Scotland provides EU students with financial aid after a huge drop in scholarship applications

Scotland provides EU students with financial aid after a huge drop in scholarship applications

In an effort to combat a sharp decline in applications to Scottish universities, Scotland plans to start a £2.25 million scholarship programme for EU students.

In all four UK nations, applications have plummeted since Brexit took effect in March of this year, while the number of non-EU students accepted into British universities has increased significantly.

The Saltire Scholarship, offered by the Scottish government, aims to reverse a 41% decline in EU applicants.

As reported by The Herald, students who plan to begin their studies in the fall or January of this year are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

"EU students make an absolutely vital contribution to our economy, educational environment, and society as a whole," said Jamie Hepburn, SNP minister for higher and further education.

Scotland is open for business to European students, as demonstrated by our new scholarship programme, which will help strengthen and repair our ties with the EU.

"Unfortunately, we have seen a significant drop in EU student applications in the last year. We are determined to reverse the damage caused by Brexit and promote Scotland's education offer globally."

The German ambassador to the UK, Andreas Michaelis, expressed concern about a "over 50% drop" in EU students enrolling in undergraduate programmes in the United Kingdom.

Mobility of students is critical in establishing links between Germany and the UK. The number of Chinese students has increased once more, he added.

In response to criticism of the UK's post-Brexit alternative, academics began pushing for Scotland to rejoin the Erasmus programme on its own earlier this year.

Students from the European Union have complained that Britain's post-Brexit Turing Scheme limits the number of EU students who can attend British universities.

Official from UCU Scotland, Mary Senior, stated: "Erasmus was not just about students and staff from Scotland and the UK being able to learn abroad, it helped those from other participating countries to come here.".

To understand a foreign culture and language was the goal.

"The lack of reciprocity in Turing is a major source of frustration for us.

"Another issue is that it will only last a short time.

"Turing only lasts for a year, after all. Building relationships with other institutions will be more difficult if you don't know what will happen to the programme after 2022."

As the head of the European Commission, Ursula Von Der Leyen, said, Scotland could not join Erasmus+ on its own because it is a "constituent nation" of the United Kingdom.