It's no secret that scholarships are a great alternative to student finance when it comes to funding your studies. Scholarships in the Netherlands are great because there's one for everyone (really, there is). If you're an EU student, you technically still count as an international student when you study at a Dutch university. Therefore, you should also have the 411 on how to finance your studies! On our Scholarships page, we have a general outline on scholarships every international student needs to know about. Here, we want to dive a bit deeper into EU-student scholarships.
So, get your coffee and take a seat, because here we go: 3 scholarships (and one bonus surprise) that EU students should be experts on.
Erasmus Programme +
This scholarship is not specifically just for EU students, but rather is a scholarship for anyone wishing to to a study-abroad semester or few within the EU. With Erasmus +, you can find the perfect exchange in almost 40 countries. This also goes if you want to volunteer abroad! A lot of universities are part of the Erasmus scheme, meaning they provide support when students want to study abroad. Basically, if you take part in Erasmus +, you can apply for an Erasmus Scholarship.
You will be awarded a grant, called the Erasmus + EU Grant, which covers traveling and other costs during your exchange period. Nice, no? What's even better is that you don't have to pay the fees, registrations or other costs at the host university where you spend your exchange. This goes for all Erasmus + students, regardless of whether you get the Grant or not. You can find out more about this particular scholarship here.
Moreover, you can be a student at any level, from studying a Bachelor to a Master's to a PhD.
This is one of the most widely-known EU-student scholarships worldwide. In short, this scholarship is called the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) for Master's students from around the world. With this EU-funded scholarship, you must study in at least two of the countries involved for 12 to 24 months. These include EU countries like Germany and Sweden, and non-EU countries like Norway and Turkey. To apply for this scholarship, you have to have a Bachelor's degree at a recognised level. With this scholarship, your tuition fees, travel and other costs can be covered for the whole of your study programme (nice).
Basically, if you choose this scholarship, you'll get either a joint degree or multiple degrees. Two in one, guys!
If you want to find out more about Erasmus Mundus, you can check out their website, where you'll also learn how to apply!
NN Future Matters
As one of the EU student scholarships, the NN Future Matters scholarship is designed for EU students (and more) who want to study a Master's degree in Holland. If you are from either the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, or Spain this is for you.
With this scholarship, you can get a one-time grant of €5,000! Wow, right? You have to apply for a master's degree in either finance, risk management or economics. A lot of Dutch universities participate in the NN Future Matters, and you can find out if the college of your choice is one of them on their website. You can find out more about this scholarship and the other requirements on our Scholarships page.
EU-student scholarships for specific universities
Aside from the previous two EU-student scholarships, you can also find scholarships and grants relating to specific universities or courses. To find this, head on over to your university of choice's website and find their 'scholarship' pages. There are lots of different types of scholarships to be found, ranging from duration to nationality to course!
Furthermore, Study in Holland has a looooong and extensive list of scholarships for every type of student. You'll need to do a little bit of digging to find the ones applicable to you.
In conclusion, there might not be as many scholarships for EU students as there are for non-EU students. But that doesn't mean that there aren't any! There are lots of resources for you to check out when it comes to EU-student scholarships, starting here. Then, when you've become an expert on those, you can check out more information about student loans so that you're really in the loop about financing your studies!
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