Popular scholarships in Europe
In some countries, all resident students, as well as most international students, receive grants and scholarships that cover most of their tuition. These countries include Cyprus, Denmark, Malta, and Finland. Also, most of the students from Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Norway receive financial assistance. Iceland is the only country that does not offer any government grant system for both residents and international students. In most European countries, foreign students pay for their studies themselves, receiving small grant support.
One of the most popular programs — Erasmus Mundus provides an opportunity for exchange between universities in Europe and other countries. The grants cover part or all of the costs of tuition, travel, and accommodation. Not only bachelors and masters, but also teachers can take part in Erasmus Mundus. Detailed information about the program is available on the website of the European Union Erasmus Mundus.
Each European country provides its grants and implements scholarship programs available to students. Many of them can be found on a special resource scholarshipportal.eu. Here are three popular European scholarships.
Chevening Scholarships give a year to study in a master's program at a British university, but the duration of the program can be longer. The winners of the program are paid a monthly scholarship, and the cost of education and living in the UK is covered. There are many study areas for which Chevening is issued. There are English proficiency requirements: as a rule, it is necessary to pass IELTS or TOEFL. Additional information is available at chevening.org.
The German Academic Exchange Service provides DAAD Scholarships in a variety of areas and at different levels of education. Usually, the DAAD Foundation is approached by bachelor graduates who want to complete a master's program in Germany. The scholarship allows you to cover the cost of living and studying. Knowledge of German is required. Detailed information is available at daad.de.
Rhodes Scholarship is provided for study at the University of Oxford. The scholarship is for two years of undergraduate or postgraduate studies. The scholarship fully covers tuition and a part of living expenses. Additional information is available at rhodeshouse.ox.ac.uk.
Applying for a student visa
The package of required documents for obtaining a student visa varies from country to country. The main package of documents includes the following:
- Official invitation from the educational institution.
- Enrollment certificate.
- Documents confirming the availability of a place of residence (this can be a student residence or a rented apartment — in the latter case, a lease contract and a copy of the passport of the owner of the apartment are required).
- A reservation or a plane ticket (if the training is more than three months, a return ticket is not needed).
- For countries belonging to the Schengen area, medical insurance is required (the minimum amount of coverage is 30 thousand euros).
- International passport and its copy.
- 2-4 photos in colour on a light background of 3.5x4.5 cm, while the face should occupy 70-80 per cent of the area of the photo.
- Completed form.
- Personal financial guarantee in the form of bank statements. If a student is awarded a grant, supporting documents are required. In most cases, tuition must be fully or partially prepaid — in this case, supporting documents (cheques, payment receipts) are also required.
- A certificate from work indicating the position and average salary of the applicant or a student card and a certificate from the educational institution where the applicant is studying. If the applicant is not employed, a sponsor's employment certificate, sponsorship letter and bank statement are required.
- A copy of a diploma of higher education or a certificate of secondary education.
- Internal passport and its copy.
Sometimes consulates may require a portfolio with letters of recommendation or motivation, certificates of completion of certain courses and other data characterizing the applicant. A certificate of conduct and medical certificates may be required, or a free-form letter stating the applicant's reasons for wanting to study in that country.
If a student goes to a foreign university on an exchange program, a copy of the agreement between the universities is required. To obtain a student visa to European countries, an interview at a consulate or embassy may be required. To obtain a student visa to the UK, you will need to appear in person at the embassy or consulate for the procedure of taking a digital photo and scanning fingerprints.
All documents must be translated into the language of the country, and the translation must be done by a professional agency and legalized.
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