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Norwegian QUOTA Scholarship Scheme 2011 (Master and PhD) for Developing Countries

The goal of the Quota Scheme is to give students from developing countries in the South, Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia, relevant education that would also benefit their home countries when they return after graduation.

The programme also contributes to strengthen Norwegian institutions of higher education’s participation in global knowledge cooperation.

The Norwegian government provides scholarships for students from developing countries in the South and countries of Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia under the Quota Scheme. The overall objective of the Quota Scheme is to promote the internationalisation of higher education.

Today, the scheme provides funding for a total of 1100 students, 800 of them from developing countries in the South and 300 from Central- and East-Europe and Central-Asia.

Each year universities and university colleges in Norway are allocated a certain number of quota students. Most of the universities and university colleges in Norway offer courses and educational programmes in English. The scheme normally includes courses at the Master and Ph.D. level, in addition to certain professional degrees. In order to locate a programme eligible under the scheme, please contact the Norwegian institutions directly.

The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund ( Statens Lånekasse) is responsible for managing the financial support provided for the Quota students. 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 is waived when the student returns to his/her home country after completing the course of study. Normally, the financial support will not not exceed a time span of four years for one definite study plan, or a combination of two programmes.

Additional financing
Travelling expenses for entry into Norway can be reimbursed (fixed price). Students can apply for one annual home visit if the educational programme lasts more than one year, as well as financial support for travelling expenses for field work during the course of study. When the student returns home within 3 months after finishing the course, the cost of travelling home is covered by the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund.


The Norwegian universities and university colleges participating in the Quota Scheme have an English version of their website, where applicants can find more detailed information about the admission requirements for each course offered. Below are some general requirements.

Students usually apply for a degree course which is based on continuation of their studies in their home country, or a course which can be a joint part of a degree course in their home country ( joint degree or sandwich programmes). Most of the programmes are at the Master or Ph.D. level, but the Quota Scheme also offers certain professional studies.

Students must apply directly from their home country and must have stayed at least one year in their home country directly prior to the planned course of study at the Norwegian university/university college.

Basic general requirements

All candidates should typically have the following basic qualifications:

  • Secondary school certificates
  • Minimum two years of higher education from your home country

Some exceptions apply for certain professional educational courses.

A list (GSU-list) has been compiled by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) with the general entrance requirements for applicants with higher education qualifications from abroad. NOKUT is the Norwegian governmental organisation for recognition of foreign higher education. If you cannot find your academic papers on the list you may contact NOKUT to get an evaluation of your certificates.

Basic English language requirements

English is the main teaching language of instruction in most of the educational programmes and degrees in the Quota Scheme. Applicants who are not native English speakers therefore must document their proficiency in English by passing one of the following tests:

  • TOEFL ( Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 500/ 550 (170 if computer-based)
  • IELTS ( International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 5.0 (6.0 if computer-based)

Please note that the requirements may differ, and in some cases be higher than described above.

Basic Norwegian language requirements

A few courses in the Quota Scheme are offered in Norwegian and require good Norwegian language skills. Applicants who are not native Norwegian speakers therefore must document their proficiency in Norwegian by passing one of the following tests:

  • Bergenstest (Norwegian language test) with a minimum score of 450
  • Norwegian language course Level 3 with E as a minimum
  • Norwegian in the secondary school (The Teaching Plan for Norwegian as a second Language) written and oral, with a minimum score of 2

Admission to the Quota Scheme is highly competitive and meeting the minimum requirements is no guarantee for enrolment. Please refer to the International Office at each university/university college for more detailed information about admission requirements.

Eligible countries in the Quota Scheme

The Quota Scheme is for certain developing countries that are on the DAC-list issued by OECD, and is eligible for students from the category of “ lower middle-income countries” and under. Also, the scheme accepts students from Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and Palestinian students from the Palestinian Authorities.

The process of allocating quota places focuses on a purposeful distribution according to country, area of study and institution of higher education.

Students from the following countries qualify under the Quota Scheme for the school years 2008-2009, 2009-2010 and 2010-2011:

East- and Central-Europe
Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Georgia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Ukraine

Cuba, Dominican Republic, The Haiti, Jamaica

Latin- and South-America
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname


Palestinian Territory
Syrian Arab Republic

Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of)
Lao (People’s Democratic Republic)
Myanmar (Burma)
Sri Lanka
Viet Nam

Marshall Islands
Micronesia (Federated States of)
Papua New Guinea
Independent State of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa)
Solomon Islands

Burkina Faso
Cape Verde
Central African Republic
Congo (The Democratic
Republic of the)
Côte d’Ivoire
Equatorial Guinea
São Tomé and Principé
Sierra Leone
South Africa


Below is a list of institutions that offer scholarships under the Quota Scheme. Please see the websites of each institution for detailed information about available courses, admission requirements and application procedures.

Please note that SIU cannot offer individual guidance to prospective students regarding choice of institution or course, or information about course contents. All inquiries should be directed to the International Office at the institution in question. Applications should be sent directly to the institutions and SIU is not responsible for received applications.

State universities:
Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB)
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
University of Bergen (UiB)
University of Oslo (UiO)
University of Stavanger (UiS)
University of Tromsø (UiT)

State university colleges:
Agder University College
Akershus University College
Bergen University College
Bodø University College
Buskerud University College
Finnmark University College
Gjøvik University College
Harstad University College
Hedmark University College
Lillehammer University College
Molde University College
Narvik University College
Nord-Trøndelag University College
Oslo University College
Sami University College
Sogn and Fjordane University College
Stord/Haugesund University College
Sør-Trøndelag University College
Telemark University College
Tromsø University College
Vestfold University College
Volda University College
Østfold University College
Aalesund University College

State national academies of the arts:
Bergen National Academy of the Arts (KHIB)
Oslo National Academy of the Arts (KHIO)

State specialised university institutions:
MF Norwegian School of Theology
Norwegian Academy of Music (NMH)
Norwegian School of Economics and Business Administration (NHH)
The Norwegian School of Veterinary Science
The Norwegian School of Sport Sciences (NIH)
The Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO)

Private institutions of higher education
Barratt Due Institute of Music
BI Norwegian School of Management
The Norwegian College of Eurytmy
Bergen Deaconess University College
The School of Mission and Theology
Norwegian Teacher Academy
Queen Maud`s College
Diakonhjemmet University College Rogaland
The Rudolf Steiner College of Education


If you are interested in applying for a course/programme under the Quota Scheme, please read carefully the information on this page.

The Quota Scheme as a rule only enrols students from institutions which have collaboration agreements with Norwegian universities or university colleges. Norwegian institutions usually do not admit free movers (individual applicants) to this scheme. Only in very special cases can free movers be considered. Please contact the Norwegian institutions for individual information.

To find out which institutions collaborate with Norwegian institutions, please refer to the websites of the Norwegian institutions.

Students who come to Norway as self-financed students will, as a rule, not be considered as being qualified for the Quota Scheme.

Who handle the applications?

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Higher Education (SIU) is not the admission office for prospective quota students. The institutions of higher education that are part of the Quota Scheme are handling all applications from prospective students, and at no time is SIU involved in the admission process. Thus, SIU cannot answer questions from individual students regarding applications, courses, recognition of papers, etc.

Where do I find the application form?

Applications forms are available from the websites of the universities and university colleges. All applications should be sent directly to the International Office at the university/college to which the student applies.

Application deadline

The deadline for applying for the Quota scheme is usually December 1 every year. Some courses and educational programmes may have other deadlines than this. Please contact the International Office at the university/college to which you want to apply for detailed information.

The Letter of Admission is normally sent to the successfull candidate by April 15 every year. Accepted students will also receive relevant practical information about studying in Norway.

Reimbursement of the educational loan

One of the main objectives of the Quota Scheme is that students should return home after completing the course of study in order to support competence building in the home country. The loan will then be waived when the student leaves Norway and returns to his/her home country.

If the student remains in Norway or resides in a country other than Norway that is not the home country, the loan must be repaid in the same way as Norwegian students are required to do. This also applies to students who return to Norway within ten years after the loan originally has been waived.

If there are certain circumstances in the student’s home country which prevent the student from returning, such as war, the loan is written off as a general rule.

The student should apply to have the total amount of the educational loan waived when he/she has returned to his/her home country, and has resided there for at least one year. A prerequisite for waiving of the loan is that the student’s residence period upon return is for a continuous period of 12 months. Only when this requirement is met can the application for a loan waiver be given consideration.

Source: http://siu.no/en/Programme-overview/Quota-Scheme

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21 Responses to Norwegian QUOTA Scholarship Scheme 2011 (Master and PhD) for Developing Countries

  1. abrha Reply

    September 24, 2010 at 12:19 pm

    i am BA degree economics graduate and now instructor in mekelle university. i do not have norwegian language ability. so can i apply for scholarship in your university?

  2. Gebru Equar Reply

    October 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    i have bachelor of degree in biology and now i am instructor in mekelle university department of biology i am searching msc programme in Norway,so would help me in searching please?

  3. samson Reply

    October 22, 2010 at 8:50 am

    hi, i have read through the whole information you had provided on website about the scholarship but i did not see or i could read anything about how to apply online on the website, i will be highly delighted if such basic and necessary formation that will enhance me to apply for it

  4. Mintwab Fanta Mitiku Reply

    November 20, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    i am an Ethiopian,Female ,graduate of 2006 in LLB I have been working as asistant lecturer and research co-ordinartor for two years in a colledge and now i an working as legal advisor and public relation officer in a local NGO
    Dear Sie/Madam if you have any scholarship relate with law,human right,gender,development,governance please help me and make my dream come true

  5. eduardo jaime bata Reply

    February 23, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    iam mozambican graduate in geography teach at pedagogic university and iam recently working at the same university as teacher, so since i graduated in far 2007 i have been searching a msc programme and scholarship related with my graduation course,so i would like to ask u if u got some programme which should help me. please i will be waiting for the answer, just send it to my e-mail.

  6. hazem Reply

    April 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

    welcome I wish to complete my Study phD in one university of Norwegian and I will go back to service my homeland and I would like to thank for Norwegian people and government I work now as assist. lecturer in Kufa University of Iraq


  7. Tadesse Hirpa Kebede Reply

    April 18, 2011 at 10:05 am


    I am Tadesse Hirpa Kebede from developing country, Ethiopia. I have been graduated both my first and second degree in English Department. Especially, my second degree is in TEFL. I have secored “Excellent” result in my research work of master thesis and also I have 3:67 GGPA. Now I want further education either in master degree or PHD degree in order to advance my research experience and teaching methodology. But I haven’t got the chance to take TOFL exam as I am teaching far from the capitacl city of Ethiopia, Addis Ababa. Thus, my dear I want your help to achieve my hope

    With many thanks!
    Tadesse Hirpa Kebede
    Gilgel Beles Teachers” Education College

  8. Tadesse Hirpa Kebede Reply

    April 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am Tadesse Hirpa Kebede in developing country, Ethiopia. I have been graduate both my first and second degree in English in the known university, that is, Bahir Dar university. I have well experiences in research work . I have scored “Excellent” result in my master thesis research entitled as “Female students’ Learning Style Preference, Their Achievement, and Teachers’ Teaching Styles in Ladies Boarding School.” Now I want further education to advance my research experiences in colleges and universities. Thus, my dear help me to get the chance.

    With many thatnks
    Teadesse Hirpa
    Gilgel Beles Teachers’ Education College

  9. obadiah Reply

    September 15, 2011 at 10:32 am

    which Norway institute under quota scheme collaborates with Uganda, contact me on this link

    • editor Reply

      September 23, 2011 at 11:56 am

      Please check the scholarships website in the article. It has all the details you want.

  10. Hiwot Reply

    October 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

    i like

  11. almujtaba Reply

    November 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    Hi -iam mujtaba from sudan
    ihave graduated from faculty of pharmacy -university of khartoum since 2003.
    iam so intersting in study in norwagian universities.
    iam looking for msc in pharmaceutical analysis or any topic releated to.

  12. Godson Sebuguzi Reply

    November 22, 2011 at 12:05 am

    Iam so glad that there are people like you in this greed world who are willing to share with needy students like us in Africa or other places in the Universe. Being a Uganda with very few opportunities to advance in the career world due to very high education costs and fewer Government scholarships your offer is exception. For our Countries to develop there is urgent need to have capacity building in the area of higher education. I surely do agree that once one receives your scholar offer needs to return home and make a meaningful contribution to his/her mother country many challenges. I personally intend to apply for my PHD 2013/14 especially in either the HR, education, management or leadership.areas Currently i am about the next part of my Master’s programe in HR field of Uganda Management Institute (UMI). Please keep me posted because i want to stay in touch.
    Kindly comment on those students with younger families, does the offer accommodates them. Because its so challenging to come to Europe and i live me my precious family for that long. For God and My Nation – Uganda.

  13. shegaw yesgat Reply

    January 13, 2012 at 4:19 pm

    My name is shegaw yesgat from ethiopia.I was graduate from Addis ababa university since 2011 in MA in Environment and devlopment. Now I went to pursue my education to PhD programme in Norway university(any) with related fields.
    so how can I get this chance? please tell me or show me the way I get it
    Thank so much for your cooperation.

  14. Abraha Tesfay Gebreslasie Reply

    March 1, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Dear sir/madam
    my name is Abraha Tesfay from Ethiopia ,i am 5th year petroleum engineering in mekelle university ,no iwould like to apply in Norwegian university in master program in related fields .I will send all necessary documents as soon as possible.
    senccerlly yours Abraha Tesfay

  15. Abraha Tesfay Gebreslasie Reply

    March 1, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Dear sir/madam
    my name is Abraha Tesfay from Ethiopia ,i am 5th year petroleum engineering in mekelle university ,now i would like kindly to apply in Norwegian university in master program in related fields .I will send all necessary documents as soon as possible.
    senccerlly yours Abraha Tesfay

    phone +251914215042
    Mekelle Ethiopia

  16. Abraha Tesfay Gebreslasie Reply

    March 1, 2012 at 9:26 am

    Dear sir/madam
    my name is Abraha Tesfay from Ethiopia ,i am 5th year petroleum engineering in mekelle university ,now i would kindly to apply in Norwegian university in master program in related fields .I will send all necessary documents as soon as possible.
    senccerlly yours Abraha Tesfay
    phone +251914215042
    Mekelle Ethiopia


    May 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm



    July 1, 2012 at 9:03 am

    As I have mentioned my name in the above, I am Eritrean refugee which is compeled my BA degree in accounting from ETHIOPIA ADVENTIST COLLEGE in Septemberc2011. Besides of that I am going to take the exam TOEFL IN THE COMING MONTHS.


  19. haile gebru Reply

    July 18, 2012 at 11:17 am

    i am called Haile Gebru kindeya. i am graduated with bachelor of degree in English from the university of Debre Birhan, Ethiopia in the academic year of 2010.NOW i am teaching English language in high school. i like teaching and shaping generation very much.Therefore, i want to upgrade my profession in masters degree which is related to English language if the opportunity is given to me. i am really ambitious enough to attend my postgraduate school in Norwegian universities and colleges due to your unreserved help and cooperation.i highly appreciate for your special assistance.

    best wishes

    Haile Gebru
    phone number: +251914151006
    E-mail :

  20. ASIIMWE Isaac Reply

    September 2, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I have just completed a bachelors degree in Science(majoring in Physics and minoring in Mathematics)from Makerere University,Uganda.
    Can i get a scholarship for my Masters in any petroleum field?

    Please contact me on

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