international scholarships in Europe
International scholarships in Europe include full or partial coverage of tuition fees. Source: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP

Things are tough for Asian students this year. With job layoffs and pay cuts induced by the coronavirus crisis, it’s becoming tougher to collect funds to study abroad. There are, however, ways to overcome this, one of them being scholarships. If you’re Nepalese, you’re in luck. Here’s a roundup of international scholarships in Europe for Nepalese students in 2021:

Lund University

The Lund University Global Scholarship is merit-based. It selects the best academic students from outside the European Union who want to apply for a bachelor’s or master’s programme. Approximately 15 million Swedish kronas are awarded each year — that amounts to 1.4 million euros or US$1.7 million.

University of Gothenburg

The Axel Adler Scholarship is the University of Gothenburg in Sweden’s main scholarship programme for fee-paying students pursuing eligible master’s programmes: Master of Arts, Master of Science or any of the four master’s programmes in Fine, Applied and Performing Arts. The scholarship covers the tuition fee for the recipient. 

People sit in a restaurant in Stockholm on May 29, 2020, amid the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Some of the most generous international scholarships in Europe are by Swedish unis and organisations.  Source: Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP


Chalmers in Sweden will be offering approximately 45 IPOET scholarships in 2021, funded by the Swedish Council for Higher Education to prospective fee-paying students. These opportunities are available for all of their current master’s programmes and targets non-EU citizens. The scholarship recipients get a 75% reduction of the tuition fees (four semesters or two-year programme) — those with good first-year results may get an increased reduction, which covers 85% of the tuition fees during the second and final year of studies

Swedish Institute

This scholarship programme is new. It applies to a large number of master’s programmes at Swedish universities that will commence in fall 2021 and provides full coverage of tuition fees. Recipients also get SEK10,000 monthly for living expenses throughout the scholarship period. This programme aims to develop future global leaders that will contribute to the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and also contribute to a positive and sustainable development in their home countries. 

Uppsala University

Uppsala University is awarding several scholarships for fee-paying master’s students who plan to embark on their degree next fall. They will cover tuition costs, but not living expenses. 


Every year, a limited number of KTH Scholarships from the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden are awarded based on academic excellence to students. Applicants are required to have applied and paid for a master’s programme first. What’s covered? Full tuition fee of a one or two-year master’s programme. Living costs are not included.

Maastricht University

international scholarships in Europe

A young boy rides on the back of a bike down the street next to one of the many canals in the capital city of Amsterdam. Several Dutch unis offer international scholarships in Europe. Source: Timothy Clary/AFP

The Maastricht University Holland High Potential Scholarship programme offers 24 full scholarships worth 29,000 euros each (including tuition fee waiver and monthly stipend) annually to highly talented students from outside the EU who have been admitted to a master’s programme. 

Radboud University

The Radboud Scholarship programme in the Netherlands offers a small number of scholarships to non-EU/EEA applicants to pursue an English-taught master’s degree programme at Radboud University. There 12 full scholarships and about 25 partial scholarships to be awarded each year for one of the English-taught Master’s degree programmes. The Erasmus Mundus master’s programmes, joint-degree master’s programmes, and the Master’s programme in Theology are excluded. A full scholarship covers tuition fee of 16,000 euros and living costs of 10,800 euros.