Quota Scholarship Scheme for Developing Countries: The goal of the Norwegian government quota scholarships scheme is to give students from developing countries relevant education that would benefit their home countries when they return after graduation.
The programme also contributes to strengthen Norwegian institutions of higher education's participation in global knowledge cooperation.
The overall objective of the Quota Scheme is to promote the internationalisation of higher education.
Each year universities and university colleges in Norway are allocated a certain number of quota students.
Most of the universities and university colleges in Norway offer courses and educational programmes in English.
The scheme normally includes supports courses at Master’s and PhD level in addition to certain professional/Bachelor’s degrees.
The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund (Statens Lånekasse) is responsible for managing the financial support provided for the Quota students.
Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme.
About 30 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 70 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion is waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study.
Normally, the financial support will not not exceed a time span of four years for one definite study plan, or a combination of two programmes.
Travelling Expenses & Additional Funding
Travelling expenses for entry into Norway can be reimbursed.
Students can apply for one annual home visit if the educational programme lasts more than one year, as well as financial support for travelling expenses for field work during the course of study.
When the student returns home within 3 months after finishing the course, the cost of travelling home is covered by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.