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Popular University Degrees in Europe

Popular University Degrees in Europe

Europe’s a pretty big place, and it’s home to some of the world’s top universities; not to mention some of the most exciting cities a student could hope for! But how on earth do you choose which country, which city, or even which university is right for you? Well, we’ve done the leg work for you and pulled together the most popular degrees for international students from


Interested in southern Europe and the Mediterranean climate? Or even just love the idea of breaking up your day with a siesta? Barcelona is a city that has a lot to offer, and Spain’s capital, Madrid, has something happening in every street. Two cities, two football teams, two different climates, but also a lot of degrees that could be the perfect fit for you.


BA in Interior Design — IED — Istituto Europeo di Design

Don’t just pin stuff on Pinterest – take your first step in Interior Design with this super popular qualification from Istituto Europea di Design. They train students to both renovate existing spaces (think warehouse chic) and design new ones using pencil, 3D modelling and rendering software.  

BA in Leisure & Tourism — EU Business School Barcelona

Life’s a party when you’re the one organising one! Offered at the Barcelona campus of the EU Business School network, this Bachelor programme prepares students for a career in the fastest-growing industry in the business world. Perfect if you’ve got perpetual wanderlust or dream of working with people as part of your career, students will develop a solid foundation in Tourism Management, both from a theoretical and practical standpoint.

Bachelor in Hotel and Tourism Management — University School of Hospitality Management- Sant Pol de Mar

Do you dream of owning your own business? Whether you want to be a hotel manager, events guru, executive chef or run your own restaurant, this degree gives you skills and techniques in Hospitality, Tourism, Marketing, Management, Accounting, Food Technology (and!) Gastronomic Culture. You’ll also learn some Spanish as part of your course, so if you love the country too much to leave, you have a solid foundation for your next exciting career step.


Bachelor in Audiovisual System Engineering — University Carlos III Madrid

Ever sit there listening to the radio and think, “I could do this?” Or perhaps you watch YouTube videos of sound effects recordings, or how voice actors match their speech to film. Well, this degree is the reference degree for the development of multimedia services in communication networks. By the end of it you’ll know how to process, record and playback audio and video, as well as gain some key know-how about acoustics and soundproofing.

Bachelor in Psychology — European University Madrid

Psychology isn’t just sitting in a chair; it’s a discipline that could see you working with the police (think “CSI”), with lawyers, and even in hospitals. If you’re fascinated by the brain and want to help people, studying Psychology at Universidad Europea in Madrid is the perfect choice. Students have the chance to combine technical knowledge and practical know-how to become a psychology professional, with the option to specialise in their unique area of interest.

Master in English Applied Linguistics — Universidad Autonoma de Madrid

Find yourself making word-play jokes that fly above your friends’ heads? You’ll find your tribe in this Masters in Applied Linguistics. Whether you love science or are more of a business aficionado, this course will help you get to grips with the methods and techniques pertaining to the realm of linguistics.


If you want to live within stone’s throw of a real-life Disney castle, look no further than Germany. Drenched in history and also home to the beloved (and delicious) pretzel, it’s easy to see why Germany is becoming a popular destination for international students.


BA in Fashion Design — Freiburg University of Arts and Applied Sciences

If you can’t decide between Germany or France, don’t worry; Freiburg University gives you both! The perfect study abroad destination for students looking to develop their creative skills in Fashion Design, this programme is presented between both Freiburg and Atelier Chardon Savard, one of the top five fashion schools in France. It will give you a broad education in Fashion Design, including illustration, textiles, trends, cut designs, collection development and marketing. Time to start sharpening your HB pencils!

BA/BSc in Audio Production — SAE Institute Berlin

Want to work in the movie business? Radio? The gaming industry? Music production? All of the above? This degree is meant for you. The audio production Bachelor’s degree from SAE Institute Berlin will supply students with the knowledge and practical skills needed for a successful career in music production, live sound, radio broadcasting, post production for film or TV, game sound, or a number of other areas of the audio and music business.

MA in Public Relations & Digital Marketing — HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Management

Behind every celebrity, every large business, every politician, is a dedicated marketing and PR team working around the clock to make sure what’s getting out into the world is the right message. Sound exciting? Well, this programme enables students to work professionally in a broad range of communication fields. The study programme prepares you for the PR and marketing vocations of the future, with a special focus on application-oriented research and professional usage of digital communication techniques.


Year-round sunny weather, welcoming people, a paradise for surfers, and a cool atmosphere that will make you want to stay as long as possible. That’s what Portugal is all about. Lisbon in particular is known to be the sunniest European capital, which is probably one of the reasons why it’s one of the most popular international student destinations at the moment.


BSc in Management — ISCTE-IUL Business School

Some people are just born to lead. And chances are, if that’s you, you already know it. You’re destined for great things, so make sure you get the best possible start to rocket launch your career. This programme equips ambitious students with in-depth and well-rounded knowledge in all areas of Management, including management accounting, marketing, corporate finance and strategic management.

Master in Communication, Marketing and Advertising — Universidade Católica Portuguesa

If you’re looking to work overseas and take on new challenges, this Master’s degree will get you there. Ranked among the top 20 best European Master’s in Marketing by Eduniversal Ranking, this programme is designed for recent graduates seeking a national or international career within communication, marketing and/or advertising. As part of your studies, you’ll develop a range of skills that will enable you to work in different sectors and contexts.

MSc in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems — InnoEnergy Master’s School

Climate change is a problem for everyone, and you can help solve it. With campuses throughout Europe, InnoEnergy Master’s School is a top-ranked university and business school aimed at giving students hands-on experience in solving real-world energy challenges by allowing them to explore the environmental and economical impacts of renewable energy projects.


Ah, Italy! The country of gelato, Michelangelo’s David, Limoncello, and some of the most beautiful and ancient landmarks in the world. Whether you want the hustle and bustle of Milan or the laid-back Roman lifestyle, Italy has a lot to offer its international student population.


Master in Brand Management and Communication — Istituto Europeo di Design (IED)

What makes Coca-Cola so loved? Or Apple so successful? Learn the secrets of brand strategy with this Master’s in Brand Management and Communication. It’ll show you how to create, develop and manage a brand through marketing and communication.

Diploma in Fashion Design — Accademia del Lusso School of Fashion & Design

Thank goodness we’re not wearing corsets anymore, or that mullets haven’t come back into fashion. Or have they? Will they? Well, this varied and extensive three-year diploma equips students with an understanding of the cultural and social evolution of fashion. You’ll analyse various stages in the fashion production chain while developing your skills in design, drawing, pattern-making, sewing and product development.

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FIFA Master in Management, Law and Humanities in Sport — CIES (International Centre for Sports Studies)

Get off your PlayStation and onto a pitch, doing it in real life. For a living. Organised in partnership with leading universities throughout Europe, this programme was created to teach Management within the sports world, and has since developed to become a top graduate programme. Whistles at the ready!


Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery — UniCamillus — Saint Camillus International University of Health & Medical Sciences

Study Medicine in a city that has been home to some of the most pivotal medical discoveries since ancient times. This programme offers the scientific basics and the theoretical-practical needs to practise in the medical profession in accordance to the directives 75/363/CEE. This means UniCamillus graduates can practise in the whole of the European Union!

Intensive Italian Language Course — Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci

Italian is the language of love, but it doesn’t need to take years of studying. If you’ve mastered the basics, this Intensive Italian Language Course at Scuola Leonardo Da Vinci consists of four lessons in the morning and two extra lessons of group language course in the afternoon. In the afternoon sessions, students will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge with practise in speaking and conversing. Preferably over an espresso in one of the city’s many coffee houses.

Master in Arts and Cultural Management — Rome Business School

In the immortal words of Andy Warhol, “everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”. If you have a deep appreciation for art and culture, then this Master’s degree in arts and culture management at Rome Business School is perfect for you. This an exclusive programme designed for motivated international participants wishing to gain world-class competencies, and to develop a successful global career in the field of arts and culture.


We hope we’ve helped you narrow your choices down to a country, a city, or even a university. If you’re still hungry for more research, head on over to and explore what the world has to offer.


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