application

Related: Norwegian Quota Scholarship Scheme for Developing Countries

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