Study in Europe
Why not Europe? History, arts, culture, diversity … the continent has it all, but it is more than that.
Since the European Union has been established, the member countries have been working together to integrate and develop their “European” identity while maintaining each of their own local identities, which have been built over thousands of years.
Furthermore, the Bologna process made European education more interesting and meaningful: it made student and faculty mobility possible. And it only made sense for universities in Europe to offer courses in a common language, English, to attract global-minded students and faculty.
Here are some reasons why studying in Europe is a great choice!
There is no better way of learning about diversity than by being exposed to different cultures! Thanks to the borderless environment Europe offers, once you leave your room, you will meet people from different countries on a daily basis and learn different cultures and languages from them. Also, thanks to its proximity of European countries, you can travel very easily within the continent.
The language that is required to speak on campus is English, and it is not a must for you to learn the local language. However, if you are up for it, you will get it as Europe is the best place to study foreign languages. You can practice the local language with your friends, in supermarket, restaurants, etc., and you can also study other languages as there is always someone who speaks that language or you can take a weekend trip to the country to practice that particular language! With this ideal environment, together with efforts and dedication, you can master several languages and it will surely make you stand out in the job market!
Quality of Education
European Higher Education has the longest history in the world (University of Bologna is the oldest university in continuous operation). Quality assurance of universities in Europe is ensured by accreditation of degree programs as well as educational institutions and supervized by the ministry of education in the country where universities are located.
Theory meets practice
Universities in Europe in general, especially universities of applied sciences, teach not only theories but also how theories are applied in real-life situations. Students learn the practical aspects of the academic subjects in various occasions including through internships.
The tuition fees in general are much lower than universities in the U.S. or U.K. (average 7,000-10,000 EUR per year; some are 3,000-4,000 EUR or less, some are more; Private universities in certain countries may cost more, but it is still much less that what you would have to pay to universities in the U.S.). Furthermore, because many undergraduate degrees in Europe can be completed in 3 years, that makes it even more affordable.
If you are a non-EU national and you have a student visa issued from a university in the EU countries, with the Schengen agreement, you can travel to the Schengen area countries (26 member countries) without a visa. Take a train, bus, plane, or drive for a few hours – you are in a foreign country. Weekend in Paris, a train ride from Vienna to Budapest, wandering around beautiful Milan – all is possible!
In your student time in Europe, you will have classmates and professors from all around the globe. You will also have the opportunity to develop your network beyond your campus life through internships, part-time jobs or any other occasions. Those friendships and connections you have made can last for a lifetime, and will help you open many doors.
Many countries in Europe allow international students to stay in the country (duration varies from country to another) upon graduation. You can use this time to look for a job, and once you find one, it is much easier to get a work permit in the EU countries, compared to the U.S. for example.