THE QUOTA SCHEME AC ADEMIC PART NERSHIPS FOR DE VELOPMENT ACROSS BORDERS
About the Quota Scheme The Quota Scheme is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Government to students from developing countries and countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The objective of the Quota Scheme is to provide relevant education that will beneﬁt the students’ home countries when they return. The Quota Scheme also promotes the internationalisation of higher education in Norway.
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The scheme provides funding for 1,100 students and places are ﬁlled each year. Higher education institutions in Norway are responsible for the selection and admission of students, and The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund is responsible for the funding.
What to study? Support may be given for students studying at Bachelorâ€™s, Masters and PhD level. The duration of the stay in Norway is usually one year minimum, and should not exceed four years in total. Students who enter courses taught in Norwegian
are entitled to ďŹ nancial support for one additional academic year of preparatory Norwegian language studies. Please contact the institutions for more information about the available study programmes.
Who may apply? The applicants should come from universities/university colleges with formal collaboration agreements with Norwegian institutions. However, exceptions may be made in special cases for students who otherwise meet the requirements. All applicants must be at least 18 years old. For information about the minimum requirements for admission to Norwegian
universities/university colleges, please contact the respective institutions. 800 of the loans and grants are reserved for students from developing countries and 300 for students from countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The complete list of eligible countries can be found at www.siu.no.
What does the funding scheme cover? The Quota students receive ﬁnancial support through the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund, on mainly the same conditions as Norwegian students. Funding is given as grants and loans, but their educational loan will be remitted when the students return to their home country to take up permanent residence there after completion or termination of their education. If the students do not return to their country of origin, the loan must be repaid according to the ordinary procedures applicable to Norwegian students.
Students may apply for ﬁnancial support for travel expenses (ﬁxed prices) to Norway, and for one annual visit home if the educational programme lasts more than one year. Financial support for ﬁeld work may also be granted. Students returning home within three months after ﬁnishing the course are entitled to travel support from the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.
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How to apply? All enquiries regarding application and admission procedures should be directed to the universities and university colleges.
For questions regarding student funding please contact the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund or visit their web site at www.lanekassen.no
For a complete list of the institutions taking part in the Quota Scheme, and general information, please visit the website of the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) at www.siu.no
For general information about studying in Norway please visit www.studyinnorway.no
Published by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) in November 2005
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