The Quota Scheme
The Quota Scheme offers Norwegian government funding to students from developing countries and countries in Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and Central Asia, for studies at institutions of higher education in Norway. The number of scholarships available under this scheme is very limited and scholarships are addressed exclusively to candidates from institutions with formal collaboration agreements with the University of Stavanger.
The Quota Scheme has been a vital and integral part of the University of Stavanger’s internationalisation efforts for over 12 years. In keeping with programme objectives, it has enabled capacity building through education in the partner institutions and countries involved, since the students return to their home country upon completion of the programme. There have also been positive spin-offs for internationalisation at the University of Stavanger, through the strengthening of bilateral relations and a more international campus and learning environment.
It is important to note that the University of Stavanger only offers Quota scholarships to students coming from partner institutions, where there is a bilateral agreement in place. Our prioritised partner institutions for 2015/2016 are:
- Huazhong University of Science and Technology
- Nanjing University of Post and Telecommunications
- Nanjing Arts Institute
- Addis Ababa University (Dept. of Mechanical Engineering)
- Wollega University (Dept. of Technology)
- Institute of Technology Bandung (ITB)
- University Ss. Cyril and Methodius
- University of Fianarantsoa
- University of Tulear
- Kathmandu University
- Murmansk State Technical University
- Northern Arctic Federal University (NARFU), Arkhangelsk
- Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg State Conservatory
- St. Petersburg State University
- Sokoine University
- Thammasat University
At UiS, we give preference to students from partner institutions, applying for an entire programme. Most of our Quota students are admitted to one of our 10 master's programmes taught in English.
It is a condition that the applicant applies for acceptance to the Quota Scheme from his or her home country, and can substantiate that he or she has been in the home country for at least one year prior to acceptance into the programme. Exception from the requirement of application from the home country can be made for an applicant who has previously received financial aid from the Loan Fund, or who has financed his or her studies in Norway through NORAD, The Research Council of Norway or similar institutions. It is a condition that the total period of study does not exceed five years.
The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) has a complete overview over the countries that are eligible for support in the Quota Scheme.
Study Programmes and Application Process
The University of Stavanger has a total of 16 available Quota Scheme scholarships for new students in 2014 – 2015 (9 scholarships for developing countries and 7 scholarships for countries in Eastern Europe, Western Balkans and Central Asia). Admission to the programmes and access to the scholarships is very competitive. Students must have an excellent academic record and documented proficiency in English to be considered for the Quota scholarship. A detailed overview with the number of scholarships per study programme can be found here.
Currently, applicants can apply for 10 master's programmes. Each programme has its own specific admission requirements. Please see these for more information. The annual deadline for application to international master's programmes is the 1st of March. As a Quota Scheme applicant, when sending your online application:
a) check that your home institution has a bilateral agreement with the University of Stavanger and
b) check the box in the application form indicating that you wish to apply for the Quota Scheme.
Application deadline for applicants to Music- studies is the 1st of January.
The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund is responsible for managing the financial support for the Quota students. Each student receives the same amount of money as a Norwegian student would do in an equivalent educational programme – approximately 49.000 NOK (8000 USD) per semester.
About 30 per cent of the amount is given as a grant and 70 per cent as a loan. However, the loan portion is converted to a scholarship 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.
The above link to the Norwegian State Loan Educational Fund will provide more information about the application process as well as the coverage provided by the funding scheme.
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