With a long history of pioneering higher education, Europe is home to many of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities – and many of the most exciting and attractive student cities.
European countries, and their universities, are of course all very different – in terms of language, lifestyle and living costs. However, under the Bologna Process, European universities are working to standardize degree systems. For EU students, choosing to study in Europe outside your home country should be relatively straightforward, with tuition fees charged at local rates and no visa requirements.
Ready to study in Europe? Click on the country guides above for more detailed information.
A Continent of Choices
Since nearly 50 countries make up the world region of Europe, it’s easiest to break it into eastern and western halves. There are obviously too many countries to go into detail about each, so here’s a snapshot of what you have to choose from when you study abroad in Europe:
Study abroad destinations in Eastern Europe include:
• Czech Republic
Study abroad destinations in Western Europe include:
DESIGN Your Own European Experience
One thing you’ll find that all European countries have in common is the difference in higher education in comparison to the good old US-of-A.
• In Europe, whether learning a foreign language or studying any other discipline, you’ll get a multicultural take on all that you learn.
• European countries are trying to streamline their system of higher education with the Bologna Declaration, which will include quality assurance, comparable degrees and a common credit system
• The styles of courses and teaching will vary with each country, but luckily for you, you’ll find plenty of programs that are taught in English.
Europe is so stuffed with international students that you will make new friends from all over the world. Take that chance and step out of your potentially limited, American outlook on the world and study abroad in one of the many countries in Eastern or Western Europe. Sure, study abroad programs in London and study abroad programs in Paris are obvious choices, but if you want a destination that’s less played-out, you’ll find it in countries like Malta and Portugal, or even just other cities like Lyon (right outside Paris).
A study abroad program in Eastern Europe could have you:
• Exploring the Czech Republic’s capital of Prague, a medieval-style city that architecture students will drool over, with a modern nightlife that has helped it become a favorite study abroad destination
• Sweating in a sauna up in Santa’s home country of Finland
• Studying ecology or environmental science in the bustling Polish city of Krakow
A study abroad program in Western Europe could have you:
• Catching a bullfight or learning flamenco dance in Madrid
• Raging the after-hours scene or buckling down for some earth science study in Denmark’s Copenhagen
• Following ancient footsteps in a walk back in time through the streets of Rome.
With all you know now, there’s really no reason not to consider a study abroad program in Europe. Come on, leave your comfort zone and get out into the world. With the way the world’s cultures continue to spread and mix, you’re going to behind the times if you don’t.
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