6 free tuition fee waivers for Ukrainian students

Since the Russian-Ukraine war, universities worldwide have been offering scholarships, grants, and bursaries to displaced Ukrainian students.

Many have fled Ukraine to find solace in neighbouring countries while those still pursuing their education are forced to attend online classes or have their education disrupted due to the war. 

Many universities have been standing in solidarity and supporting Ukrainian citizens. As applications are opening for the 2022-23 academic year, various universities are offering full or partial tuition fee waivers to incoming Ukrainian students who wish to continue their education or enrol in a programme. 

Universities waiving tuition fees for Ukrainians

University of Aberdeen

The University of Aberdeen will be waiving tuition fees of up to 250,000 pounds for new and returning Ukrainian students, along with accommodation assistance for this and next year. 

To qualify for the tuition fee waiver, students:

  • Need to be self-funding for their programme on-campus
  • Was a resident in Ukraine before the Russian invasion or is a Ukrainian national
  • Ukrainian residents, Ukrainian citizens, and Belarusian and Russian refugees and asylum seekers need not apply and will automatically be awarded the tuition fee waiver

Those studying UG Medicine or MBA programmes or under the Scottish Government funding arrangements will not qualify for the university’s tuition fee waivers. 

Students without essential documents such as a transcript of their qualifications will also be considered. They will need to contact [email protected]

The university is offering financial support of up to £50,000 to students affected by the war. New students commencing their studies in 2022-23 will receive £1,000 in cash bursaries, which will be awarded automatically. 

Click here for details.

SMK University of Applied Social Sciences

SMK University of Applied Social Sciences (SMK) in Lithuania is accepting and granting 100 students from Ukraine a full tuition fee waiver. The tuition fee applies to SMK’s professional bachelor programmes that are offered in English: International Business and Marketing and Advertising Creation. 

To qualify, Ukrainian students must:

  • Be able to study in English
  • Fill up an application form
  • Sit for an interview with the university’s admission committee 

Click here for details.

Kazimieras Simonavičius University

Kazimieras Simonavičius University (KSU) is providing full tuition fee waivers to 100 Ukrainian students displaced by the war and who can no longer continue their studies in their home country.

Students granted the tuition fee waiver will be admitted to the KSU study programmes that are currently offered in English: Aviation Management (Bachelor), Entrepreneurship and Management (Bachelor), and European Union Law (Master).

Ukrainian students applying to the university must:

  • Be able to study in English
  • Sit for an interview with the university’s admission committee
  • Fill out an application form

Apply here. Applicants will have to provide additional documents once it is approved. 

Hampton University 

Hampton University in the US announced that it would be granting free room, board and tuition to 50 to 100 Ukrainian students and those displaced by the war for the six-week summer session. 

Once the summer session is over, Ukrainian students can continue studying at the university at regular tuition fee rates. 

“The collective Hampton University faculty, staff and students are heartbroken because the war-torn country of Ukraine must deal with atrocities like the bombing of maternity wards, hospitals and other civilian areas,” says Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey.

“I think this partnership can be beneficial to a great number of students and families. My entire career has been focused on helping people to achieve and meet their goals.”

The deadline to apply is May 16, 2022. For details or to apply, click here

Various universities are offering full or partial tuition fee waivers to incoming Ukrainian students. Source: Philippe Lopez/AFP

University of Alberta 

The University of Alberta (U of A) is providing partial or full tuition fee waivers to incoming Ukrainian undergraduates and postgraduates applying for their Fall 2022 semester. Eligibility will be based on students’ financial circumstances. 

Aside from tuition fee waivers, the university is also waiving application and residence application fees. It is also funding living costs for Ukrainian students. 

To be admitted to the university, students must meet the English language requirements. Some of the university’s programmes are still accepting applications.  

For details, click here to contact the Student Service Centre (select “Ukraine Support” in the dropdown list).

Tallinn University of Technology

Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) in Estonia has established a scholarship fund to waive tuition fees for incoming Ukrainian students for the 2022-23 academic year. 

To be eligible, students must have Ukrainian citizenship and have obtained a Temporary Protection from Estonian Police and Border Guard Board. Once enrolled in their desired programme, they must obtain 30 ECTS credit points from the courses taken, or pay a sum for every credit point short. 

The university is also waiving application fees too. 

Click here for details.

6 universities waiving tuition fees for Ukrainian students

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