Host countries often do not have financial assistance programmes for
international students, except sometimes in the context of exchange or research
programmes. Therefore you should first inquire in your home country about the possibilities
for financial assistance, both at the government level and from private
Additionally, individual higher education institutions may have programmes,
or partnerships with other institutions, to provide some financial assistance to
international students. Especially in the context of the European Union, a
number of student exchange and mobility programmes may apply to your situation.
In general, ENIC-NARIC centres do not provide information on scholarship
programmes and other exchange and mobility programmes.
What to avoid
A number of fraudulent operations exist, which imitate legitimate agencies
(in name for instance) to defraud students of their money. In general, be
suspicious of any financial assistance programme or agency where you have to
give money before you can receive money (to go to a seminar, for instance, or
to be guaranteed success in your application).
Inquire with your own institution and the institution where you plan to
study abroad about the existence of institutional financial aid programmes. Those
details are normally given by International Relation Offices or Student
Mobility Offices within an institution. Student associations may also be able
to give you advice in this regard.
Ploteus - Portal on Learning Opportunities throughout the European Space
Euraxess - Researchers in Motion
Erasmus + - Student Mobility
Erasmus Mundus Programme - Scholarships for students and academics
European Students' Union (ESU)