SoilSoc FAQ

Funding for students

What is the participation fee for the SoilSoc intensive courses?
There is no participation fee if you are registered as a student at any NOVA university or faculty, other Nordic university or BOVA university. A minor material fee may sometimes be charged, but this is mentioned in the course information.
On PhD courses non-Nordic students, non-BOVA students and other participants must pay a course fee, which depends on the course and is told on the course information here. For Baltic non-BOVA students and students from developing countries this fee is always 200 €. In addition all students except for those registered at a NOVA university have to pay the full accommodation costs.

Do I have to pay for the food and lodging during the course?
On the NOVA PhD courses the accommodation and lunches are usually organised and paid by the course organisers. If a student who is doing his degree in a non-NOVA university is accepted on the course, he pays full accommodation expenses to the course organiser.
On the NOVA intensive MSc courses (NIMC) the lodging is usually not organised or paid by the course host. Course organisers may anyway be able to recommend or book you cheap accommodation.

How can I fund my travel and accommodation costs to take part on a SoilSoc intensive course?
Nordic BSc and MSc students can apply for Nordplus Express Mobility grant to fund shorter than 1 month study visits to other Nordic countries. The amount is 180-360 euros, depending on your homecountry and destination. You apply for the Nordplus Express Mobility grant from your own university or faculty, usually from the office or secretary of international affairs. Find your own contact person behind this link »»
The travel costs of the PhD students are usually paid by their home institutions. PhD students can also apply funding from several national foundations to fund the course or training visit. The organiser of a PhD course can apply NordForsk Course scholarship to fund the travel, accommodation and food costs of foreign participants, but in this case the names of the prospective participants need to be known well beforehand. Contact the course organiser directly to ask about this possibility, and read more behind the NordForsk link »»

How can I fund my longer exchange in other Nordic country ?
Nordic BSc and MSc students can apply for Nordplus Mobility grant to fund 1-12 months study visits to other Nordic countries. During your exchange you can do courses but also a practical training, as long as you get ECTS credits from that. The amount of the grant is 180 euros per month, and in addition you get travel support (100-1500 euros depending on your homecountry and destination). You apply for the Nordplus Mobility grant from your own university or faculty, usually from the office or secretary of international affairs. Find your own contact person behind this link »»