International Scholarships to Study in Eastern Europe

International Scholarships to Study in Eastern Europe

Sabrina Collier

Updated January 16, 2020 Updated January 16

With the launch of the latest QS EECA University Rankings covering the best universities in emerging Europe and central Asia, we thought we’d celebrate with a selection of international scholarships for students looking to study abroad in eastern Europe, covering countries such as the Czech RepublicHungaryPoland and Ukraine.

We also have a separate list dedicated entirely to scholarships for Russia, and one for those looking to study elsewhere in Europe.

Scholarships to study in Azerbaijan: 

Scholarships to study in Bulgaria: 
Sofia, Bulgaria

  • American University in Bulgaria – Various scholarships are available for both domestic and international students to study at the university. No separate application is required, except for students who are applying for a scholarship based on their financial need.      

Scholarships to study in Croatia:

Scholarships to study in the Czech Republic: 
Prague, Czech Republic

Scholarships to study in Estonia: 
Tallinn, Estonia

Scholarships to study in Hungary: 

Scholarships to study in Poland: 
Wroclaw, Poland

  • Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship Program – Government scholarships for international students from selected countries to study their master’s or PhD (in a science subject) abroad in Poland.
  • University of Warsaw – Scholarships for current students of the University of Warsaw with a high GPA.

Scholarships to study in Romania:

  • Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – International scholarships for non-EU students at all levels to study abroad in Romania. Priority will be given to certain subjects such as politics and education, and studies must be in the Romanian language (students not proficient in the language will be offered a one-year preparatory course). The scholarship covers tuition fees, accommodation and monthly financial support payments.

Scholarships to study in Russia:

Scholarships to study in Slovakia: 
Bratislava, Slovakia

Scholarships to study in Slovenia:

Other scholarships to study in Eastern Europe: 

  • Erasmus Mundus Scholarships – Enterprise led by the European Commission to help international students fund their studies in Europe at selected institutions.
  • CEEPUS Exchange Program with Central and Eastern Europe – CEEPUS is a multilateral exchange program in which universities from 16 countries within central and eastern Europe take part in student exchanges. Students are not required to pay tuition fees and will receive a grant to cover their living costs in their host country. To be eligible, students should be nationals of a CEEPUS/EU/EEA country.
  • Visegrad Fund scholarships – Study abroad scholarships for master’s and PhD students from selected countries in eastern Europe to study in one of the Visegrad (V4) group countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia) for up to four semesters. Students from the Visegrad group can also apply for the outgoing scheme to other V4 countries and partnership countries. 

This article was originally published in June 2016. It was updated in October 2018. 

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This article was originally published in October 2017 . It was last updated in January 2020

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The former Assistant Editor of, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 

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