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Why Study in Europe

Highlights

  • You will get introduced with a great education system Professional life interactive studies.
  • You will get introduced with a great education system.
  • Truly Multicultural environment
  • You will get at least 10-15 people from different culture.
  • Other than you in the same course!
  • You will get introduced with a great education system.
  • Truly Multicultural environment
  • You can visit all around the Europe with a single visa.
  • during your studies
  • 26 countries with one visa (EU)

Universities in Europe have long been known for their high academic standards, their cutting-edge research, and their value for money. Thirty-one of the world’s top 100 universities, as listed by The Times in its 2012 World University Rankings, are in Europe, making it the second biggest bloc of universities after the USA.

In all, there are over 4000 Higher Education Institutions in Europe offering a wide range of courses at Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate level. With more and more of these institutions introducing English as the language of instruction for at least some of their degree programs, universities in Europe are now better placed than ever before to offer a warm welcome to international students and to deliver a course of study that meets their career needs in today’s global market. This is particularly noticeable at graduate level: the number of English-taught Masters in mainland Europe has increased massively from just over 1000 in 2007 to over 5000 today. Degree courses taught in English are available in a huge array of disciplines from Business and Economics (currently the most popular, representing about 28% of English-taught Masters in Europe) to Engineering, Life Sciences (including medicine), Social Sciences and Humanities subjects.

The Bologna Declaration of 1999 has led to higher education systems throughout Europe becoming aligned to a 3-cycle system of Higher Education as follows:

  • Bachelor’s degree (3-4 years)
  • Master’s degree (1-2 years)
  • Doctorate Degree (3 years)
 

As part of this process the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has been introduced which permits students attending a European Higher Education Institution to transfer to another university within Europe or indeed further afield and to easily transfer their credits. The ECTS helps students to transfer between universities during the course of one cycle (normally just at bachelor’s degree level) or to transfer upon completion of one cycle to another university for further studies (for example, to switch from one university after completing a bachelor’s degree to another university for a Master’s program).

Universities in Europe have long welcomed students from other countries. With its unique combination of a modern and high-quality way of life allied to its rich historical heritage, Europe offers a study experience like no other.

1. A Wealth of Educational Institutions to Choose From

  • With 50 countries spread across its land mass, Europe offers a whole host of choices if you’re looking for an excellent center of learning and academia. Almost all European countries are open to welcoming international students.

    2018 study by www.study.eu, an independent study choice portal for European universities, found that at least 10 European countries score very high on rankings for universities’ attractiveness to international students. The rankings measure universities’ strength based on 3 pillars:

    • Quality of education offered.
    • Cost: which measures combined affordability in terms of cost of living (rent, food, etc.) and average tuition fees charged by universities
    • Life & Career: which evaluates the quality-of-life experiences offered by universities in that country plus the chances of staying and working in the country after graduation.

    Overall, the study found that Germany is the most attractive study destination for international students, followed by the UK, France, and the NetherlandsSwitzerland, Sweden, Belgium, and Italy are also among the Top 10 choices.

Affordable Education

The study also found that international students more concerned about affordability have even more study choices in Europe. Poland, Serbia, Hungary, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Lithuania, and Latvia all score very highly on the Cost factor. Germany also features in the Top 10 with its universities providing an unbeatable combination of quality and affordability for study abroad aspirants (which is why it is #1 in Europe overall). International students studying in Europe can expect to incur annual expenses of between EUR 7,000 to around EUR 10,000, which makes studying in these countries much cheaper than studying at universities in the USA, New Zealand, Canada, or Australia.

Quality of Education & Life

  • If the quality of education is your top-most priority, the UK is the clear winner, home to globally influential centers of learning as well as ‘university cities’ like Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and Aberystwyth. Germany is a close second on the quality factor, with universities like Technische Universität München (TUM), Humboldt University of Berlin, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and Heidelberg University attracting a huge number of international students year on year. Unsurprisingly, universities in other Western European countries such as France, Netherlands, Sweden, Italy and Spain also offer the best quality of education within the continent.

  • When it comes to quality of life and career experiences beyond the classroom, UK universities take top honors. Ireland, home to Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin (also known as ‘Ireland’s Global University’ due to its large international student populace) and National University of Ireland Galway, is a close second. Other good country choices for international students with respect to this factor are Iceland, Norway, Netherlands, Switzerland, and Austria.

World-Wide Reputation For Academic Excellence

As already seen, European universities are very serious about the quality of education they offer. Overall, Europe boasts some of the strongest education systems in the entire world. In addition, the quality of teaching and learning are constantly monitored by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) to ensure that excellent educational standards are maintained along with an impetus on continuous improvement.

Several universities also make it to the Top 100, including universities in France, Switzerland, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Russia, and Sweden.

Rich Culture, Compelling History, Incomparable Academic Heritage

Europe has a rich history, dating back several centuries. Some of the world’s most important and far-reaching events took place in Europe. In fact, several ideas, theories, and concepts had their genesis in this ‘cradle of Western civilization’: not only in education and academia but also in other fields such as politics, philosophy, industry, literature, arts, fashion, economics, finance, sociology, and anthropology. Many European cities such as Munich, Rome, Budapest, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Prague boast world-class architecture and compelling historical antecedents that make studying in these places a wonderful learning experience in and of itself.

Future-Oriented: Highly Focused on Innovation, Research & Technology

In addition to having the best and most passionate educators, European universities also offer their students state-of-the-art technology, modern facilities, and research-or industry-oriented instruction. They provide access to comprehensive libraries that have extensive collections of books and multimedia to support students in their quest for knowledge.

In the broader world, Europe is also a hotbed of ICT and software innovation and development. Some of the world’s most valuable technology companies such as Spotify, Skype, Trivago, Supercell and SAP originated in Europe. In addition, European scientists are making great strides with their research endeavors in a wide range of fields from medicine to nanotechnology and space travel to polar research.

Availability of Part-Time Job Opportunities

Many European countries allow international students to work part-time while studying if they meet certain conditions. In the UK, international students on a Tier 4 visa (pursuing a course that is six months or longer) can work different hours depending on the University’s term dates or their current stage in their academic life cycle. In general, there is a 20-hour/week limit on most international students.

The 20-hour/week restriction holds true in Spain as well. In addition, students can only undertake work that is related to their programme of study.

In France, during term time, students can work part-time both on-campus and off-campus. Full-time work is allowed during scheduled vacations. Overall, students in France can work for up 964 hours during the year.

Students in Germany can work up to 120 days per year full-time or 240 days part-time. They can work for more than the allowable 120 days if they find a job with the institution of study.

Multiple Opportunities for Language Learning

Although English is widely spoken in Europe, there are more than 20 other languages that an international student can choose to learn, including French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Polish. By learning a new language and through exposure to new cultural and social norms, you can expand your cultural horizons, become more independent and self-reliant and develop an invaluable ‘global’ mindset. Studying in Europe offers all these possibilities in spades!

Opportunities toTravel

Research has shown that travelling enhances creativity, improves mental health, and enhances the feeling of life fulfilment. By travelling, students can learn new life skills, become more confident and open-minded and even enhance their university learning experience. Europe offers a ton of opportunities to travel, even for budget travelers (also known as ‘students’!)

A student visa issued by many European countries (with some exceptions) entitles you to visit other countries within the Schengen area. And many countries use a single currency (Euro) so it’s possible to travel without constantly worrying about exchange rates.

Cheap inter- and intra-country bus services are available in many countries. These include the Megabus service in the UK and the Flixbus service that operates in 20 European countries. Europe has a very well-developed railway system as well. The Eurail Pass, a train ticket that allows you to travel in and through up to 28 European countries on trains and some ferries, is ideal for travelers looking to travel vast distances across Europe.

Excellent Career Preparation

European degrees are respected by employers the world over. Studying in Europe does not just provide you with a world-class education. It also prepares you for a mobile, geography-agnostic global career.

In addition to European companies, many multinational companies have a presence in important European cities (Munich, Paris, Copenhagen, Berlin, Milan, Pragueetc.). Thus, international students who study in Europe have access to a wide range of graduate job and career openings. By providing the opportunity to learn new languages and develop personal skills such as adaptability, self-reliance and cultural competence, a European education can be an important stepping-stone to finding that dream job.

Post-study employability for international students in Europe varies by country (differences in visa rules, job market, etc.), university and programme of study. For example, the Germany has a very competitive job market. However, it also offers a ‘post-study work stream’ via several work visas that allow UK graduates to work in the country if certain conditions are satisfied. Similarly, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, France, Switzerland, and Sweden also offer conditional residence/workstream options for international students.

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