Norwegian Quota Scheme – 2011

Norwegian Quota Scheme, 2011

The Quota Scheme

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 for studies at institutions of higher education in Norway.


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 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.

Study programmes

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 Quota sandwich programme is an exchange programme with Quota funding.

Quota funding

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.

Admission requirements

* Formal admission requirements for Master’s degree programmes
* As admission is extremely competative, 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
* Comply with the rules and regulations set by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund

Application deadline

* 1 December

How to apply

Applying under the Quota Scheme is a two-step process:

1. Submit the online application form (available from 1 October 2011).

2. Send required supporting documents.

All documents must reach our office by 1 December. Late or incomplete applications will not be processed.

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