Study Abroad: 146 Indian students win Europe’s Erasmus Mundus scholarships for master's degree

Study in Europe: 75 female and 71 male students will study joint master’s programme in France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Germany, starting in September.

146 Indian students get European scholarships for higher studies. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)146 Indian students get European scholarships for higher studies. (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

Vagisha Kaushik | June 28, 2024 | 03:55 PM IST

NEW DELHI: 146 Indian students have been awarded the Erasmus Mundus scholarships for master's programmes in Europe for the academic session 2024-25. Among the selected students are 75 females and 71 males. The European study abroad scholarships are awarded every year for the joint master’s degree programmes offered by an international consortium of higher educational institutions. The delegation of the European Union to India hosted a celebratory event for the students who will be leaving India to study in Europe this September.

The study abroad scholarship covers the student’s tuition fee, travel costs and living allowance. The selected students will get the opportunity to study and conduct research at a minimum of two universities in different European countries, earning joint or double degrees in diverse fields such as sustainability, pharmaceuticals, engineering, quantum, data and various STEM and social science disciplines.

The European countries offering postgraduate programmes under the scholarship include France (31), Portugal (19), Belgium (17), Italy (15), Spain (14), Germany (9), Finland (8), Czech Republic (5), Sweden (4), Latvia (3), The Netherlands (2), Poland (2), Austria (2), Greece (1), and Hungary (1) and new members including Serbia (1), Israel (2), Turkey (2), and United Kingdom (8).

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Over 2,000 Indian students have received the Erasmus Mundus scholarship since its inception in 2004, as per an official statement from the European Union. Overall, more than 6,000 Erasmus+ short and long-term scholarships have been awarded to Indian students, providing access to state-of-the-art education and research facilities, international exposure, and valuable professional networks.

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Congratulating the winners of the scholarship, HE Hervé Delphin, ambassador of the European Union to India said: “Over 80,000 Indian students are studying in Europe, reflecting a growing appreciation for the continent's diverse academic offerings, rich cultural heritage, and unparalleled opportunities for personal and professional growth. The fact that India ranks as top recipient of Erasmus+ scholarship since its inception, despite its competitive nature, speaks volumes about the caliber of Indian students.”

“This is the start of an enriching and transformative experience for them. As they are about to study and live a unique experience in an EU country, they will also become ambassadors of the partnership between the EU and India. I wish them every success,” he added.

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