The European Commission has boosted its number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships, which will allow them to spend time studying at EU universities, the European Commission has announced this week.
There are more than 150 Erasmus Mundus scholarships available this year for students from Syria, including those who have been exiled or displaced within the country, the Commission said. In the past two years, the number of scholarships available for Syrians has doubled. The increase in funding was made after a review of Europe’s neighbourhood policy last year, which found that relations with the Arabic world should be improved after a series of uprisings in the region.
The Commission has also launched an information campaign to make displaced Syrian students aware of the Erasmus Mundus opportunity.
Commissioner Stefan Füle, who is responsible for neighbourhood policy, said: “It is of the utmost importance that Syrian students know that the EU will keep its door open for eligible candidates to enable them to study in European universities.”
The Erasmus Mundus programme, which started in 2004, supports cooperation in higher education between the EU and other countries. It provides financial support for students and academic staff to study or work at universities in other countries.