Norway Provides Financial Support to Ukrainian, Russian & Belarus Students

Ukrainian, Russian, and Belarus students who cannot access their bank accounts due to the ongoing war in the Eastern European country will be offered a scholarship in a bid to help these students continue pursuing their academic careers, as the Norwegian authorities have revealed.

According to a press release issued by the Education Ministry, each student that is eligible for the aid will be paid around €1,191 on a monthly basis, while doctorate students will receive €2,175. This scheme will be available from March until August 2022, with a possibility to be extended, as the Minister of Research and Higher Education, Ola Borten Moe, has revealed, reports.

“Many Ukrainian students in Norway are having a very hard time now, both mentally and financially. In addition, it is important for us that Russian and Belarusian students also participate in this scheme. These students are just as innocent in the war that has arisen as you and me,” the Minister said, pointing out it would be “sad and unfair” if these students had to discontinue their studies due to financial hardships.

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Categories eligible for the scholarship include students at all higher education and vocational colleges from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus who don’t have access to their funding due to war. However, the scheme does not cover students with Ukrainian, Russian, or Belarus citizens who have ordinary rights through the Loan Fund.

According to the Directorate for Higher Education and Competence, there are approximately 150 Ukrainian students, about 400 from Russia and 50 from Belarus. Although it is uncertain how many will need financial help, the authorities estimate a number between 50 to 300.

As the Norwegian Directorate of Immigration (UDI) requirements indicate, students must have about €13,000 per year or somewhat a lower amount for one semester transferred to a Norwegian account, which means that a good number of students have funds until June.

Furthermore, universities, colleges, and other higher education institutes must inform eligible students for such aid as they have to apply for the scholarship through their university.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine hasn’t only damaged Ukrainians but Russians as well, as governments internationally are imposing sanctions. Previously, Norway annulled a €1.2 million project through the EXPLORE and RUSSUT programs, with those funds being used for this particular scholarship scheme.

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