Quota Scheme Scholarship programme of Norway

Quota Scheme Scholarship programme of Norway

I. About QuotaScheme

Norwegian government provides scholarships for students from developping countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Middle Asia via the Quota Scheme programme.

The general goal of Quota Scheme is to promote the internationalization of the higher education, providing the education for students from developping countries that will be useful for their homeland after their return after the graduation. This programme also contributes to the development of higher educational institutions via the global knowledge exchange.

Nowadays this programme supplies the funding for 1100 students in common, 800 of them are from developping countries and 300 from countries of Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

Norwegian Universities and University Colleges annually admit a number of students by this programme. The majority of universities and colleges in Norway provide courses and educational programmes in English. The programme is usually consists of Master and PhD courses, additionally to some professional degrees.

In 2008, the Memorandum on cooperation between Telemark University College and Igor Sikorsky KPI was signed in frames of the programme.

During the cooperation period, 6 students (from FASS, FChT, IESEM faculties) graduated from Telemark University College and received the Master Degree and 6 students from IESEM are studying now.

II. Scholarship


Granting financial support to students participating in the programme is provided by the Norwegian State Loan Fund (Statens Lånekasse). Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student by studying on an equivalent educational programme. About 30% of the amount is provided in the form of a scholarship, and 70% in the form of a loan. However, the loan is cancelled when the student returns to his country after completing the course. As a rule, financial support does not exceed a period of more than four years for one specific training plan, or a combination of two programmes.

Registration fee is: 400-1200 NOK each semester.

Additional funding:

–      The transport costs for admission to an educational institution in Norway can be reimbursed by the fixed price;

–      Students can use the payment of one annual home visit if the educational programme lasts more than one year, as well as financial support for travel expenses for conducting work in the course of the research;

–      When a student returns home within 3 months after completing the course, this trip should be paid due to the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.

Reimbursement of the educational loan:

One of the main objectives of the programme is that students must return home after completing a course of study in order to maintain the potential of their home country. A student loan is cancelled when a student leaves Norway and returns to his or her homeland.

If a student stays after studying in Norway or lives in a country other than his or her home country, the student loan must be refunded in the same way as a Norwegian student loan. The same is for students who return to Norway for ten years after granting a loan, which was initially cancelled.

If there are certain circumstances in the student’s home country that prevent the student from returning, such as war, etc., the loan repayment is cancelled.

A student should apply for the total amount of the cancelled educational loan when he returns to his home country and live there for at least one year. Only if this requirement is met the applicant could be granted with a loan rejection.