Costs and financial aid
Students at Volda University College may find various forms of financial aid. Some are restricted to Norwegian nationals or students who have stayed in Norway for a long while (such as Lånekassen) whereas others are avilable to all students irrespective of citizenship (such as Nordplus and Erasmus+ grants).
If you are an international student at VUC and get financial aid from your home country, you should contact the organization in your home country to see what type of support you can expect when going on exchange.
The Norwegian State Educational Loan Fund - Lånekassen - is a government agency which provides student grants and loans to Norwegian and (in some cases) to international students in Norway. To find out if you are eligible for funding, see the website of Lånekassen.
All of VUC's partner universities abroad are accredited and approved by Lånekassen, which means that you are able to apply for grants/loans for studying a semester or two at our partner universities. If you apply to a university which charges tuition fees, you can apply for extra grant/loan from Lånekassen to cover it. Lånekassen may provide extra grant/loan to cover tuition fees up to 63,000 NOK per semester (126,000 NOK per academic year). Furthermore, Lånekassen may provide even more tuition support if you apply to one of the top-100 ranked universities in the USA (for example University of California, San Diego) which is one of our partner universities. Note that support for tuition fees this only relates to pure tuition costs and not costs involving room & board, visa fees, etc.
Even if you are not asked to pay tuition abroad, you can still apply for extra funding from Lånekassen for travel and language course (if applicable). The travel support is provided as part grant - part loan, and should cover travel to/from the partner university abroad. Support for language course is only relevant if you are going to study in a language other than English.
Try the Lånekassen støttekalkulator (financial aid calculator - only in Norwegian) to see how much grant/loan you can get from Lånekassen.
Erasmus+ is EUs programme for international cooperation in higher education and VUC has more than 90 Erasmus+ agreements with universities abroad. If you choose to exchange on an Erasmus+ agreement, this means that you do not have to pay any tuition fees and that you also will receive an Erasmus+ grant from the VUC International Office. For the 2018/2019 academic year, the Erasmus+ grant amount is 410 or 460 Euro per month depending on whether the partner university is located in a high- or low-cost country. For Erasmus+ traineeships, grant recipients receive an additional 100 Euro per month. The Erasmus+ grant is given irrespective and on top of other types of financial aid (for example from Lånekassen).
Read more about your rights and duties as a grant recipient in the Erasmus+ Student Charter.
As a grant recipient you will have to complete a number of Erasmus+ forms, but the VUC International Office will help you with these:
- Erasmus+ Grant Agreement - sent out by the International Office
- Erasmus+ Mobility Agreement - sent out by the International Office (see help and guidelines)
- Erasmus+ Confirmation of Arrival - sent out by the International Office
- Erasmus+ report - Sent from the Erasmus+ programme
Read more about the Erasmus+ programme.
Nordplus is a partnership programme for higher education institutions in the Nordic countries. Nordic universities form networks and can apply for funding, which in turn can be provided to students and staff/faculty. Volda University College is a member of 3 Nordplus networks and students using these agreements for exchange may receive a Nordplus grant:
- Nordplus Network for Media and Communication (Contact at VUC = Kjetil Vaage Øye)
- Nordisk nettverk for journalistutdanninger (Contact at VUC = Jan Ytrehorn)
- Nordplus nettverk for lærerutdanningene (Contact at VUC = Odd Helge Mellem Tonheim)
Contact the VUC International Office for more information about Nordplus grants.
Other grants and scholarships
In addition to the above mentioned grants, VUC students may benefit from various other sources of financial aid which are limited to the student's background or the host university for the exchange semester. Students must find such scholarship opportunities themselves, but a start could be to look at the Association for Norwegian Students Abroad - ANSA website for information about financial aid in various countries. In addition, some of VUC's partner universities offers "scholarships" in the form or reduced tuition or room & board costs.