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Norwegian-Russian Scholarship Scheme

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 Norwegian-Russian Scholarship Scheme.

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Why apply

Students who are admitted to UiB through the Norwegian-Russian Scholarship Scheme can expect high quality education as UiB ranks among the top 100 universities in Europe

As a participant in the programme:

  • You will be admitted as an exchange student for one or two semesters.
  • You can apply for Courses for Exchange Students.
  • You will receive a monthly grant covering your living expenses in Norway.
  • You do not have to pay tuition fees at UiB. However, you will have to pay the semester fee.

The grant

The grant covers your living expenses in Norway (as per February 2021) and will be given after arrival in Norway.

  • 11 020 Norwegian kroner per month.

The grant does not cover other expenses like:

  • Travel costs, study permit, insurance, deposit for housing, semester fee,  etc.

Required qualifications

The minimum requirement for admission to higher education in Norway for applicants from Russia are:

  1. After 2013: Аттестат о среднем общем образовании (Attestat o srednem obshchem obrazovanii /Certificate of Secondary General Education) + 1 year university education OR
  2. Before 2013: Аттестат о среднем (полном) общем образовании (Attestat o srednem (polnom) obshchem obrazovanii /Certificate of Secondary (Complete) General Education) + 1 year university education OR
  3. Before ca 1991: Аттестат о среднем образовании (Attestat o srednem obrazovanii /Certificate of Secondary Education) + 1 year university education

Applicants to the Russian-Norwegian Scholarship scheme must in addition to the above mentioned requirements have completed 60 ECTS at the time of admission to UIB. This means that students that are currently in the 2nd year of their bachelor degree can apply provided that they will fulfill 60 ECTS (2nd year of studies) by the time of admission.

Specific course requirements

Additional requirements may apply depending on the courses you apply for. Such requirements will be listed in the course descriptions online.

English proficiency

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

    The call for applications is available at the website of the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and at Study in Norway. Applications must be written on a special application form developed for the programme

    The application process

    • Application deadline 1 March 2021: Follow the instructions given by DIKU to be nominated for the grant programme.
    • The outcome of the application will be communicate to the applicants by first week of May.

    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 active 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:

    • Tests:
      • 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.