Study In Europe

Europe offers an incredible diversity of universities that can cater for even the most particular needs. Some European universities, established as early as the 12th century, are among the most prestigious in the world. Others, less than 50 years old, are on the rise as emerging institutions of excellence. Facts and figures are essential when making a life-changing decision like studying abroad. Here are a few that demonstrate why studying in Europe is an excellent choice: According to The Shanghai Ranking, European universities accounted for more than a quarter of the highest performing universities in the world in 2018. In terms of emerging institutions, 16 European universities were featured in the QS Top 50 Under 50 rankings for 2018, a list which celebrates the world’s leading young universities.

Europe is one of the safest regions in the world, offering a high standard of living, and recent figures reinforce this fact. European countries (excluding the UK) make up 19 of the top 30 countries in the 2018 Legatum Prosperity Index. Furthermore, 14 of the world’s safest 20 countries are in Europe, and the region’s popularity among students is evident, with QS ranking 16 European cities (not including the UK) in its list of the Top 50 Best Student Cities for 2018.

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Europe is home to approximately one-ninth of the world’s population. There are 87 ‘distinct peoples’ in Europe, 33 of which form the majority population of a particular country, and the remaining 54 constitute ethnic minorities. Europe is also home to the highest number of migrants of any region in the world. These are just a few reasons Europe offers an abundance of cultural diversity within a relatively compact geographic area, which means you’ll get to meet lots of interesting people.


Have you ever wanted to admire the view from the Eiffel Tower, lose yourself in the Louvre Museum or gaze down the Champs-Élysées from atop the Arc de Triomphe? Or you might prefer to explore the Colosseum of Ancient Rome, admire the architecture of St. Peter’s Basilica or toss a Euro into the Trevi Fountain. Perhaps you see yourself taking a gondola ride along the canals of Venice or following the footsteps of great thinkers like Plato and Aristotle in Ancient Athens? Or is it the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland that call to you? Maybe it’s the ancient castles in countries like Germany, France, Spain, Hungary and, well, basically any European country because there are a lot of castles in Europe. You get the point – even if you’re not a history aficionado, it’s effortless to appreciate Europe’s beauty and grandeur.


Europe boasts many of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities. In fact, the oldest university in the Western world, the University of Bologna in Italy, was established in 1088. In 2019, European universities account for roughly 38 percent of all universities featured among the world’s best – a total of 381 European institutions to be exact – providing international students with a vast offering of reputable options for their higher education.


International students studying in Europe will enjoy relatively low tuition fees compared to countries like the US, the UK, Canada, and Australia. In certain countries, like Germany and Norway for example, international students can effectively study for free. Countries like Poland, Austria, Greece, and Hungary also offer degrees with only modest tuition fees starting from about 1500 Euros per year.


If the cost of living is an important factor in your decision to study abroad, some of Europe’s least expensive countries are invested in attracting international students and may provide the solution you’re looking for. Poland, for example, ranked as one of Europe’s most affordable countries, has consistently increased its offering of English-taught courses, no doubt one of the reasons its international student population has grown by over 500% in the past decade. Hungary, Greece, Portugal, and Germany also get a mention as some of Europe’s most affordable countries.


If you’re relying on your English skills for study abroad, then you’ll still find plenty of opportunities to practice. The availability of university degrees offered in English continues to grow across European institutions. At research universities in the Netherlands, for example, one in five programs at the bachelor’s level, and three in four at the master’s level are offered in English. Germany has demonstrated the most dramatic improvement in this respect, now only second to the Netherlands in its offering of degrees taught in English. This year, nearly 2000 of the 18,000 post-secondary courses offered by German universities are conducted in English. Ultimately, most European countries host universities that offer some degrees in English in an effort to attract international students.


Many universities across Europe also offer scholarship opportunities for international students, ranging from partial to full scholarships. The Erasmus Mundus Scholarships, for example, are awarded by the European Union to selected students attending one of the Mundus Joint Programs at Masters or Doctorate levels. In addition, most countries offer a range of scholarships for international students studying within their borders, such as the Eiffel Scholarships in France, the Greek Government Scholarships for foreign students, Bocconi Scholarships in Italy, and the Holland Scholarship offered in the Netherlands to name but a few. For eligibility information, you will need to make further inquiries with the institution or organization awarding the scholarship.

Universities in Europe