Not only will you learn new skills, maybe pick up another language and boost your personal development, but in a world that seems to get smaller every day, employers positively value people with international experience. Europe, which manages to pack an enormous amount of diversity into a relatively small space, could be just the place to provide you with all this. The range of what’s on offer in Europe is one of the strongest arguments in its favour. Institutions vary from ancient universities with centuries of tradition to modern business schools or technical universities with a direct line into industry. Between them, they offer an immense variety of study programmes – Germany alone provides 10,000 different programmes at its 360 higher education institutions – so it should not be hard to find exactly the course you are looking for.
Many countries, such as the UK (study in UK), have strict quality assessment mechanisms which make it easier to check out the teaching or research level of individual institutions.
Though they may be a less obvious choice, central and eastern European institutions have high standards, particularly in the fine arts and basic sciences, and should not be overlooked.
The idea that education is a public service is still deeply ingrained in many countries, such as France, Sweden and Germany, where tuition fees are not generally charged. ‘In Germany, there are excellent research and study opportunities, with no tuition fees whatsoever.Some of the countries that do charge, such as the UK (study in UK), provide Master’s courses that often last just one year so you save on time and living expenses.
The closeness of everything is another good reason for choosing Europe as a study destination. Two hours is enough to take you across international borders and suddenly everything – language, culture and history – is different.
Even within one country, you may find multilingual learning opportunities. A growing number of universities in Continental Europe, especially in the smaller countries, offer courses taught in English, as well as in their own language. Of course, it is always worth making the extra effort to learn the local language. Many study programmes also include the possibility of exchanges.
At Swiss universities, 39% of postgraduates are international students, while more than 10% of all UK (study in UK) students are foreign . You can enjoy the multinational mix while you’re there, but the benefits are often longer-lasting. By the time you complete your studies, your address book could be full of friends from all over the world, and a global network of contacts is a very useful thing to have in today’s international business environment.
Requirements for Study in Europe
Many of the high schools, colleges or universities have their own unique requirements, but some requirements are common to all:
- Academic Transcript
- Proof of English Competence
- Proof of Financial Support
- Valid Passport
Additional requirements may include:
- Standardized Test Scores
- Health records
- Personal Statement
- Work Experience
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