Study in Europe
Studying in France is affordable because their government spend a large amount of their money funding the education system. You can spend your weekends visiting the museums, eating frog’s legs, cheese, mussel, fresh baguette and croissants.
Degrees are primarily taught in French but there are some private institutions teaching in English and more state institutions are rolling out English taught degrees too, visit Campus France to discover more.
France is the UK and Ireland’s closet continental neighbour with four universities in the Times Higher Education Top 200 Universities Rankings for 2013-14. Like the UK, higher education takes place in universities, colleges, and institutes of technology. There are also a number of private universities sometimes referred to as Grandes Écoles; they charge higher tuition fees and have a competitive entrance exam. Class size are normally a lot smaller than the UK and there is a mixed approach with some assessments made as a group and others made individually.
Why Study in France?
- High quality education system
- French culture of living
- Close to home
- Accessible to mainland Europe
- How much will it cost?
- Estimated living expense - 1.000 euro per month
- Undergraduate (licence) tuition fees from 181 euro per year
- Postgraduate tuition fees from 250 euro per year
- 3+ years for undergraduate courses
Tuition rates at private institutions is generally higher (from 3,000 euro annually).
Studying in Germany is a great opportunity not only for Europeans, but for students from all over the world. Whether, spending just a term abroad in Germany of their whole studies, students benefit from a high quality educational system, as well as the opportunity to learn a new language and gain experience from this amazing country.
Diverse Range of Study Opportunities
Germany’s higher education system has something for everyone. There are around 450 state-accredited universities with some 17,500 degree programmes. German universities offer degree programmes in every possible subject and at every academic level – be it bachelor’s, master’s, state examinations or doctoral degrees. General universities focus strongly on scientifically oriented study in a wide range of disciplines. Universities of Applied Science, on the other hand, are very practice-oriented. If you’re more interested in artistic subjects, you can enrol at a College of Art, Film or Music.
Low Tuition Fees
Students normally don’t have to pay tuition fees at German universities, and if so, the fees are very low. Most German universities receive considerable financing from the government. Bachelor’s degree programmes are usually tuition-free at public universities. Some master’s degree programmes, however, come with tuition fees, but they’re not as high as in other countries.
Affordable Living Expenses
Compared to other European countries, the cost of living in Germany is reasonable. Food, rent and clothing prices are equivalent to the EU average. There are also a number of concessions available to students. You can receive reduced prices at theatres, museums, opera houses, cinemas, swimming pools and other institutions. All you have to do is present your Student ID.
Tuition Free Colleges and Universities in Germany
Before 2006/2007, Germany has been one of the European Countries with tuition free programmes. Since then, German universities have been allowed to charge tuition fees for undergraduate study programmes. Currently, only four out of 16 Federal states charge tuition fees of up to 500 Euros per semester. These states are Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hamburg, and Lower Saxony. All other federal states do not charge tuition fees and only request a certain amount of money as a semester contribution (about 50 euros).
In most cases, you need to pay tuition fee for Master’s programmes. The fees vary between 650 Euros and several thousand Euros per Semester. As outlined below, there are a good number of scholarships that can fund Master’s Programmes in Germany.
The Netherlands has been a primary destination for Irish students for the past couple of years. Students have been attracted by the range of courses taught in English, a student-centered style of teaching, low tuition fees and the possibility of access to grants and loans.
Higher education is offered at research-based universities (WO) and Universities of Applied Science (HBO or Hogescholen) which offer a more vocational education.
Bachelor’s degrees at research universities take three years, while at Universities of Applied Science, they take four years. Even at postgraduate level, you can choose between a research-based Master’s degree at a WO or an Applied Master’s at an HBO.
With a reputation for quality, universities in the Netherlands offer problem-based learning, which requires students to interact and think innovatively. Group work is important, but there also a lot of emphasis on self-study and independent learning too. You will be encouraged to apply your academic learning practically and develop employability skills; you might get the chance to carry out a real project with a local business. Work experience is an important part of Dutch higher education, particularly at the HBOs, where it is often a requirement.
You can look forward to building a good relationship with your tutors; - expect smaller classes and more contact time with tutors than you would expect in the UK.
The academic years runs from early September to late June. Application are made through a central application system, Studielink, from October. Dutch universities have reasonable entry requirement. In many cases, the completion of a level will be enough to gain a place. Students then need to prove their ability by doing well in the first year of the course.
Fees for the undergraduate study are around £1,500 per year, which can be paid upfront or in instalments. Postgraduate study at universities have similar costs, although the universities of applied sciences tend to charge more.
All EU students can access Dutch tuition fee loans, adding to the attractiveness of the Netherland as a venue for study.
International Education in the Netherlands Programmes taught in English:
- Bachelor’s Programmes, Examples:
- International Business and Management Studies
- International Business Economics
- International Marketing
- International fresh Business Management
- Software Engineering
- Business Informatics
- Logistics Management
Master’s Programmes, examples:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master of Science in Business and Management
- Master of Science in International Logistics/Supply Chain Management
Switzerland, a hop away from the UK, offers a number of opportunities for students. There are 12 Swiss universities.
For more information, visit www.swissuniversities.ch/en/
There are also 7 public and 1 private Swiss Universities of Applied Sciences; some of the Bachelor’s degree programs at these universities are taught in English; for more information, visit www.swissuniversities.ch/en/
As well as these schools providing professional training, there are also a number of private schools specializing in business, hospitality, and tourism.
With over eight million inhabitants, Switzerland is situated in the heart of Europe. With borders to France, Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Italy, student find themselves in a multicultural country, with ample opportunity to learn a new foreign language, such as German, French and Italian.
The largest cities by population are:
- Zurich, the largest city and industrial centre in Switzerland
- Geneva, known as the “capital of peace”.
- Basel, located in the three-country-corner of Switzerland, Germany, and France.
- Lausanne, home of the international Olympic committee
- Berne, the capital of Switzerland where the old town is a UNESCO world Heritage site.
- Winterthur, nicknamed “City of Museums."
- Lucerne, the city of bridges and towers
According to Diccon Bewes, author of Swiss Watching, the top 7 natural wonders of Switzerland are:
- Two lakes: Oeschinesee, Lake Lucerne
- Two mountains: Matterhorn, Eiger
- One waterfall: Rhine Falls
- One Glacier: Aletsch
- One valley: Lauterbrunnen Valley
One way to appreciate Switzerland is to take a vacation; another is to gain an education.
Why Choose Spain?
Sunshine, great food, rich heritage and gorgeous surroundings; you’ll settle in nicely. Spain has developed a diverse, multicultural student population, which has made the Spanish education system one of the most attractive in Europe.
In comparison to other European countries, Spain has a better standard of living, even though it’s widely considered cheaper.
Why study in Spain?
- Great cultural heritage combined with great city life.
- Big community of international students
- Low living expense
- Amazing tapas
How much will it cost?
Estimated living expense at average of 350-1000 Euros per month
Undergraduate course fees range from 570-2000 Euros depending on the year and whether modules are retaken. Private universities can charge 20,000 Euros or more per year.
Graduate course fees range from 1,200-1,800 Euros per year
If you’re looking for some Scandinavians cool, Denmark is only a stone’s throw from the UK. You will find a strong educational tradition, but with an innovative twist – hundreds of courses are taught in English, with no tuition fees
Denmark is committed to education and research. The Danish problem-based style of teaching will help you to apply your knowledge and gain some great problem solving abilities, while lots of discussion means you will learn through sharing ideas between students and tutors. There will be no escaping exams, as they’re always an important part of university assessment.
Danish higher education is split between universities (universite) and Professional Colleges (Professionshøjskole). Universities offer a research-led academic curriculum at undergraduate and post graduate level, while the Professional Colleges deliver undergraduate professional degrees incorporating work placement.
The higher education institution works closely with business and industries leading to some great partnerships.
Students benefit by gaining an academic education with an understanding of its relevance to business and learning from the leaders of industries, through having the option of internships and work experience.
You can expect a relaxed and informal teaching method where you can express yourself openly, as well as use state of the art technology. It will take you a minimum of three years to complete and undergraduate degree and 3-4 years for a professional undergraduate degree and 2 years for a masters.
The academic years run from September to June, with applications accepted up to mid-March, undergraduate application are made through KOT, while post-grad students apply directly to the universities. Passing your A levels should meet the general undergraduate entry requirements. Although you might be asked for specific grades.
In Denmark, you will enjoy the informal atmosphere in class at university, an international approach to education as well as a large array of progressive study programmes.
- Free, high quality of education with excellent, modern facilities
- Safe, liberal and friendly country with a lot of diversity
- Encouragement of strong, independent learning
For home and EU students studying in Denmark there are no tuition fees. However, if you are studying for a second undergraduate degree or retaking a year, some tuition fees will have to be paid.
Living expenses may differ depending on your lifestyle and habits however it's generally cheaper/more expensive than the UK. Here's a rough idea of how much living in Denmark will cost you per month:
Accommodation and bills: 2,500 DKK - 4,000 DKK (£290 - £465)
Food: 1,500 DKK - 2,000 DKK (£175 - £230)
Study Materials: 150 DKK (£17)
Insurance: 200 DKK (£23)
Transport: 300 DKK (£35)
Social/Other activities: 1,000 DKK (£115)
Working while you study
As an EU resident, you can work in Denmark for an unrestricted number of hours. However, if you are earning money, you must apply for a tax card at the local tax office which tells you how much tax you will be paying – you will also need your Civil Registration Number and then contact SKAT (Danish Tax and Customs Administration) and inform them of how much you expect to earn in the calendar year.
Finding a part time job in Denmark can be difficult unless you speak Danish. As an international student you will be able to take Danish lessons for free. If you can’t speak, however, there may still be opportunities for jobs in bars or restaurants.
Austria has an iconic landscape, with beautiful mountains filled with lush, deep snow and warm chalets dotted all around. However, there is more to Austria than this, it’s a country with an amazing culture, music and food.
This is a country that is a perfect mix of the provincial and the modern, making it a great place to see the contrasts of a modern European country. Come study a graduate programme in Austria and see for yourself!
Austria has a complex education system with several different institutions offering graduate programmes. Most courses are taught in German, but some institutions are moving towards teaching in English to maximise their potential with international students.
You can study a graduate programme in Austria at the following types of higher education institutions:
Universities – Offer all types of education programmes
Universities of The Arts – For students who want to study the arts, music and drama
Universities of Applied Sciences – For those who wish to take vocational courses leading to practical jobs
University Colleges of Teacher Education – Providing teacher training
Private Universities – Private courses offered by individual institutions
Life in Austria
Known as the “Alpine Republic”, the country has plenty to offer students coming to study a graduate programme in Austria. This is country rich in tradition and history, with a strong sense of culture and identity.
Life in Austria is extremely safe, with low crime rate and a good standard of living. Many graduate programmes in Austria have cheaper tuition fees than other EU countries, making it a popular destination for international students.
Austria is well known for its alpine sports, so make sure you try out skiing or snowboarding during downtime from university!
Many universities in Austria provide graduate students with accommodation in student hostels, which are a great way to meet fellow students and get into student life. However, you may have to share a room with a fellow student in a hostel, so for more privacy, you could opt for a shared apartment.
As a guide, you should expect to pay between €220-290 for a single room in a student hostel, and €180-250 for a shared room.
Austria’s transport infrastructure is highly developed and efficient, with an extensive rail network and bus systems. Most of the major cities where you’ll study – Vienna, Graz, Linz – have tram systems which will help you get around. Most towns also have an integrated transport system, allowing you to switch between bus and tram routes on the same ticket.
Why Choose Italy?
Studying in Italy provides students with an exciting opportunity to absorb its culture. With many historic cities throughout Italy, there is much to learn. The Italian higher education is split between the university sector and non-university sector.
Italy has world-ranked business schools, fabulous fashion schools and amazing art programmes, but that’s not all - there are some full English-language institutions and you find that some public universities also offer English programmes.
Why study in Italy?
World ranked programmes
3-4 years for undergraduate courses
1-2 years for postgraduate courses
How much will it cost?
Estimated living expenses from £850 - £1,200 per month
Undergraduate tuition fees from £700 - £850 per year often depending on family income
Graduate tuition fees from £650 per year
Why Choose Lithuania?
Lithuania is home to excellent universities and colleges. Since the 16th century they have always been known for their high level of teaching and quality of education. This is probably the reason why the population of Lithuania is one of the most educated in the Europe.
Lithuanians are kind, friendly and hospitable people. They like learning foreign languages and discovering new things about different cultures. You will definitely find great friends here and the network of classmates that you can build up while studying in Lithuania will definitely become an invaluable asset for your future career. The range of study programmes, options and qualifications offered by Lithuanian universities is wide and diverse. Combine this with relatively low tuition fees and living costs in Lithuania compared to the other European countries, and is a perfect study destination.
Why study in Lithuania?
- Excellent universities and colleges.
- Geographical centre of Europe lays just outside Vilnius
- Fastest Internet in Europe
- Almost 90% percent of the student population are provided with accommodation in the halls of residence.
- Relatively low tuition and living expenses