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Scholarships in Norway for International Students

The Norwegian public education system is known as one of the best in Europe. The general level of education in this country is also higher than the European average. The education system in Norway is made up of primary school (Barneskole), lower secondary school (Ungdomsskole) and upper secondary school (Videregående skole). The education system in higher education levels in Norway are also outstanding, and to top it all off, taking a degree in Norway is affordable – no wonder Norway is such a great place to study. There are also a number of scholarships that people can get to support their studies in Norway, such as the ones described below.

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  1. Mobility Grant for Norwegian Language and Literature

The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) offers mobility grants to master and PhD students in countries outside Norway and at institutions with a department for Nordic/Scandinavian studies, whom have chosen Norwegian language or Norwegian literature as the topic of their dissertation. The grant can only be used for fieldwork in Norway in connection with the dissertation.

The fieldwork must be conducted at a Norwegian higher education/research institution. The mobility grant will only be available to cover a minimum of one month and a maximum of three throughout the period of fieldwork in Norway. Applicant must provide details of the tutor of the Norwegian institution who has agreed to tutor the applicant during his/her stay in Norway. The grant is given as a contribution to covering expenses in connection with the research stay in Norway.

From 2019, Diku introduces a differentiated travel grant in addition to grant for board and lodging.

  • Travel grant (fixed rates)
  • NOK 2,000 for travel from countries in Europe
  • NOK 3,000 for travel from St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia
  • NOK 5,000 for travel from other cities in Russia, other Eurasia countries outside of Europe
  • Grant for board and lodging

The grant follows the rates set by The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund for basic support and is NOK 10,825 per month.

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The grant for board and lodging must proportionately be paid back if the fieldwork in Norway ends earlier than planned. Any surplus of the grant may be subject to tax depending on the tax authorities’ judgement.

You are not eligible to apply for the mobility grant if you:

  • are a bachelor student; and/or
  • have previously received grant from Diku (SIU) for the same project within the same educational level; and/or
  • hold a Norwegian citizenship and are studying at Master or PhD level at an institution outside Norway.

If you consider yourself as eligible and are willing to apply for the mobility grant, you may send your application online in Espresso Learn about the conditions for application as listed below before you start the application.

  • Your application must include an extensive and specific description of the project, written in one page, with an account of theme, a description of the problem for discussion, a list of sources and reasons for why a stay in Norway is relevant.
  • Your application must provide details of a tutor with a teaching and/or research position at an institution of higher education in Norway. The tutor must have special competence in your topic for dissertation.
  • A personal invitation letter from the Norwegian institution must also be attached to the application.
  • Details of a tutor at your home country must be attached with the application, along with a recommendation letter of you and your project from this tutor. The recommendation letter should be written with the institution’s letterhead and signed.

Please note that incomplete application forms and/or documents will not be assessed. Therefore, you are encouraged to provide the requirements completely.

Applications will be assessed by the Programme Committee for Norwegian Studies Abroad. You will be notified on the results of your application via e-mail, regardless of it being successful or not.

If your application is successful, you will be required to sign an acceptance form and return it to Diku within the deadline stated in the reply letter. In cases that you are successful in your application for the grant but also receive other Diku grants for the same period (for example Erasmus scholarship), Diku may decline your application.

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As a mobility grant recipient, you are responsible for finding accommodation during your stay in Norway. Also, within one month after the completion of your fieldwork in Norway, you will be required to submit a short report to Diku. The report form is available in Espresso under the ‘My Tasks’ tab.

The closing date for submissions on the 2019 academic year is April 1, 2019. Applications for mobility grants are open annually.

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  1. Erasmus+ Grants

Erasmus+ is the European Union Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. It offers grants to students who wish to study or do a traineeship in Norway as a part of their educations. Although the grant is allocated mainly to students from member states of the EU and Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Turkey, it is also possible for students from partner countries outside Europe to study at a Norwegian higher education institution with the Erasmus+ grants. The programmes under Erasmus+ are established with the aim to help students from around the globe to acquire skills and support their professional development, as well as deepen their understanding of other cultures.

The Erasmus+ offers grants to students wanting to pursue a degree in Norway. The grant includes a monthly allowance of approximately € 250 to € 850, for a period of 3 to 12 months for studies, and 2 to 12 months for traineeships. The monthly allowance given is based on a fixed rate for each country. Students from countries outside of Europe will also receive travel grants. The EU-funded grant contribute to the increased costs that the mobility period abroad generates and help to cover travel to Europe and subsistence during the period of study abroad.

As an Erasmus student, you will also be exempted from paying tuition fees, registration fees, examinations fees and access to laboratory and library facilities fees at the host institution. It doesn’t stop there – the scholarship will also cover parts of your housing and living expenses throughout the period of the scholarship awarded to you. The payment of any national grant or loan should be maintained during the study period abroad.

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Your home institution must have an agreement of cooperation with the institution you wish to attend in Norway. This information is provided by the international office or the Erasmus+ coordinator at your institution.

The Erasmus+ programme is open to students within all areas of study. However, if your home institution is located in a partner country, the institution may have special cooperation agreements with Norwegian higher education institutions. Here are some Norwegian institutions that you can choose to study in:

  • BI Norwegian Business School
  • Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (INN University)
  • MF Norwegian School of Theology
  • Molde University College – Specialized University in Logistics
  • NLA University College
  • Nord University
  • Norwegian School of Economics (NHH)
  • Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • University of Agder
  • University of Bergen
  • University of Oslo
  • University if South-Eastern Norway
  • University of Stavanger
  • University of Tromsø – the Arctic University of Norway
  • VID Specialized University
  • Volda University College
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences
  • Østfold University College

To be eligible for the Erasmus+ grants, you must be registered as a Bachelor, Master or PhD student at a higher education institution in one of the countries participating in Erasmus+. For a study period abroad you must be enrolled at least in your second year of higher education studies. As for traineeships in Norway, only students from Programme Countries in Erasmus+ are eligible. They must also be registered in a higher education institution and be enrolled in studies leading to a recognized degree or other recognized tertiary level qualification (up to and including the doctorate level).

You can find more information on the Erasmus+ programme on the European Commission’s website.

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