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2020-04-23 17:15:51

TOP-10 sports scholarships in Europe: admission to schools, universities abroad

TOP-10 sports scholarships in Europe: admission to schools, universities abroad

Sports scholarships in Europe are offered by prestigious private schools, universities are one of the most interesting ways to receive funding and study grants. The system of sports programs in Europe differs from the USA or Canada: there are no organized student or school leagues that could match the American NCAA in terms of sports training. Organizational system: educational and sports institutions are independent organizations, but a full combination of prestigious education and professional sports is possible.

Features of sports scholarships in Europe

Sports scholarships in Europe are not the same for all countries and depend on which sports are developed in a particular state. So, hockey in Europe is more developed in Sweden, Finland, Switzerland, basketball - in Spain, Serbia, Italy. If you consider European countries not only as a place of education, but also to combine with professional sports training, it is important to take into account the level of development of the sport of interest in a particular country.

List of European countries where foreign students can receive sports scholarships:

  • Italy
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • France
  • Czech Republic
  • Slovenia
  • Serbia
  • Austria
  • Switzerland
  • Sweden
  • Finland
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia.

Sports scholarships in Europe can be obtained if you show high results in sports such as:

  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Golf
  • European football (sokker)
  • American football
  • Baseball
  • Fencing
  • Wrestling
  • Athletics
  • Horseback Riding
  • Rowing
  • Cross-country skiing.


Sports scholarships in Europe: types and options

Sports scholarships in Europe fully or partiallycover the cost of athletes' education. The amount of financial assistance depends on many factors, but first of all, it’s the athlete’s sports level, what level he performs at (history of victories, participation in high-level competitions), his physical data. Full scholarships (full financing of expenses for education, accommodation, meals) are usually awarded to young people with the potential of professional athletes.

How to get a sports scholarship in Europe?

Sports scholarships in Europe for foreign students are not easy to obtain, but quite realistic.

Preparation for applying for a scholarship in Europe:

  • Consultation with a professional sports trainer to get a realistic assessment of scholarship odds
  • Selection of European schools or universities that meet the needs and priorities of the student
  • Creating a sports portfolio with photos, videos, its promotion
  • Proper registration, preparation for the necessary tests (IELTS, FCE, CAE, A-level diploma, IBO)
  • Comparison of scholarship conditions of various universities
  • Applying to an educational institution
  • Preparation of visa applications, purchase of insurance.

SMAPSE has extensive experience working with athletes from abroad of different ages.


TOP-10 football scholarships in Europe

Europe highly values football, since the organization of football competitions at various levels brings great income to the countries of the continent. Football scholarships in Europe are available for bachelors, masters and keen on football, many football scholarships subsidize the cost of education and promote the student's football career.

Scholarship Name



Soccer scholarships

National University of Ireland

Soccer Scholarships is targeted at boys and girls. Scholarship holders work under the guidance of experienced trainers and study in the most modern sports centers.

Financial assistance provides sports activities, supports students in participating in sports.

Scholarship "Your Chance"

MSM International Football Academy

The football academy is interested in capable athletes demonstrating professional potential. To receive support, players must confirm their financial need.

BU Sport Scholarship

Bournemouth University

Financial assistance is available to bachelors and masters: they must be high-level athletes in any field of sports, including football. The athlete will represent BU in the BUCS League.

Newcastle University Sports Scholarships

Newcastle University

Scholarship assistance is distributed annually among bachelors and masters. It is intended for athletes involved in various sports. Applicants provide information about their successes, must represent the university in competitions at all levels and constantly improve their level.

University of Stirling - International Sports Scholarship Program

University of Stirling, UK

One of the largest sports programs in the UK, supporting young people with the potential for professional performances in the future. Disciplines: football, golf, swimming, tennis, triathlon.

UCLAN Women's Soccer Scholarship


The scholarship for girls involved in football supports individual and team performances. Athletes are assigned to special sports centers, perform at the regional and national levels.

London South Bank University Sports Scholarship

London South Bank University

Financial assistance is aimed at supporting individual and team performances in 2 levels of sport for girls:

  • Distinguished Sports Achievement Award - for Districts and Regions
  • Elite Sports Performance Award - for national representatives.

University Sports Scholarship Scheme

University of Kent

Sports scholarships are available for boys / girls involved in any sport (candidates must have sports achievements of a regional level).

Brunel University Sports Scholarship

Brunel University

Eligible candidates apply for a sports scholarship if they have been enrolled in an academic course. Athletes demonstrate sports achievements in one of the priority sports

University of Manchester Sport Scholarships


University of Manchester

The university offers scholarships to students who have shown high results at the Junior National level. Scholarship holders are assigned to the university sports club and are constantly improving their performance.

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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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