Annually, millions of Euros worth of scholarships are offered by colleges and universities in Europe for international students. The European Union along with the European Government States also offers government-funded EU scholarships to attract international students into Europe.
In addition, some countries in Europe offer free tuition to international students for Undergraduate and Postgraduate studies. Apart from the government or institutions offering Scholarships to international students, there are many European universities that award scholarships to qualified candidates.
Below is a compilation of European Government and University Scholarships for International Students:
British Chevening Scholarships (UK)
Chevening Scholarships under the UK government’s global scholarship program, are awarded to outstanding students from Chevening eligible countries around the world. Awards are typically for a one-year Master’s degree. Most Chevening Scholarships cover tuition fees, a living allowance at a set rate (for one individual), an economy class return airfare to the UK, and additional grants to cover essential expenditures.
DAAD Scholarships with Relevance To Developing Countries (Germany)
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships for a range of postgraduate courses with special relevance to developing countries at German Universities. The scholarships are specifically targeted at international students and young professionals from developing countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Central, and South America, and Central and Eastern Europe. DAAD scholarship supports selected programs with a variety of full or partial scholarships.
The Holland Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree at participating Universities in Holland. The scholarship amounts to € 5,000 which students will receive in the first year of their studies.
Swedish Institute Study Scholarships (Sweden)
The Swedish Institute provides scholarships in Sweden to highly-qualified international students from developing countries who want to study at Sweden Universities. Scholarships are intended for studies in Sweden and focus mainly on the master’s level. The scholarship covers tuition fees, living expenses, some travel grants, and insurance.
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 training or Master’s Programme related to development at Universities in Belgium. The scholarships cover tuition fee, accommodation, allowance, travel costs, and other program-related costs.
The Eiffel scholarship program was developed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a tool to allow French higher education institutions to attract the best foreign students for master’s and Ph.D. degree programs. Eiffel scholarship-holders receive a monthly allowance and other expenses such as return trips, health insurance, and cultural activities. It does not cover tuition fees.
Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships For Foreign Students (Switzerland)
The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships provide graduates from around 180 countries including Nigeria with the opportunity to pursue doctoral or postdoctoral research in any academic field at one of the public funded universities or recognized institutions in Switzerland. The scholarship covers a monthly allowance, tuition fees, health insurance, lodging allowance, etc.
Dannish Government Scholarships For Non- EU/EEA (Denmark)
Quite 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 programs at participating Danish Universities. The scholarship can be given as full or partial tuition fee waivers and/or grants towards covering your living costs.
Italian Government Bursaries For Foreign Students (Italy)
The Italian Government awards scholarships for studying in Italy both to foreign citizens and Italian citizens resident abroad. The scholarships are for University degree courses, Advanced vocational training, art and music courses, Master’s Degree courses, and Ph.D. Courses, etc. It is only possible to apply for three, six, or nine-month scholarships and it is available to African students.
Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)
Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside the UK to pursue a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The scholarship covers the full cost of studying at Cambridge, namely the university composition fee and college fees at the appropriate rate, a maintenance allowance for a single student, one economy single airfare at both the beginning and end of the course, and inbound visa costs.
Rhodes Scholarships At University Of Oxford (UK)
Established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902, Rhodes is the oldest and perhaps the most prestigious international scholarship program in the world. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards that support exceptional international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford. A Rhodes Scholarship covers all university fees, personal stipend, health insurance, and airfare to and from the student’s home country.
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 a course at Sheffield Hallam University. Half fee waiver (50%) is available for postgraduate courses and for each year of an undergraduate degree.
Developing Solutions Scholarships At University Of Nottingham (UK)
The Developing Solutions Scholarships are designed for international students from Africa, India, or one of the developing countries of the Commonwealth who want to study for a Master’s Degree at the University of Nottingham and make a difference in the development of their home country. Each year, 105 scholarships are awarded, 30 scholarships will cover the full tuition fee while 70 will cover 50% of the tuition fee.
Leiden University Excellence University Scholarships (Netherlands)
The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a master’s degree program offered at Leiden University. The scholarships come in the form of the following: €10,000 of the tuition fee, €15,000 of the tuition fee, or the total tuition fee minus the home fee.
University Of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships (Netherlands)
The University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships is made available by the UM Scholarship Fund with the aim of encouraging talented students from outside the EEA to follow a master’s program at UM. The scholarships include tuition fees, living expenses, visa costs, and insurance.
Radboud University Scholarship Programme (Netherlands)
The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of talented prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a full or partial scholarship to pursue a complete English-taught Master’s degree program at Radboud University Nijmegen. Full scholarships consist of tuition fees and living costs while partial scholarships are in the form of partial tuition reduction (the tuition fee will be waived to the level of an EEA student). In addition, the Radboud Scholarship also covers costs such as visa, residence permit, health insurance, and liability insurance.
Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)
The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (AES) awards scholarships to exceptionally talented students from outside the EU to pursue eligible Master’s Programmes offered at the University of Amsterdam. The AES is a full scholarship of €25,000 covering tuition and living expenses.