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Students from all over the world flock to Europe to study because the continent's countries are widely regarded as educational leaders, offering degrees that are respected all over the world and generous scholarship opportunities.

Many foreign students dream of studying and living in Europe. When it comes to the economy, science, technology, and education, European countries rank among the world's most advanced. Schooling in Europe comes at a very low cost, or is even free in some countries. Since many multinational corporations have their headquarters here, recent college grads have an abundance of job options to choose from.

What are majors of strength?

Five areas of strength of European universities are Technology; Tourism – hotel – restaurant; Economics – Business; Architecture – Construction; and Arts.

How long will my degree course take if I study in Europe?

The average length for degree programmes is:

• Bachelor's degree programme: 3 years

• Master's degree programme: 2 years

• Doctorate/PhD: 3 years

Top 30 Best European Scholarships for International Students Offered by Governments and Universities

We have listed Top 30 Best European Scholarships for International Students Offered by Governments and Universities.

Government-funded Scholarships

1. Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

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Erasmus Mundus Scholarships are open to masters and doctoral programmes, to students from within as well as outside of Europe. The scholarship will fully or partially support living expenses, tuition fees, insurance, travel expenses, etc. for students.

The Erasmus Mundus Scholarship consists of two main programs:

- Erasmus Mundus Joint Programs: take a master's course at two or more different universities.

- Erasmus Mundus partnerships: Study at partner schools in Europe with a wide range of disciplines and levels of study.

The program's objective is to support outstanding students in their study of a joint Erasmus Mundus master's or doctorate program at two or more European universities (out of about 150 courses in total). One intriguing aspect of Erasmus is the ability to study in one nation and graduate in a different one. For each course, the scholarship's validity length ranges from three months to three years.

Erasmus Mundus is a full scholarship that fully covers all living expenses, insurance premiums, and travel costs. The scholarship value ranges from 60,000 to 130,000 euros for three years of doctoral study and up to 24,000 euros per year for master's programs. Also, Erasmus partner schools offer you various perks. With Erasmus, you truly receive the most assistance possible to study abroad in comfort and without concern for your financial situation.

2. British Chevening Scholarships (UK)

Chevening is the UK Government’s international awards scheme aimed at developing global leaders. The application period runs from August to November each year.

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The scholarship covers tuition fees, travel and a monthly stipend plus more. Please see the Chevening website for more information.

A full Chevening Scholarship normally* comprises:

• Payment of tuition fees (Chevening applies a tuition fee cap of £18,000 to MBA programmes - applicants will be expected to cover the remaining costs above the £18,000 cap);

• Economy travel to and from your country of residence by an approved route for you only;

• An arrival allowance;

• The cost of an entry clearance (visa) application for you only;

• A departure allowance;

• A contribution of up to £75 for TB testing, where this is required;

• A travel top-up allowance;

a stipend (personal living allowance) paid each month to cover housing and living costs. Whether you are studying in London or somewhere else will affect how much money you receive each month. These prices are up for review each year. You will get your stipend payments on or around the 21st of the following month for the entire following month. The stipend for that month will be altered if you arrive or depart from the UK in the middle of the month.

*In Taiwan and Singapore the Chevening scholarship only comprises tuition fees and one visa application.

3. DAAD Scholarships with Relevance to Developing Countries (Germany)

Scholarships are offered by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for a variety of postgraduate programs at German universities that are especially relevant to developing nations. International students and young professionals from developing nations in Africa, Asia, the Pacific Islands, Central and South America, and Central and Eastern Europe are the main beneficiaries of the scholarships. The DAAD scholarship offers a choice of full or partial scholarships to fund chosen programs.

4. Holland Scholarships

International students from countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who wish to pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in the Netherlands are eligible for the Holland Scholarship. The Netherlands Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science, as well as a number of Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences, are funding this fellowship.

The award is for five thousand euros. This will be given to you throughout your first academic year. Note that this scholarship does not cover the entire cost of tuition.

5. Swedish Institute Scholarships for Global Professionals (Sweden)

The Swedish Institute provides scholarships in Sweden to highly-qualified international students from developing countries who wants to study at Sweden Universities. Scholarships are intended for studies in Sweden and focus mainly on master’s level. The scholarship covers tuition fee, living expenses, some travel grant, and insurance.

6. VLIR-UOS Scholarship Awards (Belgium)

VLIR-UOS awards scholarships to students from 54 developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America to pursue an English Taught Training or Master’s Programme related to development at Universities in Belgium. The scholarships cover tuition fee, accomodation, allowance, travel costs, and other program related costs.

For which countries are IELTS/TOEFL not mandatory?

Each country, even each higher education institution, decides on its admission requirements. We would recommend contacting the International Office of your selected higher education institution in Europe to ask for detailed information on its specific requirements regarding English language certificates.

7. Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)

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The French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs launched the Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Program to help French higher education institutions draw top international students to their master's and Doctorate programs.

It encourages applicants up to 25 years old from developing countries for master's level programs and applicants up to 30 years old from developing and industrialized countries for PhD level programs, providing opportunities to future foreign decision-makers in the private and public sectors in priority areas of study.

8. Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students (Switzerland)

Government Excellence Scholarships are given out annually by the Swiss Confederation to encourage worldwide travel and research collaboration between Switzerland and more than 180 other nations. The Federal Commission for Scholarships for Foreign Students, the organization that grants the scholarships, chooses the recipients (FCS).

Young international researchers who have achieved a master's or doctoral degree, as well as foreign artists who possess a bachelor's degree, are the target audience for the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships.

9. Czech Republic Government Scholarship

Each year, the Czech Republic's government awards scholarships as part of its International Development Cooperation program. These 'government scholarships' provide financial aid to students from underdeveloped nations who want to attend public colleges in the Czech Republic.

Scholarships are available from the Czech Republic for post-baccalaureate study in both the Czech and English languages (in post-baccalaureate Master's and Doctoral study programs). The list of suggested topics of study, which is updated in accordance with the requirements of particular nations, is taken into consideration when awarding scholarships for Czech language studies. Current projects involving development cooperation are also taken into consideration.

10. Danish Government Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Denmark)

A number of scholarships are being offered each year by the Danish Ministry of Education to fund highly qualified and motivated international students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to pursue full degree higher education programme at participating Danish Universities. The scholarship can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs.

11. Italian Government Bursaries for Foreign Students (Italy)

The scholarships are for undergraduate degree programs, advanced vocational training, music and art courses, master's degree programs, and doctoral programs, among other things. Only three, six, or nine month scholarships are open for application.

For study, training, and research endeavors at the Italian Higher Education Institute, scholarships are available (State-owned institutions or institutions legally recognized by the relevant State authorities).

Will I be able to work during my studies?

In order to make ends meet, a lot of students work part-time during the school year or during breaks. When studying abroad, there are limits on the number of hours a student can work. For further information on this matter, please visit the relevant country's immigration website.

12. Greek Government Scholarship

Scholarships will be granted by the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs to foreign nationals who wish to attend undergraduate or postgraduate studies in Greece’s Universities or a research in one of Greece’s Universities or Research Centres for the academic year , as well as summer seminar in Greek Language and Civilization

13. Stipendium Hungaricum (Hungary)

The Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme was established by the Hungarian Government to promote the internationalisation of the Hungarian higher education and to attract top foreign students from all around the world who can establish personal and professional attachments to Hungary while enjoying high quality education in the heart of Europe.

14. Ireland International Education Scholarships

Government of Ireland International Education Scholarships will be awarded to high calibre students from non-EU/EEA countries to study full-time in Ireland for a period of one year. Students who are successful will receive:

  • A €10,000 stipend for one year’s study
  • A full fee waiver of all tuition and other registration costs at the higher education institution

15. NORPART (Norway)

The foundation for NORPART is laid by other programs that promote institutional cooperation and mobility in higher education and serve as models for its design and development. Diku, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education, is in charge of the program, which receives funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Just who is eligible to apply? In order to apply, the school must be a Norwegian university with appropriate accreditation. At least one partner must be a recognized academic institution in one of the NORPART member states.

Do I need a visa to study in Europe?

To enter Europe for an extended period of time if you are not a citizen of the European Union or European Economic Area, you will need a visa. A student visa is frequently necessary for students. This visa will allow you to remain in the country of your host for the specified time. Depending on the country, visa requirements may be different. If you want to study in Europe, you should look into EU immigration resources and get in touch with the embassy of the country you want to study in.

Scholarships from European colleges and universities

16. Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)

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Gates Cambridge Scholarships are among the world's top international fellowships. Scholarships are available for excellent international students who wish to study at Cambridge University for a master's or doctoral degree.

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship pays for all expenses associated with attending Cambridge University, including tuition, living expenses (£18,384 for 12 months at the 2022-23 rate), transportation to and from Cambridge, visa fees, and more. It also includes discretionary funds for things like college advancement, family expenses, fieldwork, and more.

17. Nottingham Developing Solutions Scholarships

The Developing Solutions Scholarship Programme is designed for international students from Africa, India or one of the selected Commonwealth countries who want to pursue a Master’s Degree in the University of Nottingham and make a difference to the development of their home country.

18. Rhodes Scholarships at Oxford University for International Students (UK)

The Rhodes Scholarship is a postgraduate award given to outstanding students from around the world to study at Oxford University. The Rhodes Scholarship, which began as Cecil Rhodes's legacy in 1902, is widely considered the world's oldest and most prestigious international award of its kind.

In addition to paying for school, a Rhodes Scholar receives a stipend (£17,310 in 2021–22), health insurance, a visa to enter the United Kingdom, and round-trip economy-class airfare to and from Oxford.

The basic tenure of the scholarship is two years, subject always, and at all times, to satisfactory academic performance and personal conduct.

19. Orange Tulip Scholarship Programme (Netherlands)

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Nuffic-funded scholarships for students from developing countries in Asia and Latin America, including China, Indonesia, South Korea, Mexico and Brazil, to study in the Netherlands.

In order to be eligible for OTS, candidates must:

• be citizens of one of the following countries; India or Indonesia;

• not have a degree from a Dutch education institution;

• not be currently studying or working in the Netherlands;

• currently be undergoing the admission process or be already admitted to a study programme

• or course at one of the Dutch higher education institutions participating in OTS.

20. ETH Zurich Excellence Masters Scholarship Program (Switzerland)

ETH Zurich's Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Program assists outstanding candidates who want to pursue a Master's degree at ETH (ESOP).

The Excellence Scholarship/ESOP comprises of a stipend covering tuition fees as well as housing and study expenses (CHF 12,000 per semester). The scholarship is given for the master's program's normal term (three or four semesters). This holds true for the waiver of tuition as well.

Officially named as the Swiss Confederation, Switzerland is one of the wealthiest and most productive countries in the world. Although most Bachelor's programs are taught in one of the country's official languages, German, French or Italian, you may also study in Switzerland in English, since there is an increasing number of master's and PhD programs addressed to international students.

21. University of Bologna Study Grants for International Students (Italy)

The University of Bologna awards study grants and full tuition fee waivers to deserving international students who wish to register for First, Single, and Second Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna for A.Y. 2022/2023.

22. Lund University Global Scholarship Programme (Sweden)

Top academic candidates from outside the European Union/European Economic Area (including Switzerland) who wish to apply for a Bachelor's or Master's Program offered at Lund University are recognized through the exclusive, merit-based Lund University Global Scholarship program. Depending on the scholarship, 25%, 50%, 75%, or 100% of the tuition may be paid. Please be aware that scholarships only pay tuition prices; they do not cover living expenses.

23. Sheffield Hallam University Transform Together Scholarships (UK)

Transform Together scholarships are open to international students and European Union (non-UK) students applying to a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course at Sheffield Hallam University. Half fee waiver (50%) is available for postgraduate courses and for each year of an undergraduate degree.

24. University of Freiburg Scholarships (Germany)

The University of Freiburg is a public research university. It’s ranked 76th worldwide and 5th nationally in the current World Universities Ranking.

Applications are possible for:

Foreign students with foreign nationality who are enrolled at the University of Freiburg with the aim of obtaining a degree degree seeking students).

International doctoral students of the University of Freiburg.

25. University of Milan Itlay Scholarships (Italy)

The University of Milan is offering 155 Excellence Scholarships to International Students. Out of which 55 scholarships are fully funded and 100 scholarships are partially funded. The University of Milan offers its best new students “Excellence Scholarships”. For Undergraduates, and Graduate Students.

The typical average English language requirement you will be required to have to study in Europe is 550 - 587 points (paper-based TOEFL test), 213 - 240 points (computer-based TOEFL test), 79 - 95 points (Internet-based TOEFL test), or 6.5 - 7.0 score in the IELTS test. The expected level of command of English may vary depending on the school and, above all, the study program or course.

If you want to demonstrate your level of proficiency in English by other exams but have not taken the TOEFL or IELTS, you must demonstrate that your level of proficiency corresponds to the B1/B2 level (intermediate) as defined by the European Language Passport.

26. University of Twente Scholarships (UTS)

University Twente Scholarships (UTS) offers 50 scholarships for excellent students from both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a graduate program (MSc) at the University of Twente.

27. Cambridge International Scholarships (UK)

The University of Cambridge will offer, via the Cambridge Trusts, the Cambridge International Scholarships to highest ranked international students undertaking PhD studies at the University. For UK and Irish nationals, the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards is similarly offered.

28. University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships (Netherlands)

24 full scholarships worth €30.000 (including tuition fee waiver and monthly stipend) are available each academic year through the Maastricht University (UM) Holland-High Potential Scholarship program to exceptionally talented students from outside the European Union (EU) who have been admitted to a Master's program at UM.

A Holland Scholarship and a High Potential Scholarship are combined to become the Holland High Potential Scholarship.

29. Trinity College London International Scholarships (Ireland)

Various scholarships are available for all study levels, some aimed at students from particular countries (for example, the Claddagh Scholarship Programme is aimed at Chinese postgraduates, and the USA Undergraduate Scholarships).

30. World Citizen Talent Scholarship for International Students

Merit-based scholarships to study in the Netherlands offered by The Hague University of Applied Sciences. Open to master’s students from outside the Netherlands.

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