Studying in Europe
Studying in Europe is guaranteed to be a wonderful experience whether you are European yourself or not. It is a continent of great diversity and offering world-class education institutions.
In addition, European Union encourages young Europeans to move around as part of their student mobility policy. And I am loving it! I already took advantage of so many opportunities offered only because my country is a part of the European Union I cannot recommend it enough.
But EU also welcomes other international students so let me tell you about all the opportunities that are out there waiting.
Studying in Europe for EU and non-EU citizens
So, all EU citizens are automatically entitled to study in another EU country without having to get a visa. The exam results from your country will be accepted in your destination institution without any problems.
International non-EU students may be required to get a visa and they will likely have to pay some tuition fees, but they vary greatly depending on a country. There is also a number of grants and scholarships available, so there is always a way to manage studying in Europe financially.
No tuition fees
A number of countries offer free university for all the international students, regardless if they are from the EU or not.
Norway and Poland (yay!) charge no tuition fees at public universities, regardless of the level of study. Sweden offers free PhD degrees, while they do charge for bachelor’s and master’s programmes around 9 000 to 16 000 euro per year.
According to TopUniversities, Czech Republic also offers free university for those willing to study in Czech language; the programmes in English usually cost around 4 000 euro per year. Greece is a similar case, but programmes taught in English will only cost around 1500 euro per year, while courses in Greek are free.
In Austria, Denmark and Finland EU citizens can study for free. Non-EU citizens will have to pay around 600 to 1500 euro per year in Austria, but from 6 000 up to around 16 000 per year in Denmark.
Finland had tuition-free university for everybody up until this academic year, but they will introduce tuition fees on their English taught courses for non-EU students since August 2017 and they will be around 1500 euro per year. Courses taught in Finnish and Swedish will remain free.
Tuition fees from 200 to 2000 euro
France, Italy, Spain and Germany are among the most popular destinations for international students and they offer quite low tuition fees.
In France, public universities charge around 200 to 600 euro per year for both EU and non-EU students. Spain has fees depending on the autonomous region and the university, but they are around 650- 1800 euro for everybody. In Italy the fees also depend on the university, ranging from 900 to 1000 euro for both EU and non-EU citizens. In Germany, depending on the university, you may not have to pay any tuition fees or they may be very low.
In Switzerland, it will cost around a 1000 euro per year to study a bachelor’s degree, but only 200 euro for a PhD programme, for both EU and non-EU citizens.
Tuition fees higher than 2000 euro
In The Netherlands the universities will charge around 2000 euro per year if you’re an EU citizen and around 6 000 to 12 000 euro if you’re from outside of the EU. The fees tend to be higher for master’s degree.
And finally the UK, famous for its universities and quality education in English, welcoming thousands of international students regardless of not having the best conditions compared to the countries I listed above. All the members of the union are free to have their own education policy.
Therefore, Scotland doesn’t charge any tuition fees from Scottish and non-English EU citizens. Yes, that means that it’s free for everybody from the EU, but the English.
And England charges rather high tuition fees of around 9 000 GBP for EU students and up to even 20 000 euro for so-called overseas students. Regardless of Brexit and the changes it might bring, the UK still counts as studying in Europe in my opinion.
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Other opportunities for studying in Europe
EU citizens can also enjoy the exchanges through Erasmus programmes. So you don’t have to study abroad for your full degree if you don’t want to or don’t think you can manage that. Erasmus offers exchanges for a semester or a full year of studying in Europe. They provide a scholarship that should cover the living expenses in full, depending on the country you’re going to.
Therefore, even if you choose to stay in your home country, do not worry. Check if the university you chose has an Erasmus agreement and you can still study abroad!
Where would you like to study? Have you started preparing yet?