Today is Europe Day! As several EU institutions are opening their doors as well as organising a variety of activities and events for all ages, it’s time to take a closer look at how living in Europe enriches each and everybody’s life. In the reality of a student, living in Europe gives him or her a series of advantages in the field of academics and studying. Here are five reasons why you should study in Europe:
The tuition fees are affordable
Compared to other countries and continents, the tuition fees in Europe are affordable. Students, given that they don’t go to fancy private universities, don’t have to take loans of several thousand Euro and the necessary utensils like work and text books are also affordable. In some countries, like Germany or Finland, university is even free of charge. For those, who still need financial aid, there are lots of scholarships and financial support options available too.
High living quality
Europe isn’t only affordable, it’s also a great place to be. The low student expenses are coupled with a very high quality living standard in many European cities. There is affordable housing, sufficient nourishment, healthcare, and enough social activities to keep young people busy. The World Happiness Report also shows that European countries belong to the happiest countries on the planet. Among the Top Ten you’ll find Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Switzerland, Finland, The Netherlands, and Sweden.
Cultural diversity in proximity
The beauty of Europe is that nowhere else in the world can you find so many different countries and cultures in proximity. As a student, you therefore don’t only have the luxury of treating yourself to a quick, affordable trip to the neighbouring country, you also will meet a lot of international permanent students in your own city and Higher Education Institution. But Europe is also a friendly place for students from all around the world, not only its own citizens. If you’re thinking about studying permanently abroad, you shouldn’t worry about fitting in either. Europe’s universities and colleges offer support and social activities to help you feel at home and happy.
The advantages of the Bologna system
As mentioned before, every European student is encouraged to complete their studies abroad. Thanks to the introduction of the Bologna system, it is nowadays easy to do a certain Bachelor in one field of study at a certain university and do a subsequent Master programme in another field in a completely different city or country. As a student, Europe gives you a broad variety of world-class universities, higher education institutions and research institutes, with up to 100.000s of Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree and PhD programmes. Education in Europe is therefore not only accessible, it is also very versatile.
You get the chance to do Erasmus
Erasmus was the big game changer for student life and mobility and is one of the most important reasons to study in Europe. Thanks to the Erasmus programme, you are not obligated to spend the next three to four years in one place. You are free, even encouraged, to spend one or two semesters of your studies abroad in order to broaden your horizons, get new inputs, and learn valuable lessons for life. Erasmus may include a certain level of bureaucracy, but the effort is justified by the experience you get.
There are several European cities where it’s great to study in. Studying in Europe doesn’t only enhance your academic transcript, it offers you a high living quality and many options on how to grow as a human being, a European, or a global citizen. Studying in a European country will let you gain the skills, knowledge, and experience that employers value. With strong international business, creative, and research sectors, Europe is a great place to build your career and live your life.
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