Who is an EU Student?

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An EU student is a national of a member state of the European Union:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Please, note that some countries apply restrictions to students from Croatia.

Some countries may also categorize applicants as EU students if:

  • They have resided within the European Union for a certain period of time before applying for the study program of their choice.
  • They hold a permanent residence permit in any state of the European Union.
  • They hold the status of refugee in any state of the European Union.

If you are not sure whether you might qualify as an EU student, we recommend you to check it with your higher education institution as EU students usually enjoy lower tuition fees than non-EU students and have access to a larger array of scholarships and grants to support their studies. Additionally, application deadlines for higher education studies may also vary depending on whether the applicant is an EU student or comes from outside the European Union.

Who is an EEA student?

EEA stands for European Economic Area, which includes the European Union plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway. While Switzerland is not in the EEA, Swiss nationals have the same rights as EEA citizens. Therefore, EEA students are nationals of Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway or Switzerland, and enjoy the same benefits as EU students.

Are you an EU student but have studied outside the European Union?

In the event you are a national of a member state of the EU and hold a degree from an institution outside the European Union, your foreign studies may be subject to special evaluation. Please, contact your country's National Ministry of Education or your institution to learn more about recognition of your non-EU studies.

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