Scotland creates scholarships for EU students

Scotland creates scholarships for EU students

01 October 2021, 3:30 PM.

Edinburgh (DPA) After Brexit, many EU students find it too expensive to study in the UK. The Scottish government wants to attract more youth to the EU with a new programme.

Flags of Scotland (O) and Europe. Scotland again wants to attract more students from the EU.

Scotland has launched a new scholarship program to welcome more EU students to its universities.

“Over the past year we have unfortunately seen a dramatic drop in applications from EU students who wish to study here,” the Scottish Secretary of State for Higher Education, Jamie Hepburn, said in a statement on Thursday. “We want to do everything we can to mitigate the damage caused by Brexit and promote Scotland’s educational offerings around the world.”

The programme, which is funded with £2.25 million (about €2.62 million), aims to financially support hundreds of EU students to study at Scottish universities from this autumn. This year, 41 percent fewer EU candidates applied to Scottish universities than last year. Across the UK, the decline was even greater, according to data from the Central Registry UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service).

With Brexit, Great Britain also withdrew from the EU exchange program Erasmus, with which simpler semesters abroad were possible. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government wants to enable British students to live abroad far beyond Europe with the so-called Turing programme. Foreign students are no longer funded in British universities.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon wants to hold another independence referendum and, in the event of a victory, take her country back from London to the European Union as an independent state. Scots voted against Brexit in 2016 with a clear majority.

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