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.
You will learn English as you will study in English. But once you step out of your classroom, you can also learn the local language (French, German, Spanish, etc.). Speaking a language with native speakers is the best way to learn it. Before you know, you can master several languages, which will 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
Unlike many Japanese universities, universities in Europe, especially in universities of applied science or university colleges that take the liberal arts style, teach not only theory but also how theory is applied in real-life situations. Students learn the practical parts in the classroom but also outside the classroom via internship opportunities that many universities offer.
The tuition fees in general are much lower than universities in the U.S. or U.K. Furthermore, because many undergraduate degrees in Europe can be completed in 3 years, that makes it even more affordable.
If you are a Japanese 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.
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.