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Establishes emergency fund for international students

The University of Bergen establishes emergency fund to give international students financial aid.

Universitetsmuseet på Museplassen 3 i Bergen
The University of Bergen establishes emergency fund for international students.
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Sandra Jecmenica, UiB

As a result of the corona situation in Norway, several international students have now financial difficulties. The University of Bergen is therefore creating a crisis fund for its international students who are struggling extra these days.

“Some students are struggling in this situation. Therefore, we have created a fund where students on master's programs taught in English can apply for up to NOK 10,000. The students to whom this applies are those who don’t get financial help from the State Educational Loan Fund, Norway and who also do not have scholarships from their own country”, Annelin Eriksen, Vice-Rector for Global Relations at the University of Bergen says.

Students are invited to submit a short, well-founded application, with a recommendation from the program coordinator, and send it to international@uib.no. The applications are being processed continuously until June 1.

“We have done a survey of the situation for the international students attending master's programs taught in English, and some of these are extra vulnerable. They may come from countries that are difficult to get to, and they often have a part time job in Norway, from which they are now laid off. The aim of this initiative is to get them through the program and be able to complete the semester”, Eriksen says.