Scholarships and Financial aid available for
International Students in Norway
Although the education is free for all in Norway by
law, it costs to live in Norway. The living cost in
Norway is a bit higher than other developed world.
Students must plan well to manage their living cost in
Norway. Student can work part-time up to 20 hours per
week in Norway to support their living cost. However,
there are several financial aid and scholarships
available for international students in Norway.
However the competition is high to obtain these
scholarships and financial aid. It depends upon the
student's academic background, the country they
reside, and the course they choose to get any kind of
financial aid and scholarships.
There are Norwegian government's national programs
as well as various other program offered by private
and non-profit making organizations to provide
scholarship and other types of funding for
international students to support their study and stay
in Norway. The Norwegian Center for International
Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) is a public
administrative body under the Ministry of Education
and Research in Norway that promotes international
cooperation in education and research and also
administrates several programs where international
students are eligible for financial support.
The various scholarship and financial aid programs
available in Norway are:
Each year, to promote the internationalization in
higher education, the Norwegian government provides
full scholarships for 1100 international students. It
is provided to 800 international students from
developing countries and 300 international students
from Central Asia and Eastern Europe. Generally, this
scholarship is provided to Masters and Ph. D level
courses taught in English. Several universities and
universities colleges of Norway are allocated the
quota to provide funding to international students.
The application deadline for quota scheme
scholarship depends upon the institution, level of
study and course chosen. It is therefore requested to
contact respective institution directly.
To learn more about the Quota Scheme, eligibility
to apply, and to find out which courses are available
under this scheme, visit the website of
The Norwegian Center for International Cooperation in
Higher Education (SIU).
Norwegian Government Scholarships
Norwegian Government Scholarship is provided by
Norwegian Government each year to advanced
international students and young talented researchers
with the aim to promote good relationship and
coordination between Norwegian and foreign students.
It is provided through the Norwegian International
Scholarship Section (IS) of the Research Council. This
scholarship is available to all areas of academic
studies, including applied and performing arts.
This scholarship is not provided for the whole
period of completion of degree in Norway, instead it
is intended to finance a temporary stay of
international student up to one academic year. To
learn more about this scholarship, and eligibility to
apply, visit the website of
International Scholarship Section (IS) of the Research
Council of Norway.
Beside these scholarships and financial aid
programs, various other programs like
are available for international students to support
their education in Norway.
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