Russian-Norwegian Study Grant Programme
Russian students can apply to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation for admission to UiB as an exchange student through the Russian-Norwegian Study Grant Programme.
Students who are admitted to UiB through the Russian-Norwegian Study Grant Programme can expect high quality education as UiB ranks among the top 100 universities in Europe.
As a participant in the programme:
- You will get admission for one or two semesters as an exchange student.
- You can apply for Courses for Exchange Students.
- You will receive a monthly grant for your living expenses.
- You do not have to pay tuition fees at UiB.
The grant covers your living expenses in Norway (as per January 2017):
- Students staying 1 semester: NOK 10 395 per month for 5 months.
- Students staying 2 semesters: NOK 10 395 per month for 10 months.
The grant does not cover other expenses like:
- Travel costs, fee for study permit, insurance, deposit for housing, etc.
When will you receive the grant
Note that it may take up to two weeks after your arrival in Norway before you receive the first payment, and you must be able to cover living expenses for this time period yourself.
Completed 60 ECTS
You must have completed a minimum of 60 ECTS credits (equivalent to 1 year of full-time studies) at university level by the time you apply.
Specific course requirements
Additional requirements may apply depending on the courses you apply for. Such requirements will be listed in the course descriptions online.
You must be proficient in the English language at level B2 or higher according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
Exception for English language and literature courses: You must have level C1 or higher according to CEFR, if you apply for courses in English language and literature (with course codes ENG[xxx]) at the Department of Foreign Languages at UiB.
How to apply
All applications must be written on a special application form developed for the programme.
The application process
- Application deadline 14 March: Apply to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation to be nominated for the grant programme.
- End of April: If the Ministry approves your application, it will be forwarded to UiB. We will contact you if we receive your application, so be sure to check your email frequently in this period.
- By 1 May: Apply to UiB as an exchange student according to the instructions we send by email.
You must submit the following documents to be considered for admission to UiB:
- Transcript of records
- Documentation of English proficiency (more information below)
- Additional documents required by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
Documentation of English language proficiency
Category A: Applicants who are students at a university that UiB has an exchange agreement with can document their English proficiency by:
- A confirmation from home university that the student has level B2 or higher in English.
- If you apply to UiB’s courses in English language and literature (ENGxxx), you must have level C1 in English and document this in your application. Read more about our additional requirements for applicants to ENG-courses.
Category B: Applicants who are not students at a university that UiB has an exchange agreement with can document their English proficiency in one of the following ways:
- TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 87 for an internet-based test (iBT) or 570 for a paper-based test (PBT).
- IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), academic test with a minimum score of 6.0.
- Pearson PTE Academic test with a minimum score of 54 points.
- University of Cambridge examinations:
- First Certificate in English (grade B or C)
- Certificate in Advanced English (45 to 59)
- Certificate of Proficiency in English
- Applicants can also document sufficient English proficiency if they have:
- Completed one year of university studies taught in English, in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or USA.
- Completed a university degree in English language and literature.
- English (140 hours) from Norwegian upper secondary school: written and oral exam.
If you apply to UiB’s courses in English language and literature (ENGxxx), you must have level C1 in English and document this in your application. Read more about our additional requirements for applicants to ENG-courses.