Top 25 Scholarship Opportunities in Europe for International Students

Top 25 Scholarship Opportunities in Europe for International Students

There are several opportunities for international students to acquire top quality education in Universities across Europe through fully and partially funded scholarship programmes. If you are interested in studying in Europe through financial assistance then this article could be of help to you. Take a look at any of these scholarship programmes and follow their instructions carefully so that you can achieve your dream of studying in Europe through well funded scholarship programme.


British Chevening Scholarship (UK)

Chevening Scholarships are offered by the UK government as part of their global scholarship programme. The scholarships are awarded to outstanding scholars from Chevening-eligible countries around the world. Awards are basically for a one-year Master’s degree. Most Chevening Scholarships take care of tuition fees, a living allowance at a set rate (for one person), a return airfare to the UK for economy class, and additional grants made available for essential expenditure.

DAAD Scholarships for Developing Countries (Germany)

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers scholarships at selected German Universities for a range of postgraduate courses with special relevance to developing countries. These scholarship opportunities are particularly targeted to international students and young professionals from developing countries in Africa, Asia, Pacific Islands, Central and South America and Central and Eastern Europe.  DAAD scholarship provides support for specific programmes by offering different fully or partially funded scholarships.

Holland Scholarships

This is a scholarship opportunity meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who would like to do their Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree at participating Universities in Holland.  The scholarship awards € 5,000 to beneficiaries which they will receive the in the first year of their studies.

Swedish Institute for Global Professionals (Sweden)

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

VLIR-OUS Scholarship Awards (Belgium)

VLIR-UOS offers 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 scholarship awards cover tuition fee, accomodation, allowance, travel costs,  and other program related costs.

Eiffel Excellence Scholarship Programme (France)

The Eiffel scholarship programme is another great opportunity for international students to study in France. This programme 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 PhD degree programs. Eiffel scholarship beneficiaries receive a monthly allowance and other expenses such as return trip, health insurance and cultural activities. The scholarship award does not cover tuition fees.

Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships for Foreign Students


The Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships offers graduate students from around 180 countries with the opportunity to embark on doctoral or postdoctoral research in any academic field  at one of the public funded university or recognized institution in Switzerland.  The scholarship covers a monthly allowance, tuition fees, health insurance, lodging allowance, etc.

Danish Government Scholarship for Non-EU/EEA Studnets (Denmark)

There are several scholarships 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. These scholarship opportunities can come 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 provides scholarships for foreign and Italian citizens resident abroad who wish to study in Italy. The scholarships are offered for University degree courses, Advanced vocational training, art and music courses, Masters Degree courses, PhD Courses, etc.  It is only possible to apply for three, six, or nine month scholarships.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships (UK)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are offered 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 award 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)

Rhodes is the oldest international scholarship program in the world. It is also among the most prestigious scholarships programmes in the world. This programme was established in the will of Cecil Rhodes in 1902. The Rhodes Scholarships are postgraduate awards that support exceptional international students from selected countries at the University of Oxford.  A Rhodes Scholarship takes care of 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 available to international students and European Union (non-UK) students who wish to pursue a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate among the courses available at Sheffield Hallam University. This scholarship comes with a half fee waiver (50%) for postgraduate courses and this is also applies 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 a Masters Degree at the University of Nottingham and make a difference to the development of their home country. Annually, 105 scholarships  are awarded out of which 30 scholarships will cover the full tuition fee while 75 will cover 50% of the tuition fee.

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a master’s degree programme 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 total tuition fee minus the home fee.

University of Maastricht High Potential Schlarships (Netherlands)

The University of Maastricht High Potential Scholarships are offered by the UM Scholarship Fund in order to encourage talented students from outside the EEA to follow a master’s programme at UM.  The scholarship award covers tuition fee, living expenses, visa costs, and insurance.

Radboud University Scholarship Programme (Netherlands)

The Radboud Scholarship Programme offers a selected number of very bright prospective non-EEA students the opportunity to receive a full or partial scholarship to pursue a complete English-taught Master’s degree programme at Radboud University Nijmegen. Full scholarships take care of tuition fees and living costs while the partial scholarships are in the form of partial tuition reduction (the tuition fee will be waived to the level of an EEA student). Also, the Radboud Scholarship further covers some other costs as visa, residence permit, health insurance and liability insurance.

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Amsterdam Excellence Scholarships (AES) provides scholarships to very bright students who are not resident in the EU to study Master’s Programmes offered at the University of Amsterdam. The AES comes as a full scholarship which gives beneficiaries award of €25,000 and this covers tuition and living expenses.

University of Twente Scholarships (Netherlands)

University Twente Scholarships (UTS) are scholarships for excellent students from both EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA countries, applying for a graduate programme (MSc) at the University of Twente. The scholarship amount is from € 6,000 – € 25,000 for one year.

Utrecht University Excellence Scholarships (Netherlands)

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship offers beneficiaries the opportunity to study Master’s degree in specific number of fields at Utrecht University. This scholarship opportunity can be in form of tuition fees or tuition fees plus 11.000 euro living expenses given to beneficiaries.

Erik Bleumink Scholarships at University of Groningen (Netherlands)

The Erik Bleumink Fund Scholarships are made available for any Master’s degree programmes having a duration of either 1 year or 2 years available at the University of Groningen.  The grant takes care of the tuition fees plus the costs of international travel, subsistence, books, and health insurance.

ETH Excellence Scholarships (Switzerland)

ETH Zurich provides support for very bright students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree at ETH with two scholarship programmes: the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programme (ESOP) and the Master Scholarship Programme (MSP). The Excellence Scholarship comprises of a grant covering living and study expenses (CHF 11,000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver.  The Master Scholarship Programme comprises of a partial stipend for living and study expenses (CHF 6,000 per semester) as well as a tuition fee waiver.

University of Lausanne Master’s Grant for Foreign Students (Switzerland)

The University of Lausanne in Switzerland makes available scholarships to international students who wish to pursue a Masters Degree at the University through the UNIL Master’s Grants.  The amount of the grant is CHF 1,600.- per month from 15 September to 15 July, for a duration not exceeding the regulation minimum period of the programme.

Bologna University Study Grants for International Students (Italy)

The University of Bologna provides study grants to international students who would like to register for First Cycle (Bachelors), Second Cycle (Masters) or Single Cycle Degree Programmes at the University of Bologna.  Each study grant is awarded for one academic year and amounts to a total of €11,059.

Lund University Global Scholarships for Non-EU/EEA Students (Sweden)

The Lund University Global Scholarship Programme targets top academic students who are citizens of countries from outside the European Union/European Economic Area (and Switzerland) and who would like to embark on a Bachelor’s or Masters Degree studies offered at the University. Scholarships may cover 25%, 50%, 75% or 100% of the tuition fee.


These are numerous opportunities which international students to make use of in order to achieve their dream of studying in top class universities in Europe.

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