The Quota Scheme
The Norwegian Quota Scheme is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Government to students from developing countries in the South and countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and in Central Asia.
The main objective of the Quota Scheme is to contribute to capacity building through education that will benefit the home country of the students when they return home.
Quota funding covers student housing and basic living expenses 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.
Programmes and study options offered under the Quota Scheme
Quota applicants may apply for selected Master's degree and PhD programmes. Applicants studying Scandinavian studies in their home country may apply for a One-year Advanced Norwegian Language Programme. Students from selected institutions may apply for the Sandwich programme as exchange students.
Quota Scheme requirements
Applicants must fulfill all the requirements listed in the Rules for the Quota Scheme.
Applicants from developing countries in the south and countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and in Central Asia 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.
Only 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.
How to apply under the Quota Scheme
Master's applicants under the Quota Scheme (and applicants to the one year advanced Norwegian language programme) follow the same application procedure as regular international Master's applicants.