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Study in Europe - Portability Pilot

For the first time, as part of a pilot initiative to encourage more Scottish students to study abroad, Scottish domiciled students studying at eligible European universities can apply for the same bursary and loan support as students attending university in Scotland.

The pilot will run until the end of academic year 2016-17. Students interested in this opportunity should note that the support will not end after academic year 2016-17, as students will be supported for the duration of their undergraduate course. We will evaluate the pilot throughout the three year intake.


The pilot aims to help and encourage Scottish students who wish to study in the EU. As this is a pilot, only students studying at approved universities will be eligible to apply for student support from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). When considering which universities could take part, we focused on publicly funded universities that delivered a wide variety of undergraduate courses that were completely taught in English.

The eligible universities are:

  • Groningen University, Netherlands – Tuition fees approx. €1,850 (tuition fee loans available from Dutch government)
  • Maastricht University, Netherlands – Tuition fees approx. €1,850 (tuition fee loans available from Dutch government)
  • Malmo University, Sweden – No tuition fees
  • Rhine Waal University, Germany – No tuition fees (semester fee of approx. €239.62 which the student will have to self-fund)
  • Southern Denmark University, Denmark - No tuition fees


Students can apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS) for bursary and loan support based on household income. However, students taking up this opportunity should not apply to SAAS for payment of their tuition fees. Instead, the tuition fee arrangements will depend on which country you study in.  Please visit the information section about each university to find out the tuition fee arrangements.

The attached guide gives students information on sponsorships and scholarships available to study in 14 EU countries http://www.european-funding-guide.eu/

Once we evaluate the pilot, we will then consider the possibility of extending this to other EU countries.