An EU-funded scholarship programme for Syrian refugee students.

HOPES (Higher and further education opportunities and perspectives for Syrians) is a €12 million EU-funded response to the Syrian refugee crisis.

It aims at significantly improving the situation of Syrian refugees of post-secondary age as well as local young people by directly addressing their education needs in host communities affected by the high influx of refugees. 

The situation in Syria

Due to the war in Syria, nearly 5 million Syrians have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Many of these vulnerable people are university-aged. Only around one third of those who would have studied at university in Syria are enrolled in university programmes in host countries. Barriers to entering education include a lack of English and other language skills, a lack of recognised documentation of previous learning and high tuition fees.

Failure to complete formal education will hold back the personal and career development of these people as well as the development of Syria itself post-conflict. 


Young Syrians will benefit from improved learning opportunities, language skills and better access to information regarding study and employment opportunities. Further and higher education providers in host communities will receive financial support to provide innovative educational offers and thereby improve their own capacity.

Syrian learners will profit from recognised learning achievements, completed degrees and advanced academic and language training. This will enable them to continue their studies and careers when they return to Syria.

Specific aims

  • Increase the numbers of Syrian students enrolled and trained in certified and recognised higher and further education programmes and training courses.
  • Significantly improve the capacity of institutions in the region to provide young Syrians and other vulnerable groups with opportunities to access further and higher education opportunities.
  • Provide scholarships and establish a counselling mechanism to enable access to information and support to young Syrians about existing opportunities for further and higher education.

The partners

A consortium led by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and consisting of Campus France, the British Council and Nuffic will deliver different components of this programme through a four-year collaborative project.

Nuffic’s role: Calls for Proposals

Nuffic will design and manage calls for proposals. The main objective is to set up projects to:

  • increase the number of Syrian students enrolled in higher education and training.
  • The projects should also improve the education and training institutions’ capacity to provide Syrian youth with opportunities to access further and higher education;
  • promote refugee education through enhancing access to online resources, courses and educational support.

More information

More information can be found on the HOPES project website.

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