Norwegian students abroad

Sist oppdatert: 27.03.2012


Types of financial support available

Preliminary statement of financial support


In order to receive financial support for higher education abroad, the student has to meet the following requirements:

  • The student must have a Diploma of Upper Secondary Education in Norway and must satisfy the general entrance requirements for university studies in Norway
  • The student must have an unconditional offer
  • The educational programme must be approved by the Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education, NOKUT
  • The educational programme has to be at bachelor level or higher
  • Only full-time studies are eligible
  • The student has to attend the actual educational institution, i.e. there is no funding for online or distance learning programmes
  • Support is given for no more than eight years
  • Study abroad programmes of one or two terms which are recognized by a Norwegian university or college may qualify for support
  • The student must have resided in Norway for a continuous period of at least two years during the last five years before undertaking the educational programme.

Support is normally not granted for high school/secondary education or for studies that are equivalent to the level of Norwegian high school/secondary education, such as:

  • the freshman year of a four-year Bachelor's Degree in the USA 
  • medicine studies outside of Europe, the USA, Canada, and Australia
  • advanced diploma at a lower degree level

Types of financial support available

1. Basic support. In 2013-2014, the basic support is NOK 94 400 per school year (a school year is normally defined as ten months). The support is initially given as a loan. However, 40 percent of the loan may be converted to a grant if the student passes his/her exams or after graduation. There are special arrangements for maternity leave, illness and students with children.

2. Travel expenses. Support may be granted for two return trips per year between the student’s home town in Norway and the educational institution abroad. 70 percent is given as a grant and 30 percent as a loan. There are some restrictions to how much support we can give and to the age of the student.

3. Language grants. Students who are enrolled at non-English speaking institutions may be eligible for a language grant. The grant for 2013-2014 is NOK 17 380. Language courses must last at least four weeks with a minimum of 15 hours divided over at least three days per week , and it must be completed before the student starts the degree programme.

4. Tuition support. Students in countries other than the Nordic countries may receive support for all or part of the tuition fee. The support is adjusted according to the size of the tuition fee.  For 2013-2014, the maximum support is NOK 118 420. 

Tuiton support at undergraduate level will be given as 50 percent grant and 50 percent loan up to the amount of NOK 60 560. Further tuiton support exceeding this amount will be given as a loan.

Tuiton support at posgraduate level and for study abroad programs will be given as 70 percent grant and 30 percent loan up to the amount of NOK 60 560. Further tuiton support exceeding this amount will be given as a loan.

Tuition support for one year of study is paid in two instalments: One for the fall term and one for the spring term. This arrangement is in accordance with other payments of financial support from the State Educational Loan Fund.

 5. Supplementary tuition grant. If the tuition fee exceeds NOK 118 420, an additional grant may be given. For 2013-2014 the maximum supplementary grant is NOK 64 030. See the page NHEP Supplementary grant for information about institutions and programmes included in the supplementary grant scheme.

Preliminary statement of financial support

The State Educational Loan Fund may provide financial guarantees for study abroad on certain conditions. For more information on preliminary statement of financial support, please see our pages in Norwegian.