Norwegian Government Full Scholarships to Study in Norway

Norwegian Government Full Scholarships to Study in Norway

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Do you want to study in Norway? The Norwegian government provides students from developing countries in the South and countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and in Central Asia with financial support to study for a degree in Norway under the Quota Scheme.

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund is responsible for managing the financial support provided for the Quota students. Each year, universities and university colleges in Norway are allocated a certain number of quota students. The scheme normally includes courses taught in English at Master’s and PhD level, in addition to certain professional degrees.

About the Scholarship

Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme. About 30 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 70 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion may be waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study. Students who stay in Norway after finishing their studies or take up residence in another country than their home country must repay their loan.

Finding a study programme/institution of interest

See the participation institutions’ websites to find more detailed information about the study programmes, available courses, admission requirements and application procedures concerning the Quota Scheme. You may also search the online Master’s programme catalogue which provides an overview of all study programmes at Master’s level that are offered in English at Norwegian universities and university colleges.


  • As a student, you must apply directly from your home country. You must have stayed at least one year in your home country directly prior to the planned course of study at the Norwegian university /university college.
  • You must be from one of these eligible countries.
  • All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications, although some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses at Bachelor’s level.
    • Secondary school certificates
    • Minimum two years of higher education from their home country
  • Applicants who are not native English speakers must document their proficiency in English. Requirements may differ between institutions and various study programmes.
  • A few courses in the Quota Scheme are offered in Norwegian and require good skills in the Norwegian language. Students admitted to study programmes that are mainly taught in Norwegian may receive additional financial support for studying Norwegian language for one year prior to their study.

Please note that admission to the Quota Scheme is highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements is no guarantee for enrollment.

For more information, visit Norwegian Quota Scheme.