Most Norwegian institutions have various bilateral agreements with foreign institutions of higher education. These agreements are usually designed for the mutual exchange of students, researchers and teachers. However, there are national programmes that offer scholarships and other types of funding for international students wishing to study in Norway. Certain restrictions and prerequisites apply for all these programmes. In addition, there are various stipends available offered by private and non-profit organisations.
1. Science without borders
Science without Borders is a mobility programme offering scholarships to Brazilian undergraduate students for up to one year of study at higher education institutions in Norway. The subjects covered by Science without Borders are mainly within the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). More information about Science without borders here.
2. Semester grants
The semester grants give students an opportunity for fieldwork at a higher education institution in Norway. The grants are awarded for a one to three months stay within the Norwegian semester periods, and are primarily awarded to students who have chosen a Norwegian topic for their Bachelor, Master or PhD. The grant covers accommodation, board, local transport and pocket money. Application deadlines: 15 March / 15 October
More information in Norwegian or English.
The Erasmus programme offers students from EU/EEA-countries enrolled at European higher education insitutions the possibility to study abroad as a part of their degree to supplement their studies. Exchanges last between 3 and 12 months. For more information contact your home university or the national agency of your country. To learn more about the Erasmus-programme and find out if you are eligible to apply, please visit the website of the European Commission.
4. Erasmus Mundus
Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses are high-quality study programmes at masters level offered by a consortium of at least three European higher education institutions. They last between one and two years and lead to the award of a recognised double, joint or multiple degree. Students have to study in at least two institutions. Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for students who have been admitted to an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course.
Learn more about the Erasmus Mundus programme.
5. Nordplus Higher Education
If you are enrolled at a Nordic or Baltic higher education institution, Nordplus may offer a possibility to study in another Nordic or Baltic country as part of your degree. For more information contact your home university or the national agency.
To learn more about the programme, please visit Nordplusonline.org.
6. YGGDRASIL- Young Guest and Doctoral Researchers' Annual Scholarships for Investigation and Learning in Norway
The Research Council of Norway is offering mobility grants to highly qualified, international Ph.D. students and younger researchers from 25 countries in connection with research stays in Norway of one to ten months through the YGGDRASIL mobility programme. The programme seeks to make Norway an attractive research destination for highly qualified international Ph.D. students and younger researchers in all subject areas, thus strengthening the Norwegian research communities involved.The mobility programme takes its name from Yggdrasil, the immense ash tree from Norse mythology whose branches extend throughout the world and into the heavens.
To learn more about the programme and find out if you are eligible to apply, please visit the website of The Research Council of Norway.
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7. Quota Scheme
The Norwegian government provides scholarships for students from developing countries and countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia through the Quota Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to promote the internationalisation of higher education. Currently, the scheme provides full scholarships for a total of 1 100 students, of which 800 are from developing countries and 300 from Eastern Europe and Central Asia. Each year universities and university colleges in Norway are allocated a certain number of quota students. 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.
The application deadline varies depending on course and institution. To learn more about the Quota Scheme and find out if you are eligible to apply, please visit the website of The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU).
8. Norad's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA)
(former Norad Fellowship Programme and The Norwegian Capacity-Building Programme)
Norad's Programme for Master Studies (NOMA) provides financial support for developing and running Master’s degree programmes in developing countries through equal partnerships between local and Norwegian higher education institutions.
The aim of all educational activities within the NOMA is to educate staff in public and private sector as well as NGOs in the South. Masters programmes will to a greater extent than earlier be established and developed in the South in close collaboration with Norwegian institutions.
The NOMA Programme is currently not open to applicants for new projects. The NOMA Programme Board has allocated all available funds for the programme period 2006-2014. To learn more about the programme, please visit the website of the NOMA programme.
9. High North Fellowship Program
The High North Fellowship program offers scholarships to students from the Canada, Japan, Russia, South Korea and the US who attend an institution in Northern Norway as part of their higher education. The program is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Each fellowship recipient receives a monthly stipend of approximately NOK 9 440, and a travel grant of the same amount. Learn more about the High North Fellowship Program.
10. The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund
The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund ("Lånekassen") is primarily directed towards Norwegian citizens. However, some foreign citizens may be eligible for support. If you are a foreign citizen, your right to financial support from the Loan Fund depends on your connection to Norway, which country you come from and on what grounds you have a residence permit.
Support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund consists of a loan and a grant that will cover the costs of studying in Norway. You will only have to repay the loan. If you have children with a residence permit who live together with you in Norway, you may be eligible for further support. If you work while you are a student, the support may be reduced.
You need admission to a Norwegian educational institution in order to apply for financial support and you need a residence permit before any support is paid out.
To learn more about the Loan Fund and find out if you are eligible, please see the website of the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.