Dutch Government Puts Hold on Student Grant Reform
Written on Friday, 13 December 2013 18:19

Dutch Education minister Jet Bussemaker confirmed yesterday that she will revise her plans to replace student grants with loans and has confirmed the new system will not come into effect in 2014 [as she had hoped] but in 2015.The cabinet does not have majority support for the plans in the upper house of parliament and the minister has agreed to rethink her proposals.

Free public transport for students will also now continue until 2017, the minister said>

EUNiCAS has been advised that if you start university under the current finance arrangements you can continue under these arrangements until you graduate, in the event of the reformed arrangements being introduced during your programme.

Under current rules, Full-time students, if they are EU citizens, are entitled to the following financial support in the Netherlands: 1. a Tuition Fee Loan 2.a Basic Grant 3. a Supplementary Grant and 4. a Top Up Loan. Your entitlement to items 2-4 [but not your entitlement to a Tuition Fee Loan] are dependent upon you working 56 hours a month [this is the equivalent to two or three evening shifts, a week, working in a restaurant]. Entitlement to the Supplementary Grant is calculated with reference to family income.

Please contact EUNiCAS at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it if you would like our Information Sheet containing our Guidelines to Student Finance in the Netherlands.

University of Groningen, one of seven Dutch Universities in World's Top 100

Straight-A students forced to go abroad to study medicine as NHS recruits record number of foreign doctors
Written on Tuesday, 05 November 2013 06:16

Straight-A students are being turned away from medicine degrees at British universities due to government quotas. The news comes as the NHS recruits foreign doctors in record numbers, some of whom have ‘little or no knowledge of British culture’.

For 2013-2014, English universities were allowed to recruit just 6,071 medicine students, even though the General Medical Council registers 13,000 doctors each year and the NHS struggles to recruit enough staff.

An estimated 6,000 newly-registered doctors each year are foreigners who trained overseas. It is alleged that a proportion of these doctors have poor English and are not always familiar with drugs used in this country. Also, some these doctors – 40% of the country’s annual registration of doctors - have no knowledge and experience of British culture or its Health Service – and this in the most people-centric occupation of all.

[condensed from Daily Mail]

Above: Jagiellonian University, Cracow, a centre of excellence in Poland, one of many Central & Eastern European Universities experiencing a surge in applications from UK and Irish students this year

British students part of recovery in Sweden from dive in international student numbers
Written on Wednesday, 18 September 2013 03:21

Swedish universities are looking to build on the first signs of recovery in the international student market, following the collapse in overseas applications when ‘full-cost’ tuition fees were introduced for non-European students in 2011. But they face a massive uphill task. The number of international applicants fell dramatically, from 132,000 in 2010 to 15,000 in 2011, after students from outside the European Union and European Economic Area – EU-EEA – were told to find around €10,000 (US$13,300) a year in fees. A fall in foreign student enrolments was fully expected in the wake of introducing these fees.  

However, the latest applications data shows signs of recovery. In 2012, there was a 24% increase in the number of applicants compared to 2011. One  important change is in the way Swedish universities promote themselves abroad, with a new focus on attracting non-fee paying students from other EU-EEA countries to make up for some of the shortfall from Asia and Africa.

[above: Lund University]

Germany is the top European country in terms of students being offered places this year, with 624 admitted students. Greece is next with 451 being admitted, followed by the UK with 429 students offered a place this year. Note that figures only show the country from which the students have their bachelor degree and not their citizenship. For example, of the 429 admitted students from Great Britain in 2013, 395 were not required to pay because they were EU-EEA citizens, while 34 had to pay.

[extracted from University World News]

More Study in Europe Seminars Coming Up
Written on Friday, 13 September 2013 14:30

Come and take part in our popular Study in Europe seminar, at a city near you. Forthcoming seminars are being offered in:#

Belfast 13th September Methodist College
Dublin 18th-20th September Higher Options, RDS
London 3rd October Global Study Exhibition, Olympia
Manchester 12th October The Student World, Event City
London 13th October The Student World, Emirates Stadium
Cork 15th/16th October Cork Options, Rochestown Park

Please check with us for further details and for other events we have lined up in additional cities.

In addition to exploring the many opportunities open to you, and how studying abroad adds to your employability, we will also look at the nitty gritty stuff such as entry procedures and financial matters.

EUNiCAS also has a stand at all of these events, so that you can talk to us on a 1:1 basis.

We look froward to meeting you soon

Vacancies in European Universities August 2013
Written on Wednesday, 14 August 2013 06:31

Below you will find a selection of programmes, largely in public universities and colleges, that are still recruiting international students. There are other programmes, with vacant places, outside this list, especially in some private universities or colleges. Note that if there is a programme that catches your eye and is not listed below, you should contact EUNiCAS who can check if that programme is still accepting applications.Please note that many of these programmes are filling vacancies on a day-by-day basis so you should move quickly to avoid disappointment. 


Some of the deadlines below are flexible.

Bachelor Degree Deadline Fee
Animal Sciences [Eur]
Van Hall Larenstein UAS HOL Equine Leisure & Sports 15-Aug 1835
Van Hall Larenstein UAS HOL Applied Animal Science 15-Aug 1835
Communication & Media
HAN UAS HOL Communication 30-Aug 1835
Hague UAS HOL Communication 30-Aug 1835
Stenden UAS HOL Media & Entertainment Mng 30-Aug 1835
Hanze UAS HOL Communication 30-Aug 1835
Haaga-Helia UAS FIN International Business* 13-Sep 0
Satakunta UAS FIN Innovative Bus Services* 13-Sep 0
Aalborg University DEN Bus Admin & Economics until full 0
Univ College N.Denmark DEN Marketing Management until full 0
HUB Brussels BEL Business Administration 16-Sep 578
UAS NW Switzerland SWI Business Administration 30-Aug 1100
Hanze UAS HOL Business Administration 30-Aug 1835
HAN UAS HOL Business Administration 30-Aug 1835
Stenden UAS HOL Business Administration 30-Aug 1835
Hague UAS HOL Business Administration 30-Aug 1835
Amsterdam UAS HOL International Bus & Langs 30-Aug 1835
SKEMA FRA Marketing & Business Dev 13-Sep 7200
Medical University Varna BUL Dentistry 16-Sep 8000
Rigas Stradins U LAT Dentistry* 30-Nov 12000
Pavol Josef Safarik U SLO Dentistry 15-Aug 9000
Masaryk University CZE Dentistry 16-Aug 11600
VIA University College DEN Architectural Technology until full 0
Univ College N.Denmark DEN Architectural Technology until full 0
VIA University College DEN Civil Engineering until full 0
HZ UAS HOL Civil Engineering 30-Aug 1835
VIA University College DEN Global Bus Engineering until full 0
Univ College N.Denmark DEN Computer Science until full 0
Fontys UAS HOL Electrical Engineering 15-Aug 1835
HAN UAS HOL Automotive Engineering 30-Aug 1835
Fontys UAS HOL Software Engineering 15-Aug 1835
Stenden UAS HOL Information Technology 30-Aug 1835
SKEMA FRA Aeronautical Science 13-Sep 7200
Amsterdam UAS HOL Financial Management 30-Aug 1835
Hanze UAS HOL Finance & Accounting 30-Aug 1835
Hague UAS HOL Financial Management 30-Aug 1835
Touro College FRA Finance 30-Aug 6000
Game Design/Animation
Aalborg University DEN Art & Technology until full 0
Aalborg University DEN Medialogy until full 0
Saxion UAS HOL Game Design 15-Aug 1835
Saxion UAS HOL Art & Technology 15-Aug 1835
Prague College CZE Fine Art/Experimental Media 23-Aug 4200
University of Groningen HOL American Studies 23-Aug 1835
Hanze UAS HOL Fine Art 23-Aug 1835
Hanze UAS HOL Music 23-Aug 1835
University of Warsaw POL Archaeology 23-Aug 0
University of Wroclaw POL Antquities & Archaelogy 10-Sep 2000
Liberal Arts & Sciences
Maastricht University HOL Liberal Arts & Sciences* 01-Oct 3035
Hotel Management/Tourism
Univ College N. Denmark DEN Hospitality Management until full 0
Stenden UAS HOL Hotel Management 30-Aug 1835
Stenden UAS HOL Tourism 30-Aug 1835
Hague Hotel School HOL Hotel Management* 01-Oct
Saxion UAS HOL Hotel Management 15-Aug 1835
Hanze UAS HOL Marketing 30-Aug 1835
Touro College FRA Management & Marketing 30-Aug 6000
Instituto Euro di Design ITA Fashion Marketing & Comm 30-Aug 8500
Instituto Euro di Design SPA Fashion Marketing & Comm 30-Aug 8500
Medical University Pleven BUL Medicine* 01-Oct 7000
Medical University Varna BUL Medicine 16-Sep 8000
Rigas Stradins U LAT Medicine* 30-Nov 12000
Pavol Josef Safarik U SLO Medicine 15-Aug 8500
MU Bialystock POL Medicine 15-Aug 9500
Masaryk University CZE Medicine 16-Aug 11600
Univ Roma  Tor Vergata ITA Pharmacy 31-Aug From 1315
MU Sofia BUL Pharmacy 15-Sep 8000
UITM POL Physiotherapy 15-Aug 3000
University Vincent Pol POL Physiotherapy 15-Sep 3600
Lund University SWE Physics* 15-Aug 0
Umea University SWE Molecular Biology* 15-Aug 0
Roskilde University DEN Natural Sciences until full 0
Aalborg University DEN Sustainable Biotechnology until full 0
Johannes Kepler Univ AUS Biochemistry 31-Aug 0
University of Nordland NOR Biology* 01-Oct 180
University of Maastricht HOL Science* 01-Nov 1835
HAN UAS HOL Life Sciences 30-Aug 1835
HZ UAS HOL Chemistry 30-Aug 1835
SKEMA FRA Marine Science 13-Sep 7200
Social Sciences
Hague UAS HOL International/European Law 30-Aug 1835
Hague UAS HOL European Studies 30-Aug 1835
University of Warsaw POL International Relations 19-Sep 3000
University of Warsaw POL Psychology 28-Aug 3000
Touro College FRA Psychology 30-Aug 6000
Veterinary Science
University of Forestry BUL Veterinary Science 11-Sep 5000
Warsaw University LS POL Veterinary Science 15-Aug 7500
* asterisked programmes have Jan/Feb 2014 star

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