Who can or cannot apply for a scholarship

Competition for ISS' scholarships is very tough and funds are limited. The ISS only offers scholarships to applicants to the International Summer School, not to applicants to full degrees at the University of Oslo.

Scholarship criteria

To be a successful ISS scholarship recipient, you must demonstrate:

  • That you meet the academic requirements
  • Outstanding academic results
  • That your academic background is relevant to the course you apply for (see course descriptions for more information)
  • That your professional background is relevant to the course you apply for

Read the full terms and conditions for the scholarship.

Who cannot, on a general basis, apply for scholarships:

  • Medical professionals applying for Norwegian language courses
  • Applicants to ISSN0110 Intensive Elementary Norwegian, Level I
  • Current and former University of Oslo students
  • Citizens of a Nordic country

Where are you from and what will you apply for?

Asia, Oceania, and Africa

I will apply for Scholarship Travel grant
Bachelor's courses No* No
Master's courses Yes Yes
Norwegian language course level 1 No No
Norwegian language course level 2-4 No** No

* If the applicant is enrolled at either University of Cape Town or Stellenbosch University in South Africa h/she can apply for scholarship, but not for travel grant.

** Applicants who study Scandinavian studies/Norwegian language at their home university may apply for a scholarship for Norwegian language course Level 2, 3 or 4. 

Central America and South America

I will apply for Scholarship Travel grant
Bachelor's courses No* No
Master's courses Yes Yes
Norwegian language course level 1 No No
Norwegian language course level 2-4 No** No

* If the applicant is enrolled at one of UiO's partner institutions in Central- and South America h/she can apply for scholarship, but not for travel grant.

** Applicants who study Scandinavian studies/Norwegian language at their home university may apply for a scholarship for Norwegian language course Level 2, 3 or 4. 

Caucasus and Balkans

Applicants may apply for one Master's course or up to three Bachelor's courses.

I will apply for Scholarship Travel grant
Bachelor's and Master's courses Yes Yes
Norwegian language course level 1 No No
Norwegian language course level 2-4 No* No

* Applicants who study Scandinavian studies/Norwegian language at their home university may apply for a scholarship only, not a travel grant, for Norwegian language course Level 2, 3 or 4.

Applicants for scholarships and travel grants must be citizens of

  •  Albania, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro or Serbia.

Note: Citizens of EU/EEA member states Slovenia, Croatia and Bulgaria may apply for scholarships only, not travel grants.
 

Former Soviet Union states

Note: Former Soviet Union states include: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan

I will apply for Scholarship Travel grant
Bachelor's and Master's courses Yes* Yes
Norwegian language course level 1 No No
Norwegian language course level 2-4 Yes** No

* Applicants from the former Soviet Union, whose country is not a current EU member, may apply for both scholarships and travel grants.

** Applicants who study Scandinavian studies/Norwegian language at their home university may apply for a scholarship only, not travel grants, for Norwegian language course Level 2, 3 or 4.

    EU/EEA countries and Switzerland

    Applicants from EU and EEA countries and Switzerland  may apply for a limited number of scholarships, not travel grants, for both Master's and Bachelor's courses.

    Nordic countries

    This applies to international applicants residing in Nordic countries:

    I will apply for Scholarship Travel grant
    Bachelor's courses No No
    Master's courses Yes No
    Norwegian language course level 1-4 No No

    Note: Citizens of Nordic countries are not eligible to apply for either scholarships or travel grants.

    USA and Canada

    Apply for Bachelor's and Master's courses:

    • A limited number of scholarships are available to citizens of USA and Canada who apply for Master's and Bachelor's courses.
    • Only on-campus applicants can apply for scholarships.
    • The majority of scholarships awarded are partial scholarships, and students should be prepared to cover a substantial portion of the program fees.
    • The scholarships do not cover travel costs, books/supplies or personal expenses.
    • Scholarship applicants must be citizens or permanent residents/landed immigrants of the United States or Canada at the time of application. Students from other countries who are studying in Canada or the U.S must see the scholarship information from their home country.

     Contact the ISS North American Branch Office for more information.

    Our scholarships:

    The value of both the Bessie Haugen Johnson Scholarship and the Hans & Else Ege Scholarship is applied directly to the program fees and is not payable in cash.

    • Bessie Haugen Johnson Scholarship

      • 4 scholarships awarded annually
      • Amount awarded covers the full basic on-campus fee for the ISS. It does not include travel or personal expenses
      • Awardees are required to live on campus during the ISS session and are required to write an essay reflecting on their experiences at the ISS to be due no later than September 15.
      • Criteria:
        • Application deadline: February 1
        • Applicant’s essay, overall academic record, and completed scholarship application form
        • Available only to applicants who have never traveled/lived/studied abroad
    • Hans & Else Ege Scholarship

      • Amount and number of scholarships awarded varies from year to year. Amounts awarded are partial scholarships for the basic on-campus fee for the ISS.
      • Awardees are required to live on campus during the ISS session and are required to write an essay reflecting on their experiences at the ISS to be due no later than September 15.
      • Criteria:
        • Application deadline: February 1
        • Applicant’s essay, overall academic record, and completed scholarship application form.
        • Available to all on-campus students applying to the ISS.
        • Preference given to applicants who have not previously studied in Norway.

    About the application process:

    1. When applying in the Application Portal, choose the "Self-financed" button, not the "Scholarship" button.
    2. Applicants must submit a 250-500 word essay to the North American Branch Office stating your interest in Norway, how you believe participating in the ISS will benefit your educational and/or professional goals, how you might contribute to the ISS, your financial situation, and previous study/travel abroad experience, if any.

    3. Upload the additional scholarship form, scholarship essay and recommendation letter before the February 1 deadline.

    The ISS North American Branch Office has rolling admissions, and scholarship decisions will not be made until mid-April. Any questions should be directed to the ISS North American Branch Office at iss@stolaf.edu or 1-800-639-0058.

    Scholarships Administered by Other Organizations & Institutions

    See scholarships from other institutions.

    How to apply

    You apply for scholarship and admission at the same time. 

    See application procedures for scholarship appliants. 

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    Published Nov. 1, 2016 11:24 AM - Last modified Dec. 8, 2017 1:50 PM