Best Scholarships in Norway for International Students

Learn about the types of Scholarships in Norway and fulfill your dream!

Norway is a common study destination among international students. Increasing numbers of universities and colleges in Norway offer bachelor and master programs in English.

Norway is one of the few countries in the world in which the tuition fees are still free for everybody, including foreign students.

As for the scholarships, the Norwegian government offer scholarship programs to cover the costs of living in Norway.

Today, we will talk about the scholarships in Norway.

Overview of Scholarships in Norway

The Norwegian government offers scholarships for the students in the developing countries, in addition to the countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, through the quota scheme.

Most of the offered programs are in the master and PhD levels, while the quota system scheme offers study programs for the bachelor level.

Finding Available Scholarships

Most of the Norwegian institutions have different bilateral agreements with foreign higher education institutions.

Usually, these agreements are designed for the exchange of students, researchers, and teachers.

Moreover, there are national programs that offer scholarships and other types of finance for foreign students who want to study in Norway. All these programs are subject to some restrictions and conditions.

However, there are many private and non-profit organizations that offer scholarships for study and research in Norway.

What Does the Scholarship Cover?

Both the foreign and Norwegian student get the same amount of money in an equal educational program.

Around 40% of the sum is a grant and 60% as a loan. The student can waive a part of the loan when he/she returns home after the completion of the studies.

Students who are staying in Norway have to pay the loan after finishing their studies or to stay in another country, other than Norway or their home country.

  • The scholarship may cover the traveling expenses for the entry of Norway (fixed price).
  • Students can apply for a single annual home visit if their study program lasts for more than one year. They can also apply for financial support for travel expenses for fieldwork during the study period.
  • When the student returns home within three months after completing his/her studies, the Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund covers the traveling expenses.

Types of Some Available Scholarships for Foreign Students in Norway

UiT Marie Sklodowska Curie Individual Fellowships for International Students

This scholarship is available to pursue the postdoctoral program. Fellowships are awarded to learn any of the subjects offered by the university. Students from all nationalities are welcome to apply.

PhD Program in International Environment and Development Studies

This Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) offers this 3-year program.

Candidates are likely to start their PhD studies in September.

International Scholarship at the Bi Norwegian Business School

The new BBA IB award is now open at the Bi Norwegian Business School. The grant is available for both international and Norwegian applicants, holding an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Political Philosophy or Legal Theory

PluriCourts offers up to two-year postdoctoral fellowships in political philosophy, legal theory, or studying international courts and tribunals (ICs).

International students are eligible to apply for this fellowship program.

Master of Science International Scholarship from BI Norwegian Business School

BI Norwegian Business School aims to build a diverse national and international student body. It is a private non-profit institution that is internationally recognized.

It was founded in 1943. Moreover, the business school is one of the biggest and most productive academic communities in Europe.

Applicants must have the minimum cumulative GPA of a “B” on the BI ECTS scale after completion of each academic semester.

International Summer School Program at the University of Oslo

This is a scholarship that covers summer sessions for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate programs at the University of Oslo. This fully funded scholarship in Norway is available for international students. It includes expenses related to their tuition fees, textbooks, transportation as well as flight tickets to and from Oslo. To be eligible, students can apply without a IELTS and use a TOEFL as a substitute.

This was a brief summary of the types of scholarships in Norway that are available for international students.

Tuition Free Programs from Top Norwegian Universities

Another interesting way to have your study expenses covered in Norway is to enroll in tuition-free university programs. In fact, many Norwegian universities offer full tuition fee coverage to international students in place of a scholarship to get a Bachelor, a Master and even a PhD degree.

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology, for example, offers this type of deal to foreign undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students. They are eligible as long as they give the proof they have sufficient funding to cover their stay in Norway. The University of Bergen, also doesn’t charge their international students who want to pursue a Master’s degree study.  

Also, check our articles about:

Top universities in Norway
How to enroll at a university in Norway.

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