Applicants for the Quota Scheme
The Quota Scheme is a funding scheme offered by the Norwegian Government to students from certain developing countries, countries in the Westen Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
At the moment the University of Bergen has 154 study places financed by this scheme. The number of applicants exceeds, by far, the number of new students that are granted admission each year..
- Who may apply
- Academic requirements
- What may I apply for
- How do I apply
- Admission Process
- Contact address
Who may apply
Only students at Master and doctoral levels will be financed by the Quota Scheme.
Applicants from certain developing countries, countries in Central and Eastern Europe, and Central Asia are eligible for funding.
Only applicants who are affiliated with institutions with a formal, active collaboration agreement with the University of Bergen will be considered for admission.
Currently, the University of Bergen has formal collaboration agreements with the following institutions: Collaborating Institutions
As a general rule applicants must have resided in their home country for at least one year prior to the intended study period in Norway.
Applicants residing in Norway can apply if they have been financed by a Norwegian state scholarship or research grant, and if they have not been in Norway for more than two years when the programme starts.
Applicants must normally have obtained an undergraduate degree or Bachelor's degree of 4 years' duration, or have an equivalent educational background. For information regarding equivalency, see country list.
The degree must include courses equalling at least 1.5 years of full-time studies in a subject relevant to that of the programme applied for.
Admission is extremely competative, applicants should have excellent academic records. Minimum 2 nd Class, Upper Division/B or the equivalent is normally required in order to be considered for admission.
Requirements to documentation
All copies must be certified (stamped, signed and dated) by the issuing institution or by a Notary Public. If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified copies of the translation must accompany certified copies of your documents in original language.
Please note that some Master's degree programmes may have additional admission requirements specific to their programme. Please refer to the website of each programme for more information.
English language proficiency
Documented proficiency in English is required for admission.
What may I apply for
Master's degree programmes
The University of Bergen has established a number of 2-year Master's degree programmes taught in English and only candidates admitted to these programmes are eligible for financial support by the Quota Scheme.
Please note that some programmmes are not offered every year.
New students are admitted every second year to the programmes in Health Promotion and Anthropology of Development (2012, 2014, etc) and Gender and Development (2011, 2013, etc).
Please note that subjects NOT offered at the University of Bergen include:
- Business Administration and Accounting
- Veterinary Science
- Law studies: The Faculty of Law deals predominantly with the Norwegian legal system, and the professional degree is intended to train lawyers to work in Norway. Law studies require a very good command of the Norwegian language.
Students admitted to a Master's degree programme may qualify for admission to doctoral studies during or upon completion of their master programme. Only rarely are candidates admitted directly to a doctoral degree on the basis of a non-Norwegian degree unless they have an established agreement with the relevant department and have submitted an approved thesis proposal as the major part of the application.
How do I apply
The application periode is between 1 October - 1 December.
Submit the online application form
Once you submit the online application form, you will receive an application receipt by e-mail.
Please note that in order to complete the application process you must do the following:
1. Print out the application receipt
2. Download, complete and sign the application cover sheet
3. Submit your application receipt and signed application cover sheet together and the required documents to Student Services by 15 December 2012.
Applicants complete their application by posting the required documents as soon as possible and not later than 15 December (postmarked by 15 December):
- Application receipt and signed application cover sheet
- Secondary School certificate
- Transcript of records (an official statement listing courses/subjects you have completed at your university)
- University degree certificate(s)/diploma(s)
- Documentation of English language proficiency
- Relevant work experience (if applicable)
- Personal statement (your motivation for applying)
- Recommendation letter(s)/references (personal statement from academic adviser/employer or equivalent)
- Copy of your passport showing full name, date of birth, and photograph
- Specific requirements for the programme(s) applied for (some Master's programmes may have additional admission requirements specific to their programme)
- Applicants to the Quota Scheme do not have to submit documentation of financing.
Please note that you will not be considered for admission if:
- You have not given sufficient information as to your academic background
- Your application is not postmarked by the given deadline. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be processed!
We do not accept scanned documents. All documents, including the application receipt and application cover sheet should be sent by regular post. All copies must be certified (stamped, signed and dated) by the issuing institution or by a Notary Public.
Please note: If you are also applying for a Master's Degree Programme as a self-financed student, you should send both application receipts and application cover sheets together with only one copy of the required/supporting documents.
2 October to 1 December
Application registration and processing
1 December to 1 February
By the middle of February
1 February to 1 April
Offer of Admission
By the middle of April
Acceptance of the Offer of Admission
By 1 May
Preparation for Your Stay
As soon as possible and by 1 June
|Office address||Mailing address|
|University of Bergen
|Centre for Information and Student Services
Div. of Student Affairs
University of Bergen
PO Box 7800
N-5020 Bergen, Norway
Last updated 8.5.2013
- General admission requirements for international applicants to master's degree programmes-country list (PDF-fil, 119 Kb)
- Country list 2013 (PDF-fil, 123 Kb)